CORPUS CHRISTI, TXX — The Amarillo Bulls scored five unanswered goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and went on to beat the Corpus Christi Icerays 5 – 2 on Saturday night at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. The victory completed the weekend sweep by the Bulls over the Icerays and pulled them to within five points of South Division leading Texas Tornado who has the weekend off.
The game didn’t start well for the Bulls as they trailed 2-0 early in the opening period and were dominated by the Icerays. Amarillo changed the course of action when Cody Freeman scored at 16:27 from Dan Sherer and Gunner Dircks. Ricky DeRosa pulled the Bulls even with just 35 seconds remaining in the first period when he converted a play from Karl Beckman and Derek Hills. Corpus Christi outshot Amarillo 14-12 in the opening period.
In the second period the Bulls grabbed the lead they wouldn’t give up when Zack Smoot scored from Cody Freeman at 8:33.
The Bulls put the game away with two goals 64 seconds apart in the third period. First Joe Kozlak wired a shot from the high slot from DeRosa and Michael Erickson. Matt Johnson then capitalized on an Icerays turnover when he scored from Freeman and TJ Sarcona.
Corpus Christi outshot Amarillo 32-28 including 13-7 in the third period. Goaltender Steve Bolton posted his first win in a Bulls’ uniform and played very well, keeping his team in the game in the opening period.
Four members of the Amarillo Bulls will be in Walpole, Mass starting Sunday for the North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament. This event is a chance for many of the NAHL’s top players to perform in front of both pro and college scouts. Goaltender Nikifor Szczerba, defensemen Kyle Sucher, Derek Hills, and forward Zack Smoot will see action starting Sunday night at 7:30 pm eastern when Team (named after NHL star David) Legwand meets Team (named after NHL defenseman Brian) Rafalski. Fans can watch these games live on Pay-Per-View courtesy of Fast Hockey.
The Amarillo Bulls return to action next weekend when their seven game road trip continues in Rio Rancho, New Mexico against the Mustangs on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm.
It won’t be long before hockey is back at the Amarillo Civic Center as the Bulls will take the ice on Friday, Dec. 17 when they host the Texas Tornado at 7 pm. Santa Claus will make an appearance during the game, and the Bulls will wear their Christmas jerseys with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey. It’s also an opportunity to help support children’s charities with the Teddy Bear Toss. Fans can bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the game and when the Bulls score their first goal, throw the toys onto to the ice. The toys will be collected and given to charity.
Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information regarding group rates, flex packs or to purchase single game tickets, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.