THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Odessa Jackalopes
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at 7 pm
WHERE: Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, 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 6:40 pm.
THE SERIES: It’s the final two meetings of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. The Bulls have won three of the 10 previous meetings, including two in Amarillo at the Budweiser Bull Pen. Forwards Joey Molinaro and Charlie Singerhouse have feasted against Odessa this season with 12 total goals. Molinaro has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, while Singerhouse has netted five goals for five points. Odessa’s No. 1 line of Hampus Sjodahl, Derek Brown and Gray Marr have combined for 13 of the teams’ 41 goals in the series. The three have collected 38 points. Goaltender Dean Shatzer has earned six of the eight wins, and has a goals against average of 2.23.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: There is plenty riding on the line in this weekend series that will determine the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. The Odessa Jackalopes and the Corpus Christi IceRays are tied, with the Jackalopes having two current tie breakers on their side most wins in the regular season and most wins in a season series. The Corpus Christi IceRays are in Wichita Falls tonight (Thursday) and again on Friday to face the Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The IceRays need two win one or both and then get some help from the Amarillo Bulls.
BULLS COME IN OFF WIN: The Amarillo Bulls are coming off an emotional 3-2 overtime win over the Topeka RoadRunners last Saturday night. That was the Bulls second overtime win and third when a game goes past regulation. The Bulls led 2-0 heading into the third period and needed a goal from Tyler Gernhofer to secure the two points in the extra session.
BULLS NEWS AND NOTES: Forward Nick Santoro has fired four goals in his last 10 games, while Coale Norris and Charlie Singerhouse each have three. Goaltender Brian Baker has had a good stretch for the Bulls, posting a 1-2 mark, but a goals against average of less than three. Eight of the Bulls 12 wins this season have come when they have netted the game’s first goal and have been leading going into the third period.
FINAL JUNIOR GAMES FOR SEVERAL SENIORS: Eight players will suit up in their final games for the Amarillo Bulls this weekend. Goaltenders Anton Martinsson, Brian Baker as well as forwards Mykyta Sheptytsky, Tyler Gernhofer, Nick Santoro, Liam Ferguson, Joey DiBenedetto, and Joey Molinaro close out their junior careers.