GAME 3 PREVIEW – SOUTH DIVISION FINAL RESUMES THURSDAY
THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Topeka RoadRunners
WHEN: Thursday night at 7 pm.
WHERE: Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena
WHAT: North American Hockey League South Division Final Game 3.
THE SERIES: The Amarillo Bulls trail the Best-Of-Five South Division Final 2-0, following 3-2 and 3-1 losses over the weekend at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. If a fourth game is necessary, it will be played on Friday at 7 pm. If a fifth and deciding game be needed, it would be played on Monday night at 7 pm back in Amarillo.
BULLS PLAYOFF FACTS AND FIGURES: The Amarillo Bulls have never trailed 2-0 in a best-of-five playoff series in their history. With a goal on Saturday night, the Bulls have outscored their opponents 8-3 in the first period. However the middle stanza has been the toughest one with the Bulls being outscored by four. The Bulls have only trailed once in the post season going into the third period.
TOPEKA FACTOIDS: The Topeka RoadRunners have never trailed in the post season heading into the third period, and have allowed just one power play goal. Tyler Poulsen and Jasen Fernsler each have four goals. The RoadRunners have only given up just one goal in the second period.
PLAYOFF PRIMER: The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Michigan Warriors are also one win away from advancing to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final Series. After falling in the first game, the Ice Dogs have rebounded with back-to-back wins over the Wenatchee Wild. Game four is set for Friday night in Washington. The Michigan Warriors are also poised to return to the Robertson Cup and need just one more win over the Port Huron Fighting Falcons to advance. The Warriors took part in a play-in series at the 2011 Robertson Cup before advancing all the way to the national final in Topeka. That year Michigan lost to Fairbanks in the National Final.
The Bismarck Bobcats and the Austin Bruins are tied after the first two games with game three set for North Dakota on Friday night. The Bruins picked up game one in overtime, while the Bobcats took game two also in overtime.