North Richland Hills, Tx( Apr 9, 2021)
The Bulls dropped Friday’s contest to the Lone Star Brahmas by a score of 6-to-1.
Both teams would have a quick pace to start the game and both generate quality chances early in the game. Tempers would flair early when Hunter Garvey was run into by Matt Macdonald. The Bulls would take exception to their goalie being run into and a line brawl developed in the Bulls zone.
The Brahmas would strike first when defenseman Alex Murray scored his fifth goal of the year at the 8:40 mark. Lone Star would add to their lead at the 14-minute mark when Zach Purcell deflected a shot from the point to beat Garvey stick side and give the Brahmas a 2-to-0 lead that would last into the first intermission.
Lone Star would strike for two goals within the first five minutes of the second period. Mitchell Digby and Luke Johnson would net goals to open up a 4-to-0 lead. The second period saw two separate brawls including a fight between Mattias Dal Monte of Amarillo and Caige Sterzer of Lone Star drop the mitts, both listed at 6-foot 5-inches.
The teams would head into the final period with a 5-to-0 Brahmas lead. Sean Vlasich would get the Bulls on the board at the 5:37 mark of the third period. Brahmas defenseman Malcolm Palmer would add a goal late to secure a 6-to-1 final score.
Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo was happy to see his team stand up for each other in a physical game.
“It’s not how we generally play but I was proud of our guys for standing up for themselves,” Russo said. Russo was also happy with how the Bulls dictated the third and established a tone for tomorrow’s game.
“We carried the game in the third period and our goal at the end of the second period was strictly to set the tone and the pace for tomorrow,” Russo said.
The Bulls and Brahmas play again Saturday, April 10 at 7:45 p.m.
The Amarillo Bulls are members of the North American Hockey League which is a tier II junior hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. For more information visit https://www.amarillobulls.com