FRISCO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls surrendered the first three goals of the game and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Texas Tornado on Saturday night at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX.
It was just the fourth regulation loss by the Bulls during the season and first on the road since November 9th. The Tornado trimmed the Bulls lead to just three points for first place in the South Division. Mike Davis netted the lone Bulls goal late in the second period.
“It was clear tonight that (Texas) they were the men and we were the boys,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams after the game. “I told the guys all along that we looked scared. Their gearing up for a playoff run and we just went through the motions. Our young guys looked scared as did our veterans. We were slow to make plays. Our arms were in tight and we were not controlling our pucks at all. I challenged them to play playoff hockey tonight and that is what we came out with.”
Penalties hurt the Amarillo Bulls in the first period. It led the Tornado taking a 1-0 lead on their second power play of the game. One of four chances they had in the opening 20 minutes. The Bulls had a couple of good scoring chances in front of the net but were denied by Hunter Leisner. Texas outshot Amarillo 14-9.
Texas grabbed the first two goals of the second period including one even strength that chased goaltender Chad Catt. The Bulls cut into the Tornado lead when Mike Davis roofed a shot from Tyler Gernhofer and Hampus Gustafsson at 15:44. The Bulls were outshot 10-7 in the middle stanza.
The third period was controlled by Texas with 16 shots on goal while the Bulls had just seven. Amarillo had two power play opportunities with a chance to trim the lead but couldn’t generate any chances.
Paul Berrafato who came on in relief of Catt played well and did his best to keep the team in the game.
The Texas Tornado outshot the Amarillo Bulls 40-23. There were 10 power plays aside with the Tornado notching the two markers.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday and Saturday as the Bulls entertain the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Seven-Game Flex Packs, or Birthday Party Packages, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.