THE SERIES:This is the first ever North American Hockey League meeting between the Amarillo Bulls and Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The cities of Corpus Christi and Amarillo have had a rich hockey tradition dating back to the Ice Rays and the Rattlers/Gorillas. The two teams will not face one another again until the first weekend in December, when the Bulls make their first trip to South Texas.
BULLS WEEKEND THUS FAR:The Amarillo Bulls have collected three out of a possible four points in their first two games of this busy opening weekend of divisional play. In the Inaugural Home Opener on Friday night the Bulls blanked the Texas Tornado 1-0 in a shootout. Terrance Johnson notched the lone goal for the Bulls in the shootout. Nikifor Sczcerba posted the shutout.
On Saturday night, the Bulls played their second straight shootout game and dropped a 3-2 decision to the undefeated Wichita Falls Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Cody Freeman gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Shawn Serapilia tied the game at 2-2 for Amarillo early in the third period. Each team had one player score in the shootout so it was extended to sudden death where Wichita Falls scored on their first attempt.
ICE RAYS DROP TWO IN NEW MEXICO:The Corpus Christi Ice Rays were in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Friday and Saturday to face the Mustangs in a pair of games. In the first game, New Mexico dumped Corpus Christi 3-1. Jacob Diamond notched the lone goal for the Ice Rays. It was a wild game on Saturday night, where the Mustangs blew 4-0 and 6-3 leads and needed overtime to win 7-6 over Corpus Christi. Jacob Diamond had two goals for the Ice Rays, while Cody Milligan, Kevin Crowe, Sam Cheraso and Derrek Schartz had singles.
STATS AND NOTES:The Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi Ice Rays have each won two games this season when they are leading after 20 minutes of play. The Bulls have never trailed after two periods, while Corpus Christi is 1-2-1. Joe Kozlak and Mitch Rogge lead the Amarillo Bulls in shots on goal. Kozlak has 19, while Rogge has 17. Kevin Crowe and Sam Cheraso each have 20 shots on goal for Corpus Christi.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:It’s back on home ice for the Amarillo Bulls next weekend when they face the New Mexico Mustangs in a pair of games. The two teams will face off on Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 pm at The Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Month of October features eight games with six of them being on home ice. The schedule also features the arrival of new opponents the Wichita Falls Wildcats and the Topeka Road Runners.