BROADCAST INFO: Fans can tune in live on ESPN1440 beginning with The Bulls Warm Up Show Presented by Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has all of the play-by-play action to follow at 7 pm. The broadcast is also available online courtesy of Sportsjuice and fans can click on the Listen Live logo to hear the game. Fast Hockey has the Pay-Per-View broadcast of tonights game and for further information click on the logo to the right. The cost to watch the game is $6.95.
THE SERIES:This is the second meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners. The two teams will not meet one another again until Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend when the Bulls travel to the State of Kansas for two games.
GAME REWIND:Two goals by Dan Sherer and 18 saves by Nikifor Szczerba propelled the Amarillo Bulls past the Topeka RoadRunners 4-2 on Friday night in the Bull Pen at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls trailed 1-0 after the first period, but tallied two in the second to take the lead. Sherer got his first and Kyle Sucher with the other. Topeka tied the game late in the middle stanza on a power play goal setting up the exciting finish. Sherer got his second to make it 3-2 and then Zack Smoot put the game away with an empty net marker in the final 20 seconds.
SOUTH DIVISION STILL TIGHT:Despite the victory last night, the Amarillo Bulls remain tied for second place in the South Division. Elsewhere, the Texas Tornado beat New Mexico 8-2 and the Wichita Falls Wildcats nipped the Corpus Christi Ice Rays 2-1 in overtime. The Bulls and the Tornado each have 17 points, while the Wildcats maintain a slim one point lead in first place.
NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS: The Bulls win last night was their fourth of the season when they have gone into the dressing room tied after 40 minutes of play. Amarillo is now second in the NAHL in goals for, with 4.07 per game, while they are 11th in goals against with just under three per game. The Bulls and the Topeka Road Runners are a combined 9-0-0 when they outshoot an opponent during a contest.
WHAT’S IN A NAME:The name Hill or Hills is quite popular in this weekend series between Amarillo and Topeka. Travis Hill and Derek Hills of the Amarillo Bulls and forward Michael Hill of the Topeka Road Runners.
BULLS BITES:Zack Smoot continues to have the hot hand for the Bulls on home ice this season with 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists), but Joe Kozlak is the hottest shooter with 14 total shots. Matt Johnson, Dan Sherer and Cody Freeman have been the best for the Bulls in the last five games with six points each. Smoot led all Bulls’ in the month of September with five goals and eight points. Matt Johnson and Dan Sherer have been tops for the Bulls in October with four goals apiece.
ROADRUNNERS SPEED SHOTS:Topeka forward Michael Hill has enjoyed playing away from the State of Kansas this season with 13 road points (6 goals and 7 assists). Justin Hussar leads the team in road power play goals with five followed by Hill with four. In the last five games Jordan Davis and Ryan White have been very consistent with a combined 13 points. White has connected for seven points (3 goals and 4 assists), while Davis has six helpers.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:After tonight the Amarillo Bulls will play one final game on home ice before a stretch away from the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls host the Wichita Falls Wildcats next Friday night and then its three weeks away from home due to the World Ranch Rodeo. In those weeks, the Bulls will travel to New Mexico for the first time and then to Wichita Falls for the second time.