AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls have been in a lot of close hockey games in recent weeks, but have not had the breaks go in their favor.
In last five games, the Bulls have posted just a 1-3-0-1 mark with the latest tough one coming on Saturday night, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Topeka RoadRunners at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The Bulls had several opportunities to extend one goal leads only to see the visitors come back and tie the game. Rocky Russo’s charges also had a five minute power play that turned into a 5 on 3 advantage, but failed to find the back of the net.
Scoring for Amarillo were Jon Russell, Colin Price and Alex Truscott. Defenseman Brendan Michaelian picked up two helpers. Jason Grande took the loss in goal.
The start to Saturday’s game was much better for the home side and they quickly capitalized. Forward Jon Russell scored on a re-direct in the slot area from Cameron Bartkoski and Brendan Michaealian. Near the end of the stanza, Topeka tied the game on Will Schlagenhauf’s goal from Nick Granowicz and Dylan Rauh. The Bulls outshot the visitors 18-4 in the first period.
Colin Price gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead early in the middle stanza when he converted a play at the side of the net from Gleb Murtazin and Marcus Chorney. Murtazin kept the play alive at the blue line a fired a shot towards the net where Price was at the right spot to collect the rebound. The RoadRunners used a quick rush up the ice to tie the game near the end of the period. Zeike Zeier scored a quick shot that found the top corner from Dylan Rauh and Max Finner. The Bulls outshot Topeka 15-12 in the stanza.
The visitors took lead early in the third period as Maxi Finner scored on a screen shot from the point. The game remained tight for a long stretch of the final period with the Bulls getting some great opportunities thanks to their special teams and a five minute power play. With less than six minutes left in regulation, Captain Alex Truscott scored on a sharp angle after he took the rebound off the boards and stuffed it in the short side. Brendan Michaelian provided the lone assist on the play with the long shot from the point.
There was no scoring in overtime but both teams were give power plays including the Bulls who had a 4 on 3 for the final 2:05 of the extra session.
It took eight rounds of shooters to decide the winner as Huge Quinn scored and Alex Truscott could not convert on his chance.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Topeka RoadRunners 45-27. There were a combined 11 power plays with the Bulls getting the lone marker.
It’s back on the road for the Amarillo Bulls this Friday and Saturday, travelling to North Richland Hills Texas to face the Lone Star Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Center. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with HockeyTV beginning with pre-game coverage at 7:10pm. The puck drop with Denis J. Puska is set for 7:30 pm.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 when the Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. On Sunday the Bulls welcome The Blue Demon, a Mexican Wrestler, to the game for autographs and a chance to meet fans. The Bulls are offering an $8 ticket special for that game with limited seats being available.
Fans can purchase tickets through the Bulls Office at 301 South Polk or by calling 242-1122. Additionally, tickets can also be picked up at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets.