CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Amarillo Bulls found out on Saturday night what happens when you let teams hang around.
Despite controlling a better part of the play at times in the game, The Bulls surrendered the game winning goal just 57 seconds into overtime and lost 3-2 to the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center. The loss snapped a six game winning streak for the Bulls and dropped them six points back of the Topeka RoadRunners and the Texas Tornado who are tied for first in the South Division.
“Our team did not respect our opponent,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams after the game. “We need better execution on our systems and to play with more passion.”
It took the first half of the period for teams to feel one another out. Special teams were busy with each team getting two early power plays. The IceRays scored the game’s first goal on a bad bounce, but the Bulls pulled even three minutes later. Geoff Fortman scored on a one-timer from John Rey at the 15:46 mark. Mike Davis added a second assist on the marker. The Bulls outshot the IceRays 13-9.
Much of the second period was spent on the power play by the Bulls, but they couldn’t capitalize on any of their opportunities including a five minute advantage. The Bulls thought they had taken a 2-1 lead but had the goal called back by the referee as it was deemed a player was in the crease. The shots on goal favored the Bulls 13-5.
The IceRays took the lead late in the third period when a shot went off a Bulls player and into the net. But Amarillo caught a break in the final minute of regulation. With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, goaltender Ben Myers’ pass was gobbled up by Gage Christianson and deposited into the open net.
Despite getting outshot 10-8 over the final 20:57, the Amarillo Bulls bested the Corpus Christi IceRays 34-24.
There were 11 total power plays in the contest with the Bulls going 0 for 8, while the IceRays were 0 for 3.
The Amarillo Bulls will look to close the weekend with three points and post a victory against the Corpus Christi IceRays tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3 pm at American Bank Center. Fans can tune into the action live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com beginning with pregame coverage at 2:45 pm with Denis J. Puska. 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.