Saturday, March 17, 2012

Brahmas lose second straight against Allen

Three unanswered goals lift Americans to 3-2 victory

We were all expecting a little more from this weekend's series against the Americans - the Brahmas I'm sure most of all; but it didn't work out in our favor and now it's time to move on.

Yes sports fans, a 2-0 lead spoiled by three unanswered goals gave the Brahmas their second loss in a row - the first time we've seen back-to-back losses since February 4th. Actually, that was four losses in a row, but who's trying to remember that.

So here's what happened.

A Hooking call on Jason Deitsch led to the first score of the game at the 13:32 mark. 70 seconds into the man-advantage, Chad Woollard fired a shot which Beauchemin initially stopped but as the Allen goalie went down, the puck bounced right to the stick of TJ Fox, who was parked to the right of the net and was able to put the rebound just inside the pipe to make it a 1-0 game. Ross Rouleau was credited with the secondary assist.

A close call came with 46 seconds remaining in the period as Mike Berube sent a shot in on Carroll, who made the initial save. Jarret Lukin poked the puck in but it was ruled "no goal" as the play was already called dead.

The Brahmas were out shot 11-7 in the first 20 minutes - nine of Allen's shots came in the last 3:42 of play.

A Tripping call on Dylan King set the stage for the second Brahmas goal 6:55 into the middle frame. This time it was Erik Spady who scored with 18 seconds left on the power play with a quick one-timer from the right point. Calin Wild and Ross Rouleau were in on the assists.

Clouthier and Ryan Hand dropped gloves on the ensuing face off - long overdue midway into this series. Both were sent to the bin with matching Fighting Majors.

Bruce Graham was leveled by Adam Hogg at the 12:31 mark and then Chad Woollard dropped onto Graham and put his stick across the big man's neck, holding him down - no doubt reminding him that his goon actions last night haven't gone unforgotten. Erik Adams came into the fracas late and earned a Cross Checking call for a chicken hit on Woollard. Woollard received a roughing call for his actions.

Erik Adams got his first score of the season after coming out of the penalty box. Adams took a pass from Tyler Ludwig and came in all alone on Ken Carroll and was able to beat the veteran to make it a 2-1 contest at the 14:37 mark. Jason Deitsch was also in on the play.

Once again, Allen had the shot advantage at 12-9 and 23-16 through 40 minutes.

Just over six minutes into the third period, Bruce Graham beat Carroll along the left side to even the score at two goals apiece. Colton Yellow Horn and Rejean Beauchemin were credited with the assists.

Three minutes later, the Americans capitalized on a Brahmas turnover in their own zone, as Jason Deitsch, assisted by Brett Clouthier and Keith Johnson, found the back of net to give Allen its first lead of the game at the 9:06 mark of the third period.

The Brahmas pulled Carroll in favor of the extra attacker with 1:08 remaining in regulation but were unable to score the equalizer.

Allen had the 11-6 shot advantage in the final period and the 34-22 advantage in the game.

Ken Carroll stopped 31 of 34 shots faced and takes the loss.

The Brahmas were assessed 21 minutes on 9 infractions and went for 2 for 3 on the power play. More importantly, the Purple and Black's penalty killers caused Allen to go 0 for 6.

Referee: Tudor Floru
Linesman 1: Bill McGoldrick
Linesman 2: Cory Piche

1st Star: Jason Deitsch (ALN) (1 G, 1 A)
2nd Star: Erik Adams (ALN) (1 G)
3rd Star: Ross Rouleau (2 A)

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

The Brahmas and the Americans will meet again tomorrow afternoon to close out the weekend series at the NYTEX Sports Center with the opening face off set for 4:00 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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