You can view the box score here
You can view my photos from the game here
You can view the box score here
You can view my photos from the game here
The Texas Brahmas (29-10-4, 62 points) host the Tulsa Oilers (11-25-5, 27 points) tonight at the NYTEX Sports Centre. One can't help but feel sorry for the Oilers who have lost five in a row and now have to face the Brahmas on the road. But hey, you never know. Sometimes the craziest things happen during the season. If the Brahmas still have their legs under them after last night's hard fought victory against the RiverKings, then this game should be no problem.
This will be the first trip to the NYTEX Sports Centre for new Oilers head coach Tony Martino. Martino can expect a warm welcome from the section 303 rowdies tonight. Just a note to you Tony - Nathan Saunders is ready and waiting.
David Cacciola (8-5-0-1) is expected to be in net for the Brahmas. My guess is that Kevin St. Pierre (6-16-4) will get the start for the Oilers.
The top three scorers for the Oilers are Jeff Christian (RW) with 53 points (19 G, 34 A), Michel Beausoleil (RW) with 44 points (13, G, 31 A) and Brendon Hodge (C) with 38 points (15 G, 23 A). On special teams, the Oilers are ranked 14th in the league overall on the powerplay at 14.9% and 13th on the road at 13.4%. On the penalty kill, they are ranked 15th in the league overall at 76.5% and 16th on the road at 74.2%.
The top three scorers for the Brahmas are Scott Sheppard (F) with 50 points (24 G, 26 A), Grant Jacobsen (F) with 44 points (17 G, 27 A) and Jordan Cameron (F) with 41 points (16 G, 25 A). On special teams, the Brahmas are ranked 3rd in the league overall on the powerplay at 21.0% and 5th at home at 20.4%. On the penalty kill, they are ranked 11th in the league overall at 81.3% and 2nd at home at 88.6%.
The Brahmas sat out Marc Belanger last night and Matt Burto the night before, apparently in order to keep the roster at the right number.
The Oilers may be without defensemen Peter Kennedy and Kelly Sickavish and forwards Mike Carmody and Sean Collins.
The game starts at 7:05pm and can be seen on Nifty-TV or you can listen on Internet radio here.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith
Jason Deitsch scores game winner 29 seconds into overtime
The Texas Brahmas provided another thrilling victory tonight in front of a sold out crowd at the NYTEX Sports Centre with a 3-2 overtime win against the Mississippi RiverKings.
With the win, the Brahmas improved to 29-10-4 with 62 points and remain 10 points ahead of the Laredo Bucks in the Southeast Division (Laredo also won, defeating the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 3-2). The Brahmas have now won 16 of their last 19 games.
RiverKings defenseman David Simoes and Brahmas enforcer Nathan Saunders had words for each other during the pre-game warm-ups. Whatever was said translated to dropping the gloves four seconds into the game to set the tone for the battle that was to come. Saunders, at 6' 3" and 228 pounds easily took Simoes, wrapping his sweater over his head and laying down the law of NYTEX, if you mess with the bull, you'll get the horns. Both earned five-minute majors for their effort and the sold out crowd loved it.
After Craig Minard was called for hooking at the 4:00 mark, the RiverKings went to work, with Derek Landemesser getting the first goal on the powerplay, assisted by Stephen Margeson, at the 4:44 mark to establish the 1-0 lead.
The Brahmas scored the equalizer at the 16:31 mark, when Matt Quinn took possession of a loose puck and forced it past RiverKings’ goaltender Kevin Beech for his eighth goal of the year. Pete Rouleau was credited with the assist.
The period ended at 1-1. The RiverKings out shot the Brahmas an astounding 18-3 in the period giving an early testament to the night Brett Jaeger would have.
The RiverKings got on the board first again in the second period when Jeff Nelson deflected a pass from Derek Landmesser into the net. Matt Pierce was also in on the assist at the 5:59 mark for the 2-1 lead.
Travis Banga gets the tying goal on the powerplay
It was former RiverKing Travis Banga who tied the game during some four-on-four play after Matt Quinn and David Simoes were sent to the penalty box for getting into a skirmish behind the net. Banga was set up by Craig Minard and Justin Kinnunen and sent the puck flying past Beech at the 16:43 mark. The middle period ended at 2-2 with the RiverKings again dominating the shot count at 15-9.
With a little over three minutes left in the third period, the RiverKings drove to the net and had a centering pass deflect in off a skate giving them what looked like it might be the game-winning goal. As the Mississippi players celebrated and the crowd was hushed, Brett Jaeger was making the kicking motion with his pad, trying to indicate that the puck was kicked in. Referee Ryan Hersey had already allowed the goal but after conferring with the linesman, he overturned his decision, and ruled that it was kicked in. No doubt a controversial call, but nonetheless, one that let the air back into the room and opened the door for another chance for the Brahmas to find a way to win.
The period ended on a Brahmas powerplay after Matt Summers received the only penalty of the period for high-sticking with 18 seconds left. For the third period in a row, the RiverKings outshot the Brahmas, this time 13-6.
It didn't take long, 22 seconds to be exact, before Jason Deitsch was set up by Jordan Cameron and Scott Sheppard and coming in from Beech's left, found the back of the net to give the Brahmas a 3-2 victory.
The RiverKings outshot the Brahmas 46-19 but Brett Jaeger had a stellar performance, stopping 44 for his 21st win of the season. His record now stands at 21-5-4-2.
The Brahmas were assessed 13 minutes on five penalties. The RiverKings were assessed 35 minutes on eight penalties. The Brahmas went two for four on the powerplay; Mississippi went one for three.
The third star went to Mississippi's Derek Landmesser who had a goal and an assist on the night. The second star went to Jason Deitsch for his game-winning goal. The first star went to Brett Jaeger for his performance in the net.
You can view my photos from the game here
The Brahmas will host the Tulsa Oilers tonight at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The opening face off is at 7:05pm. Be there or risk missing another example of hometown hockey at its finest!
Kinnunen got his third point of the period, and the Brahmas took their first lead of the night at the 12:19 mark. Jason Deitsch had taken a shot from the right circle. The puck bounced off the pads of Tebbs and then after a mad scramble resulting in a rolling puck in the crease, Deitsch was able to get the rebound at the right post, beating Tebbs to make it a 3-2 game. That goal would end up the game-winner as the Brahmas and Cacciola managed to shut down the IceRays for the remainder of the game.
Scott Sheppard put the nail in the coffin with 54 seconds left, scoring on an empty net after Kris Tebbs left in favor of the extra attacker.
Another great win for the Texas Brahmas in a game where they found momentum when it counted most.
Outshooting Corpus Christi in the third period 13-8, the Brahmas won the shot total in the game 35-27.
David Cacciola improved to 8-5-0-1, getting the win after saving 25 of 27 shots faced.
The Brahmas special teams went one for three on the powerplay. The IceRays went one for five. The Brahmas were assessed 10 minutes on 5 infractions. Corpus Christi received 6 minutes on 3 infractions.
Mark Tobin of the IceRays received the third star for his two assists. Scott Sheppard received the second star for his three point (1 G, 2 A) performance and Justin Kinnunen earned the first star for his own three point performance (2 G, 1 A).
You can view the box score here
You can read the Corpus Christi Caller-Times' Greg Rajan's article and blog entries on the game here and here
The Brahmas return home tonight to get ready for a pair of home games this weekend at the NYTEX Sports Centre. On Friday night, the Brahmas will host the Mississippi RiverKings. On Saturday night, the Tulsa Oilers come to town.
"I tried to play high school hockey and was an early cut but (I) lettered in tennis," Barack said.
The Texas Brahmas host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees today for a 3:05pm face-off. The Brahmas are coming off a three-game road trip that took them to opposite ends of the state, losing a 5-4 shootout against the Laredo Bucks and winning consecutive 4-3 contests against the Amarillo Gorillas.
The two teams have met twice this season, splitting shutouts at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas won a 2-0 match on December 9th and the Killer Bees won a 3-0 decision on December 26th.
The Brahmas are 14-3-1 at home this season and have a 26-10-4 record overall, including last night's 4-3 road win at Amarillo. At 56 points, they are third in the league and second in the conference, just three points behind the Odessa Jackalopes.
The Killer Bees had a bit of bus trouble (fire) on the way to Shreveport yesterday but made it to CenturyTel where they soundly defeated the Mudbugs 4-1. Their road record is now 6-11-2. With an overall record of 19-16-4, the Bees are chasing the Laredo Bucks and a playoff spot with 23 games left in the regular season.
After a 16-41-7 record last season, the Bees have already shown marked improvement under new head coach Chris Brooks.
The Bees' three top scoring players are Jesse Bennefield (LW) with 43 points (22 G, 21 A), rookie Nicolas Dumoulin (D) with 32 points (11 G, 21 A) and Evan Rankin (RW) with 29 points (14 G, 15 A). Bennefield is on a franchise record 12-game scoring streak.
The Brahmas top three remain Scott Sheppard (F) with 46 points (23 G, 23 A), Grant Jacobsen (F) with 41 points (17 G, 24 A) and Jordan Cameron (F) with 38 points (15 G, 23 A). Jacobsen still holds the highest league shooting percentage at .315.
On special teams the Brahmas are number three overall in the league with a 20.72 percentage and fifth at home with at 20.1%. The Bees are number seven overall with a 17.84 percentage and sixth on the road at 18.1%. The Brahmas are ranked 12th overall on the penalty kill with a 81.18 percentage and third at home at 88.8%. The Bees are just ahead overall at 11th with a 81.92 percentage and ninth on the road at 82.1%.
Wylie Rogers (12-8-2) is expected in the net for Rio Grand Valley. The starter for the Brahmas has not been named, but my money is on Brett Jaeger (19-5-4-2).
The Bees will be without defenseman Jesse Perrin and left wing Trevor Weisgerber, both out on injured reserve.
The Brahmas will be without defenseman Mike Vellinga, out on injured reserve and forward Pete Rouleau, out on personal leave.
An observation by Joy Lindsay on the LMT Bucks Blog: The game between the Brahmas and Killer Bees is kind of a lose-lose situation for the Bucks. If the Brahmas win, they move to 10 points ahead of the Bucks in the standings. But, if the Killer Bees win, they'll be only four points behind the Bucks with a game between the two teams at Dodge Arena looming. And, of course, the Bucks have yet to win at Dodge Arena this season.
The game starts at 3:05pm. The Brahmas will be testing out their own CHL broadcast today on Nifty-TV with Cody Eastwood making his first professional game announcing debut.
Score three goals in less than three minutes to win 4-3
The Amarillo Gorillas have a new head coach, new sweaters and a new attitude, but none of those factors helped them against the Texas Brahmas this weekend. Although they fought hard and played well, the Gorillas suffered another loss; their eighth in a row (longest losing streak in the CHL this season) after collapsing in the third period tonight in front of 2,789 fans at the Amarillo Civic Center. Amarillo is now 1-2-1 against Texas, with all four games decided by a goal.
With the win, the Brahmas improved to 26-10-4 with 56 points and with a loss by the Laredo Bucks, they now hold an eight-point lead in the Southeast Division.
The Brahmas had two goals refused by officials in the first period. Scott Sheppard found himself with a wide open net after Mike Gorman batted the puck out of mid-air in front of the crease. Sheppard's shot went into the net just after it came off its moorings. Referee Kevin Graber ruled that Gorman had dislodged the net and Sheppard was awarded a penalty shot. Sheppard's shot went wide and flung off the side of the net.
Later, Jason Deitsch got hold of the puck after it hit the broken stick of John Snowden. Deitsch came in on a short-handed breakaway and skated right into Gorman before his shot went into the un-moored net. Deitsch was called for Goalie Interference and served two minutes on the minor instead of getting the score.
The Brahmas did score at the 10:13 mark after Greg McConnell was pushed by a Gorilla defenseman and laid out Mike Gorman in front of the net. Gorman was slow in getting up and without his stick, left the net unguarded just long enough for Jordan Cameron to shoot the puck past him to make it 1-0. Grant Jacobsen was credited with the assist.
Brett Jaeger was perfect in the first 20 minutes, stopping 10 shots. Gorman stopped 8 of 9. The Brahmas went 0 for 1 in their powerplay opportunity. The Gorillas went 0 for 4 on the man-advantage. The Brahmas remain unbeaten this season after leading after one period.
The second period was a defensive battle with few scoring opportunities for each team. The Gorillas managed to tie it up at the 12:08 after John Snowden tipped the puck to Travis Lisabeth at the right circle as a Brahmas defender found himself out of position. Lisabeth rifled his shot past the gloved hand of Brett Jaeger to make it a 1-1 game. Alex Grieg was also in on the assist for the Gorillas.
The Gorillas held the Brahmas scoreless in the middle period for the second night in a row, although the Brahmas outshot them 14-7.
Neither team was able to capitalize on the powerplay through 40 minutes of play. That changed at the start of the third period. The Gorillas had 1:11 left on the man-advantage on an interference call on Tyler Skworchinski. They came out attacking and scored after only 20 seconds. Former Brahma Stuart MacRae got his ninth goal of the season, forcing a deflected puck past Jaeger to give the Gorillas their first lead of the night. John Snowden and Sam Ftorek were in on the assist.
Less than four minutes later, Amarillo scored another powerplay goal after Jake Morrissette made three attempts in front of the crease, successful on the final try to give the Gorillas a two goal lead at the 4:15 mark. This time, Stuart MacRae and Sam Ftorek were in on the assist.
Like last night, the action really intensified in the final period. The Brahmas finally scored a powerplay goal of their own at the 11:12 mark, just 22 seconds into the man-advantage after Amarillo forward Michael Handza was called for elbowing. Kevin McLeod scored the goal with the assist from Nathan Saunders and Travis Banga to make it 3-2.
Less than two minutes later, the Brahmas scored again; this time an even-strength goal by McLeod with the assist from Nathan Saunders and Scott Sheppard at the 13:40 mark to tie it at three.
The Gorillas third period collapse continued just 38 seconds later. Tyler Skworchinski took control of the puck, splitting two Gorillas defenders in the Amarillo zone and skated in on a breakaway, scoring on Gorman to give the Brahmas the 4-3 lead and ultimately the win.
"I was kind of ahead on the play. Somehow I squirted between the two d-men. They ran into each other and I saw an opening on the glove-side," Skworchinski told the Amarillo Globe-News. "Maybe there was a little frustration on their part, I don't know. They battled hard both nights. It could have went either way both nights."
Amarillo could not recover after giving up three consecutive goals in less than three minutes.
The Brahmas had a 18-10 shot advantage in the third period and went 41-27 in the game.
Brett Jaeger earned the win and improved to 19-5-4-2. Mike Gorman was fantastic in goal tonight for Amarillo in the first two periods but took the loss. His record falls to 8-14-1.
The Brahmas were assessed 22 minutes on 11 penalties tonight. Amarillo received 18 minutes on 9 infractions. The Brahmas went 1 for eight on the powerplay. Amarillo went 2 for 10.
Tyler Skworchinski earned the third star for his game-winning goal. Amarillo's Sam Ftorek received the second star for his two assists and Kevin McLeod was awarded the first star for his two third period goals that brought the Brahmas back into the game.
You can view the box score here
The Brahmas travel back to North Richland Hills tonight and will prepare for an early game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The game starts at 3:05pm. The Brahmas will be testing out their own CHL broadcast on Nifty-TV. Cody Eastwood will be the Brahmas broadcaster in his first ever professional game broadcast.
Photo Credit: Michael Norris / Amarillo Globe-News
Brahmas win 4-3 in overtime!
Mark Carragher scores two but the bulls provide the seventh loss in a row for the Gorillas
The Texas Brahmas came back from a 2-0 deficit after two periods to score three goals in the third and win the game in overtime at the Amarillo Civic Center tonight. The win marked the Gorillas' seventh loss in a row and Brian Pellerin's first home loss as head coach.
The teams had split wins in their first two meetings this season. The Brahmas won a tough 4-3 game on October 24th and the Gorillas beat them 2-1 in overtime on October 30th.
The Cal Farley Coliseum was filled with the largest crowd of the season with 2,817 fans in attendance thanks to a "Buddy Night" promotion that gave a free ticket for each purchased.
Former Brahma Mark Carragher scored the only goal of the first period, tipping a shot from defenseman Sam Ftorek past his former teammate David Cacciola at the 11:51 mark for the 1-0 lead. John Snowden was credited with the assist. The Brahmas held off the scoreboard in the first, after hitting the post three times and being stopped 13 times by Amarillo goaltender Mike Gorman in the first 20 minutes.
Both teams had several scoring opportunities in the second period but were held off by strong performances in the net by David Cacciola and Mike Gorman. Once again, the only score of the period came from Mark Carragher at the 17:31 mark, this time on the assist from Austin Sutter.
Carragher hadn't scored a goal in 22 games played with the Brahmas this season. His only two-goal performance was in his rookie year, last season against the Wichita Thunder.
Shots were 12-9 in the second period in favor of Amarillo. Shots were even at 22 between the two teams after 40 minutes.
The Gorillas controlled the action in the first five minutes of the third period with Cacciola making five saves to hold off the Amarillo attack. The Brahmas managed to get on the board at the 6:28 mark when Travis Banga and Scott Sheppard set up Justin Kinnunen who took it in the high slot and rifled a wrist shot past Mike Gorman to make it a 2-1 contest.
Less than three minutes later, Travis Banga received a pass from defenseman Nathan Saunders and took a shot from the point that deflected off of the skate of Jason Deitsch. Deitsch took possession and scored at the 9:26 mark to tie it up at two. It was an impressive comeback for the Brahmas, scoring two goals on three shots after having a tough time in the first period.
The action remained fast-paced and physical as both teams fought for the win. The Brahmas were poised for victory after Kevin McLeod scored an unassisted goal on an opportunity shot in front of the crease. The puck wobbled under Gorman’s blocker and into the back of the net, giving the Brahmas their first lead of the game at 3-2 with 1:29 left to play. It looked like the goal might get called back after Amarillo argued that the puck was offside but after consulting with his linemen, Referee Mark Lemelin ruled it good.
Mike Gorman left the ice in favor of an extra attacker with a minute left in the period resulting in nothing short of a miracle goal by Michael Handza with seven seconds left in the game to send it into overtime. After the Gorillas applied pressure in the Brahmas' zone, Sam Ftorek smacked a bouncing puck towards the front of the Brahmas’ net. With just 7.9 seconds remaining in the third, Mike Handza batted the puck out of mid-air and behind Cacciola, tying the game and ultimately sending the game into overtime. The shot count was 15-11 in favor of Amarillo in the third.
A Too Many Men Bench Minor provided a powerplay opportunity for the Brahmas at the 2:57 mark in the overtime period which proved fatal for the Gorillas. Scott Sheppard scored his 23rd goal of the season to win the game just nine seconds into the man-advantage with the assist coming from Jason Deitsch and Jordan Cameron.
The Brahmas improved to 25-10-4 with 54 points, now six points ahead of the Laredo Bucks in the Southeast Division. David Cacciola earned the win, despite a rough night, stopping 35 of 38 shots. His record improved to 7-5-0-1.
The Brahmas were assessed 16 minutes on 8 penalties. Amarillo was assessed 20 minutes on 10 infractions. The Brahmas went 1 for 8 on the powerplay. Amarillo went 0 for 6.
Travis Banga received the third star for his two assists. Scott Sheppard was given the second star for his game-winning goal and an assist and Amarillo's Mark Carragher was given the first star for his two goals on two shots tonight.
You can view the box score here
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow night at the Amarillo Civic Center with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:05 PM. You can watch it on Nifty-TV.