ODESSA, TX — The Amarillo Bulls connected nine times over the final 40 minutes and went on to blow out the Odessa Jackalopes 9-2 on Friday night at Ector County Coliseum. It was the Bulls 31st win of the season and 66th point.
The night was dominated by forward Logan Jenuwine who scored three times in the second period, and another two in the third period for a five-goal game. It propelled him into the North American Hockey League scoring lead ahead of Samuel Solensky of the Johnstown Tomahawks.
Other marksmen for the Bulls were Brenden Datema, Jason Brancheau, Nick Trela and Brett Abdelnour. Several players chipped in two assists and they include Datema and Cooper Fensterstock. Jason Grande posted the win in goal and kept his team in the game with timely saves in the first period.
It was that opening 20 minutes that was a tough one for the Amarillo Bulls as they had a hard time getting on track. The Bulls passing wasn’t crisp and either was their attack on the Odessa net. The home side outshot the Bulls 10-7 in the first period.
The Bulls offense erupted quickly in the second period as Logan Jenuwine scored from Brendan Datema on a hard shot past goaltender Kaden Phipps. Ninety-one seconds later, the Bulls catch a break as Jason Brancheau banked the puck off the post and into the net.The referee consulted the goal judge, and after quite some time the goal, was ruled good and the Bulls increased their lead to 2-0.
Later in the period, it was Logan Jenuwine potted back-to-back goals to make it 4-0 after 2 periods of play. The first goal came on a great shot from the face-off circle and the second was a rebound off a delayed penalty call.
The flood gates opened in the third period as the Bulls scored four straight power play goals on the same five-minute major penalty. Brett Abdelnour scored just 13 seconds into the stanza and a few moments later it was Brenden Datema. Logan Jenuwine went back to work with back-to-back goals to make it 8-0. Louis Helsen, Trey Bagwell, Cooper Fensterstock, Alex Peterson and Jason Brancheau provided assists.
The Jackopes finally got through and spoiled the shutout bid of Jason Grande as Jan Blasko and Jason Crossman found the back of the net.
Nick Trela rounded out the scoring with a goal in the final two minutes from Abdelnour and Matt Allen.
The Amarillo Bulls outshot the Odessa Jackalopes 30-23.
There is one final game left in the road swing for the Amarillo Bulls and it takes place tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7:11 pm at Ector County Coliseum versus the Jackalopes. Tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com/tickets and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm.
Hockey is back a the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center when the Amarillo Bulls host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. Friday is CanTex Roofing and Panhandle Tickets Retro Night as well as the Family Four Pack and Bring A Bud. On Saturday it’s First Responders presented by AMS. First Responders get free tickets while family members can get discounted tickets for just $8. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets.