Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Topeka

weekend-preview-bannerTHE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Topeka RoadRunners

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

WHERE: Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena

BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune in 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 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls host the Odessa Jackalopes in the sixth annual New Year’s Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The night is sponsored by Budweiser and there will be Party Favors handed out at the door. Ticket promotions to be announced in the coming days at www.amarillobulls.com

GET YOUR TICKETS: Tickets for all games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets. Fans can also go online at www.panhandletickets.com and www.amarillobulls.com.

THE SERIES: It’s the fourth and fifth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Topeka RoadRunners. The first four games were split between the two teams with the Bulls winning 5-3 in Kansas and later 7-5 on home ice. Topeka beat Amarillo 5-1 at home in October and then 5-4 just last weekend in Texas. After this weekend, the two teams will meet on April 1st in the Texas Panhandle. Forward George Mika has four goals and seven assists for 11 points, while defenseman Jeff Solow has picked up three goals and four assists for seven points. Peyton Frantti has collected three four goals and three assists for seven points for the RoadRunners.

WHAT’S AT STAKE: It remains tight in the South Division as eight points separates third through seventh place. The Corpus Christi IceRays and the Topeka RoadRunners are currently tied for fourth with the Odessa Jackalopes one point back and the Bulls two out of that last playoff spot. The Shreveport Mudbugs have games in hand on all teams including five versus the Bulls.

THIS WEEKEND IN THE SOUTH: There are two other games this weekend in the South Division as the Corpus Christi IceRays visit the Shreveport Mudbugs at George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum. In North Richland Hills, the Lone Star Brahmas entertain the Wichita Falls Wildcats in a first place showdown.

NOTES AND STATS: Forward George Mika of the Amarillo Bulls is tied for first place in scoring in the entire NAHL with 34 points. Kosta Likourezos is third in shots on goal with 98 while Mika has 95. Goaltender Nikita Babintsev leads the NAHL in saves with 668, but is fourth in minutes played at 1196.

The Topeka RoadRunners are fourth in penalty minutes averaging less than 24 a game, and have scored four more goals (49-45) on home ice than on the road. Topeka has yielded 12 more goals away from home (59-47).