Saturday, November 19, 2011

Another rough night for Steve Silverthorn

Too little, too late

Sundogs steal a 3-2 win from the Brahmas

The Texas Brahmas lost their second of three games against the Arizona Sundogs last night by a score of 3-2. It was a case of two little, too late as the purple and black's offense didn't come alive until the third period but the Sundogs and Scott Reid were able to defend an early lead and hold on for their first win after five consecutive losses.

Steve Silverthorn had a rough start, allowing three goals on 11 shots though the first 12:53 of play. Mark Guggenberger stepped in for 7:07 and stopped four of four shots faced before Silverthorn returned to the net and was stellar for the remainder of the game, stopping all 13 shots faced for the remainder of the game.

Ryan Hand lost his first fight as a Brahma after taking on Adam Smyth, who had just returned to play for Arizona after serving a three-game suspension.

The Brahmas special teams play continued to slide downward as they failed to convert on three power play opportunities and their penalty killer allowed two goals. Texas is now ranked last in the league on the power play with a 10.26 percentage and 10th in the league on the penalty kill with a 78.26 percentage. Suffice it to say, this continues to need to be addressed.

On the up side, Jacques Perreault tallied his first goal of the season and Cal Wild added his third. Yeah, that's about it on the up side.

It was an ugly start for the Brahmas, who managed just five shots on goal in the first frame. The Sundogs dominated play and tallied their first goal at the 2:59 mark when Jean-Philipp Chabot buried a loose puck at the front of the net to make it a 1-0 game. David Nimmo was credited with the assist.

Luke Erickson made it 2-0 at the 8:25 mark with a power play goal from the left circle, following a Hooking call on Mark Ehl. Tyler Butler and Kyle Hood were in on the assists on Erickson's 200th career point.

An Unsportsmanlike Conduct call on Ross Rouleau at the 12:27 mark led to the the Sundogs' third goal (the eventual game-winner) when Chabot drove in a rebound from the right side of the crease 26 seconds later.

The Brahmas were out shot 15-5 in the opening period and the Sundogs went to the locker room with a comfortable lead.

There was no scoring in the second period as the Brahmas out shot the Sundogs 10-7. Ryan Hand (6', 1", 205 pounds) and Adam Smyth (6' 1", 240 pounds) dropped the gloves at the 8:25 mark and were issued Fighting Majors for the brief skirmish. The Brahmas had two power play opportunities in the period but failed to capitalize.

Sundogs goon Adam Smyth got off at least three good lefts on Ryan Hand as the two southpaws battled during the second period

The Brahmas finally got on the scoreboard were able to put the puck past Reid at the 1:53 mark of the third period as Jacques Perreault tallied his first of the season with a little help from T.J. Fox.

With just under five minutes remaining, Cal Wild brought the Brahmas to within one as he scored his third goal of the season. Chad Woollard was credited with the assist.

The Brahmas out shot the Sundogs 10-6 but Reid and the Sundogs were able to prevent another score and took the win, improving their record to 3-6-3 (2-4-1 at home). With the loss, the Brahmas record goes to 6-5-0 (2-3-0 on the road).

Referee: Peter Tarnaris
Linesmen: Kyle DeMaggio, Colin Besch

Steve Silverthorn stopped 21 of 24 shots faced in 52:00 of play and takes the loss. His record goes to 3-5-0. Mark Guggenberger stopped 4 of 4 shots faced in relief during 7:07 of play. Arizona's Scott Reid stopped 23 of 25 shots faced and earned his second win of the season, moving to 2-3-0.

The Brahmas went 0 for 3 on the power play; the Sundogs went 2 for 5. Texas was assessed 15 minutes on six infractions. Arizona was assessed 11 minutes on four infractions.

1st Star: Jean-Philipp Chabot (ARZ) - 2 Points (2 G, 0 A, +1) including the game-winner on 6 shots
2nd Star: Luke Erickson (ARZ) - 1 Point (1 G, 0 A, +1) on 3 shots
3rd Star: Kyle Hood (ARZ) - 1 Point (0 G, 2 A, -1) on 6 shots

You can view Pointstreak's box score here and their Game Live broadcast here.

Game three of the three-game series with the Sundogs at Tim's Toyota Center is tonight with the opening face off at 8:05 CST. You can watch all the action on CHL-TV.

Photo Credits: Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

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