The Amarillo Bulls returned home to host the Corpus Christi IceRays this weekend, Bulls coming back after a successful three week road trip winning seven of their last eight games. Once again the Bulls had a slow start to this game against the IceRays with Corpus Christi scoring both goals on two on one breakaways. The Bulls' starting goaltender Paul Berrafato seemed a little rattled after giving up those two goals, but both of the goals he really had no chance on with a breakdowns on defense.
Amarillo quickly took control of the second period tying the game all 2-2 with goals coming from Michael Davis and Carter Penzien, both goals coming with in minutes of each other. Amarillo came out in the second period with great determination and it showed even more with another goal by defenseman Tyler Rostenkowski giving the the Bulls a 3-2 lead.
On to the third period the Bulls defense stopped any chance of a IceRays come back, Amarillo goaltender Berrafato stayed solid in net, after allowing two goals in the first period. The only powerplay goal of the night came off the stick of Anchorage, AK native Ryan Cole sealing the game for Amarillo with a 4-2 victory over Corpus Christi. I really enjoyed watching this game, and it was great to see the fans out supporting NAHL hockey, game attendance Saturday night was 3,131 which is a lot for Amarillo, good job.
Next up Sunday's four o'clock afternoon start, second of this back to back series between Amarillo and Corpus Christi. Again like a broken record, the Bulls fell behind the eight ball down early this time 1-0 to the IceRays in the first period. This was the debut of newly acquired goaltender Chad Catt, giving up the early goal to IceRays.
Corpus Christi continued the scoring with a goal by Charles Baldwin seconds in into the the middle frame on a two on one advantage making it 2-0 IceRays. Now on to the third with the Bulls down, TJ Sarcona who leads the Bulls in points, scores short-handed against the IceRays giving some life to the Bulls. Captain John Rey tried to make it interesting with a late goal for the Bulls, but it wasn't enough as Corpus Christi wins 3-2 over Amarillo. Still plenty of hockey left in this season, will be close down the stretch.