NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – Two mistakes cost the Amarillo Bulls on Friday night at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills.
The hometown Lone Star Brahmas scored two goals four minutes apart to beat the Amarillo Bulls 2-0. The loss was the Bulls second straight to the Brahmas. In the last four games between the two teams, the Bulls have outscored the Brahmas 7-4, including two back to back shutout victories.
For the first time this season, the Bulls dropped their second straight game in regulation, but remained in sole possession of second place in the South Division standings following a loss by the Odessa Jackalopes.
It was a fast-paced game between the Bulls and the Brahmas as the first two periods went scoreless and there were just three combined power play opportunities. Forward Jon Russell was robbed on a chance near the front of the net by goaltender Mitchell Gibson. In the second period, the Brahmas goaltender came up with two big saves on forwards Colin Price and Steve Ipri. Price had two long slap shots with the first one hitting the goaltender’s collarbone. Each team had 12 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes.
Amarillo had a terrific opportunity early in the third period as defenseman Quinn Warmuth was hit from behind by Brahmas forward Justin Addamo resulting in a five minute power play. The Bulls had several scoring opportunities on the Brahmas but failed to push the puck across the goal line.
Near the midway mark of the third period, Bulls defenseman Nikita Sokolov miss handled the puck that resulted in the Brahmas having a 2 on 0 breakaway. Forward Ture Lindon slid the puck past the legs of goaltender Alexei Masanko from Julian Biondo. Four minutes later, the Brahmas extended their lead as the Bulls turned the puck over near center ice and the Brahmas got the puck quickly to the front of the net where Michael Montambault tipped home a shot past goaltender Masanko.
Down the stretch the Bulls kept pressing and pulled their goaltender in the final 61 seconds looking to pull even. The Bulls had sustained pressure on goaltender Gibson but were unable to get the shutout string snapped.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Barhmas 22-20. Each team had two power play opportunities.
The same two teams will do battle tomorrow (Saturday) night at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills Center at 7:30 pm. Fans can tune into the action beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show at 7:10 pm.
Hockey is back after the Rodeo at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday and Saturday when the Topeka RoadRunners make their first trip to the Texas Panhandle to face the Amarillo Bulls at 7 pm.
Next Friday it’s the Family Four Pack for $44 (Four Tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas) and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas). For other ticket options including Groups, Preferred Rate, Flex Packs and Season Tickets, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122. Fans can also drop by the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations.