THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Corpus Christi IceRays
WHERE: American Bank Center
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday 7 pm.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The Puck Drop follows at 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return home to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 when they host the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7pm. Friday is Family Fun Night, while Saturday is Pink In The Rink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
TICKET OPTIONS: Tickets for all games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on Group Rates, Full, Half Season Tickets or 10 Game Flex Packs, please call 806-242-1122.
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The teams met eight times last year with the Bulls barely taking the season series 4-3-1. Anton Martinsson won all four of the starts in goal. Forward Ryan Cusin notched a goal and seven assists for eight points versus the Bulls. This year the clubs will go at it a total of 12 times including four games over the next three weeks.
SHOWCASE REWIND: It wasn’t a terrific North American Hockey League Showcase for either the Amarillo Bulls or the Corpus Christi IceRays. The teams combined for a record of 1-7-1 in eight games with the IceRays posting the lone win over Scranton-Wilkes Bare. Three of the losses by the Bulls were by two goals or less.
ROSTER DEADLINE: The Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays were busy before the deadline by the NAHL to reduce rosters. The Bulls acquired defenseman Jake Houston from the Johnstown Tomahawks during the Showcase last week. Amarillo also picked up defenseman Keenan Sabatini from the Janesville Jets and forward Nicholas Bohatiuk from the Bismark Bobcats. The IceRays made a deal with the Aston Rebels to get forward Guy Roby who spent part of last season in Rio Grande Valley.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: It is a light weekend of action in the South Division. The Topeka RoadRunners host the Lone Star Brahmas in a rematch of last year’s Division Championship Series. The other match-up takes place on Saturday where the Odessa Jackalopes visit the Wichita Falls Wildcats.