NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX — The Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas were involved in a tight-checking, exciting affair at NYTEX Sports Center on Friday night. An overtime goal by Michal Stinil with 21 seconds remaining lifted the hometown Brahmas past the Bulls 2-1. Despite the loss, the Bulls remain alone in first place in the South Division by two points over the Topeka Pilots.
There was no scoring in the first two periods of play as the defense and goaltenders were equal to the task. The Bulls fired several shots towards goaltender Seth Eisele but failed to push anything past him. Jason Brancheau and Nick Trela each had a breakaway in the first period. Jason Grande was brilliant at the other end coming up with some key saves to prevent the Brahmas from scoring.
The Brahmas thought they had taken a 1-0 lead in the second period on a partial breakaway from Brenden Jones but after further review the officials deemed the puck hadn’t crossed the line.
Frank Trazzera Jr gave the Brahmas a 1-0 lead early in the third period when he stuffed home a rebound opportunity in front of the net. The Bulls pulled even four minutes later when Cooper Fensterstock spotted Trey Bagwell open with perfect pass. Bagwell fired a shot past Eisele to tie the game.
The Bulls had several chances to take the lead late in regulation time but were unsuccessful.
In overtime, Michal Stinil was streaking towards the net on an odd-man rush and wired a shot past Jason Grande on the far post to win the game.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Brahmas 23-17. Each team had one power play but didn’t score.
The Battle of the Cattle series resumes tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7:30 pm at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills. Fans can tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show at 7:05 pm. The puck drop with Denis J. Puska follows at 7:30 pm.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. Friday is Country and Western Night as well as the return of the Family-4-Pack and Bring-A-Bud. Saturday is Military Appreciation Night Presented By Sitel. All Military can get free tickets, while family members receive discounted tickets for just $8. Tickets for the game are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets. For further information call 806-242-1122 or visit www.amarillobulls.com.