AMARILLO, TX – What a rush….
It’s has been an incredible start to the 2011-2012 season for the Amarillo Bulls in the North American Hockey League.
The Bulls are off to the best start in Amarillo Hockey history (pro or junior) and lead the South Division by 10 points over the second place Texas Tornado, and have a six point advantage in the overall NAHL Standings.
What’s been even more amazing are some of the team and individual stats that go along with his start. The Bulls are 17-2-3 on the road this season and 9-1-1 on home ice. Another huge stat is against the South Division, where Amarillo is 22-3-2. The Bulls winning percentage stands at .848 have just three losses, the fewest in junior hockey in North America. The Bulls 26 wins ranks fourth in junior hockey in North America behind three major junior hockey programs.
Special teams continue to be a strong point for Dennis Williams’ charges as the Bulls are in the top 10 on the power play, and third ranked in penalty killing. As part of those numbers, Amarillo has netted eight shorthanded goals which ranks third with Brooks Behling leading the way with four alone.
The Bulls are also second in goals for, but lead the league in shots on goal. Defensively, Amarillo has been outstanding yielding 2.21 goals per game and just over 26 shots against. In the Bulls current six game winning streak, the goaltending tandem of Gregg Gruehl and Mike Taffe have allowed two goals or less per game.
As strong as the Bulls are team-wise, they are also putting up some solid individual numbers. Brooks Behling is tied for third in scoring in the North American Hockey League with 43 points, but has fired a league-leading 25 goals. Defensively, Behling along with John Rey and Karl Beckman are on top in plus-minus. Rey is plus 31, followed by Behling at plus 29 and Beckman at 27. Rey and Beckman are one-two respectively in scoring among defenseman with 27 and 26 points.
In goal, Gregg Gruehl is tied for third in wins with 14, while Mike Taffe is fifth. Both of their goals against averages and save percentages are near the top of the list.
Fans will have an opportunity to catch their red hot Amarillo Bulls three times next week. The home stand starts Wednesday, Dec. 28 when the Bulls entertain the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm. That is followed by back-to-back games against the New Mexico Mustangs on Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31, in the return of New Years Eve hockey to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
Tickets for all of the games are available at the Bulls hockey office located at 301 South Polk, suite 101 in the Amarillo Building, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets. For further information on single game tickets, Seven-Game Flex Packs or Corporate Partnerships, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122 or visit www.amarillobulls.com.