THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Corpus Christi IceRays
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7 pm
WHERE: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: Amarillo Bulls play two more home games before the Christmas Break on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7 pm. Friday is a visit by Santa Claus, while Saturday is the Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss Presented By Tyson. Fans also can get their picture taken with the Grinch.
THE SERIES: It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Bulls have taken five out of a possible six points with two wins in Amarillo and then a shootout loss in South Texas. The two teams will face one another over the next four games including two next weekend in Amarillo. Forward Joey Molinaro has three goals and five points for the Bulls, while seven different players have tallied goals for Corpus Christi.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls are coming off a big win over the Lone Star Brahmas last weekend on home ice. With a win tonight the Bulls could move to within two points of the IceRays for fifth place and with some help just six points back of the fourth and final playoff spot and the Odessa Jackalopes.
BULLS NOTES: Special teams have been strong for the Amarillo Bulls in recent games. The Bulls have tallied one power play goal in each of their last five games. On the other side, the penalty killing has also been strong with one goal being allowed in the last 18 times shorthanded.
ICE RAYS NOTES AND STATS: Corpus Christi nearly has the exact same numbers home as they do away. The IceRays are 4-6-1 on home ice and 4-6-2 on the road. In their last six games, the IceRays have posted a mark of 3-2-1. Carter Johnson has six points, while five players each have two goals.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: All South Division teams are in action this weekend. The first place Wichita Falls Wildcats visit the Lone Star Brahmas. The Wildcats have outscored the Brahmas 8-1 in their last two meetings. The Topeka RoadRunners take on the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum. Topeka has won seven in a row, while the Jacks have lost four in a row.