AMARILLO, TX – Two goals 65-seconds apart separated a close game on Saturday night and prevented the Amarillo Bulls from closing out their home portion of their regular season home schedule on a winning note. The Bulls dropped a 6-3 decision to the visiting Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
Liam Ferguson, Nick Santoro and Phil Fromberger netted goals for the Bulls. Anton Martinsson made his first start in goal in five games due to injury and flu-like symptoms and took the loss. He stopped 33 of 39 shots he faced.
Prior to the game, the Bulls took time to honor eight seniors who were playing in their final regular season home game with a special ceremony (Joey DiBenedetto, Liam Ferguson, Tyler Gernhofer, Anton Martinsson, Joey Molinaro, Nick Santoro, Mykyta Sheptytsky and Brian Baker.)
It was a slow start to the game for the Bulls as the Lone Star Brahmas came out firing scoring two goals on a couple of great shots. Both markers were netted off the rush, and the second goal came on the power play. In the dying seconds of the stanza, defenseman Phil Fromberger rushed the puck up the ice and passed it over to Coale Norris who was able to get a shot away. Liam Ferguson just tipped the puck over the goal line with one second remaining in the first period. Lone Star outshot Amarillo 13-6 in the first period.
The middle stanza was dominated by the Bulls especially the hard work of George Mika, Joey Molinaro and Coale Norris who had sustained pressure inside Lone Star territory for an extended period of time. The trio were just unable to slip anything past goaltender Corbin Kaczperski. The Brahmas extended their lead to 3-1 on a breakaway goal. The period featured a mêlée between Joey Molinaro, Michael Forman, Sami Suominen and goaltender Kascperski. At times it appeared the Brahmas had an unfair advantage in the altercation. Amarillo outshot Lone Star by two, 15-13 during the second period.
After failing to score on a five minute power play late in the middle period, the Brahmas got rolling in the first two minutes of the third scoring twice to push their lead to 5-1. Amarillo was not done yet and made things interesting. Nick Santoro tipped home a shot from Phil Fromberger at 2:40. Later, Fromberger went to work on a great individual effort scoring on a wraparound from Liam Ferguson and Zack Sarnowski. The Lone Star Brahmas quashed a Bulls comeback bid with a goal with less than four minutes to play in regulation time.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 39-33. Special teams were dominated by the Brahmas 3 for 5, while the Bulls were 0 for 2.
There are still four regular season games left for the Amarillo Bulls and they take place away from home starting next Friday and Saturday against the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena. Fans can tune into the action beginning with pre-game coverage around 6:45 pm. Amarillo Bulls Hockey follows shortly after that.
Don’t forget 2016-17 Amarillo Bulls Season Tickets are now on sale. There are plans to fit all budgets including 10 game Flex Packs. For further information on payment plans call 242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.