AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls posted their first shutout of the season on Saturday night en route to their eighth win in a row and franchise’s 58th overall.
Brooks Behling scored the lone goal in the second period and Gregg Gruehl stopped 22 shots as Amarillo blanked the Odessa Jackalopes 1-0. The victory improved the Bulls record to 14-1-2 and a four point lead in the South Division. It was the Bulls last home game until Wednesday, Nov. 23 as they will now depart on a stretch of six straight away from home.
Amarillo wired 62 shots on goal including 26 in the first period and 20 in the final stanza.
Behling’s goal came at the 5:36 mark of the second period and started with a terrific save by goaltender Gruehl. After the stop, the Bulls worked the puck up ice the ice and Greg Gibson found Behling wide open for a one-timer.
“We showed a bunch of odd-man rushes to the players before the game and talked about hitting the late guy,” said Bulls Assistant Coach Rocky Russo. “Brooks does a good job of slowing himself up, and Greg Gibson did a good job in driving wide, getting the d-men to turn their shoulders. There was Brooks coming late, stays wide and opens himself up for a one-timer. He isn’t going to miss too many of those.”
The Bulls dominated most of the play from right off the opening face-off for the second straight night, and if it wasn’t for goaltender Connor Hellebuyck the score could have been much more lopsided.
The Bulls eight game winning streak has given all players on the roster an opportunity to play. Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams said that depth is going to be a key to their long term success.
“Our guys have been playing so well,” commented Williams. “It’s a great problem for me to have and I feel so confident with all of our guys. I can roll four lines and six defensemen as well as rotating goaltenders. Our decisions have not been too tough.”
There were a total of 12 power plays with the Bulls going 0 for 8 including several opportunities in the third period.
The Amarillo Bulls road trip begins next weekend with two games against the Topeka RoadRunners at Kansas Expo Center-Landon Arena. The face off on Friday and Saturday night for both games is at 7 pm. Fans can tune into the action live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com fueled by UStream, beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented by Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play by play to follow. The games are also available on Pay Per View and a high speed internet connection is required in order to view the games.