AMARILLO, TX – What a night for Ricky DeRosa and the Amarillo Bulls power play. DeRosa notched four goals and the power play scored twice as the Bulls doubled the Wichita Falls Wildcats 6-3 in front of more than 50 Amarillo fans who made the trip to watch the game. The Bulls pulled to within three points of the second place Wildcats. The two teams will meet twice more this weekend at the Amarillo Civic Center.
UPCOMING GAMES:The Amarillo Bulls finally return home to The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center this Friday and Saturday night, when host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:On Friday night, the Bulls will unveil their mascot for the first time. Several other mascots from around the Texas Panhandle will be on hand to welcome him to the community. Saturday’s game is sponsored by Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry and there will be giveaways throughout the night. It’s also Bank/Credit Union Employee Appreciation Night. Discounted Group Tickets are available for Bank/Credit Union Employees and their families, by calling the Bulls office, 806-242-1122.
GOT TICKETS:Tickets for all Bulls games are available at Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. Call 806-242-1122 to purchase tickets or to inquire about Group Tickets and Flex Packs.
BROADCAST INFO:Both of this weekend’s games can be heard live on ESPN1440 and www.amarillobulls.comfueled by Sportsjuice. The Bulls Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University begins coverage at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has all of the play by play action at 7 pm. 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.
BULLS IN THE COMMUNITY:It was a busy week for the Amarillo Bulls in the community. Players were at Gold Gym Customer Appreciation Day last Monday, Nov. 8. Rocky Russo’s, Hockey for Health Program attended Hillside Elementary School last week and will be at Forest Hill Elementary School this week.
Bulls staff members were in Stratford, TX today to speak to the Stratford Lions Club.
ANOTHER WIN VERSUS THE SOUTH:The Bulls victory versus the Wichita Falls Wildcats was the ninth against the South Division this season. Amarillo has the second best, in-division record, behind the Texas Tornado which are 12-0-1.
SPECIALTY TEAMS SUCCESS:The Amarillo Bulls Power Play and Penalty Killing kicked into high gear on Saturday night. After giving up two first period power play goals, the Bulls held the Wildcats in check the rest of the night. Meantime, the Bulls power play connected on two goals 13 seconds apart in the second period. It snapped a streak that dates back to October 1stwhen the Bulls last scored via the power play.
PLUS A PLUS:It is interesting to note that through the first 16 games of the regular season, seven members of the Amarillo Bulls are in double digits in the plus category of plus-minus. Karl Beckman leads the way with +12, followed by Zack Smoot, Luke Jenkins, TJ Sarcona, and Michael Erickson.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION:The Amarillo Bulls average just over 4 goals per game this season which ranks second in the North American Hockey League. It is the second game in a row that the Bulls have scored more than four times. In the past few games, the offense has been spread around the entire line-up but Saturday’s game was a different story. Two players combined for the six goals and 13 players registered at least one point.
AMARILLO BULLS 6 – WICHITA FALLS WILDCATS 3:The unlucky number 13 proved to be very lucky for the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday night. Two power play goals, 13 seconds apart, fueled an Amarillo Bulls comeback and the offense en route to the victory over the Wildcats. The Bulls netted three goals in the second period and another three in the final 20 minutes to snap a 3-3 tie. Zack Smoot had the other two Amarillo goals including the eventual game winner with under 9 minutes to play.
Nikifor Szczerba won his 12thof the season and turned aside 33 of 36 shots he faced.