THE TEAMS: Shreveport Mudbugs @ Amarillo Bulls
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
WHAT: Games 1 and 2 Best-of-Five South Division Championship Series
WHEN: Tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm
PROMOTIONS: THURSDAY – Sponsored by Cantex Roofing, commemorative South Division Championship Rally Towels available at the door. Thirsty Thursday with drink specials.
FRIDAY – Sponsored by Cantex Roofing, more South Division Championship Rally Towels available at the door, Family Four Pack (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs and 4 sodas) for $50 and Bring-A-Bud Pack for $25 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas).
THE SERIES: It’s the first playoff meeting between the Amarillo Bulls and the Shreveport Mudbugs. The two teams met a total of 12 times during the regular season with the Bulls posting a mark of 7-4-0-1 with a mark of 3-2-0-1 on the road at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum.
SERIES SCHEDULE: Game 1 – Tonight – 7 pm – Amarillo Civic Center; Game 2 – Tomorrow – 7 pm – Amarillo Civic Center; Game 3 Wednesday, May 1 – 7:11 pm George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum; Thursday, May 2 (if necessary) – 7:11 pm – George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum; Game 5 – Sunday, May 5 – 7 pm Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.
SOUTH DIVISION PLAYOFF FACT: This is the second straight South Division Championship appearance for the Shreveport Mudbugs as their quest to be the first back to back Robertson Cup Champion since prior to 2010-2011 remains alive. The Mudbugs were ousted in the South Division Semi-Final series two years ago by the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Amarillo Bulls are back in the South Division final for the first time since 2013-14 when they were beaten in five games by the Topeka RoadRunners. The Bulls at one stretch won three consecutive South Division playoff titles 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
PLAYOFF REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls advanced to the South Division final with a 3-1 triumph over the Corpus Christi IceRays in the fifth and decided game on Monday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Scoring for the Bulls were Brett Abdelnour, David Ojamae and Alex Peterson into an empty net. Jason Grande notched the win in goal.
In North Richland Hills, TX, the Shreveport Mudbugs needed three overtimes and a goal by Timothy Clifton to dispatch the Lone Star Brahmas in a tight game 3-2 in the fifth and deciding game of that series. Leo Chuard took the win in goal.
PLAYOFF PRIMER: Three other Division Finals will face off tomorrow (Friday) night. In the East Division, the No. 1 seeded Johnstown Tomahawks, who survived a five games series with the Northeast Generals, meet the New Jersey Titans. The Titans rallied from a two game deficit to oust the Jamestown Rebels. In the Midwest Division, it’s the No. 1 seed Fairbanks IceDogs meeting the No. 2 seed Minnesota Magicians. Over the Central, the No. 1 seed Aberdeen Wings battle the Minor Minotauros who are seeking to attend their second straight Robertson Cup Championship.