WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night, Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: NYTEX Sports Center North Richland Hills, TX
TIME: Friday, Saturday (7:30 pm) – Sunday (4:15 pm)
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 Wayland Baptist University Warm Up at 7:10 pm Friday and Saturday and 3:50 pm on Sunday.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return to home ice on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 9, 10, 11 when they entertain the Shreveport Mudbugs at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls are offering two ticket specials for the weekend series via their website at www.amarillobulls.com. Friday, Mar. 10 is Nurses Night and all Nurses can get free tickets, while family members receive discounted $8 tickets.
THE SERIES: This weekend will mark the final three meetings of the regular season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas. The two teams haven’t seen one another since mid-October. The Bulls have one win and an overtime loss in five previous meetings beating Lone Star 4-3 in early October and then falling 3-2 in Overtime on October 15th.
WILD SCHEDULE AHEAD: The Amarillo Bulls have a stretch of six games over the next 10 days starting with back-to-back, three-games-in-three-nights with the first place Brahmas on the road and then the third place Mudbugs on the road. It’s part of a hectic month that includes another three-in-three with travel versus the Odessa Jackalopes.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: It’s been a streak of three games without a win on the road for the Amarillo Bulls. The last victory came on January 13th at Corpus Christi. Lone Star has a 6-4 mark in their last 10 games, and coming off a split with the IceRays in South Texas. The Brahmas have clinched a playoff spot and closing in on clinching first place and home ice in the South Division. The Bulls trail fifth place Odessa by three points and fourth place Corpus Christi by 17.
ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS WEEKEND: All of the South Division teams see action as the Topeka RoadRunners take on the Springfield Jr. Blues to continue that traditional rivalry. Elsewhere, the Wichita Falls Wildcats visit the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center. The Odessa Jackalopes return home to host the Shreveport Mudbugs at Ector County Coliseum.
STATS AND NOTES: The Lone Star Brahmas are 29 out of 50 in scoring the game’s first goal and that has translated into 26 victories. The Bulls have 19 first goals in 45 games, but have only managed eight wins. Shooting the puck is one area that the Brahmas and the Bulls have both thrived in. Both are second and third respectively in the league average just over 35 per game. The Amarillo Bulls penalty killing away from home has improved lately, and infact have allowed just one goal in 11 times shorthanded to move up to 8th in that category.