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Brahmas have a shift in leadership

Sidelined by an injury since late October, #19 AJ Duggan has stepped down as the Brahmas' Captain. In his place, Coaches Dan Wildfong and Jeff Potter have promoted #21 Matt Lison. The Pittsburgh native has shown leadership both on and off the ice and is currently the team's lead scorer. He will be wearing the "C" for the first time this weekend as the Brahmas head to Corpus Christi, TX to take on the Ice Rays. #44 Donovan Gardiner will continue in his role as Alternate Captain alongisde #12 Anthony Mousseau who will be wearing the "A" now as well.

Brahmas win in 6-round shoot out

by Clif Foster

The Lone Star Brahmas dropped a weird and tough loss Friday night, only to come in and fire the up the win machine with an exciting 6 round overtime 2 to 1 win against the visiting Topeka Roadrunners. No scoring in the first, Matt Lison, who has been a scoring machine since he returned, started it up early in the second period with an absolute beauty. After creating a turnover, Lison snagged the puck, split the defenders and tapped the puck in between the wickets of the Roadrunner’s PJ Bridges. The rest of the second period went the Brahmas’ way as well.

Early in the third the Lone Star Brahmas got into a little bit of penalty trouble. This gave the Roadrunners a 5-on-3 power play. The Brahmas kill was darn near perfect until they were short by 2. #17 Tyler Poulsen, was on the receiving end of a pass from #16 Sly Sutter, that they were able to sneak past the near perfect Jacob Nehama. This was the result all the way through the rest of the third and the 4-on-4 overtime period. This, naturally, brings us to the shoot out. After the long and crazy first several rounds, and an absolute nasty move by #24 Alexey Solovyev, the young Russian, slipped a dirty one by Bridges. However, the real shoot out hero turned out to be none other than the man with the great name. #10 Gordie Hulmuth. A hard wrister from point blank range found itself past Bridges on the stick side, thus ending this game at home.

The Brahmas take to the road next weekend. On November 27th, The Brahmas are back at home to take on the Wichita Falls Wildcats once again before celebrating Turkey Day.

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Roadrunners win game 1 of 2

by Clif Foster

Last night was a tough one at the rowdy NYTEX Sports Centre, home of the Lone Star Brahmas. The visiting Topeka Roadrunners brought the momentum of a win in Odessa while the Brahmas tried to come out and capitalize on the road weary red birds. The beginning of the game started very quickly. At the 5:57 mark of the game, the always eager to hit, #29 Cole Rose took a hit, and started his barrage of rights into the side of #2 Philip Middleton’s head. This gave Rose a hefty amount of time by himself in the box. BUT WAIT WE’RE NOT DONE! At the same time, #13 Brandon Vuic of the Roadrunners wasn’t happy with #4 Nick Blase. This brought them to fisticuffs, giving the Brahmas an additional power play. This would send Vuic into the locker room and to the bus for the rest of the night, as well as tomorrow night. Nick Blase received a 10-minute misconduct for his efforts and was soon released back into the wild.

About midway into the first period, after a flurry of big saves by Drew Volger, an errant centering pass came through Jacob Nehama’s crease and hit the skate of a Brahmas’ defender and slipped through the wickets starting this contest off in a fashion that is not consistent with the Brahmas form of hockey. Then as if the Hockey Gods wanted to continue to tease the Brahmas, #21 Matt Lison came into the Roadrunner’s zone with a few gorgeous moves, going top shelf, to put one past Volger. Thus, tying the game at one a piece. Then 13 seconds later,  #7 Sam Rennaker, slipped a pass through the Lone Star’s defense to #20 Thomas Nechala, who is able to beat Nehama giving the Roadrunners the lead once again.

This brings us to the 3rd, and most often, final period of the game. Within the first 5 minutes, the ever present #29 Cole Rose, takes a pass, made a move and fired from the angle netting the tying goal. However, the Roadrunners were not to be denied. Then, the Roadrunners score on a rainbow shot that originated from the point, giving the Roadrunners the lead for the final time. The Brahmas faced the Roadrunner’s power play unit more often than not, and finally the Brahmas penalty kill couldn’t hold the fort and #16 Sly Sutter slipped the slippery shot past Jacob Nehama. This put the Roadrunners up by two. Brahmas pulled Nehama in an effort to pull within one, and the Roadrunners answered back with just 34 seconds left in regulation, with an empty netter. Brahmas lose in heartbreaking fashion, as the score does not reflect how the game really went. Watch the Brahmas try to even the series tomorrow night against the very same Topeka Roadrunners at the NYTEX Sports Centre and Cap night. Puck drops at 7:30 P.M.

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Brahmas 2 – Wildcats 1 on Saturday Night

Last night the Lone Star Brahmas hosted the visiting Wichita Falls Wildcats. A team that, on the previous night, took the Bulls for a long ride down a short ramp. The Brahmas were clawed up pretty bad, by a score of 9 to 1. This night, however, the Brahmas came in firing, throwing their weight around and looking to exact a bit of revenge against the Wildcats. Kellan Wassell, a former Wildcat, started the lamp lighting with a glorious breakaway goal against his former goaltender, David Zevnick. Unfortunately the lead was short lived as Wichita Falls tied it up just 15 seconds later on a goal by Evan Okeley.

Brahmas Defenseman Mitchell Mueller, who was on the receiving end of a cheap shot from the league leader in Major Penalty minutes Stan Sojka last night, took care of business right at seven minutes into the game. Mueller corralled Sojka at the side of the Brahmas net and fed him several rights in retribution. Mueller’s actions lit a fire under the team and they had his back as they killed off the resulting five minute Wildcats power play.

Play went back and forth for several minutes, until a whistle was blown and Alfred Johansson shot a puck, which brought about the Brahma rage. Inciting, a line throw down. This naturally resulted in several penalties, and gave the Brahmas a 5-on-3 opportunity. Alas, nothing came of it or any other power play for that matter, for either team. This brings us to the second period, where veteran and Alternate Captain, Donovan Gardiner, blocked a shot in his own zone, continued to take the puck up the left wing boards, and implanted in the net behind Mr. Zevnick. This would finish off the scoring, and just about the rest of the game. Jacob Nehama looked mesmerizing in net making 36 saves, and the Lone Star Brahmas came out with 2 big points.

The Brahmas will play host to the Topeka Road Runners next weekend. The last time the two teams met the split a pair of games in Topeka.

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Battle of the Cattle

North Richland Hills, TX –

Tuesday night brought the first in the Battle of the Cattle series to the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills as the defending NAHL champion Amarillo Bulls rode into town to take on the Lone Star Brahmas for the first time this season.   It was a highly anticipated game on many fronts.   Tuesday’s game marked the first time that Dan Wildfong (Brahmas) had ever coached against childhood rival Dennis Williams (Bulls).   Wildfong and Williams played junior hockey against one another in Ontario, and have since grown into being two highly successful coaches.   Wildfong was the architect of the Brahmas only title during the Brahmas tenure in the Central Hockey League, and Williams brought the NAHL’s Robertson Cup to Amarillo last season.  

Amarillo dominated the first period taking a commanding 2-0 lead into the first intermission.   Brahmas responded quickly in the second frame with an unassisted goal from defenseman Alexey Solyvev.   Later in the period the Brahmas tied up the game as forward R.J. Salvato extended his point streak to four games as he scores thanks to assists from teammates Kellen Wassell and Gordie Helmuth.   The final frame fell in favor of Amarillo as they scored one early and then a second goal on an empty net in the final minute of the contest.

The Brahmas closed out their series with the Amarillo Bulls on Wednesday looking to rebound from a hard fought loss on Tuesday. Despite an early Amarillo first period power play goal, the game looked as though it was shaping up to be another tightly played affair. The teams went to the locker room for the first intermission with the Bulls holding a one goal lead.

In the second period the Brahmas went on a full two minute 5 on 3 power play for the second night in a row. Unfortunately, just as last night the Bulls not only killed off the power play, but scored at 4:55 just after the penalty expired. Amarillo added another goal at the 7:40 mark which seemed to take the wind out of Lone Star's sails. Amarillo opened up the offense in the third and piled on four goals with two coming via the power play. Matt Seikhaus had a big night for the Bulls picking up 2G and 2A in the 7 – 0 shutout win.

The Brahmas will travel to Wichita Falls on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Wildcats in the first half of a home and home series. Saturday the teams will return to the NYTEX Sports Centre to wrap up the series.

Be sure to get your tickets now for Saturdays home game against the Wildcats.  Saturday (11/9) will also be Mascot Night as fans will learn the name of the new mascot during a special first intermission presentation. Various other mascots from around the Metroplex will be on hand to welcome the new Brahma to the Mascot Fraternity.

IceRays 4 – Brahmas 2

The Brahmas took to the ice Saturday night with Assistant Coach Jeff Potter driving the herd for the second game of this series. The Brahmas came out strong and ready. After even, but aggressive play the first half of the period, the Brahmas Paul Fregeau scored the first goal of the game with assists from Michael Crowley and Anthony Mousseau. Crowley was acquired earlier in the week in a trade from the Soo Eagles. The Brahmas goal was scored at the 10:05 mark of the period on a Brahmas power play. The rest of the period saw even play from both teams with Corpus Christi tying the game with 1:19 left in the period. The IceRays goal was scored by Eric Pucell with assists by Grant Hutton and Maurin Mouvet.

Just 1:02 into the second period, after series of shots from the IceRays, Grant Hutton scores with an assist from Eric Purcell taking the lead. Corpus Christi controlled the puck for much of the period, taking 20 shots against Brahmas goaltender Sean Keating before the buzzer. IceRays defense limited the Brahmas to 7 shots on goal for the period.

The third period began much like the second with Tony Roisum scoring for the home team assited by Lucas Bennet and Jesse Shelton just 24 seconds in. Facing a two point deficit, the Brahmas refused to quit, but the IceRays still maintained control, keeping the Brahmas on the defense for much of the period. With just under 2 minutes in the game, the Brahmas pulled Keating in lieu of a full offensive. The plan succeeded with a goal from Todd Koritzinsky with 35 seconds to go. The assists went to Donovan Gardiner and AJ Duggan. Continuing to leave their goal unattended and pressing to tie the game, the Brahmas lost the puck to IceRays Martin Hojbjerg who raced it down the ice for an uncontested goal to seal the game for the Ice Rays. Final score: IceRays 4, Brahmas 2.

After back-to-back defeats in Corpus Christi, the Brahmas’ record stands 1-6-1. They will come home for a few days to regroup and recover, but won’t get to rest for long. They’ll be heading back on the road to face the Topeka Roadrunners on Thursday and Friday. Both games begin at 7:15pm and will be shown inside ZuRoma Bar & Grill as well as fasthockey.com.

Brahmas fall 8-0

The Brahmas headed to Corpus Christi last night to renew an old rivalry during the IceRays’ home opener. After a hard week for the Brahmas in Blaine, Minnesota, both teams went into this game with a record of 1-4-1. During the early part of the game, head coach Dan Wildfong was forced to seek medical attention for what broadcasters reported as kidney stones.

The Brahmas opened strong and were given their first power play less than a minute into the game. During the power play, the Brahmas showed a more coordinated offense than has been seen in the previous 6 games. Despite the increase of offensive action, the Brahmas just couldn’t manage to convert the advantage into a goal. Seconds after his release from the sin-bin, IceRay Eric Purcell steals the puck and races down the ice unimpeded, slides it past netminder Jacob Nehama for the goal at the 2:48 mark of the first period. The remainder of the first period saw even play with both teams offensively strong, but the Brahmas were unable to score. IceRays picked up two more goals in the period by Martin Hojbjerg (Assist: Tony Roisum, Malo Ville) and Grant Hutton (Assist: Maurin Bouvet, Tony Roisum).

The second period saw energetic play from both sides as the Brahmas tried to make up the points, but were still unable to get past the IceRays defenses. Just after the half, a few quick hits to IceRays Forward Jake Derflinger, resulted in a major fighting penalty and game misconduct being awarded to Nick Blase. Shortly after that, the IceRays scored 3 more points in as many minutes. Goals were awarded to Kyle Froese (Martin Hojbjerg, Malo Ville), Eric Purcell (Tony Roisum) and Malo Ville (Martin Mojberg, Wes Michaud). The Brahmas made several attempts to recover, but couldn’t connect. With just over a minute remaining in the period, Grant Hutton scores the IceRays 7th goal of the game with assists by Eric Purcell and Caleb O’Brien.

Still unwilling to admit defeat, the Brahmas hit hard the first half of the 3rd period, but Corpus Christi defense was unwavering in front of their home crowd. With 9:19 left in the game, Lucas Bennet scores the final goal of the evening with an assist from Eric Purcell and Caleb O’Brien. Throughout the night, The Brahmas showed a lot of heart and spirit, never giving up even as the IceRays kept extending the lead. Final score for the night: Corpus Christi IceRays 8, Lone Star Brahmas 0.

The Brahmas will be back on the ice at 7:05pm tonight to face the IceRays yet again. Log on to www.fasthockey.com to watch the action, or join your fellow Brahmas fans in ZuRoma Bar & Grill to watch for free at 8851 Ice House Drive, inside the NYTEX Sports Centre, Home of the Brahmas.

Brahmas Go 0-4 At Showcase

After 2 exciting home games, the Brahmas headed north to compete in the North American Hockey League’s biggest event of the season, the NAHL Showcase. This massive event saw all 24 teams in the NAHL converge upon the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The teams competed on 8 sheets of ice, each team playing 4 games in as many days. The Brahmas were slated to play teams from every division other than their traditional South Division. The Showcase games count as regular season games and do affect their overall season standings.

The Brahmas first faced the Kenai River Brown Bears. With goals scored by Alexey Solovyev and Liam Stirtzinger, the Brahmas fell 2-4. The Brahmas spent most of this game on the defensive. The goalie for the game Mattias Soderqvist saved 35 of the 39 shots fired at him. The Brown Bears are currently 2nd in the Midwest Division behind the currently undefeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

The second game of the week was played against the Austin Bruins. The Bruins, currently undefeated and #1 in the Central Division came on strong finishing the game 5-2. The Bruins scored their first 3 goals in the first 9 minutes of the game. The Brahmas, although playing strong were unable to recover. Brahmas goalie, Jacob Nehama stopped a staggering 56 shots of the 61 made against him for the game. The Brahmas goals were scored by Jan Hudecek and Leo Lumm. The Bruins racked up 35 penalty minutes during the game, 21 of them in the 3rd period.

Friday saw the Brahmas best game of the series as they faced the Port Huron Fighting Falcons from the North Division. Port Huron is also currently undefeated after 5 games. The Brahmas played fast and strong and held a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd period before the Falcons came back for the 4-2 win. Brahmas goalie Sean Keating stopped 30 of the 34 Bruins attempts. The Brahmas goals were scored by Anthony Mousseau and Paul Fregeau.

The Brahmas final game of the Showcase was against the previously mentioned Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Midwest Division’s Ice Dogs, remain undefeated after 6 games so far this season. The Brahmas played hard and aggressive, and had 59 penalty minutes as proof. The Brahmas 3 goals were scored by Matt Lison, AJ Duggan and Jan Hudecek. Goalie Mattias Soderqvist stopped 26 of the 32 shots made. The final score was Ice Dogs 6, Brahmas 3.

After a week of hard play, the Brahmas end their run at 0-4 in Blaine, bringing their current season record to 1-4-1. The Brahmas return home for a short recovery before they head back on the road to face the Corpus Christi Ice Rays this Friday and Saturday. Both the Ice Rays and the Brahmas will go into this weekend with the same record. With only a few days to clear their heads, the already aggressive Brahmas are likely to add to their league leading 166 penalty minutes. A reputed leader in penalties himself, Coach Dan Wildfong’s history of focusing his team’s aggressions into wins is excellent.

Facing such strong opponents at the Showcase, and taking back-to-back losses this early in the season is likely to be just the fuel the Brahmas need to bring this fledgling team together. Watch the team grow as they play both at home and away on www.fasthockey.com. You can also watch away games among friends while enjoying great food and drinks at a Brahmas viewing party in ZuRoma Bar & Grill. ZuRoma streams all Brahmas away games live for patrons completely FREE.

Weekend Recap: 9-16-13

Monday September 16, 2013 Both Brahmas Season Openers Go To Overtime The action Friday night got off to an early start as Rio Grande Valley's Anthony Croston scored the first goal of the night just 56 seconds into game. The assist went to Nathan Flynn. The Brahmas couldn't seem to put anything together in from of the very vocal home town crowd and the Killer Bees capitalized on a power play, sending a second goal past Mattias Soderqvist less than 7 minutes after the first. The goal was scored by Ben Greiner with an assist from Tyler Bruneteau. The Killer Bees lived up to their name for the rest of the first period dominating the puck, but unable to get past the Brahmas defenses. Late in the first period, newly elected captain AJ Duggan took a redirected pass off his stick directly to the mouth knocking out a tooth which was recovered completely intact before the ice was resurfaced.

The second period found the Brahmas renewed and driven straight from the jump with captain AJ Duggan still in play. Play evened out for much of the second period with neither team able to score.With just over 5 minutes left in the second period. Alex Dagnal and Alexey Solovyev move the puck quickly down the ice to a waiting AJ Duggan who sends in past the face-down Bees goalie for the score. At the face off immediately following the goal, tensions boiled over between Killers Bees Defenseman Dylan Abood and Brahmas Forward Connor Millard. A second fight broke out on the following face off with Mitchell Mueller taking a big cut to the forehead from his visor. 7:32 into the third period Sami Pokka extended Rio Grande Valley's lead with an assist from Aleksi Luhtalampi bring the score to 3-1.

As the third period hit the halfway point, things were looking for the Brahmas, but this fledgling team refused to go down quietly. With 6:45 left in the 3rd, #21 Matt Lison sped down the ice and scored kickstarting the Brahmas comeback. Less than 3 minutes later, Matt Lison scores again, tying it up 3-3 with assists by Alex Dagnal and AJ Duggan and sending the game into overtime. 1:15 into overtime, Brahmas Captain AJ Duggan scored his second goal with assists by Alexey Solovyev and Jan Hudecek winning the game for the Brahmas. Final score: Brahmas 4, Killer Bees 3

Saturday night, in stark contrast to the previous night, saw the Brahmas on their feet and carrying the momentum from their first win hoping to make it a double. Not to be outdone, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees brought their A-game as well and the two teams kept it fierce and aggressive the entire game much to the delight of the nearly 2,000 in attendance. The aggression of the Brahmas showed as they racked up penalties giving the Killer Bees 3 power plays during the 1st period, but couldn't convert them to goals against Brahmas defenses spearheaded by goalie Jacob Nehama. Liam Stirtzinger, #91 for the Brahmas, was the first to put numbers on the board late in the second period. Ayerton Valente and Johan Steen provided the assists with only 5:32 remaining on the clock.

The third period began with the Killer Bees feeling the pressure. After the several scoring attempts, the Bees just couldn't get anything past the Brahmas rookie goalie from Allen, TX or their defensemen. With just over a minute remaining in the game, with nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Killer Bees turned up the heat, forgoing their goaltender to give them 6 attackers on the ice. It looked like the Brahmas would fend off the swarm, but with just 8 seconds left, Bees forward Will Clark tied the game sending it into overtime. With just over a minute remaining in overtime, Killer Bees Dylan Abood received a pass from Ben Greiner then fired it past a stunned Jacob Nehama for the win. Final Score: Rio Grande Valley 2, Lone Star 1.

With a 1-1 split for their opening weekend, the Brahmas head to Blaine Minnesota this week for the North American Hockey League Showcase. Each of the league's 24 teams will be in attendance and competing in front scouts, from Division I & III colleges as well as the NHL. The NAHL Showcase is the biggest event of the season for these young players.

After the Showcase, the Brahmas head on the road for 7 games before bringing it back to Brahmaland on October 25th. You don't have to wait for October to see more Brahmas action. All NAHL games are broadcast LIVE on www.fasthockey.com.