WEEKEND PREVIEW – Bulls Host IceRays Friday and Saturday

wkn preview-cc@amaTHE TEAMS: Corpus Christi IceRays @ Amarillo Bulls

WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4 & Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm

LOCATION: Budweiser Bull Pen – Amarillo Civic Center

PROMOTIONS: Saturday – Military Appreciation Night Presented By Vista College. First time in 7 years, the entire Bulls squad will wear Military Jerseys. Auction to follow after Saturday’s game with proceeds to benefit the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation. All Veterans and Active Military receive a free ticket to the game and Military Families can get discounted tickets. It’s also Sonic Family Pack for $44 (4 tickets, 4 sodas and 4 hotdogs) and Bring A Bud Pack for $22 (2 tickets, 2 sodas and 2 hotdogs). One lucky child could win a bike from Seven Grill and Bar. There will be a number of booths set up on the concourse. Military Night includes the Enlistment Ceremony at the start of the game, and the Gold Star Family Presentation during the first intermission.

TICKETS: Fans can pick them up at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk (Office open Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm), Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Locations including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates, 10 Game Flex Packs, or Corporate Partnerships please call 806-242-1122.

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in to the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm on Friday and Saturday. It airs live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, now Hockey TV. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.

THE SERIES: It’s the first meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Bulls won six of their 13 games versus the IceRays last season and all by Anton Martinsson (University of Alaska-Fairbanks). Three of those wins took place at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Forward George Mika had 11 points in 12 games for the Bulls.

ICE RAYS ICECHIPS: It’s been a wild start to the season for the Corpus Christi IceRays with 11 of their first 15 games being decided by one goal and five games have required either overtime or a shootout (2-0-1-2). Corpus Christi has managed eight first goals in 15 games and have used that to win a total of five games. The IceRays have a goal differential of plus three in the first period but then it drops to minus 5 in the middle stanza. Veterans Brad Power and Mason Krueger lead the IceRays in points and in shots on goal. Rookie David Thomson has eight goals to also lead the team in that category.

BULLS NOTES: It’s been three seasons since a member of the Amarillo Bulls has been near the top of the scoring parade. Forward George Mika leads the NAHL with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists), while Kosta Likourezos is eighth. Mike Davis finished third in scoring seven behind the eventual winner during the 2013-14 campaign. With their 53 shot performance last Saturday night, the Bulls were able to climb into the top 10 (9th) in shots for in the circuit.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: It’s a light schedule in the North American Hockey League this weekend for South Division teams. The only other match-up takes place in North Richland Hills, where the Topeka RoadRunners make their 2nd trip in the last three weekends to face the Lone Star Brahmas. The Shreveport Mudbugs, Wichita Falls Wildcats, and Odessa Jackalopes are all off this weekend.