NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – A run of good fortune on Friday nights came to an end for the Amarillo Bulls at NYTEX Sports Center.
The Bulls suffered their first regulation loss on a Friday night in their last six outings as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Lone Star Brahmas. In the process, the Bulls fell 10 points back of the Corpus Christi IceRays for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. A loss in regulation on Saturday and a win by the IceRays would eliminate Rocky Russo’s charges from playoff contention.
The Bulls offense sputtered with just 16 shots on goal, while Trevor Micucci took the loss which was his first in his last six appearances.
It was an evenly played opening 20 minutes by the teams as they nearly shared in 18 shots on goal. Forward Egor Kurbatov missed an open night late in the period when goaltender Mitchell Gibson was out of position. The combination of Jason Brancheau and Alex Peterson were halted on a two-on- one break.
The Brahmas jumped out to a 1-0 early in the second period as Aiden Spellacy scored on a shot from inside the face-off circle. The Bulls managed just three shots on goal during the middle stanza.
Former Bulls’ forward Jon Russell scored in the first three minutes of the final frame on a nice rush up the ice. The Bulls came out with a little more fire in their step but were unable to push anything past Gibson. Seven minutes later, the Bulls penalty killing was at work when Kimball Johnson ripped a shot past goaltender Trevor Micucci to make it 3-0. In the final 64 seconds Johnson added his second of the game when he sent a puck 60 feet down the ice into the empty net.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 26-17. The Bulls finished 0 for 5 on the power play while the Brahmas were 1 for 3.
The Amarillo Bulls look to gain a split in the weekend series when they face the Brahmas tomorrow (Saturday) night at NYTEX Sports Center at 7:30 pm. Fans can tune into the action live on BS Sports Radio 1440 and online at www.amarillobulls.com. The game is also available on PPV courtesy of Hockey TV with Brahmas broadcaster Nick Marek providing the call.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Mar. 30 and Saturday, Mar. 31 when the Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Friday is POP Stop and 806 Sports Radio night with the Family Four Pack for $44 and the Bring A Bud for $22. Saturday is Fan and Child Appreciation. Youth hockey jerseys and the Bulls Team Poster will be given away at the door.
Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations or by calling 242-1122.