Saturday, March 10, 2012

Brahmas defeat Mavericks in shootout

Guggenberger stops all shooters as Hogg nets game winner

The Texas Brahmas defeated a physical Missouri Mavericks squad to earn their 31st win of the season Friday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre.

Kris Hogg kicked off the scoring 4:22 into the opening period with a soft goal in front of the net, assisted by Patrick Schafer.

Ryan Hand earned a Cross Checking minor and took on Randy McNaught at the 19:31 mark. Both were sent to the locker rooms early for their efforts.

Hogg’s goal stood up as the only goal of the first period, with the Mavericks being out shot by the Brahmas, 10-7.

A Cross Checking call on Missouri's Mike Wakita allowed Dan Nicholls to even up the score on a power play goal 7:19 into the second period on a drive from the point set up by Andrew Lackner and Phil Fox.

Chad Woollard gave the Brahmas a 2-1 lead with 2:03 remaining in the period on a re-directed shot from the point by T.J. Fox. Adam Hogg was credited with the secondary assist. Chad Woollard. Woollard's tally was his 280th career Central Hockey League goal, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the league's all-time goal-scoring list.

Missouri had a narrow 9-8 shot advantage in the period.

John-Scott Dickson evened the game up at 10:33 into the third period on a shot from just inside the blueline. Mike Wakita was credited with the assist. Then, 30 seconds later, McGrane re-directed a Tristin Llewellyn slap shot from the point to give the Mavs a 3-2 lead.

Phil Fox evened things up for the Brahmas at the 12:41 mark after Missouri netminder Charlie Effinger deflected a Jim Burichin wrister. Fox buried home the rebound to make it a 3-3 contest. Regulation ended in a tie and the two teams headed to overtime.

There was no scoring in overtime and the teams headed to a shootout. All five Mavericks shooters failed to solve Guggenberger and Adam Hogg scored the game-winner, beating Effinger on the backhand side for the 4-3 victory.

Mark Guggenberger stopped 29 of 32 shots faced and earned the win. His record goes to 20-6-3-3 with a 1.96 GAA and a .923 Save Percentage.

The Brahmas were assessed 17 minutes on 7 infractions and went 1 for 3 on the power play.

Referee: Tudor Floru
Linesman 1: Cory Piche
Linesman 2: Chuck Schamel

1st Star: Adam Hogg (1 G, 2 A)
2nd Star: Phil Fox (1 G, 1 A)
3rd Star: Mark Guggenberger

You can view Pointstreak's Box Score here and their GameLive broadcast here. You can view my photos from the game here.

The Brahmas will host the Laredo Bucks tonight with the opening face-off set for 7:30 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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