AMARILLO, TX – There are plenty of activities going on for fans tonight during the Amarillo Bulls game against the Texas Tornado at 7 pm in the Bull Pen of the Amarillo Civic Center.
Bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the Game, and after the Bulls score that first goal, throw the toys onto the ice. All toys will be collected and then distributed to various charities across the Texas Panhandle. This is your opportunity to shower the ice and wish less fortunate children a Merry Christmas.
The Bulls are wearing their special holiday jerseys during the game. Those jerseys will be auctioned off immediately after the game in The Corral with proceeds to benefit Amarillo Youth Hockey. Here is your chance to grab a piece of Bulls memorabilia and to also help support a great cause.
Santa Claus is also scheduled to make an appearance.
Bulls tickets are available at a variety of locations including all Panhandle Ticket Outlets such as United Supermarkets, Civic Center Box Office or online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on flex packs, group tickets or to purchase single game tickets, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122 or drop by 901 South Buchanan across from the Post Office.
THE SERIES:This is the fifth meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Texas Tornado. The teams have split the first two games, each taking a win on the road. The Bulls beat the Tornado 4-1 in the last game between the two teams on November 24. Matt Johnson and Luke Jenkins each have two goals versus Texas this season, while five players are a combined plus 17. Ralfs Freibergs has a goal and six helpers for Texas, while Rock Einerson has notched three goals but is a minus five.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE:This is the Amarillo Bulls’ last game before the Christmas Break. The Bulls return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 29 when they host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm. The Texas Tornado have one more game before the break when they host the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.
HOME SCHEDULE QUIRK:This is the Bulls first home game in nearly a month as they have spent the last three weeks, a total of seven games, away from home. However, the schedule for the Bulls improves more in the new year with 15 home games including five in January.
BULLS BITES: Forty of the Bulls’ 100 goals scored this season have come in the third period. Eight of the Bulls players have a plus-minus total greater than plus 10. Forwards Cody Freeman and Zack Smoot account for eight of the Bulls 18 wins this season. They each have four game winning goals, but have also earned three first goals. When the Amarillo Bulls have been the home team this season they have yet to lose a game when they are leading after the first or second periods (combined 8-0-0).
WORLD JRS FOR TORNADO:Two members of the Texas Tornado did not accompany their team on this road game, but it is for a good reason. Forward Jack Prince and defenseman Ralfs Freibergs are in Europe participating in the World Junior Hockey Championships B Pool event. Prince is suiting up for Great Britain, while Freibergs is in the line-up for Latvia.
TORNADO TWISTERS:The Texas Tornado are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. The team is winless in their last three starts and have posted just one victory in their last six outings. Forward Roch Einersen has 18 goals this season of which seven were on the power play. After going 10-0-0 in the month of October, the Tornado have fallen on hard times and are just 6-4-1 in their last 11 games.