AMARILLO, TX – Character, courage and heart…
That’s what came to the front for the Amarillo Bulls tonight in their come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win over the Topeka RoadRinners on Saturday in the Bull Pen at the Amarillo Civic Center. It gave the Bulls a two-game sweep over the RoadRunners and improved their record to 6-1 on home ice.
The victory was the Bulls first when they have trailed after two periods of play this season. The loss for Topeka was their first when they have outshot an opponent this season.
The Bulls rallied from a 4-1 second period deficit to score three times and then notch the victory in the sudden death round of shooters. Terrance Johnson scored in seventh round to power his team to the improbable win.
The turning point of the game came late in the second period when Michael Erickson scored with 1.5 seconds remaining. The goal cut the deficit to 4-2 and sent the Bulls on their comeback march.
Early in the third period, Terrance Johnson tallied his first of the game when he tipped home a shot at the side of net to narrow the Amarillo deficit to 4-3. Karl Beckman added an assist on the goal.
Chris Cass pulled the Bulls even at 4-4 when he was left alone at the side of the net and put a shot up high on the goaltender. Michael Erickson and Ricky DeRosa help set up the goal with good work inside the Topeka zone.
The teams battled hard over the last 10 minutes of the game and on into overtime but couldn’t win the contest in regulation.
It was a very strange start to the game for both teams as they generated a total of 13 shots with Topeka outshooting Amarillo 9-4. The RoadRunners took an early 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. The Bulls pulled even on a strange goal as Chris Cass and Zak Smoot touched the puck as it cross the line prior to the net being displaced off of its pegs. After having a goal waved off, Topeka took the lead 2-1 when Daniel Dupell scored on a Bulls turnover inside their own end.
The second period didn’t go as well for the Bulls as they surrendered two goals including one shorthanded and trailed 4-1. However, in the dying seconds of the period the Bulls pulled to within two when on Erickson’s goal that gave his team some life and confidence going into the final stanza.
Topeka outshot Amarillo 26-25 including 19-11 in the first 40 minutes. The Bulls outshot the RoadRunners 13-7 over the final 25 minutes. There were a total of 14 power plays with neither team scoring a goal.
The Amarillo Bulls return to action on Friday, Oct. 22 when they host the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7 pm at the Amarillo Civic Center. Tickets are available at all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, Civic Center Box, online at www.amarillobulls.com. For further information on group tickets, flex packs or single game tickets, please call the Bulls office at 806-242-1122.