NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls wished they had a reset button and start the weekend over.
For the second straight night the Bulls dropped a decision to the Lone Star Brahmas, this time, 4-0 as goaltender TJ Black stopped all 23 shots he faced. It’s the first time in franchise history where the Bulls have lost three in a row without one of them being in overtime or a shootout.
However when the dust settled at the end of the night, the Bulls still had a five point lead in the South Division and were in first place in the North American Hockey League’s overall standings.
It was a scoreless opening 20 minutes with each team having two power play opportunities. The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 6-2. Roman Ammirato had the best opportunity shorthanded on a partial breakaway, but his shot was denied by Black.
One of the issues facing the Bulls in the last three games has been difficulty in the second period. That was the issue again in this game as the Brahmas were able to capitalize with three goals on just six shots.
The Brahmas first two goals were scored early in the stanza just three minute apart that chased starting goaltender Paul Berrafato. Collin Delia came on in relief and surrendered a goal late in the period. The Bulls did have terrific opportunities to score, including plays at the side of the net but couldn’t get it across the goal line. Amarillo had the shot total in its favor 8-6.
The Bulls came out flying in the final 20 minutes trying to pull out the game out of the fire but again couldn’t beat Black. Ammirato, Brady Ferguson and Carter Penzien had the best scoring chances for the visitors. Midway through the third, Lone Star rounded out the scoring with a power play goal.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Brahmas 9-6 in the final 20 minutes and 23-14 overall.
There were a total of 13 power plays in the game with the Amarillo Bulls going 0 for 7 and the Brahmas were 1 for 6.