AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas have had a difficult time generating offense this season and that was the case on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
The latest installment of the Battle Of The Cattle series was a race to see which team could score three goals first. However, it was the Bulls getting on the short end of the stick in a 3-2 setback to the Brahmas.
Nick Anderson and Austin O’Rourke tallied for the Bulls that rallied from a 2-0 second period deficit. Jason Grande took the loss in goal. Former Bulls Steven Ipri, Jon Russell and then Captain Julian Biondo collected goals for Lone Star.
With the loss the Bulls fell 10 points back of Corpus Christi for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division after the IceRays beat Topeka 2-1 in overtime.
The first period didn’t start well for the Bulls as they had a difficult time generating offense and moving the puck out of their zone. A defensive-zone turnover led to the Brahmas first goal as Steven Ipri converted on a shot down load to make it 1-0. Each team had eight shots on goal in the first period.
The Brahmas quickly jumped ahead 2-0 to start the second period as Jon Russell scored on a rebound in front of the net. After that the Bulls caught fire and proceeded to march back into the game.
Jared Domin’s shot from the point was redirected into the net by Nick Anderson on a great play to close the Bulls deficit to 2-1.
Special teams helped Amarillo tie the game as the power play quickly went to work. The Bulls kept the puck below the goal line and it was sent over to Austin O’Rourke who shoveled it past goaltender Mitchell Gibson. The Bulls outshot the Brahmas 15-13 in the second stanza.
It was a tightly played third period between the two teams as both teams each had quality scorin chances that were turned aside by the respective goaltenders. The Brahmas took the lead in the final seven minutes of regulation as Justin Addamo sent a pass over to Julian Biondo for a one-timer past goaltender Jason Grande. The Bulls pulled their goaltender in the final minute of play but couldn’t get the equalizer.
The Lone Star Brahmas outshot the Amarillo Bulls 34-29.
The Amarillo Bulls return to action Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 when they visit the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7 pm at American Bank Center. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 10 when the Bulls host the Corpus Christi IceRays. Saturday is Amarillo Youth Hockey Night and the Bulls will wear special jerseys and a live auction to follow after the game. It’s also Parents weekend as the Bulls will welcome the players families to the Texas Panhandle.
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 by calling 806-242-1122.