Amarillo,Tx(May 15,2021)-The Amarillo Bulls concluded the regular season with a 3-to-2 win over the Odessa Jackalopes Saturday night.
The regular-season finale started with a pregame ceremony recognizing each player on the current Bulls roster. The second pregame ceremony focused on six new Air Force cadets completing their swearing-in process to a long standing ovation from Bulls fans in attendance.
The game started with solid defensive play and strong goaltending when needed in the first period. Neither team would get many chances in the opening frame and the game would stay scoreless going into the second period.
In the early stages of the second, Greg Japchen would blast home his 13th goal of the season to break the scoreless tie. Just 24 seconds later, Max Scott would follow up on his first shot attempt to control the rebound and sneak it past Odessa goalie Cooper Black to give Amarillo a 2-to-0 lead.
Later in the second period, the Bulls would get their first power-play of the night and Jere Vaisanen would tally his 17th goal of the season to open up a three-goal lead for Amarillo.
Three minutes later, Odessa would respond with a J.R. Perdion goal after a bad bounce in the Amarillo zone. 90 seconds later the Jackalopes would score again with a power-play tally when Jimmy Rayhill beat Andrew Takacs glove side to make it a 3-to-2 game going into the final period.
Odessa would generate quality scoring chances in the third period but Takacs would hold the one-goal lead going late into the contest. In the final seconds, Odessa would get an open net chance when Casey Roepke would come sliding into the shooting lane to block the shot from Joey Musa to secure the 3-to-2 victory.
The Bulls end the regular season with a 28-18-3-6 record and 67 overall points. Amarillo will face the South division champion Shreveport Mudbugs in the first round of the 2021 Robertson Cup Playoffs.
The Amarillo Bulls are members of the North American Hockey League which is a tier II junior hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. For more information visit https://www.amarillobulls.com