THE TEAMS: Topeka RoadRunners @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7: pm
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
PROMOTIONS: Friday is sponsored by Pop Stop and 806 Sports Radio with the Family-4-Pack for $44 and Bring-A-Bud for $22. Friday is also Rampage’s Birthday and many of his mascot friends will be at the game. It’s also a night where the Bulls will honor their billet families for their support of the team and players. Fan and Child Appreciation Night takes place Saturday with youth hockey jerseys being handed out at the door for children under 12 and team photos for all fans. It’s also Senior Night as all of the Bulls players who are in their last year of junior hockey will make a special spotlighted appearance prior to puck drop.
TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.amarillobulls.com and www.panhandletickets.com.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV beginning with the Bulls Warm Up Show Presented by Chick-Fil-A on Gem Lake Road at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action to follow.
THE SERIES: It’s the first of four games in a row between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners as the two rivals will close their respective NAHL Regular Seasons. The RoadRunners will face the Lone Star Brahmas on Monday night to make up a rescheduled game from earlier in the season. The last time out Topeka took three out of a possible four points from the Bulls with overtime and regulation wins.
PLAYOFF PRIMER: The Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners have both been eliminated from South Division playoff contention. It’s the Bulls fourth straight year to be on the outside looking in, while the RoadRunners will miss the post season for the second straight season. The Shreveport Mudbugs and the Lone Star Brahmas have locked down the top two seeds in the south, but five points separates the third place Odessa Jackalopes and the fourth place Corpus Christi Ice Rays.
STATS AND NOTES: Goaltender Jason Grande is tied with Nikita Babintsev at 43 for third place overall in the Bulls history. Grande trails Paul Berrafato by one at 44 and would have to appear in all final four games to tie Nikifor Szerzba and Anton Martinson for the lead at 47. Grande leads the NAHL in minutes played and is second in saves behind Emil Zetterquist of the Coulee Region Chill.