Weekend Preview: Bulls Host Cats

THE TEAMS: Wichita Falls Wildcats @ Amarillo Bulls

 WHEN AND TIME: Friday and Saturday at 7 pm

 LOCATION: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center

 PROMOTIONS: The Spring Break Family Fun Pack includes four tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs for just $39. The first 1,000 fans receive an Amarillo Bulls’ Koozie.

 TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, Birthday Party Packages, 2013 Playoff Packages or 2013-2014 Season Tickets, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

 BROADCAST INFO: Both games to air live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com as well as on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey (www.fasthockey.com), beginning with The Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm. Puck drop at 7 pm.

 THE SERIES: This represents the 7th and 8th meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The Bulls have won all eight meetings, outscoring their opponents 33-12. Only three of the eight games have been decided by two goals or less. Ryan Cole, TJ Sarcona, Brady Ferguson and Hampus Gustafsson each have four goals. Cole has nine points, while Sarcona has eight. The Bulls goaltending duo of Paul Berrafato and Collin Delia have a combined goals against average of 2.00. George Pagonis has three goals for the Wildcats, while Kyle Bauman and Matt Robinson each have two.

 WEEKEND REWIND: The Amarillo Bulls collected three out of four points from the Topeka RoadRunners on home ice last weekend. In the first game, the Bulls were beaten 2-1 in overtime. Ryan Cole had the lone Amarillo goal. The following night, the Bulls scored three in the second and three in the third period to blast Topeka 6-1. Tyler Deresky scored twice, while Geoff Fortman, Gage Christianson, Omar Mullan, and Matt Sieckhaus each had singles.

The Wichita Falls Wildcats took three points in South Texas against the Corpus Christi IceRays. In the first game, the Wildcats held off the IceRays 2-1. Ben Kucera and Eliot Grauer tallied the goals. In the second game, the Wildcats rallied late but fell in a shootout to Corpus Christi 5-4. Conor O’Neil, Chris Knudson, Sami Salminen and Ben Kucera scored in the loss.

 ACTION ALREADY STARTED: The Wichita Falls Wildcats were already in action on Wednesday night as they beat the Odessa Jackalopes 3-0. Evan Cowley picked up the shutout. Kyle Bauman, Sam Piazza and Tyler Ledford tallied for the Wildcats. The win at the time pulled Wichita Falls into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. It was short lived for 24 hours as the Corpus Christi IceRays held on to beat the Texas Tornado 3-2.

 THE BIG PICTURE: First place in the South Division was wrapped up by the Amarillo Bulls last Saturday night. It was their second in a row. Now the NAHL overall regular season title is on the line and the Bulls have a five point lead over the Austin Bruins. Each team has six games remaining.

The fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division is still up for grabs as the Wichita Falls Wildcats trail the Corpus Christi IceRays by just two points.