Topeka, KS – Third period comebacks have been the calling card of the Amarillo Bulls this season. For the second straight game, the Bulls fought valiantly from a huge, deficit but on this night fell short. Topeka scored five times in the second period and held on to beat the Bulls 5-4.
It was the Bulls fifth loss of the second and third when they are the road team. Topeka won their 14th of the season.
Amarillo trailed 5-0 with a minute remaining in the second period and began to mount a comeback. Terrance Johnson banked a shot off of goaltender Rasmus Tirronen to cut the deficit to 5-1. The third period was wide open and the Bulls came out and gave it a terrific effort. First Chris Cass scores from Joe Kozlak and Dan McDougall. However, penalties hurt the RoadRunners in the third period as the Bulls crept to within one with two goals in the final three minutes. First Kyle Sucher blasted a shot through from Derek Hills and Dan Sherer. Hills then made it 5-4 with an unassisted marker as the Bulls had their goaltender pulled.
With the net still empty, the Bulls put all sorts of pressure on the Topeka net but couldn’t get the equalizer. Topeka outshot Amarillo 32-22. The Bulls were 2 for 10 on the power play while Topeka was 3 for 7.
The opening period was well played by both teams and no goals were scored. The Bulls penalty killing did a terrific job killing off Topeka opportunities. The RoadRunners outshot the Bulls 14-7.
However, the second period was one that the Bulls would like to have back as they surrendered three consecutive power play goals in a 2:13 span. Nikifor Szczerba was pulled in favor of Steve Bolton. Topeka added to their lead with two more goals, 1:40 apart, and it was 5-0. Terrance Johnson gave the Bulls some life with his goal late in the period.
It is back on the road for the Amarillo Bulls next weekend as they travel to South Texas to face the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The two teams will battle Friday and Saturday at American Bank Center at 7 pm.
Bulls are back on home ice on Friday, Dec. 17 when they host the Texas Tornado at 7 pm. The Bulls will wear their Christmas Jerseys and an auction will follow immediately after the game with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey. It is also Teddy Bear Toss Night and fans can bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuff Animal to the game. When the Bulls score their first goal then throw the toys onto the ice. The toys will be collected and given to charity.
Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on group rates or flex packs, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.