THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Topeka RoadRunners
LOCATION: Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena
WHEN: Friday and Saturday 7;15 pm
BROADCAST INFO: Both games air live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:55 pm.
THE SERIES: This is the fifth meeting of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners. But it’s the first visit by the Bulls to Kansas this season. After this weekend, the two sides will hook up in two weeks back in Topeka. The Bulls have won all four games of the season series limiting the RoadRunners to just three goals and they all came in their second meeting. The other three games have been won by the Bulls via shutouts, including the last two.
Cody Gylling leads the Bulls with three goals and three assists for six points, while Tyler Gernhofer has five points (three goals and two assists).
HOLIDAY FACT: This is the fourth straight year the Amarillo Bulls have spent the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend away from home. It’s the third time in four years that the Bulls are in Kansas to face the RoadRunners. The only other team the Bulls have played are the Odessa Jackalopes in West Texas. In six previous Thanksgiving games, the Amarillo Bulls have posted a record of 5-1-0 with their lone loss in 2010-2011 versus Topeka.
STREAKS AND TRENDS: The Amarillo Bulls have eight wins in their last nine games (8-1) and have captured six in a row away from home. The Topeka RoadRunners have a 4-1-1 mark in their last six games. The North American Hockey League’s no. 1 offence is the Amarillo Bulls, averaging 3.71 goals per game with 89 goals. The Port Huron Fighting Falcons are their closest competitor just 10 goals back. The Bulls still have the number one power play in the league, including 15 goals on the road.
BULLS NEXT AT HOME: It’s back at home next Sunday, Dec 8 for the Amarillo Bulls when they host the Odessa Jackalopes at 6 pm. It’s the fourth annual Sonic Sunday and details will be announced on Monday during the Amarillo Bulls Radio Show at 6 pm.
ALUMNI UPDATE: It’s already been a big week for Amarillo Bulls Alumni. Forward Brooks Behling scored in the third period as Providence tied Quinnipiac 3-3. TJ Sarcona scored in a 4-2 loss by Niagara to Cornell. Luke Jenkins assisted on a goal as Army beat American International 4-3 in overtime. In Division III action, Ryan Taylor scored as Western New England beat Manhattanville 3-1.