TOPEKA, KS — Hot, Hot, Hot…
That’s the best way to describe the Amarillo Bulls heading into the Christmas Break. The Bulls extended their unbeaten string to 15 games, consecutive wins to seven and first place lead to 12 points as they dumped the Topeka Pilots 5-1 on Saturday night at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena.
The second period proved to be difference for the Bulls as they connected four times, three of them coming after the Pilots had trimmed the lead to 2-1.
Scoring for Amarillo were Ryan Lautenbach, Logan Jenuwine, Gabriel Seger, Jason Brancheau and Cooper Fensterstock. Justin Evenson posted the win in goal turning aside 18 of 19 shots he faced.
Jason Brancheau started the offense for the Bulls as he pushed a shot past goaltender McLean Dorr. Cooper Fensterstock and Trey Bagwell picked up assists on the play. The Bulls outshot Topeka 14-7 in the first period.
It was a five goal explosion in the second period with the Bulls being able to tally four of them. Cooper Fensterstock got things started with a marker just 39 seconds into the period from Nick Anderson and Brenden Datema. The Pilots would answer back with their first goal in over four periods as Cole Thiessen scored from Michael Muschitiello and Valdemar Ahlberg.
After that, the Bulls went to work and netted the next three with two of them coming in a 2:46 span. Ryan Lautenbach and Gabriel Seger scored back-to-back goals to increase the lead to 4-1. Brett Abdelnour, Nick Anderson, Alex Peterson and Noah Carlin assisted on the goals. Just before the end of the stanza, Logan Jenuwine found the back of the net with a shot from Alex Peterson and Jake Willets. The Bulls outshot the Pilots 19-8 in the period.
The final 20 minutes featured defensive hockey by the Bulls limiting the opposition to just four shots on goal.
In the end the Bulls outshot Topeka 42-19 and had four more power plays than their opponents.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31 when the Amarillo Bulls entertain the Topeka Pilots. Sunday’s game is a special start time of 4 pm and features the Zooperstars, a family friend act that has performed on America’s Got Talent. Monday’s game is the 8th annual New Year’s Eve game which has become a tradition in the Texas Panhandle. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.amarillobulls.com/tickets and www.panhandletickets.com.