Amarillo, TX – A pair of goals in the third period was not enough to overcome the deficit, as the Amarillo Bulls fell to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-2 on Friday night.
The two sides skated to a back-and-forth affair in the opening minutes of the first period, before the action started to heat up, with both sides seeing a number of prime chances to score. The breakthrough would come just beyond the midway point of the opening frame, when a Bulls turnover below their own goal line was tucked home by Fairbanks’ Laker Aldridge. The Bulls would be unable to find the answer and trailed 1-0 at the end of the period.
The second period saw the Bulls fire out of the gate, generating a number of rebounds and scoring chances, but the team was unable to convert on the rapid-fire chances in the early goings. At the 15:25 mark into the period, the Ice Dogs would net a second goal, when Parker Brown sniped the puck into the top corner of the net to give the Fairbanks the 2-0 lead which they would take into the second intermission.
The early goings of the third period produced an Amarillo powerplay, but it was quickly countered as Jack Johnston scored for Fairbanks on a shorthanded breakaway.
With a 3-0 lead stacked against them, the Bulls worked the action into the slot, the place where David Hill would lift home his second goal of the season the bring Amarillo within two goals.
Hill would help his teammate, Aaron White, just over six minutes later, score the second Bulls goal that brought the team within a single tally of the lead.
Trailing 3-2 with time winding down in regulation, the Bulls pulled their goaltender, Max Gutjahr, but the extra skater failed to help the team tie the game, as Oliver Kjaer netted the empty-net goal for the Ice Dogs.
With the loss, the Bulls drop to 8-4-0-1 on the season and maintained their 17 points in the South Division standings.
The Bulls will remain in the Budweiser Bullpen on Saturday, October 26 to take on the Ice Dogs in the final game of the weekend. Mark Shelley will broadcast the game from the Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Broadcast Booth, and the action will begin at 7:05PM CST on 107.1 Nash Icon and Hockey TV.