The Texas Brahmas defeated the Allen Americans 5-2 at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Wednesday night following a retaliatory pre-game assault on Brahmas forward James Hiebert.
With the win, the Brahmas extend their streak to four games while ending the Americans run of five games. The Brahmas record improves to 11-9-3 with 25 points and moves them ahead of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees for fourth place in the Southern Conference, three points behind the Laredo Bucks.
Well, I figured Hiebert would be targeted for his hit on Charlie Effinger but never would have thought a brawl would've erupted during the warm-ups. Now, I arrived in the lobby of NYTEX as it was already in play. What I didn't see was some jawing that apparently started between Allen forward Britt Dougherty and Hiebert. The two got into a fight to which Allen defenseman Brandon Straub and Luke Sellars joined as an undercard. You can read more, view the video and photos, here.
Scott Thauwald got on the board first at 4:39 on the power play to put the Brahmas up 1-0. Then, Tyler Skworchinski gave the Brahmas a two-goal lead at 14:08. The Americans headed to the locker room down 2-0.
Allen put offensive pressure on goaltender Joe Palmer but couldn’t covert any scoring opportunities in the second. The club limited the Brahmas to four shots, but Texas still managed to net two goals off odd-man rushes from Skworchinski and A.J. Gale.
The Americans found the back of the cage in the third when defenseman Ryan Fairbarn scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play to make the score 4-1. Nino Musitelli had an assist on the goal, which extended his point streak to 15 games, the longest point streak in the league.
Thauwald scored his second goal of the night at 15:34 to regain the Brahmas’ four-goal lead.
Then, Tobias Whelan scored his third shorthanded goal of the year to make it 5-2.
The third period shot count was 13-12 and the game count was 31-25, advantage Allen, but the two points went to the Brahmas.
Joe Palmer made 29 saves on 31 shots and earned the win. His record goes to 6-3-2-1. Chris Whitley made nine saves on 13 shots (in 40 minutes of play) and takes the loss. His record goes to 11-3-1-1. Kris Tebbs made 11 saves on 12 shots in relief of Whitley in the third period.
Both teams went 1 for 6 on the power play. Both teams received 46 minutes on 12 infractions.
The 3rd Star of the game went to Joe Palmer for his performance in net. The 2nd Star was awarded to Scott Thauwald for his two goals and the 1st Star went to Tyler Skworchinski for his two goals, including the game winner.
You can view the box score here
You can view my photos from the game here (not edited yet)
Photo Credit: Robert Keith