Reversal of fortune
Brahmas defeat the Amarillo Gorillas 3-1
After an elbowing call sent Jason Deitsch to the penalty box at the 13:07 mark. Despite the man disadvantage, the Brahmas displayed their penalty killing skills and for the fifth time this season, they scored a short-handed goal. As the Gorillas set up in front of Joe Palmer, Kevin McLeod Luke Sellars forced a turnover and delivered the puck to the blade of Matt Burto who went in one-on-one with Mike Brown and came out with the 2-1 lead.
The Brahmas reversed the shot count in the second period (13-9) and after 40 minutes had the 22-21 advantage and the 2-1 lead.
The third period was no less entertaining than the first two but scoring was limited to a shot by Lee Jubinville, his second goal of the season with the assist by Jordan Cameron to finish things off at the 16:20 mark and send Amarillo home with their third consecutive loss.
The Brahmas outshot the Gorillas 9-5 in the third frame and 31 to 26 in the game.
Joe Palmer stopped 25 of 26 shots for his third victory of the season (3-1-2). Mike Brown stopped 28 of 31 and took the loss despite a good effort in net. His record goes to 4-4-0.
Note: Both starting goalies are from the same part of New York. Palmer from Yorkville and Brown from Baldwinsville, an hour to the west on the road to Rochester.
The Brahmas went 0 for 4 on the power play. The Gorillas went 0 for 3.
The Brahmas were assessed 16 minutes on five infractions; the Gorillas received 18 minutes on six infractions.
The 3rd Star of the game went to Amarillos Chris Cloud for the sole score of the game (Jordan Cameron was robbed; this star should have been his with a goal and an assist - +2 on three shots). The 2nd Star was awarded to Joe Palmer for his performance in net and the 1st Star went to Matt Burto for his game winning goal.
You can view the box score here
You can view my photos from the game here
- Easily the most entertaining game of the season. Bar none.
- Seeing Matt Burto's goal and his reaction afterward was priceless. That kid has a lot of heart.
- The noise level at NYTEX was back to playoff fervor. More of the same is part of what makes NYTEX a great venue to watch pro hockey.
- Hiebert and Sellars have added a significant amount of toughness to the Brahmas. It's fortunate that they were added this early.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith