November 1, 2017 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Amarillo Bulls
Here is a preview of the Thursday and Friday games
THE TEAMS: Lone Star Brahmas @ Amarillo Bulls
WHEN: Tomorrow (Thursday) & Friday at 7 pm.
WHERE: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
PROMOTIONS: Thirsty Thursday kicks off the week with $2.50 sodas and draft beer.
Friday is Military Appreciation Night Presented by Sitel that features an enlistment ceremony, awards presentation, booths on the concourse and much more. The Bulls will be wearing special Military style jerseys and a live auction will take place immediately after the game in The Corral with proceeds to benefit America Celebrate Honor and Serve. Veterans and Active Military can get free tickets to the game, while family members will pay just $10. It's also the return of the Family Four Pack for $44 (four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas), and for $22 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas).
GOT TICKETS: Tickets for the games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Rates, Season Tickets or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.
THE SERIES: The two teams split the first two meetings of the season back in September with the Brahmas winning 6-1 and then the Bulls taking the 2nd 3-0.
The Amarillo Bulls and the Lone Star Brahmas better get used to seeing one another as they will meet a total of six times including four in North Richland Hills at NYTEX Sports Center.
TWO HOT TEAMS: It's a battle of the hottest teams not only in the South Division but the entire North American Hockey League. The Lone Star Brahmas have picked up at least one point in their last seven games (6-0-1-0), while the Amarillo Bulls have collected points in their last five (3-0-1-1). The two teams are also amongst the best in penalty killing, near the top 10.
WEEKEND REWIND: Perfection was the order of last Friday and Saturday for the Amarillo Bulls as they dumped the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-0 and 1-0 on home ice. What a game for forward Simon Morberg who potted home all four goals in the first game. Brett Abdelnour tallied the lone goal in the second game. Goaltender Jason Grande stopped all 66 shots he faced.
The Lone Star Brahmas played a pair of games at home versus the Odessa Jackalopes at NYTEX Sports Center. The Brahmas took the opener 2-1 in overtime and then the 2nd one 4-1. Forward Austin O'Rourke had two goals. Mitchell Gibson and Harrison Feeney each one a game in goal during that weekend.
ACROSS THE SOUTH: It's a quiet weekend in the South Division with just two other teams seeing action. At Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena the Topeka RoadRunners host the Corpus Christi IceRays on Saturday and Sunday. The Shreveport Mudbugs, and Odessa Jackalopes both have the weekend off.
SOUTH DIVISION PLAYER OF WEEK: It was literally a perfect weekend for the Amarillo Bulls and Jason Grande. The 6'2/185 lbs. native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, posted a shutout in both of Amarillo's home wins over the Corpus Christi IceRays this past weekend. In total, Grande, 18, stopped all 66 shots that came his way in the two wins. On Friday, Grande stopped a season-high 39 shots in a 4-0 win and on Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots that came his way in a 1-0 win. Grande now has three shutouts on the season to go along with a 6-2-0 record and a 2.13 goals against average and a 93.4% save percentage. "Jason has been excellent for us and the big reason for our early season success. He is patient and poised in the net and that gives our team a strong sense of confidence. I am very confident that he is going to be an impact player at the NCAA Division I level and beyond," said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.