WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls surrendered the game winning goal 66 seconds into overtime and dropped a 4-3 decision to the Wichita Falls Wildcats here on Wednesday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
The Bulls were the better team for the first 50 minutes of play out working and out chancing the Wildcats, and holding a solid 3-1 advantage. Some tough penalties in the final seven minutes allowed the Wildcats to score two goals less than two minutes apart to pull even at 3-3.
Wichita Falls netted the winner at the 1:06 mark of the extra session on a turnover inside the Bulls zone.
It didn’t take long for Amarillo to get going offensively into the contest as Brooks Behling sharp- angled shot eluded goaltender Eric Garavagilia to make it 1-0. Bulls newcomer Eric Millisor earned an assist on his first shift. The Wildcats tied the game up 1-1 just over two minutes later.
The Bulls pulled ahead 2-1 near the end of the period when Cody Freeman’s shot went just under the crossbar. Michael Erickson set the play up with a strong face-off win. The Bulls outshot the Wildcats 14-10 in the first stanza.
In the second period, the Bulls added to their lead when Zack Smoot finished off a 2 on 1 from Matt Johnson at 8:32. It was a strong period for the Bulls which controlled much of the play and had a 12-7 advantage in the shot department.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Wichita Falls Wildcats 40-32. There were just eight total power plays with the Bulls going 0 for2 and the Wildcats were 2 for 6.
These two teams will meet again on Friday night back at Kay Yeager Coliseum at 7 pm. Fans can listen to the game live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com, beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska as the play-by-play action at 7 pm. The game is also available on Pay Per View courtesy of Fast Hockey and a high speed internet connection is required in order to view the game.
Hockey is back at the Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26 when the Bulls entertain the Corpus Christi IceRays on both contests at 7 pm. Friday’s game is Scout Night and to book your troop or pack, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122. On the Saturday, the Bulls will be wearing their Make-A-Wish jerseys and an auction follows immediately after the game.
Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com.