AMARILLO, TX – What a debut?
You couldn’t have asked for a better start for the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League. The Bulls (7-1-1) are tied for first place with the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the South Division with 15 points. The two teams are in a three-way tie for second (St. Louis Bandits the other) in the overall standings behind the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
The Bulls blasted the New Mexico Mustangs 8-2 on Friday night and then followed that up with a 5-0 decision on Saturday. In the process, Amarillo outscored New Mexico 6-2 in the first periods of both games, while surrendering zero over the final 100 minutes of play.
BULLS IN THE COMMUNITY: The Amarillo Bulls were out at a couple of activities this past week. On Thursday, Bulls’ players visited Eastridge Elementary School where they spoke to the after school program and signed autographs.
On Saturday morning, players were involved in the Carenet on Woodward Street in Amarillo.
If you would like Bulls players at your school event or community activity, call 806-242-1122 or visit www.amarillobulls.comand fill out an appearance form under the community section.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Amarillo Bulls will play a home-and-home series against the Texas Tornado this weekend. The two teams will tangle on Friday night at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Frisco at 7:30 pm and then the following night at 7 pm at the Amarillo Civic Center. Tickets for Saturday’s game are available at the Civic Center Box Office, all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets.
GOT TICKETS: Fans can call the Amarillo Bulls office at 806-242-1122, to purchase single game tickets, flex packs or group tickets.
BROADCAST INFO: Both of the Bulls’ games this weekend can be heard live on ESPN1440 beginning with The Warm Up Show Presented by Wayland Baptist University. On Friday coverage begins at 7:15 pm, while on Saturday fans can tune in starting at 6:45 pm.
SEVERAL PLAYERS LEADING THE WAY: Bulls forwards Cody Freeman and Zack Smoot are tied for sixth in NAHL scoring. Freeman added one goal and three assists over the weekend, while Smoot contributed three helpers. Goaltender Nikifor Szczerba lowered his goals against average to 1.48 while extending his shutout string to over 100 minutes.
PENALTY KILLING REMAINS STRONG :In their last five games the Amarillo Bulls have killed off 26 of their last 27 penalties. The lone blemish on that string was two weeks ago against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Those outstanding numbers have propelled the Bulls to fourth in the North American Hockey League.
THE STAT OF THE WEEKEND: It is interesting to note that through the first nine games of the NAHL regular season, the Amarillo Bulls have not trailed after the first or second periods. The Bulls are the only team in the league that have yet to post records in that category.
AMARILLO 8 – NEW MEXICO 2: Seven different goal scorers contributed to the offense as the Bulls bounced the New Mexico Mustangs 8-2. Derek Hills notched a pair of goals, while Travis Hill, Michael Erickson, Matt Johnson, Steven Obarzanek, Cody Freeman and Dan Sherer added singles. Freeman earned three assists, while TJ Sarcona had two.
AMARILLO 5 – NEW MEXICO 0: Nikifor Szczerba turned aside all 20 shots he faced as Amarillo blanked New Mexico 5-0. This game featured a line brawl in the third period and 158 minutes in penalties. Bulls goals came off the sticks of Terrance Johnson, Matt Johnson, Cody Freeman Dan Sherer and Chris Cass. Amarillo outshot New Mexico 39-20, including 28-12 over the first 40 minutes.