AMARILLO, TX – The Texas Tornado and the Topeka RoadRunners are starting to hear footsteps.
Those are from the Amarillo Bulls who have crept to within one point of second place Tornado, and four of the first place RoadRunners which they will see next weekend.
Paul Berrafato stopped all 30 shots he faced as the Amarillo Bulls outworked the Tornado 4-0 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday night.
“I was really happy with our performance it was really strong from the net on out,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “It was a well deserved two wins. I thought we out-worked our opponent and our depth was good with everyone scoring and pitching in playing different roles.”
Berrafato kept his team in front with some timely saves, including several big ones in the second period.
One of the differences in the game was special teams as the Tornado couldn’t score on eight power play attempts. For the most part of those opportunities, the Bulls kept Texas to the outside and didn’t give them much of a chance to set anything up.
“Our guys did a really good job staying in lanes and remaining calm,” Williams noted. “We pressured them too and whenever we had a minor breakdown Paul was there to make the saves.”
It was a tight defensive battle between the two teams. The Bulls were outshot 5-0 in the first five minutes of the game, but managed to outshoot Texas 10-2 the rest of the way. Hampus Gustafsson gave Amarillo a 1-0 advantage when he converted a feed from Mike Davis at the 12:34 mark. Omar Mullan earned an assist on the goal. Davis got the puck away from the Tornado defenseman and put it in front of the net where Gustafsson deposited it upstairs.
The Bulls added to their lead with two more goals in the middle stanza. Gage Christianson scored after a frantic two minutes where teams went end-to-end with hard rushes up and down the ice. TJ Sarcona and Brandon Flood grabbed assists on the goal.
Omar Mullan extended Amarillo’s lead to 3-0 when he finished off a play in front of the net from Brady Ferguson and Carter Penzien. The Texas Tornado outshot the Amarillo Bulls 15-11.
The Bulls asserted control in the final 20 minutes and rounded out the scoring via the power play. James LaDouce scored his first NAHL marker when he fired a shot past Hunter Leisner. Matt Sieckhaus and Tyler Deresky drew helpers on the goal.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Texas Tornado 36-30 including 15-8 in the final 20 minutes
The four-game home stand continues for the Amarillo Bulls next Friday and Saturday night when they face the first place Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Next Saturday is United Way Night and the Bulls will wear special jerseys with an auction to follow immediately after the game.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Seven-Game Flex Packs or Birthday Party Packages, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.