CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Amarillo Bulls closed out a four game in four nights road trip in style on Sunday afternoon at American Bank Center. Three first period goals and terrific goaltending by Mike Taffe lifted the Bulls past the IceRays 3-1.
The Bulls used another big game in hand to their advantage and extended their South Division lead to five points over Texas and eight over the Topeka RoadRunners.
“I think the biggest thing you saw today was our conditioning shinning through,” said Assistant Coach Rocky Russo. “We had 11 forwards dressed and seven defensemen and one young Cody Rogers joined us. All the way around our entire team worked hard and did all of the little things and really battled.”
The power play started the offense for the Amarillo Bulls in the opening period. Karl Beckman blasted a shot home from TJ Sarcona and Tyler Deresky at 2:48. About the midway mark of the period, Michael Erickson made it 2-0 when he converted a rebound in front of the net from Deresky and Matt Johnson. Greg Gibson gave the Bulls a 3-0 advantage when he roofed a shot past Stolarz. Darren McCormick and Karl Beckman earned assists. The Ice Rays scored in the final seconds of the first period on shot from the blue line. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 16-5 in the first period.
The second period featured a terrific burst by the Amarillo Bulls with numerous scoring chances in the first eight minutes of the stanza but they couldn’t beat goaltender Anthony Stolarz. Amarillo outshot Corpus Christi 11-9.
The Bulls played solid defensive hockey in the third period and didn’t let the IceRays get many scoring chances in front of the net.
“I think the whole road trip has been good, we’ve played some good hockey even though we fell short on Friday night,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “This game (against Corpus Christii), it doesn’t matter how you win it you just get that win and make sure we can move on from here.”
Amarillo outshot Corpus Christi 30-21. The Bulls were 2 for 10 on the power play, while the IceRays were 0 for 8.
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