THE TEAMS: Topeka RoadRunners @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Monday at 7 pm
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
WHAT: Game Five South Division Final. Series tied 2-2.
TICKETS: Red and Silver Sections excluding Glass and Pit are just $5 and can be picked up at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.
BROADCAST INFO: Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with Prelude To The Playoffs Presented By Wayland Baptist University at a special start time of 6:40 pm. The puck drop is at 7 pm with Denis J. Puska.
THE SERIES: This is the fifth and deciding game of the South Division final between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners. This series has been dominated by the road team with Topeka winning the first two in the Texas Panhandle 3-2 and 3-1, while Amarillo won two more games in Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena 3-2 in overtime and 5-2. The Bulls have owned a lead in three of the four games.
Forward Roman Ammirato leads all Bulls players in the series with two goals and five assists for seven points. His 10 points in the post season ranks among the leaders in the North American Hockey League. Twelve different players have scored at least one goal for Amarillo. Goaltender Collin Delia has won four of the seven games in the post season, and has a goals against average of less than two per game.
Tyler Poulsen leads the RoadRunners in scoring with 11 points in the post season, including six in this series. Poulsen, Daniel Razavsky and Mike Gornall have combined for seven goals. Goaltender PJ Bridges has played every minute for Topeka in the playoffs and has a goals against average of 2.01.
AMARILLO HOCKEY HISTORY FACT: This is the first ever post season deciding game in Amarillo Hockey History (18 years) to be played at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The last deciding game in professional era took place in 2004 Central Hockey League playoffs where the Amarillo Gorillas defeated the San Angelo Saints in game five in San Angelo.
AMARILLO-TOPEKA PLAYOFF HISTORY FACT: This is the second fifth and deciding game in the short four year history of the rival known as Amarillo and Topeka. But this is the first time that they will meet in Amarillo. In 2011 South Division final, the Bulls pushed the RoadRunners to a game five in Topeka. The Bulls won that game 3-1 thanks to third period goals from Matt Johnson and Cody Freeman, 35 seconds apart.