Odessa,Tx(Nov 27, 2020)-The Bulls defeated the Odessa Jackalopes for the second straight game with a 3-2 win Friday night in Odessa.


For the second straight game, the Bulls would score within the first ten minutes of the game when Ty Black scored just 3:13 into the game after Nick Dineen intercepted a Jackalopes pass in the neutral zone.


Amarillo would stifle the Odessa attack with a strong team defensive effort blocking shot attempts and forcing turnovers in the neutral zone in the first period. On a strong transition play from both Nick Martino and Harrison Scott, Black scored his second goal of the period on the breakaway to give the Bulls a 2-0 after the first period.


The second period was a physical defensive struggle through the first ten minutes of the period. Both teams had power plays in the period, but neither offense could solve Cal Sandquist or Jackalopes goalie Connor Hasley.


At the 11:26 mark of the second period, Jackalopes forward Dayne Hoyord would score his first NAHL goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The Bulls would regain their two goal lead a few moments later when Paul Schmid redirected a Sean Vlasich point shot past the glove hand of Hasley.


Less than a minute after Schmid’s goal, Kyle VanCompernolle would net his first goal of the season to make the deficit 3-2 and that score would stand going into the third period.


Both teams would have quality scoring opportunities in the third period, but both goalies had answers for every shot. Late into the third period, Odessa would apply more pressure to try and tie the game, but with the combo of strong team defense and Sandquist in goal the Bulls would keep their one goal lead into the final minute.


In the final seconds of the game, Odessa defenseman, DJ Hart tried to tie the game with a shot from the point by Ty Black would block the shot and send the puck down the ice to kill the rest of the time and secure a 3-2 Bulls victory.


Head coach Rocky Russo was happy to see the team effort in the defensive zone. “We were willing to sell out… I think you are starting to see our culture really take hold and guys are buying in and playing selfless.” Coach Russo said.


The Bulls improve their record to 3-4-0-1 while Odessa has lost their fifth straight to fall to 3-5. Both teams will do battle again tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m.


The Amarillo Bulls are members of the North American Hockey League tier II US Junior Hockey. Join us every Tuesday at 11:30 at the Budweiser Bullpen for head coach Rocky Russo’s press conference and again Tuesday Afternoons on Facebook live for our Amarillo Bulls live program. For more information visit https://www.amarillobulls.com and for media information email nicklalpuis@yahoo.com