AMARILLO, TX – One of the biggest crowds in the history of the Amarillo Bulls was treated to a big win by the home team on Saturday night.
More than 4,000 fans watched goaltender Collin Delia stop all 19 shots he faced for his seventh shutout of the season as the Amarillo Bulls blanked the Lone Star Brahmas 4-0. It was the Bulls seventh win in the Battle Of The Cattle Series and it kept them seven points ahead of second place Topeka in the South Division. The race for the NAHL overall title remained unchanged as the Fairbank Ice Dogs kept their four-point advantage over the Bulls with a win over Austin.
Mike Davis scored twice for the Bulls, while Brady Ferguson and Eric Purcell added singles. Ferguson also had an assist in the contest, and Brett Szajner notched two. Collin Delia was solid in goal turning aside some solid opportunities by the Brahmas especially in the second and third periods.
The night began with a ceremony to honor the players’ parents who were in town over the weekend.
Another fast start led to a three-goal first stanza for the Amarillo Bulls. This time it was two goals in a span of 19 seconds and a third near the end of the period. Mike Davis scored his 20th of the year, connecting on a play in front of the net from Brady Ferguson and Kyle Gattelaro at 5:06. Eric Purcell collected his second as a member of the Bulls with a shot at the side of the net from Brett Szajner and Cody Gylling. Szajner set up the play with a great pass at the blueline. In the final two minutes, Brady Ferguson scored when he knocked home a loose puck in the crease area shorthanded.
The Bulls had the shot advantage in the opening 20 minutes 17-3. The Brahmas managed just one shot for the first 18 minutes and final got two more in the final two minutes.
There was no scoring in the second period, but the Brahmas came on and gave the Bulls all they could handle. Goaltender Collin Delia prevented Lone Star from getting on the scoreboard. The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 13-10.
In the third period, the Bulls rounded out the scoring when Mike Davis notched his second of the game. The play was set up by Roman Ammirato’s work at the blue as he threw a pass over to Davis who’s quick shot beat goaltender TJ Black. Brett Szajner also earned an assist on the play.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Lone Star Brahmas 11-6 in the third period and 41-19 in the contest.
The special teams were dominated by the Bulls who were 1 for 9, while the Brahmas were 0 for 5.
It’s back on the road for the Amarillo Bulls which will head to Corpus Christi to face the IceRays on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm at American Bank Center. Fans can tune into the action on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with pre game coverage 15 minutes before the puck is dropped.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center when the Amarillo Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners on Friday, Mar. 7 and Saturday Mar. 8 at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.