Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Brahmas to host end-of-season party at Big Barn BBQ

Team caps off eventful season

The Brahmas’ playoff run came to an end Monday night, but the team will officially close out the season with a fan and player appreciation party at Big Barn BBQ (8021 Main Street, North Richland Hills, 76182) Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00pm.

All Brahmas’ fans will receive a special price of five dollars for a buffet. The party at Big Barn will also include a jersey auction, offering up the Brahmas’ game jerseys to the highest bidders.

The 2011-12 campaign was a season to remember for the Brahmas. The team earned a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season since relocating to North Richland Hills and advanced in the postseason for the first time since 2009 when it won the Ray Miron President’s Cup.

Texas faced its cross-town adversaries, the Allen Americans, in the opening round for the first time in the rivalry’s history and defeated them in six games to advance to the Berry Conference Finals.

Player Achievements: Chad Woollard climbed the CHL’s all-time goal-scoring list, moving into sole possession of eighth place with 281 scores. Woollard is just four goals shy of tying Riley Nelson for seventh.

It was also a record-breaking season for the Brahmas’ rookie netminder Mark Guggenberger, as well. The Richfield, Minnesota native won the CHL’s Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Goaltender Awards, while also earning All-CHL and All-Rookie honors. Guggenberger won Goalie of the Month for February, earning three consecutive shutouts and setting a CHL all-time mark with 238:31 consecutive scoreless minutes.

First-year Brahma T.J. Fox, who led the team with 37 assists in the regular season, scored a team-high six goals and recorded eight points in the postseason. Fox netted three game-winning goals in the playoffs, the most in the CHL.

Fort Worth Faceoff: After a seven-year hiatus, the Brahmas returned to Cowtown this season to play two games at the Fort Worth Convention Center in early March. In two nights, over 11,000 fans attended in support of the Fort Worth Faceoff, including the 501st Legion on Star Wars Night March 3rd. The Brahmas donned limited edition Fort Worth Brahmas jerseys one night and paid tribute to hockey history in North Texas by wearing Fort Worth Texans sweaters the second night.

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