Playing with a depleted defensive corps, the Brahmas let their offense do the talking with a three goal middle frame that included two goals from Jordan Cameron, who added an empty-netter for his first hat trick of the season.
The Brahmas opened up the scoring with a rare power play opportunity.
Kyle Hood was whistled for interference at the 11:11 mark for bumping Joe Palmer as the netminder was out of his crease to play the puck. The Brahmas capitalized on the ensuing power play when A.J. Gale recorded his 10th goal of the season from Luke Sellars and Kevin McLeod. Moving from right to left across the top of the crease, Gale redirected a Sellars shot from the point over the left shoulder of Kyle McNulty with just four seconds remaining on the man advantage.
The 1-0 lead at the 13:07 mark would not be relinquished for the remainder of the contest.
Arizona outshot Texas 11-5 in the opening frame despite trailing by one after 20 minutes of play.
The Brahmas came out firing in the second period and managed two goals in the opening minutes to give them a 3-0 lead.
Converting on his club’s seventh power play opportunity of the game, veteran forward Steve Potvin cut the Brahmas’ lead back to two with his third marker of the season, sending nearly 1,000 stuffed animals to the ice in the team’s first-ever ‘Teddy Bear Toss’. In position at the top of the crease, Potvin knocked home a rebound chance on a Nick Biondo shot from the top of the far circle at the 13:31 mark.
The Brahmas went 1 for 3 on the power play. Arizona went 2 for 12. The Brahmas were assessed 33 minutes on 15 infractions (yikes). Arizona was assessed 28 minutes on seven infractions.
The 3rd Star of the game went to Arizona's Nick Biondo who had two assists in the game. The 2nd Star was awarded to Joe Palmer for his performance in net and the 1st Star went to Jordan Cameron for the hat trick.
You can view the box score here
- Great performance from the short bench. The Brahmas have been decimated by injuries as of late. McLeod going down in the third left Luke Sellars, Tyrell Mason and Braden Walls alone on the blue line. They did a good job but were obviously exhausted late in the game. Justin Kinnunen was granted leave by the league on Thursday. Ross Rouleau has been out with an upper body injury. Craig Minard did not play for undisclosed reasons.
- Heart of the Brahmas award goes to...Kevin McLeod. This guy has taken some brutal hits this year and just keeps coming back. 103 points (42 G, 61 A) as a Brahma thus far.
- Jordan Cameron...28 points in 27 games. Leads the team in points, assists, power play assists and short-handed assists.
- Will we see a game where Hiebert doesn't get into a fight or ejected or suspended? That's one tough kid.
The Brahmas make the long bus trip back home overnight and will get some much needed rest on Sunday before they begin preparing for the first game of the "North Texas Vintage Series" at Allen on Saturday.
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