BROADCAST NOTE: Tonight's game can be heard live on the Amarillo Bulls Hockey Network beginning with The Warm Up Show Presented By Wayland Baptist University at 6:45 pm. Tune into ESPN1440, www.amarillobulls.com fueled by Sportsjuice and Fast Hockey with Denis J. Puska. The puck drop is at 7 pm.
THE SERIES:This is the second meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The two teams met back in late September in Wichita Falls with the Wildcats beating the Amarillo Bulls 3-2 in a shootout. In November the Amarillo and Wichita Falls will meet three consecutive times November 12, 19 and 20. Two of those three match-ups will take place at the Amarillo Civic Center.
BULLS BITES:Goal scoring continues to be one of the strong points for the Amarillo Bulls this season. The Bulls rank third in the NAHL with 4.15 goals per game. However, in the shots on goal deparment the Bulls rank in the middle of the pack in the league averaging nearly 30 shots for and against per game. Defenseman Luke Jenkins, Carl Beckman and forward Terrance Johnson are a combined plus 17 in their last five games.
RECOGNITION:It was a big week for several Several Amarillo Bulls players. Defenseman Kyle Sucher was one of seven NAHL players recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's "Players to Watch" list for 2011 draft-eligibles released on Oct. 19. Forwards Chris Cass, Dan Sherer, Michael Erickson and goaltender Nikifor Szczerba were honorable mentions for Players of The Week.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:Tonight’s game closes out a four game home stand for the Bulls (2-1-0). Amarillo’s schedule becomes much lighter with just two games in the next three weeks, including trips to Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Wichita Falls TX. The Bulls don’t return home until Friday, Nov. 19 and 20 when they host Wichita Falls.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:The Amarillo Bulls are one of six teams in the league that have yet to record a shorthanded goal in 13 games.The Wildcats are tied for second with three shorthanded goals for. Meantime, the Wildcats and seven other teams are still without a shorthanded goal against. The Bulls have surrendered two, including one in that September loss.
WILDCAT NUMBERS: Tyler Green(2.46 goals-against average, .921 save percentage) has emerged as the team’s No. 1 netminder, starting in five of the Wildcats’ last six outings. His record improved to 5-1-2 after he stopped 17 of 18 shots in Wichita Falls’ 2-1 overtime victory against the IceRays. Wichita Falls has one of the Top 10 penalty killing units in the NAHL at a rate of just over 89 per cent. Ryan Frost has been one of the top players for Wichita Falls the last five games with five assists, including two power play assists and 17 shots on goal. Frost, Jason McAloon, Sean Keane, Mac Olson and Chris Leone have combined for 88 shots on goal in their last five games.