TOPEKA, KS – For just the second time since the Amarillo Bulls have been coming to the state of Kansas, they swept the Topeka RoadRunners.
Ryan Cole’ssecond shorthanded goal of the season in the second period and Paul Berrafato stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced as the Bulls beat the Topeka RoadRunners 3-1. The Bulls moved four points ahead of the Texas Tornado for first place in the South and the North American Hockey League overall standings. The RoadRunners are now six points back in third place.
Mike Davisand Omar Mullan collected the other Amarillo Bulls’ goals.
“It was a good weekend for us, and the guys battled hard in both games,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “We played through adversity tonight, playing without Carter Penzien and Tyler Deresky taking a 10-minute misconduct. We didn’t make any excuses and kept working hard throughout. Anytime you can come into Topeka and take four points you know it’s been a good weekend.”
Special teams played a large part of the opening 20 minutes as each team had three power plays. The Bulls took a 1-0 lead when Mike Davis followed up a rebound from a point shot from Joe Grabowski at 10:36. There were a total of 14 shots in the first period with each team having seven.
The Amarillo Bulls scored the lone goal of the second period when Ryan Cole tallied shorthanded from Brady Ferguson at 15:35. The Bulls had two other opportunities to score on the same penalty, but couldn’t capitalize until Cole tipped home the shot. Each team had eight shots on goal in the second period.
Topeka narrowed the deficit to one goal when they scored shorthanded. It would be one of three shots they would have in the final period. In the final minute, the RoadRunners pulled their goaltender to look for the equalizer but the Bulls did a great job limiting any scoring opportunities. Omar Mullan rounded out the scoring when he put the puck into the empty net.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Topeka RoadRunners 24-22 including 5-3 in the third period. There were a total of 11 power plays in the game with neither team scoring on the power play.
The Amarillo Bulls now hit the Christmas break and won’t play again for two weeks. Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Odessa Jackalopes at 7 pm. Friday’s game is Faith Night and there will be $1 hotdogs. On Monday, Dec. 31 the Bulls host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm in the second annual New Years’ Eve game. The Bulls will wear specialty jerseys that night with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Seven Game Flex Packs and Birthday Party Packages, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.