Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brahmas shut down Oilers

Harvey's 33-save performance highlights 4-0 win

The Texas Brahmas pulled off an enormous win last night at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Coming off two straight losses, the boys shut down a red hot Oilers team which had won nine of the ten previous contests.

Jeff Harvey’s shutout was the first in his pro career and was the third Brahmas goalie to register a shutout this season (Wayne Savage and Kevin Beech).

From the Brahmas website:

The Brahmas set the defensive tone for the evening by killing off a 5-3 power play early in the first period which carried through for the entire game.

The Brahmas made their presence known when Chad Woollard found daylight past Oilers goalie Ian Keserich at the 12:12 minute mark in the first period. With an assist from Deitch and Hogeboom, Woollard scored his 12th goal of the season. While the Oilers led the first frame in shots on goal, Brahmas net minder Harvey put up a strong defense as they closed the first period with a 1-0 lead.

The Brahmas came out full force at the beginning of the second period, but couldn’t find the back of the net until the 11:25 mark when center Chris Moran slipped a surprise shot over the shoulder of the Oilers goaltender. With a strong defensive effort and solid goal tending, the Brahmas continued the shutout with a 2-0 lead going into the third period.

The Oilers came out in desperation, challenging Harvey with 15 shots on goal, but to no avail. Harvey continued his flawless performance en route to the whitewash. The Brahmas capped off the night by doubling their score with goals from Jason Deitsch and Todd Griffith. The Brahmas skate away victorious and evened the record against the Oilers at one win apiece.

The Brahmas were out shot 15-10 in the final 20, but Harvey could not be solved and the third Brahmas shut out of the season was upheld. In the end, the Brahmas were out shot 33-29 in the game. By the way, the Brahmas have yet to be shut out this season.

With the win, the Brahmas' record moved to 12-9-3 (.563, 27 points) and they take possession of slot five in the Berry Conference. Texas is now 6-5-2 on the road.

Jeff Harvey stopped 33 of 33 shots faced and earned the win. His record with the Brahmas goes to 1-1-0 (4-1-0 on the season).

Ian Kesserich turned away 25 of 29 shots faced and takes the loss. His record goes to 11-7-0.

The Brahmas went 0 for 3 on the power play. The Oilers went 0 for 7.

Texas was assessed 14 minutes on 7 infractions. Tulsa received 6 minutes on 3 infractions. Following this contest, the Brahmas' penalty kill returns to number one in the league this season with just 15 power play goals allowed and an 88.00 percentage.

The 3rd Star of the game went to Todd Griffith, who had a goal and an assist on the night. The 2nd Star was awarded to Jason Deitsch, who also had a goal and an assist and the 1st Star went to Jeff Harvey, for a stellar night in net for the purple and black.

Referee: Tudor Floru

Linesmen: Randy Sappo, Chuck Schanel

You can view the box score here and the Game Live broadcast here

You can view the Brahmas' press release
You can view Les Stockton's photos from the game here

The Brahmas will travel to the Ector County Coliseum to take on the Odessa Jackalopes on Sunday, December 26th.

The next home game is set for Tuesday, December 28th when the Allen Americans return to NYTEX for the first time this season and the second game of the Fire and Ice Vintage Series with a 7:00 pm start. This is also Car Flag Night and will feature a post-game skate with the team.

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