NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Amarillo Bulls couldn’t hold onto a strong start on Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills.
The hometown Lone Star Brahmas scored four straight goals, including two via the power play and doubled the Bulls 4-2. That victory was the Brahmas first at home in two games and the loss by the Bulls dropped them into a tie for third place with the Odessa Jackalopes in the South Division.
“I was proud of the guys for the way they kept battling all game long despite the penalties,” said Head Coach Rocky Russo. “The guys didn’t quit.”
Simon Morberg and Marcus Chorney scored for the Bulls on the power play, while goaltender Jason Grande took the loss. Justin Addamo and Ture Linden each scored twice for the Brahmas.
It was another smooth start to the game for the Amarillo Bulls as they controlled much of the play for the first half of the first period with seven of the first nine shots. Simon Morberg gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead when he fired a shot on the short side that eluded goaltender Harrison Feeney. Marcus Chorney and Nikita Sokolov provided assists on the play. Amarillo outshot Lone Star 9-7 in the first period.
Much of the stanza was spent penalty killing by the Amarillo Bulls including a stretch on a five minute major. The Brahmas tied the game just 33 seconds into the period when Just Addamo pushed a rebound by goaltender Grande. Later, the Brahmas took the lead with a power play goal on the major penalty as Addamo notched his second of the game with a hard shot that beat Grande just inside the post. Lone Star outshot Amarillo 14-4 in the second period.
The Brahmas added two more goals in the first 10 minutes of the third period to increase their lead to 4-1. Both of the markers came off the stick of Ture Linden, including one where he found a loose rebound at the side of the net.
There was no quit in the Bulls as they kept battling right down to the final whistile. Marcus Chorney cut the Brahmas deficit in half on a blast through goaltender Feeney. Gleb Murtazin and Nikita Sokolov added assists on the play at the 13:12 mark.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 33-24. There were a combined 15 power plays during the contest with the Bulls picking up goals on the man advantage, while Lone Star had one.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Sunday the Bulls welcome Mexican Luchador The Blue Demon for autographs. There will be $1 hotdogs and a limited amount of $8 Silver Level Tickets.
Fans can visit the Bulls Office at 301 South Polk or call 806-242-1122 to purchase tickets or to find out further information. Tickets are also available at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations.