WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
WHEN: Tomorrow (Friday) night and Saturday at 7 pm
PROMOTIONS: It’s $5 Friday Ticket Special available by calling 806-242-1122. Saturday It’s Snack-Pak- 4-Kids Night and fans can get $8 ticket special through the Bulls Office only. Make a donation to Snack-Pak-4 Kids and sign a giant banner that says ‘I’m Thankful For.’ One lucky child could win a bike from Seven Grill and Bar.
GET YOUR TICKETS: Purchase tickets at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk open game days from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm as well as the Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations, including United Supermarkets. Tickets are also available online at www.panhandletickets.com or by calling 806-242-1122.
BROADCAST OPTIONS: Tune into the action 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 at 6:40 pm. The puck drop follows at 7 pm.
THE SERIES: This is the first of 10 meetings this season between the Amarillo Bulls and the Shreveport Mudbugs. The two teams meet again in Shreveport on the first weekend of December. After a single meeting in January, the clubs will hook up for five games in a span of 10 days in March.
THE BUGS ARE BACK: The Shreveport Mudbugs are into their first season in the North American Hockey League. After spending 14 seasons (1997-2001, 2001-2010) in both the former Western Professional Hockey League and Central Hockey League, the Mudbugs took a few years off and have returned playing out of their original home, Hirsch Coliseum. The Mudbugs won 556 games at the minor professional level winning three WPHL titles and one in the CHL.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: It’s a busy weekend in the South Division as the Topeka RoadRunners visit the Wichita Falls Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum. The Corpus Christi IceRays begin a two game homestand versus the Lone Star Brahmas at American Bank Center.
NOTES AND STATS: The Amarillo Bulls and Shreveport Mudbugs enter the weekend among the lowest penalized teams in the league. The Bulls are 4th least penalized while the Mudbugs are 10th. This game features two of the best offensive players in the league with George Mika of the Bulls and Erik Zohovs of Shreveport. The two are tied for first place with 24 points apiece. Shreveport is 2-5 in one goal games this year but the reverse at 5-0-0 in games decided by two goals. The Bulls have done a better job with shot differential in the third period at minus 5, while the Mudbugs are minus 38 with shots for and against in the 2nd period.