Down 3-1, Brahmas rally to defeat Laredo 4-3 in OT
"We're gonna win this one tonight boys!"
- Roger Maxwell, 42 seconds before the end of the third period
Roger believed it. I believed it. More importantly, the players believed it and after a difficult battle, they found the heart and the hustle to do what it took to win tonight's game at the NYTEX Sports Centre 4-3 in overtime.
It was definitely one of, if not the most exciting win of the Texas Brahmas' young season. When former Buck Todd Griffith scored with just 9.2 seconds left in overtime, the Brahmas' bench cleared as players made their way to the left circle to congratulate Griffith as well as goalie Wayne Savage who stopped 18 of 18 shots faced to earn the win in relief of Kevin Beech.
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With the win, the Brahmas record goes to 8-5-2 (18 points) and they are now two points ahead of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (who suffered a 5-4 road loss tonight) in the Berry Conference with a .600 win percentage. They are now 4-2-1 on home ice.
Kevin Beech stopped 6 of 9 shots faced before being pulled after 25:46 in net. Wayne Savage stopped 18 of 18 shots faced and earned the win in relief. His record goes to 2-3-1 with a 2.71 GAA (14th in the league) and a .927 save percentage (13th in the league).
Pier Pelletier turned away 36 of 40 shots faced and takes the loss. His record goes to 2-4-2.
The Brahmas went 3 for 6 on the power play. The Bucks went 0 for 4. The Brahmas were assessed 8 minutes on 4 infractions. The Bucks received 14 minutes on 7 infractions.
The 3rd Star of the game went to Laredo goalie Pier Pelletier, who stopped 36 of 40 shots faced, earning a loss. Yeah, that deserves the 3rd Star, especially after he earned an unsportsmanlike conduct call at the end of the game. Your Texas Brahmas Insider substitute 3rd Star goes to Dan Riedel, who showed tremendous hustle throughout the game and had an assist on the night. The 2nd Star was awarded to Jason Krischuk, whose unassisted power play goal tied the game at three, forcing the overtime period and the 1st Star went to Todd Griffith, who had the game-winning goal as well as an assist on the night.
Referee: Jon McIssac
Linesmen: Kai Magnussen, Brian Bull
You can view the box score here and the Game Live broadcast here
You can view the Brahmas' press release here
Tomorrow night, the Brahmas will host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs who extended their win streak to eight games with a 6-2 victory at Tulsa tonight. The first puck drops at 7:30 pm. Prior to the game, the Brahmas and City of North Richland Hills will honor former captain Craig Minard with an on-ice presentation. “Military Appreciation Nights” will conclude with a post game jersey auction immediately following the game.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith