ODESSA, TX – Special teams were the downfall for the Amarillo Bulls on Thursday night at Ector County Coliseum.
The Bulls surrendered two power play goals and another shorthanded and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Odessa Jackalopes. The loss snapped the Bulls two game winning streak and kept them winless on the road. The two teams meet again tomorrow (Friday) and again Saturday with the face offs set for 7 pm.
It was the third all-time win for Odessa over Amarillo. All three wins have come on home ice and the first games of weekend series.
Charlie Singerhouse and Keenan Sabatini scored for the Bulls, while Michael Forman had two assists. Phil Fromberger and Brady Crabtree picked up single helpers.
The Amarillo Bulls got off to a flying start in the opening period of play with 10 shots in the first 12 minutes of play and controlling much of the action. The hard work was rewarded when Charlie Singerhouse got his first NAHL goal, following up a rebound from Brady Crabtree and Michael Forman at 6:44. Ten minutes later, the Jacks tied the game on an odd-man rush on the power play. Odessa had another power play later in the period looking to take the lead, but goaltender Anton Martinsson made some nice saves. The Bulls outshot Odessa 13-11 in the first period.
Second periods have been troublesome for the Amarillo Bulls in recent games and it was another problem on Thursday night. The hometown Jackalopes fired two special teams’ goals to take a two goal lead, 3-1. The first one was on the power play as a player pushed the puck across the goal line at the side of the net. Amarillo had a four minute power play at the end of the stanza and gave up a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.
For the 2nd straight week the Bulls gave up a penalty shot at a key moment of the game. An Odessa player was hauled down on a breakaway with just seconds remaining in the period. Zach Zech went in on goaltender Anton Martinsson but was denied. Odessa outshot Amarillo 16-9 in the second period.
The Bulls came out stronger in the third period and scored a power play goal to trim the deficit to 3-2. Keenan Sabatini’s (2nd goal of the game) shot from the point eluded goaltender Gunner Rivers. Phil Fromberger and Michael Forman picked up assists on the play. Amarillo battled hard down the stretch looking for the equalizer but it was Odessa that would restore a two goal advantage on a one timer from the face-off circle.
The Amarillo Bulls were outshot 38-30 including 11-8 in the third period. There were 16 combined power plays between the two teams, with the Bulls going 1 for 10 and the Jacks were 2 of 6.
Fans can tune into the action of the Bulls and the Jacks tomorrow (Thursday) night from Ector County Coliseum beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Amarillo Bulls hockey follows at 7 pm on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 when the Bulls host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Tickets, Full or Half Season Tickets as well as 10 Game Flex Packs, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.