Without further ado, here are the selections for the first Texas Brahmas Insider All-Decade Team:
Anybody remember suffering through six different goalies in 1999-00 or five in 2002-03? And there were good reasons for the number of changes. Do you remember when Kory Cooper, Dan Murphy and Larry Sterling were as good as it gets?
The worst performance in the decade was easily rookie Keni Gibson's three-game stint at the beginning of the 2005-06 season when he allowed 15 goals (including 7 against Youngstown). Then there was Cam McDonald's three-game performance in 2002-03, allowing 13 goals - the last by a young winger named Dan Wildfong. Neither goalie played again.
During the 2008 playoffs, went 5-3-0-1 with a 2.30 GAA and a .935 save percentage - good for second amongst all CHL playoff goalies.
He led all CHL goalies in the 2009 playoffs in games played (16), minutes played (956:23), Wins (12), GAA (2.20) and save percentage (.930) and helped the Brahmas win the 2009 Central Hockey League Ray Miron President's Cup Championship.
His overall regular season record as a Brahmas through 12/31/2009 is 48-23-2 with a 2.55 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 83 games played.
The first player to sign with the Texas Brahmas, Cacciola earned his first win in his first start as a Brahma on October 19, 2007 on the road against th Austin Icebats. He won six of his first seven starts that season. He went 26-15-1-2 in the regular season with a 2.94 GAA and a .909 save percentage, combining with Brett Jaeger to be one of the best goalie tandems in the league.
During the 2008 playoffs, Cash went 4-2 in seven games played with a 2.84 GAA (4th in the league) and a .929 save percentage (3rd in the league). No one will forget his performance against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the quarter finals. He made 156 saves on 165 shots as the Brahmas swept the Mudbugs four games to none.
His role was diminished and he was plagued with back problems in the 2008-09 season, but his presence was essential to the Brahmas run to the playoffs and the eventual President's Cup Championship win. He went 14-7-3 during the regular season with a 2.76 GAA and a .912 save percentage.