Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brahmas drop first of three against Tulsa

Third period comeback attempt stymied by former Brahmas goalie Christie

The Texas Brahmas' seven-game winning streak came to an end Friday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Tyler Fleck got the Oilers on the board at the 9:32 mark of the first period with the assist coming from Michel Beausoleil.

The Oilers outshot the Brahmas 10 to 5 in the period. Each team had a single power play opportunity later in the period but neither capitalized.

There was no scoring in the second period and neither team was successful on three power play opportunities. Tulsa had the narrow 8-7 shot advantage.

Gio Flamminio made it a 2-0 contest 4:54 into the final frame, sending a slap shot past Guggenberger. Flamminio's 2nd goal of the season was assisted by Beausoleil and Dylan Clarke.

The Brahmas responded just four minutes later with a goal of their own, the 13th of the season for T.J. Fox, to cut the deficit in half with 10:31 left in regulation.

Texas had a few opportunities to tie the game late in the period but was unable to get the puck past Tulsa goaltender Steve Christie again. On the night, Christie made 29 saves on 30 shots fired by the Brahmas.

Guggenberger stopped 19 of 21 shots faced and takes the loss. His record goes to 16-5-3-3 with a 1.85 GAA and a .930 Save Percentage - still best in the league.

The Brahmas were assessed 12 minutes on 6 infractions and went 0 for 6 on the power play.

Referee: Zak Blazik
Linesman 1: Kyle DeMaggio
Linesman 2: Chip Excell

1st Star: Michel Beausoleil (TUL) (2 A)
2nd Star: T.J. Fox (1 G)
3rd Star: Tyler Fleck (TUL) (1 G)

You can view Pointstreak's Box Score here and their GameLive broadcast here.

The Brahmas will return to North Richland Hills overnight and will prepare to host the Oilers on Saturday, with the opening face off set for 7:45pm.

Photo Credit: Les Stockton/Pro Hockey News

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