NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls used a three goal second period en route to their 2nd win at NYTEX Sports Center in their last three contests in that building. Eric Cooley scored twice, while several players had multi-point games as the Bulls doubled the Lone Star Brahmas 6-3. Brandon Bussi stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced as the Bulls moved over .500 on the road this season.
Other marksmen for the Bulls were Alex Truscott, Marcus Chorney, George Mika, and Charlie Singerhouse. Brey Crowder and Steven Ipri chipped in two assists apiece.
The Bulls were on point from the opening puck drop and tallied the game’s first goal at the 6:20 mark when George Mika converted a pass from Colin Price and Jovan Zimmerman past goaltender Max Prawdzik. Lone Star outshot the Bulls 7-6 in the first period.
The start of the 2nd period didn’t go the Bulls way as the Lone Star tied the game capitalizing off a turnover just inside the blue line. Sixty-six seconds later, the Bulls recaptured the lead they wouldn’t relinquish when Charlie Singerhouse shoveled the puck past the goaltender on a partial breakaway. The play was set up by a long stretch pass from Quinn Warmuth and Phil Fromberger. The Bulls were not done yet and used special teams to score two quick ones. Alex Truscott scored shorthanded when his missed shot hit the glass and hit the goaltender in the back and trickled into the net. The power play provided the damage on the next goal as Eric Cooley scored his first of two when he scored on a great feed from Steven Ipri and Bray Crowder. That goal chased starter Prawdzik who was replaced by Alec Calvaruso. The Brahmas settled down after that and used some momentum gained to score a goal in te final minute of play. Julian Biando scored his second of the game on a great individual effort. The Brahmas outshot the Bulls 10-4.
The Amarillo Bulls squashed any comeback bid by the Lone Star Brahmas when Eric Cooley scored on a great individual effort from George Mika and Brey Crowder at the 73 second mark. The Brahmas added their third goal off the stick of Pete Kessel. The Bulls had one goal called back as Steven Ipri skated in on a partial breakaway and appeared to have pushed the puck across the goal line before the net came loose of its pegs. The referee determined that the goaltender couldn’t make a save on the scoring attempt and called off the goal. The Bulls rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal when Marcus Chorney fired the puck from his own blueline into the open side.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 28-19. There were seven total power plays with the Bulls netting the lone marker.
The eighth and final regular season meeting between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas will take place tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 4:15 pm at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills, TX. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 3:50 pm. The puck drop with Denis J. Puska follows after that.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 9,10 and 11 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on Group Rates, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.