Weekend Preview – Bulls Visit Odessa To Close Regular Season

weekend-preview-bannerTHE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Odessa Jackalopes

WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7 pm

WHERE: Ector County Coliseum, Odessa TX

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in 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 Show at 6:40 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action to follow.

FINAL CURTAIN CALL: The Amarillo Bulls are playing in their final two regular season games of the 2016-17 campaign. For six players Captain Matt Nehls, Phil Fromberger, George Mika, Charlie Singerhouse, Jake Nitsche and Nestor Plarsmo, it will serve as the final games of their junior career.

STREAKS AND TRENDS: The Amarillo Bulls enter the final weekend of the regular season riding a four game winning streak after back-to-back sweeps at home versus the Odessa Jackalopes and the Topeka RoadRunners. However, the same cannot be said for the road as even though the Bulls have two points, they are winless 0-2-1-1 in their last four games.

STATS CONTINUED: The Amarillo Bulls have posted a 9-5 mark when they have beaten an opponent by three goals this season and scored at least five goals. The Bulls have not lost in regulation when they lead on the road going into the third period (7-0-0-0), but also have not won a game when they have been behind. The final 20 minutes continues to be a strong part of the Bulls game down the stretch as they own a goal differential of plus seven.

STORY WITHIN A STORY: Forward George Mika has a three point lead on Nick Bruce of Johnstown and Chase Thudium of Odessa for the scoring race. Mika has 30 goals and 39 assists for 69 points. The Naples Florida native has an eight-game points collection streak of four goals and seven assists for 11 points. Thudium has four goals and six assists for 10 points in his last three games.

SOUTH DIVISION PLAYOFF PICTURE: The four teams are set for the South Division playoffs that begin next week, however the match-ups remain in doubt. The Corpus Christi IceRays can clinch third place and a date with Shreveport in the first round if they beat the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Friday night. Should the Wildcats sweep both games and not let the IceRays collect a point then they would vault into third place.

ROBERTSON CUP PLAYOFF FIELD NEARLY SET: There is one playoff spot left to be clinched for the Robertson Cup Playoffs and it could come down to the final two games to decide the matter. The Bismarck Bobcats trail the Brookings Blizzard by three points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division. Should the Blizzard win on Friday night in Aberdeen then they would qualify and push the Bobcats out of the post season. A win by Bismarck sets up a final Saturday night where more help would be needed to advance.