THE TEAMS: Topeka Pilots @ Amarillo Bulls
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen Amarillo Civic Center
WHEN: Tomorrow (Sunday) Dec. 30 at 4:05 pm and Monday, Dec. 31 at 7:05 pm
PROMOTIONS: Sunday – The Zooperstars Presented by The People’s Federal Credit Union. Monday – New Year’s Eve Presented by Budweiser. Party favors handed out at the door. Ten dollar Red and Silver Section tickets available at the Bulls Office, as well as the Civic Center Box Office.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.
TICKETS: To purchase tickets please visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building, the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations. Fans can also call 242-1122 or go to www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets
THE SERIES: It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka Pilots. It’s been all Bulls with victories in the first four games outscoring their opponents 22-7. After this weekend the two teams won’t see one another until the first weekend in March.
UN-OFFICIAL 2ND HALF BEGINS: The Amarillo Bulls begin the un-official 2nd half of the North American Hockey League season. It’s the 28th game of the season for the Bulls with their 30th not coming until Friday, Jan. 4. For the first time in four years, the Bulls begin the 2nd half of the season in first place and the 20 wins is the most since the team posted back to back 46-win campaigns in 2011-12, 2012-13.
WHAT A HOME STAND: There is plenty of hockey ahead over the next several weeks for the Amarillo Bulls as the team embarks on a nine-game home stand beginning with the Topeka Pilots and then continuing with the Corpus Christi IceRays (Jan. 4-5-6), the Odessa Jackalopes (11,12) and finally Shreveport Mudbugs (Jan. 18-19). It’s the longest home stretch of the season for the Bulls and the lengthiest in recent history.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: The Amarillo Bulls enter play with a seven point advantage over the surging Corpus Christi IceRays entering play on Saturday. The IceRays have won nine of their last 10 games and most recently beat the Shreveport Mudbugs 5-2 on Friday night. The Lone Star Brahmas won for the second time in their last 10 games doubling Odessa Jackalopes 4-2. The Topeka Pilots have dropped to fourth place 10 back of the Bulls.