THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Wichita Falls Wildcats
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7 pm
WHERE: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls, TX
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action on 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 with Denis J. Puska, the voice of the Bulls, is set for 7 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls are next on home ice on Friday, Mar. 11 and Saturday Mar. 12 versus the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Friday is Community Options and 806 Sports Night, while Saturday is Khiva Shriners Night with a live auction to follow immediately after the game. The Bulls are wearing specialty jerseys for the final time during the season and the auction will benefit The Shriners.
THE SERIES: It’s the eighth meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The Bulls have posted a win and an overtime loss in the previous meetings while seven of the eight have been decided by two goals or less. Forwards Joey Molinaro and Charlie Singerhouse each have three goals, while several players have three assists. Austin Beaulieu and Adam Goodsir each have five goals, while 14 different players have at least one goal. Special teams have not been a big key in the season series with just eight goals scored on the power play and two shorthanded of the 39 total goals scored.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: It’s an interesting schedule ahead for the Amarillo Bulls as their next three games are all on the road and against the same team, the Wichita Falls Wildcats. After this weekend, the two teams will face off on Wednesday in a single game at 7 pm. The Bulls will then have an off weekend on March 5, 6 before returning home on March 11 and 12.
HOME STAND NEWS AND NOTES: The Amarillo Bulls wrapped up a six game home stand with a mark of 2-4 and the margin of victory of each at two and three goals. In all but one game the Bulls outshot their opponent. Forward Coale Norris notched four goals in the six games, while George Mika had six assists and was plus five.
SOUTH DIVISION PLAYOFF UPDATE: There are many things undecided in the South Division heading into this weekend’s play. The Wichita Falls Wildcats have a slim five-point lead on the Lone Star Brahmas for first place. The Brahmas have opened up a 10 point cushion third place Topeka for home ice. The race is on for the fourth and final playoff spot as the Corpus Christi IceRays enjoy a slender one point cushion over the Odessa Jackalopes. The advantage is in Odessa’s corner with two games in hand.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: It’s a busy weekend in the South Division with all teams seeing action. The big match-up is in Corpus Christi where the IceRays host the Jackalopes in a weekend series. The other big confrontation is in North Richland Hills where the Lone Star Brahmas host the Topeka RoadRunners.