Weekend Preview-Bulls Visit Wildcats This Weekend

weekend-preview-bannerTHE TEAMS: Amarillo Bulls @ Wichita Falls Wildcats

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

WHERE: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls 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. The hard hitting action follows at 7 pm.

BULLS NEXT AT HOME: The Amarillo Bulls return home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 9-10-11 versus the Shreveport Mudbugs at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The face-off for all three games is 7 pm.

THE SERIES: It’s the 9th and 10 meetings of the season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Wichita Falls Widcats. Seven of the previous eight meetings have been decided by one goal and five of them have gone to either overtime or a shootout. The Bulls took the last two on February 10 and 11 on home ice 4-3 and 6-3 thanks to a two goal performance by Charlie Singerhouse in the first game and then two power play goals in the third period by defensemen Bray Crowder and Marcus Churney.

WHAT’S AT STAKE: It’s a MUST-WIN Scenario for the Amarillo Bulls in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the South Division. The Bulls have 17 games remaining in the regular season but trail a group of three teams Shreveport Mudbugs, Wichita Falls Wildcats and Corpus Christi IceRays by 14 and 15 points respectively.

ACROSS THE SOUTH: Six of the seven South Division squads see action this weekend as the other match-ups have the red hot Corpus Christi IceRays (13-2 in last 15) hosting first place Lone Star Brahmas and the Shreveport Mudbugs entertaining the Odessa Jackalopes. The Topeka RoadRunners have the night off.

TIME TO GET MOTORS RUNNING: After playing just five games in a span of over 30 days, the Amarillo Bulls will be busy beavers in the coming seven weeks. The Bulls have 16 games (7 home, 9 away) including three sets of three games in three nights.

HOME FIRES BURNING: Four of the seven South Division teams have losing records on home ice including the Amarillo Bulls. All seven clubs have suffered at least seven regulation losses, while five teams have winning records away from home.

BULLISH NUMBERS: The Amarillo Bulls are now 2nd in shots on goal in the NAHL averaging just under 36 per game, including a plus 25 differential in shots in the first period alone. In terms of goal scoring the Bulls have certainly picked it up in the third period outscoring opponents 48-43.  The Bulls have seven three goal victories.