WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls kept the Wichita Falls Wildcats close for two periods of play on Friday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum, but they couldn’t gain the advantage they were looking for.
The Bulls surrendered two goals in the first 11 minutes of the third period and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Wildcats to begin a stretch that will see them play 10 of their next 12 away from home.
Friday’s game was the first of three straight that the two teams will play against one another. They will go head to head on Saturday and again on Tuesday night. Charlie Combs and AJ Duggan netted goals for the Bulls in the contest, while goaltender Anton Martinsson took the loss.
The first period was busy one for goaltender Anton Martinsson as he had to make 21 saves some at poin- blank range. The Bulls managed just six shots but a few were close including one that bounced off the goal-post and was left in the goal crease. The line of Cody Gylling, Charlie Combs and Mitchell McPherson scrambled for the puck but were unable to capitalize.
All of the scoring that took place in the second period occurred in the first nine minutes. The Wildcats raced out to a 2-0 lead with two goals in the first 4:44. The first one deflected off a player in front of the net and the second was via the power play. After that the Bulls settled down and controlled much of the play. Charlie Combs cut into the Wildcats lead when he scored from Cody Gylling at 8:36. The Bulls outshot the Wildcats 16-15 with several great opportunities that were denied by goaltender David Zevnik.
The Wildcats increased the lead to 3-1 just 51 seconds into the third period and then added another just past the midway mark. Three minutes later the Bulls pulled to within two when AJ Duggan converted some hard work inside the offensive zone. JJ Huerena set up the play with a pass behind the net. Wichita Falls rounded out the scoring with their fifth goal with less than five minutes remaining.
The Amarillo Bulls were outshot by the Wichita Falls Wildcats 47-31 that despite being close in the shot margin over the final 40 minutes 26-25. Each team had five power play opportunities with the Wildcats nabbing the lone goal.
Saturday’s game between Amarillo and Wichita Falls can be heard on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with fast hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action at 7 pm.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Saturday and Sunday when the Bulls host the Odessa Jackalopes. Saturday is Military Appreciation Night and all active military and veterans receive a free ticket. The first 500 fans receive a free Bulls’ Camo Hat.
Sunday is the fifth annual Sonic Sunday and free tickets will be handed out at the Amarillo Civic Center Box Office starting at 4 pm.
For further information on the Amarillo Bulls including 10 Game Flex Packs, Group Tickets and Single Game Tickets, please call 242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.