Weekend Preview – Bulls Back on Road to face 2nd place Brahmas
THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Lone Star Brahmas
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night, Saturday 7:30 pm.
WHERE: NYTEX Sports Center, North Richland Hills, TX
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 7:10 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action to follow at 7:30 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return home next weekend for a pair of games against two different opponents. On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Bulls host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm and the on Sunday, Nov. 22 the Odessa Jackalopes will be the visitors also at 7 pm.
THE SERIES: It’s the 6th and 7th meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. The Bulls have dropped the first five games with three of them being decided by three goals or less. Cody Wickline, Alex Berardinelli, Peter Bates and Peter Kessel each have three goals. Wickline has eight points, while Berardinelli and Oskar Andren have six points apiece. Conor O’Brien has three of the five wins in goal. Several Amarillo Bulls players each have two points, including Keenan Sabatini, Michael Forman, Johan Lundgren, Phil Fromberger and Joey Molinaro.
BULLS NOTES: The last time away from home was productive for the Amarillo Bulls, posting a shootout win in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The Bulls have a 2-3-0 record in their last five games and have only been outscored 13-11 in those match-ups. Goaltender Anton Martinsson has played in all five games and has faced 199 shots, while his teammates have fired 141. Forward Joey Molinaro is fourth in the NAHL in points with 20, while Martinsson leads the league in both minutes played and saves.
BRAHMAS’ BITES: The Lone Star Brahmas continue to be one of the better defensive teams in the North American Hockey League leading in goals against (1.69) as well as shots against (21.69). The Brahmas have not lost a game in regulation when outshooting an opponent and have only trailed twice when heading into the third period. All but three players have accounted at least one point in their last five games.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: There are two other games in the South Division this weekend. The Corpus Christi IceRays head to West Texas to take on the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum for a pair of games. The Wichita Falls Wildcats are back on home ice against the Topeka RoadRunners.