THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Shreveport Mudbugs
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7:11 pm
WHERE: George’s Pond – Hirsch Coliseum
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm. Puck Drop with Denis J. Puska follows at 7:11 pm. Friday’s game is a free broadcast on Hockey TV, so please check their website for information.
NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return home next Friday and Saturday to host the Shreveport Mudbugs at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 7 pm. Friday is Girl Power Night, along with the Family Four Pack (four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas) for $54 and the Bring A Bud Pack (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas) $27. Saturday is the arrival of Daniel Tiger courtesy of Panhandle PBS with a special $25 VIP Ticket package Available. It’s also Snack Pack-4-Kids Night with the Bulls wearing special jerseys for the occasion. A live auction follows immediately after the game in support of the great cause.
BULLS TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, or by calling 242-1122. Additionally, tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations or online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets.
THE SERIES: It’s the first of 12 meetings between the Amarillo Bulls and the Shreveport Mudbugs. The two teams have met a total of 18 times previously with the Mudbugs controlling the all-time numbers. The Bulls have posted four points in Louisiana (three overtime losses and one via shootout), and the lone win coming in Amarillo two years ago.
RED HOT BULLS: The Amarillo Bulls have posted seven consecutive wins since falling on opening night on home ice. Rocky Russo’s bunch have outscored their opponents 37-13 with 17 of those goals coming in the first period. Another stat has been the number of shots on goal with the Bulls among the leaders in opportunities on goal, and No. 1 in terms of yielding shots against. Five Bulls players lead the overall NAHL in scoring (Jason Brancheau, Alex Peterson, Brett Abdelnour, and Brenden Datema). Datema is first among defensemen in scoring thus far with 12 points, including seven power play markers.
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: The Shreveport Mudbugs are the fourth South Division team since 2012 to win the Robertson Cup National Championship joining – Texas Tornado, Amarillo Bulls, and the Lone Star Brahmas. The defending champions have a new Head Coach in Jason Campbell who replaced Karlis Zirnis who moved on to the NCAA Division I University Alaska-Fairbanks. Just four players return from that championship team.