Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Shreveport

photo-2THE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Shreveport Mudbugs

WHERE: George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, now Hockey TV, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 when the Amarillo Bulls host the Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. It’s the return of $5 Friday tickets available at the Bulls Office only. Saturday’s the annual Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss and 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, throw the toys onto the ice in support of the great cause. The Sonic Family-4-Pack for $44 (four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas) and Sonic Bring-A- Bud-Pack for $22 will both be available (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas).

TICKETS AVAILABLE: Fans can get the $5 ticket special at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, by calling 806-242-1122 or online at www.amarillobulls.com. Other ticket packages are also available all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com.

THE SERIES: This is the third and fourth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Shreveport Mudbugs. The Bulls dropped the first two games 3-2 on a late penalty call in the final two minutes of regulation, and 7-3 the following night when the Mudbugs raced out to a 3-0 lead. The two teams meet again on the first weekend in January for a single game at the Budweiser Bull Pen at the Amarillo Civic Center.

FIRST TRIP: It’s the first trip in more than seven years for an Amarillo franchise, professional or junior, to Shreveport Louisiana. The Gorillas faced the former Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the old Central Hockey League a total of nine times from 2002-2003 to 2009-2010 and posted a record of 6-3. There were two shootout games and one that was decided in overtime. The two cities didn’t play against one another for a period of three seasons 2006-2007 to 2008-2009.

THE BY-PRODUCT OF WINNING: When the Amarillo Bulls have collected victories they have done it in grand style. The Bulls have averaged at least four goals in five of their seven wins and in three of those hit five.

WHAT IS AT STAKE: The Amarillo Bulls are trying to win their second in a row for just the 2nd time since early October. Matt Nicholson’s charges are coming off a 5-2 triumph against the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center on Saturday night. The Bulls currently sit fifth in the South Division just three points back of fourth.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: There are several other games in the South Division this weekend and it all starts tonight (Thursday) when the Odessa Jackalopes entertain the Lone Star Brahmas in the first of two. The Topeka RoadRoadRunners host the Kenai River Brown Bears for a pair on Friday, while starting on Saturday the Corpus Christi IceRays play host to the Wichita Falls Wildcats.