THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Odessa Jackalopes
WHEN/WHERE: Friday and Saturday at 7:11 pm at Ector County Coliseum
BROADCAST INFO: Tune in live on 107.1 NASH ICON, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV, beginning with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action to follow.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: It’s back at home on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 when the
Lone Star Brahmas visit the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 7 pm. Friday – features the arrival of The Grinch as well as the return of the Family-4-Pack and the Bring-A-Bud Pack. Saturday – Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal to the game and when the Bulls score their first goal then throw the toys onto the ice.
GOT TICKETS: Tickets are available 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.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com/tickets
THE SERIES: It’s the first two meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Odessa Jackalopes. These two close rivals see their season series well spread out with their next confrontation not until the second weekend in January in the Texas Panhandle.
ROAD SCHEDULE CONTINUES: The Amarillo Bulls are in the midst of a long and grueling road schedule while they are out of the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls are 2-0-0-1 after collecting five out of a possible six points in Corpus Christi a couple of weeks ago. After this set in Odessa, Amarillo moves on to Shreveport to face the Mudbugs before finally returning home to play two games before the Christmas Break.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: There were two games in the South Division on Wednesday night as the Shreveport Mudbugs needed a shootout to edge the Lone Star Brahmas 2-1. Jay Fiewell notched the winner in the extra session. Meantime, in West Texas the Corpus Christi IceRays got two goals off the stick of Blake Bennett to beat the Odessa Jackalopes 5-2.
The IceRays travel to Lone Star to face the Brahmas this weekend, while the Mudbugs are up north in Topeka to take on the Pilots.
JACK NOTES: Odessa is 5-5 in its last 10 games and come in as the 2nd most penalized team in the NAHL. Despite that total, the Jacks penalty killing has been very fruitful and standing in the middle of the pack. The Jackalopes have netted just eight first goals and have a mark of 3-4-0-1 when doing so. One of the big stats for the Jacks has been their success in one-goal contests where they are 7-3-0-1 this season.
BULLS NEWS NOTES: The Bulls enter the weekend with the fewest regulation losses at 3, and the fourth most wins at 13. The leaders in the South Division also are the third least penalized team and have surrendered just 2 power play goals in their last 27 times shorthanded. One of the other major stats for the season to date is the Bulls ability to always be leading the game entering the final 20 minutes. The Bulls have trailed just three times heading to the third.