Saturday, December 4, 2010
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (December 4)- Four goals, physical play and strong defense sent the Brahmas soaring over the Eagles Saturday night as they beat Colorado 4-1 at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The Eagles now have an all-time record (including playoffs) of 1-8-1 at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
Assistant Coach Greg Pankewicz acted as the Eagles' bench boss as Head Coach Chris Stewart served a one-game suspension for his disagreement with referee Tudor Floru Friday night. Floru, who was scheduled to ref the game in Texas, was replaced by Geoff Miller.
Texas came out of the gates with guns a blazing, out shooting Colorado 14-4 in the first period. Tempers matched the heat of the Brahmas sticks at the end of the period as Tyler Allen and Riley Nelson took exception of one another earning matching fighting calls at the buzzer, with an additional roughing minor tacked on to Allen.
The Brahmas began the period with a 5-on-3 disadvantage, but the league’s top ranked PK unit was able to defer any Eagles scoring chances. With teddy bears in tow and geared to be tossed to the ice following Texas’ first goal for the Brahmas annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, Alex Curran set the toys loose when he netted his second goal of the season with a shot from the point at the 16:48 mark. Exactly one minute later Greg Hogeboom’s quick shot directly from the face off beat Kyle Jones for the Texas 2-0 lead.
A pair of goals in the third took the wind out of the Eagles sails beginning with a Dan Riedel tally five minutes into the final period. Todd Griffith took a rebound off the pipe to register his third goal with Texas; assists from Riedel and Matt Pierce. Kevin Beech’s flawless night was interrupted with 1:39 remaining in the game with a goal by Daymen Rycroft, but the Brahmas held on to their 4-1 victory to close their home stand.
With the victory, the Brahmas handed Eagles’ net minder Jones’ his first regulation loss of the season. Texas out shot Colorado 36-19.
The Brahmas now begin their December road trip starting Tuesday when they head south to take on the Laredo Bucks for a 7:oo pm face off. The Brahmas next home game is set for Saturday, December 18 when they host the Odessa Jackalopes.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith
Posted by Robert Keith at 11:55 PM