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Cutthroats Fall Short in 4-3 Loss to Brahmas

February 8, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

DENVER - Two goals in the third period, including a shorthanded tally, was the difference on Friday night as the Fort Worth Brahmas topped the Denver Cutthroats by a 4-3 final at Denver Coliseum.

With the loss the Cutthroats (23-18-6) fall five points back of the Brahmas (25-16-5) for third place in the Central Hockey League standings. Tomas Klempa scored the Brahmas' shorthanded tally at 3:15 of the third period as part of a two-goal night, and Ross Rouleau added the game-winner just over five minutes later from the point.

The Cutthroats held leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in the game before the Brahmas took control in the third. The loss snaps Denver's seven-game unbeaten streak and AJ Gale extended his point streak for the Fish to six games with a first period assist.

Brad Smyth opened up the game's scoring at 2:15 of the first when Gale's pass led him through the left circle for his 20th of the season. Klempa tied the game with 5:16 left to play in the frame for his first of the night, but Brent Cullaton scored a breakaway goal less than a minute later to make it a 2-1 game favoring Denver.

The Brahmas tied it up at 6:59 of the second on a goal from Calin Wild. Cullaton then picked up his second point of the night, assisting on Luke Fulghum's goal with 3:31 left to cap off a 2-on-1 rush.

Kieran Millan took the loss for the Cutthroats stopping 20 of 24 shots. Kristofer Westblom earned the Brahmas win stopping 23 of 26.

The Cutthroats finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Brahmas went 0-for-3.

The Cutthroats and Brahmas close out their weekend set on Saturday at 7:05 PM MST at the Denver Coliseum.

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