WICHITA FALLS, TX – For the first time this season the Amarillo Bulls have suffered two regulation losses in a row.
The Bulls surrendered one goal in each of the periods and dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Tuesday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
It was the first of a three game road trip for the Bulls with two more games to come against the Texas Tornado on Friday and Saturday night.
The Bulls were trailing 2-1 heading into the third period when the Wildcats added a third goal to give them a two-goal cushion. Amarillo attempted another one of its third period comebacks, but it fell short. Omar Mullen scored with less than five minutes remaining in the third from behind the net to trim the deficit to 3-2. Ryan Taylor and Ryan Cole picked up assists on the marker.
Amarillo applied tremendous pressure in the final five minutes with a barrage of shots and chances, but couldn’t be goaltender Matt Leon who played well.
It was a fast skating opening 20 minutes to start the game. The Bulls had a couple of chances to score but goaltender Matt Leon turned those aside including one by Joe Kozlak., The Wichita Falls Wildcats scored the period’s lone goal when a shot was redirected behind Mike Taffe.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second period converting a scramble in front of the net. Amarillo pulled to within one on a power play goal by Mike Erickson from Greg Gibson at 14:11. Erickson’s shot was a sharp angel one that eluded Leon. The Bulls had controlled most of the play during the second period and especially over the final five minute with three consecutive power plays.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Wichita Falls Wildcats 30-25 including 23-17 in the first 40 minutes. There were 11 total power plays with the Bulls netting the lone power play goal.
The Bulls will finish the week practicing in Wichita Falls before departing for Frisco Texas and the two games this weekend.
“It’s nice to be on the road right now especially after the NAHL Trade Deadline went through on Monday night, and have our 23 guys that we are going to finish with this season,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “We are going to make it a team fun-like atmosphere.”
Fans can catch both games against the Texas Tornado live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com beginning with pre-game coverage at 7:15 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Denis J. Puska has the puck drop at 7:30 pm. 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.