AMARILLO, TX — As the South Division Championship Series resumes next week in the Bayou State, the Amarillo Bulls find themselves even after an emotional and exciting win on Friday in the Best-of-Five affair.
The Bulls raced out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 4-1 win over the Shreveport Mudbugs at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Rocky Russo’s charges played an inspired game right from opening puck drop, finishing their checks, being first on pucks and outshooting the opposition by a wide margin.
Cooper Fensterstock scored the first two goals in the first 4:01 of the contest with a great hard shot, and then on a terrific move to beat goaltender Leo Chuard. Louis Helsen, Alex Peterson and Gabriel Seger did the rest.
The Mudbugs scored the lone goal of the second period, despite the Bulls have a large territorial advantage and having 20 shots on goal.
Gabriel Seger gave the Bulls a 3-1 lead early in the third period converting a rebound in front of the net on a shot from Team Captain Louis Helsen. Down the stretch, the Bulls locked the game up with solid defensive play and outstanding goaltender from Justin Evenson.
Alex Peterson rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal in the final 2:02 of regulation
The third and fourth games of the series are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 7:11 pm at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum. Fans can tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com/listen and on PPV with Hockey TV, beginning with Prelude To The Playoffs Presented By Fit Omni at 6:40 pm. The Bulls will be holding watch parties for the two games and will have details on that coming next week.
If a fifth and deciding game is necessary it would be played next Sunday at 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.