Brahmas down 'dogs in 5-3 win
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (October 29)- Five goals from the Brahmas offense defeated the Sundogs 5-3 in Texas’ fifth game of the season Friday night in Arizona.
Those in attendance for the game between the 2008 Champs (Arizona) and 2009 Champs (Texas) were able to witness arguably the hardest slap shot in the league when Texas forward Chad Woollard went top shelf on the glove side for his second goal of the season and the Brahmas 1-0 lead. It took Jason Williams and the Arizona power play to even things up at the 13:29 mark when he beat Kevin Beech for the 1-1 tie.
An odd turn of events occurred in the second when the ‘Dogs took the lead when a loose puck danced in Beech’s crease and was directed by Mark Kolanos to the back of the net; unbeknownst to the Sundogs crowd and bench. With just under a minute remaining in the second, Matt Pierce gave Texas their second goal when he went over the shoulder of Doug Groenstege.
A second powerplay goal from the stick of Williams at the 5:58 marker helped the Sundogs regain the lead in the third, but within :25 seconds, the shorthanded Brahmas broke up a play sending a breakaway for Greg Hogeboom who on his attempt Groenstege caused a penalty shot in which Hogeboom converted on. Texas forward Mick Lawrence recorded his first goal of the season late in the final period, which was ultimately the game winner. In last ditch efforts, the ‘Dogs pulled their net minder for the extra attacker on a powerplay, but the Texas PK unit proved to be too strong late in the game as Calin Wild took a pass from Jason Deitsch and buried it into the empty net for the 5-3 Brahmas victory.
Beech stopped 41 shots on goal for his first win of the season.
The Brahmas and Sundogs square off for another contest Saturday night for a 9:05 PM CST start.