TOPEKA, KS – The Amarillo Bulls nine game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night. Topeka scored three power play goals and went on to beat the Amarillo Bulls 6-2 at Kansas Expo Center-Landon Arena.
It was just the Bulls second regulation loss of the season. The Bulls lead in the South Division standings was trimmed to two points as the Texas Tornado beat the Fresno Monsters.
The Bulls had a hard time getting their offense going and were denied by the goaltending of Peter Traber who played well. The difference in the game was the second period as Bulls surrendered a couple of goals.
“I think the big turnaround was our goal being waved off in the second period, and then they scored a minute later,” said Bulls Assistant Coach Rocky Russo. “That was a huge momentum swing for us.”
It was a tough opening period for the Bulls as they found themselves down 2-0 before the 10 minute mark. One goal was on the power play and the other came shorthanded. However, the Bulls weathered the storm and were able to score when Karl Beckman finished off a play with a shot from the high slot area. Omar Mullan earned the assist on the marker. Topeka outshot Amarillo 9-6 in the first period.
The Bulls had a goal called off in the early moments of the second period when the referee determined that the goaltender had been interfered with. One minute later Topeka would add a goal to increase their lead to 3-1 and then seven minutes later score again to extend their lead to three.
The third period had the Bulls cut the deficit to 4-2 when Brooks Behling scored from Clint Carlisle at 4:16. Topeka added two goals on the power play to increase their lead to 6-2 and round out the scoring.
The Bulls earned a split of their two games over the weekend. One of the positives signs for the Bulls was their ability to score down low.
“I don’t think we had one pretty goal on Friday night but they all count,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “You have to muck around against these guys (Topeka). They don’t give you a lot of opportunities. When you are scoring against them, you have to get screens and tips in front of the net and I thought we did a good job in that area.”