THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Lone Star Brahmas
WHERE: NYTEX Sports Center, North Richland Hills TX
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday at 7:30 pm.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com fueled by UStream (UStream APP available for I-Phone, IPad and Adroid Devices) beginning with the Warm Up Show at 7:10 pm. Puck Drop with Denis J. Puska follows at 7:30 pm.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Topeka RoadRunners make their first trip to the Texas Panhandle to face the Amarillo Bulls next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 7 pm.
GOT TICKETS? Next Friday it’s the Family Four Pack for $44 (Four Tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas) and the Bring A Bud Pack for $22 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas). For other ticket options including Groups, Preferred Rate, Flex Packs and Season Tickets, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122. Fans can also drop by the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations.
THE SERIES: It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. In the two losses, the Bulls have tallied just one goal apiece, while in both victories Amarillo has shutout Lone Star by identical 3-0 margins. The two teams are not done with one another after this weekend and will be back at it in North Richland Hills on Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
A LITTLE TIME AWAY: For 22 consecutive years Amarillo hockey teams have had to vacate the Amarillo Civic Center during the month of November during the annual World Ranch Rodeo Event as well as other activities. Of the nine games during the month of November for the Amarillo Bulls, five of them are spent away from home including four at the Lone Star Brahmas. The lone other match-up takes place on Tuesday when the Bulls travel to Odessa to face the Jackalopes.
A TIGHT SOUTH DIVISION: Just five points separate first and fourth in the South Division through the first 8 weeks. The Shreveport Mudbugs and the Lone Star Brahmas are tied atop the division with 23 points each, followed by Amarillo at 19 and Odessa at 18. The Bulls have games in hand on all of the other teams in the South Division.
THIS WEEKEND IN THE SOUTH: It’s all hands on deck in the South Division as all six teams will see action. The Corpus Christi IceRays play their first games at home at American Bank Center in a while with a pair against the Topeka RoadRunners. The Shreveport Mudbugs travel to Odessa to face the Jackalopes. Mudbugs Head Coach Karlis Zirnis will not be behind the bench this weekend due to his involvement Coaching the Latvian Junior Team. Jason Campbell will take his place.
FAMILIAR FACE BACK: The Amarillo Bulls welcome back Head Coach Rocky Russo to the bench this weekend after missing the past four games to be with family following the death of his father. Assistant Coach David Nies has been running the bench along with fellow Assistant Austin Sutter in Russo’s absence.
STATS, ETC: One of the great match-ups of the weekend series features the battle of the special teams. The Brahmas and the Bulls (2nd and 5th) are ranked in the top five penalty killing in the league. Jon Russell is tied for first in power play goals with seven, while Brendan Michaelian is tied for the lead in power play assists with 10. Goaltenders Mitchell Gibson and Jason Grande are among the leaders in the league in Goals Against Average, wins, and shutouts. Seven of the Bulls eight wins this season have come when they have outshot an opponent.