AMARILLO, TX –The puck has certainly not been bouncing the Amarillo Bulls way lately, especially at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. That was certainly the case on Saturday night as the Bulls surrendered two third period goals and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Corpus Christi IceRays.
The loss dropped the Bulls record to 0-6-3 on home ice this season. George Mika had the lone goal for Amarillo while goaltender Nikita Babintsev took the loss. Mason Krueger and Brad Power scored in the third period for Corpus Christi to snap a 1-1 tie. Cody Filler had the other goal. Goaltender Cameron Burgrabbe won his third game in his last four starts and posted the win in goal. Amarillo will head on the road next weekend to face the Wichita Falls Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum while the WRCA event is using the Civic Center.
It was the 7th annual Military Appreciation Night Presented By Vista College as more than 2,700 attended the game. The night featured an enlistment ceremony, Gold Star presentation on the ice, and the Bulls wore Military Jerseys for a 2nd game and an auction followed the festivities.
It was a great opening 20 minutes for the Amarillo Bulls firing 18 shots on goal and taking the play to the visiting IceRays. George Mika scored just the Bulls 7th first goal of the game when his rebound attempt rolled up the shoulder of Cameron Burggrabe and went into the net. Hayden Broomhead earned an assist on the play at the 8:01 mark.
The second period didn’t go as well for the Amarillo Bulls as the visitors were able to tie the game just 55 seconds into the stanza. Cody Filler completed a 3 on 1 break up the ice with a shot that got by Nikita Babintsev on the shortside. The Bulls continued to push forward and controlled much of the play in the second half but were not rewarded for their hard work. Steven Ipri and Charlie Singerhouse were stopped by Burggrabe. The IceRays outshot the Bulls 15-12 in the second period.
It was furious action in the third period that saw the IceRays capitalize on a turnover and Mson Krueger knuckled that hand cuffed goaltender Nikita Babintsev and called a good goal. Brendan Michaleian had one of the Bulls best chances in the third period as his shot went off the boards and was near the side of the net. Michaelian battled hard for the rebound but his attempt was foiled by Burggrabe.
The Bulls pulled their goaltender in the final minute looking to score the equalizer, but the IceRays were allowed to work the puck out of the Bulls zone and putting it into the empty cage. The Amarillo Bulls and the IceRays each had 38 shots on goal. The Bulls were 1 for 4 on the power play while Corpus Christi was 0 for 2.
The Amarillo Bulls return to the road next weekend to face the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Fans can catch the action on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, Now Hockey TV beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.