Brahmas send Americans across town with a loss
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Hate doesn't quite define the relationship between the Brahmas and Americans on the ice, but whatever the term might be, it does Texas well as they defeated the Allen Americans 4-1 in a physical battle at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
Bad blood streamed early for the cross town rivals when a mid ice collision sent Texas' leading scorer Jordan Cameron to the ice causing an array of minor calls seven minutes into the period. Payback came back in the an offensive form when forward James Hiebert went five hole on Alexandre Vincent for the 1-0 lead on the powerplay. The physical play only intensified as the period continued resulting in three fights, two of which Texas tough guy Nathan Perrott partook in.
Midway in the second the teams played four-on-four hockey when Jason Deitsch was fed a pass from A.J. Gale and found the open net to score his tenth of the season. Deitsch's sprawling efforts gave Texas the 2-0 lead and increased his consecutive point streak to five games. Matt Burto put the Brahmas fans to their feet when he pulled the trigger on Vincent for Texas' third goal of the game. Justin Kinnunen and Perrott were credited with the assists.
Five minutes into the final period Luke Sellars took Liam Huculak's number sending him an early ticket to the locker room. A goal from Tyler Wooddisse with the man advantage ended Jaeger's bid for back-to-back shutouts, what did continue was the Brahmas and Americans hatred when Tyler Skworchinski and Mike Salekin did a little rough housing of their own in front of Jaeger's net. In desperation the Americans opted for the extra attacker with a minute remaining in the match when Burto brought the game home with a shorthanded empty net goal. Fireworks continued on the ice with three ticks remaining in the game when Perrott dropped the gloves for the third time in the game; this time against Salekin.
The Brahmas are back on the ice Monday afternoon as they take on their Metroplex nemesis, the Allen Americans, for a 1 PM faceoff. Texas will return home Friday to take on the Wichita Thunder at 7:05 PM. For tickets, please contact the Brahmas Box Office at (817) 336-4423 or visit www.brahmas.com.
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