THE SERIES: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7 pm.
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
PROMOTIONS: FRIDAY: $1 hotdogs and one lucky fan could win $1,000 in the Chuck-A-Puck. SATURDAY: Back The Badge Night Courtesy of Crime Stoppers in support of Sgt Houston Gass. All first responders get free tickets, and their families can pick up $7 tickets with a portion of those proceeds to benefit the Houston Gass fund. Fans are encouraged to wear blue during the game in support of the great cause. The West Texas A&M Girls Softball Team will be honored for their NCAA National Championship Title, and one lucky child could win a bicycle courtesy of Seven Bar and Grill.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Fans can tune in live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey. Broadcast coverage begins with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Amarillo Bulls Hockey presented by Westgate Mall follows at 7 pm.
THE SERIES: It’s the third and fourth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Bull have posted one win and an overtime loss in the four games thus far. The two teams will not only meet back-to-back this weekend but again next Thursday and Friday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX.
Cody Gylling leads the Bulls with two goals and four points, while goaltender Anton Martinsson is has the lone win and a goals against average of 1.22.
For the Killer Bees Captain Anthony Croston has two goals and three assists for five points and defenseman Dean Balsamo has four helpers. Nick Schmit has two of the three wins in goal.
WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls lead the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees by a single point for the sixth and final playoff spot in the South Division. With these two teams facing one another over the next four games all points will be critical. Amarillo has two more wins than Rio Grande Valley and one more game played. The fifth place Wenatchee Wild has four points more than the Amarillo Bulls, but have the exact same amount of wins.
BULLS NOTES: The Bulls are 4-6-0 during the month of January and with a couple of victories over the weekend could finish even at .500. Cody Gylling has had an exceptional month with eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 10 games. Will Harrison, Charlie Combs and and Luke Novak have combined for 10 goals. Goaltender Anton Martinsson has three of the four wins in January and appeared in eight of the 10 games.
BY THE NUMBERS: Both the Amarillo Bulls and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees have certainly shown great improvement in the first period since the start of the season. The two teams have combined for 31 first goals and 18 wins when scoring first. The Killer Bees and the Bulls have similar numbers when it comes to the first period scoring. The Bulls goal differential (for and against) is minus seven, while the Bees are at minus five.