That’s what was the difference in the game between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays, on Friday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Corpus Christi IceRays scored three times, two minutes apart, in the second period and beat the Bulls 3-0. That loss extended the Bulls winless streak at home to 0-5-3. Rookie goaltender Chad Veltri stopped all 41 shots in faced starting in an emergency role for Cameron Burgrabbe who couldn’t play because of illness.
David Thomson, Mason Krueger and David Baskerville tallied for Corpus Christi in the win. Goaltender Nikita Babintsev stopped 43 of 46 shots he faced and kept his team close with some timely saves, including a play where he dove across the crease in the third period.
It was a fast skating opening 20 minutes of hockey. There were no goals or penalties at all between the two teams. The Bulls had the best chances as Brendan Walkom and Jonathan Dagnal who’s shots were denied by rookie goaltender Chad Veltri. The IceRays best chance came in a flurry of about 4 or 5 minutes but Nikita Babintsev able to turn them aside. Amarillo outshot the IceRays 13-10.
The Amarillo Bulls were in retreat mode for most of the middle stanza and the visitors were able to pull ahead with three quick goals. David Thomson deflected home a shot from the point and then Mason Krueger banged home a fourth rebound in the goal crease area. David Baskerville rounded out the scoring with a tip at the side of the net. Corpus Christi outshot Amarillo 26-10 in the second period and 36-23 overall.
It was a better third period for the Amarillo Bulls as special teams were able to give them a breath of life. Charlie Singerhouse centered a pass to the front of the net that was at the skates of Brendan Walkom in the goal crease but managed to stay out.
The IceRays outshot the Bulls 18-10 in the third period and 46-41 overall. There were five total penalties in the game and three power plays combined.
It’s a special night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday as Military Appreciation Night Presented by Vista College takes place. Vets and active military get a free ticket to the game, while family members pay a discounted rate of $8. The Bulls will wear Military style jerseys and a live auction takes place immediately after the game with proceeds to benefit the American Fall Warriors Memorial Foundation. It’s also another Family Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs and 4 sodas) $44 and Bring a Bud $22 (2 tickets, 2 hotdogs and 2 sodas). One lucky child could win a bike from Seven Grill and Bar.
The Bulls office located at 301 South Polk will be open from 10 am to 4 pm where fans can purchase tickets. Fans can also drop by the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets. For further information please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.