ODESSA, TX –Two players had multiple point nights and goaltender Collin Delia made 22 saves to power the Amarillo Bulls back into a tie for first place in the South Division with a 4-1 triumph over the Odessa Jackalopes on Saturday night at Ector County Coliseum.
The Bulls, which won their 20th of the season, are tied with the Texas Tornado for top spot following their win in Corpus Christi. Amarillo and Texas got some help as the Topeka RoadRunners fell in Springfield.
Garret Peterson scored twice in the contest while Gage Christianson earned three assists on the game’s first three markers. Despite having his shutout bid broken early in the third period, Collin Delia had a solid game in goal, keeping his team in front.
Peterson provided the offense for the Amarillo Bulls in the game’s first period. Fresh off his commitment to Army Hockey, Peterson scored his first of the season with a bullet drive past Blake Wojtala at the 9:36 mark. Gage Christianson in his first game back in the line-up earned an assist, along with James Bonaguro. Peterson notched his second via the power play on a blast from the point after the Bulls won the face off. Tyler Rostenkowski and TJ Sarcona picked up assists at 16:55. The Bulls outshot the Jackalopes 18-9 and outchanced them three to one.
The Bulls quickly added to their lead in the second period when Carter Penzien’s quick shot found the top shelf from Gage Christianson and John Rey at 57 seconds. After that the Bulls continued to work hard and control much of the play. Goaltender Collin Delia played well through the first 40 minutes, making key saves and controlling his rebounds.
The Jackalopes got on the board with a goal early in the third period. But the Bulls rounded out the scoring with a five-on-three power play goal in the final three minutes. Connor Frey scored from TJ Sarcona and Ryan Cole at 17:59.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 57-23, including 16-3 in the third period. There were nine total power plays with the Bulls 2 for 4, while Odessa was 0 for 5.
A three game weekend for the Amarillo Bulls closes out tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon with the third annual Sonic Sunday. The Bulls will host the Wichita Falls Wildcats for the first time during the regular season. The face-off is set for 6 pm. There are still a few free tickets available at the Bulls Office, located at 301 South Polk, which will be open from 10 am to 3 pm. If fans have tickets they are not using then they are encouraged to hand them out to others or return them to the Bulls office where they can be handed out.
Fans unable to make it to the game can tune into the action live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.com beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show at 5:45 pm. Denis J. Puska will make his return to the booth after missing the past two games due to illness. The game is also available on Pay-Per-View courtesy of Fast Hockey and a high speed internet connection is required in order to view the game.