The Lone Star Brahmas are once again represented in the NAHL Easton Player of the Week honors. In the 14 weeks since the start of the season the Brahmas have had at least one player selected in all but five weeks. Included in those five weeks were two weeks when Lone Star had no games scheduled and one week in which they played only one game.
This week Sebastian Vidmar was named Second Star and Ludvig Larsson was named Honorable Mention. This is becoming old hat for Vidmar as the Malmo Sweden native has been honored a total of six times this season. Three times he has been named First Star, Twice Second Star and once Honorable Mention.
On Friday, Vidmar logged an assist on Oskar Andren’s third period goal to give the Brahmas a two goal lead over the Odessa Jackalopes. Lone Star went on to win the game 5 – 1. Vidmar opened the scoring the following evening netting the only goal of the first period as the Brahmas went for the sweep of Odessa. He picked up the first of his three assists in the second on Ludvig Larsson’s goal that pulled the Brahmas even. He also assisted on the game winner early in the third followed by an assist on the Brahmas’ insurance goal. In all Vidmar closed out the weekend with 1G – 4A and was a +3. On the season he has 38 points in 26 games played on 18G – 20A and is a +19 with 6 game winning goals.
Ludvig Larsson earned Honorable Mention, marking the second time he has been honored after previously being named Second Star the week of October 20. While Larsson did not crack the score sheet on Friday he was a +2 in the contest. On Saturday, Larsson who also hails from Malmo Sweden had a hand in five of the Brahmas’ six goals as Lone Star completed the sweep with a 6 – 3 win. He had the primary assist on Vidmar’s goal in the first then found the back of the net three times in a 23 minutes and 28 seconds stretch starting at 1:23 of the second. After Larsson’s first goal, the Jackalopes ripped off three straight to take a one goal lead. Larsson scored less than one minute after the third Odessa goal to pull the Brahmas even once more. Ludvig netted the game winner at 4:51 of the third finishing off his first Hat-Trick of the season. Vidmar had the primary assist on Larsson’s final two goals. Larsson put the icing on the cake with a primary assist on Peter Kessel’s first goal of the season late in the contest. In the series against the Jackalopes, Larsson registered five points on 3G – 2A and was a +3. He poured 12 shots on goal in the two games. In 18 games since joining the Brahmas in mid-October, Larsson has 25 points with 8G – 17A including 4G – 12A on the power play along with two game winners.
With the selection of Vidmar and Larsson, two other members of the Brahmas roster who were deserving of recognition may have been blocked. Brahmas defensemanAlexey Solovyev and forward Oskar Andren both put up numbers as good or better than all those receiving Honorable Mention other than Larsson.