THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Odessa Jackalopes
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday – 7:17 pm
LOCATION: Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, TX
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com or watch on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:55 pm. Puck drop follows at 7:17 pm.
BULLS NEXT @ HOME: The Amarillo Bulls begin their defense of the Robertson Cup National Championship next Friday and Saturday hosting either the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees or the Wichita Falls Wildcats at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Those will serve as the opening games of the Best of Five South Division Semi-Final Series.
PLAYOFF TICKETS: Get your playoff packages for the Amarillo Bulls post season. Prices start at $40 for Silver; $52 for Red; $60 for Glass; $68 for Pit and Children 12 and Under just $28. Call 242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.
THE SERIES: It’s the seventh and eighth meetings of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. The Bulls have captured five of the six previous match-ups between the two sides. The lone loss was a 3-2 decision in West Texas back in January. Goaltender Collin Delia is 4-0 versus the Jackalopes, and a .74 goals against average. Delia has posted two of the three shutouts against the Jacks. Forwards Cody Gylling and Mike Davis each have three goals versus Odessa, while defenseman Brendan Vetter has five helpers.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls can claim their third straight South Division regular season title with a regulation win and either a Topeka RoadRunner regulation or shootout loss. The division winner will secure a date with the Wichita Falls Wildcats while the other will face the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.
BULLS NOTES: Two more victories will give Dennis Williams’ charges at least 40 for the third straight year. The Bulls will finish either first or second in Goals For and Against continuing what’s been a benchmark for the organization. Amarillo has fired 196 goals for and trail Fairbanks by just seven markers. In the goals against department, the Bulls are second with 116. Defensemen Brett Szajner and Joe Grabowski are ranked third and fourth in the plus minus category. The Bulls also lead the NAHL in power play goals with 59.