Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Wildcats

Wkn-Preview-AMA-WFWTHE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Wichita Falls Wildcats

WHEN:  Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 11 & Saturday, Nov. 12


WHERE: Kay Yeager Coliseum Wichita Falls Texas

BROADCAST OPTONS: Tune in beginning at 6:40 pm with the Wayland Baptist University Warm-Up Show on Friday and Saturday. The puck drop is slated for 7 pm on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, Now Hockey TV.

THE SERIES: It’s the fifth and sixth meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. All four games have been decided by one goal with three of them requiring overtime. This is the first time that the Bulls will play on back to back nights in Wichita Falls. The two teams will not see one another again until the month of February where they will play a total of four times. Ilya Skvortsev leads Wichita Falls with two goals and five assists for seven points, while Alexi Poikola has five assists and defenseman Ryan Orgel also has five points (2 goals and 3 assists). George Mika has four goals to lead the Bulls, while Steven Ipri has two.

BULLS NOTES: Heading into this weekend forward George Mika is tied for the NAHL lead in scoring with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. Mika has six power play goals, and three first goals. The Bulls are now seventh in shots on goal, averaging just over 34 per game. The team’s best shot differential is in the final 20 minutes where they are a minus 6. The Bulls have played five one-goal games away from home and remain unbeaten when they are ahead after 40 minutes of play.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: It’s that time of the year again for the Amarillo Bulls where they will spend some time away from home due to the WRCA Ranch Rodeo and the Farm and Ranch Show. After this weekend in Wichita Falls, the Bulls will be in Corpus Christi for Thanksgiving and then the following week in Shreveport, Louisiana.

WILDCATS CHIPS: Forward Alexi Poikola has leads Wichita Falls with 12 assists and 16 points. Russian forward Ilya Skvortsev has six goals and 15 points, but leads the team in shots on goal. Forward Ryan Burnett has been very impressive on special teams with three power play goals and two shorthanded.  When the Wildcats score the game’s first goal they have posted a mark of 5-1-0 in six opportunities. The Wildcats have won four game when they have been outshot by an opponent.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: Two other games highlight the South Division schedule this weekend. It starts in North Richland Hills Texas where the Lone Star Brahmas host the Corpus Christi IceRays and the other weekend series is in Odessa where the Jackalopes entertain the Shreveport Mudbugs.