|Brad Fogal is run down by the Thunder's Chris Greene|
Brahmas take Game Four at the Shoebox, 2-1
T.J. Fox scores his third game-winner of the post-season
In a tightly contested defensive struggle, the Texas Brahmas clawed out a 2-1 win over the Wichita Thunder evening their best-of-7 series at two wins apiece. The game saw the two teams record a combined 31 shots on goal (19 for Texas and 12 for Wichita).
Wichita’s typically potent offense registered just five shots in the opening period, five shots in the middle frame and just two shots in the final period. The Brahmas kept up the trend of striking first netting the game’s first goal for the fourth straight time.
Wichita has now allowed the first goal in all nine playoff games they have played this post-season. Texas’ goal came off the stick of Erik Spady with his team on the power play. It was Spady’s second goal of the playoffs with Brett Findlay and Andrew Lackner earning the assists.
The goal came after a five minute major for charging assessed to Chris Greene, a key member of the Thunder’s attack with seven points (2-5=7) in the eight games prior to Friday. The Thunder had a second major called against them in the third period with defenseman Kevin Seibel getting whistled for a kneeing major. Both Greene and Seibel’s majors were accompanied by a game misconduct ending their nights early.
With the score 1-0, Wichita would get even. Thomas Beauregard extended his point streak to seven games with his fourth goal of the post-season. It was scored at the 15:30 mark assisted by Daniel Tetrault and Chris Chappell.
In the second period, the Brahmas would regain the advantage with T.J. Fox scoring his team-best sixth goal of the playoffs and third game winnner. Chad Woollard and Adam Hogg earned the assists.
Brad Fogal stopped 11 of 12 shots faced and earned the win.
The Brahmas were assessed 8 minutes on 4 infractions and went 1 for 6 on the power play.
Referee: Mark-Andre Lavoie
Linesman 1: Kyle DeMaggio
Linesman 2:Cory Piche
1st Star: Mike Hellyer (1 G)
2nd Star: Andrew Lackner (1 G)
3rd Star: Adam Hogg (1 G)
You can view Pointstreak's Box Score here and their GameLive broadcast here. You can view my photos from the game here.
Game Five of the best-of-seven series is set for a 7:05 pm CST face-off on Saturday night at the Intrust Bank Center in Wichita.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith