Once again the Amarillo Bulls continued their winning ways as they faced off against the Odessa Jackalopes Friday night (Nov 23) at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, Tx. The Bulls did not have a good start to this game with troubles in their own end of the ice, as well as being out shot 11-8 in the first frame.
The start of the second period was much better, as the Bulls tied up the game with a goal from forward Tyler Gernhofer. Later in the second the Bulls went up 2-1 with a Tyler Deresky, however the Jackalopes tied it 2-2 with under two minutes to go in the second. The third period broke wide open with 3 goals in less than five minutes, in which the Jackalopes knotted the game 3-3. Carter Penzien scored the eventual game winner for the Bulls 4-3 victory over the Jackalopes, with Penzien also named first star of the game.
Now on to Saturday night's tilt, the second game of the Bulls-Jackalopes series once again in Odessa. The Bulls found themselves down early to the Jackalopes, losing 3-0 and surrendering three goals on just five shots from Odessa. The Bulls had started their backup goaltender California native Collin Delia, who was pulled after playing only 7:07 minutes in the first period.
Now with the change in net, and a prior timeout by Amarillo, the Bulls finally got going with three goals in the final half of the first period out shooting Odessa 14-1. Tyler Gernhofer got the scoring started with a power play goal, followed by goals from Captain John Rey and forward Omar Mullan tying the game three all.
The Bulls came running out of the gate in the second with 27 shots and scoring two more goals from TJ Sherman and Matt Sieckhaus giving Amarillo a 5-3 lead over Odessa. Moving on to the third period the Amarillo Bulls were still not done scoring, this time scoring two shorthanded goals from Tyler Deresky and Ryan Cole. Once again as he did the night before, Carter Penzien puts one in the net making that eight unanswered goals for the Amarillo Bulls, and back to back victories.
With the Amarillo Bulls getting the sweep over the Odessa Jackolapes, the Bulls take first place of the South Division with only a two point lead over second place Texas Tornado. The Amarillo Bulls (17-2-3) return home to take on the Corpus Christi Ice Rays (10-9-5). I'm looking forward to this match up, and everyone get out and support the NAHL.