Edgerton, Babintsev Shine at Top Prospects

press-releasePLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN – Luke Edgerton has taken on the warrior mentality for the Amarillo Bulls this season and he did the same thing on Monday night for the South Division at the North American Hockey League Top Prospects in Plymouth, Michigan.

Edgerton has been dinged up with an assortment of injuries including the latest one where he had stitches to his lip he received from a skate blade during the Bulls game on Saturday at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

However, the Wheeling, West Virginia native got stitched up and boarded the plan and headed to Plymouth, Michigan along with his teammate Nikita Babintsev to not only represent the Bulls but the South Division.

The two didn’t disappoint in their Top Prospects debut. Infact, it was Edgerton that figured in on all the offense as the South Division held off the National Team Development Program 3-2. The NTDP team was a combination of both 17 and 18-Team players.

It was the NTDP who scored first in the opening period as Jake Pivonka buried a rebound in front. From there, Edgerton and South took over with two consecutive goals in the late stages of the 1st period. Brad Power (Corpus Christi IceRays) and David Thomson (Corpus Christi IceRays) assisted on Edgerton’s first goal and Power would pick up an assist on Edgerton’s second goal along with Kristaps Jakobsons (Shreveport Mudbugs).

The South would push the lead to 3-1 with a goal late in the 2nd period from Power, which was his third point of the night.  Max Gildon scored on a wrist shot for the NTDP with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to cut the lead to 3-2, but the South hung on thanks to some blocked shots and great goaltending from Amarillo Bulls goalie Nikita Babintsev.

Dylan Lubbesmeyer (Shreveport Mudbugs) also played very well for the South in goal, stopping 12 of 13 shots, while Babintsev made 15 saves on 16 shots. NTDP goalie Ryan Ullan made 32 saves in the loss.

The South Division plays its  second game later today (Tuesday) versus the Central Division at 2 pm eastern, 1 pm central. Fans can tune into the action on Hockey TV.

Meantime, the Amarillo Bulls return to the ice this weekend for three straight versus the Lone Star Brahmas at NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills TX. The games are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Fans can tune into the action on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV With Hockey TV beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.

Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 9-10-11 when the Amarillo Bulls entertain the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7 pm. 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.panhandletickets.com and amarillobulls.com.