NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – A 2-0 first-period deficit was too much, as the Amarillo Bulls dropped a 3-1 decision to the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills TX. The loss extended the Bulls winless string to seven games (0-6-1) and consecutive losses to the Brahmas to nine.
Charlie Singerhouse provided the lone marker for the Bulls in the second period via the power play. Anton Martinsson played well stopping 31 of 34 shots he faced.
It was a better first period and start to the game for the Amarillo Bulls as they had a couple of quality scoring chances in the first six minutes. Brady Crabtree had a partial breakaway but had his backhand shot was stopped by goaltender Corbin Kaczperski. The Brahmas netted the first goal on the power play as a shot from the high slot area handcuffed goaltender Anton Martinsson. Five minutes later, Lone Star scored again, this time, on a tipped puck that changed direction and went in. The Brahmas outshot the Bulls 11-6 in the first period.
The power play quickly got the Bulls back in the game in the early moments of the second period. Johan Lundgren spotted Charlie Singerhouse wide open and he was able to put it into the open net to pull his team to within a goal. George Mika got an assist on the play at the 70 second mark of the stanza. Just over a minute later, the Brahmas restored a two goal advantage off a neutral zone turnover. After that the Bulls took control and at times dominated play, but were unsuccessful in getting anything past Kaczperski. The line of Charlie Singerhouse, Michael Forman and Brady Crabtree made major contributions to the Bulls attack with good heads- up-play in the offensive zone. The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 9-8 in the second period.
For the second straight game, the Bulls prevented the opposition from scoring in the third period. Goaltender Martinsson was strong handling a lot of the Brahmas chances that came from the outside. The Bulls thought they had scored in the final five minutes of regulation as they pushed the puck across the goal line. The Referee waived the goal off as he said the net came off its pegs.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 34-16. There were just four power plays combined and each team was able to score once.
After a few days rest it’s off to Kansas for the Amarillo Bulls as they will face the Topeka
RoadRunners on Wednesday and Thursday. Action takes place both nights at 7 pm at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey beginning with pre-game coverage 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.
The next home game for the Amarillo Bulls is Saturday, Dec. 5 when they host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. It’s Amarillo Youth Hockey night and the Bulls will be wearing special jerseys for the game. A live auction takes place immediately after the contest with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets or by calling 806-242-1122.