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Early Lead Isn't Enough for Fire to Melt Ice

December 28, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Fort Worth Brahmas News Release

North Richland Hills, Texas- As hot and cold as their predecessor names suggest, the second game in the Vintage Game series between the Fort Worth Fire (Texas Brahmas) and the Dallas Freeze (Allen Americans) was a battle between opposites as the cross town rivals were more determined than ever to come away the winner. In their fifth matchup between the two teams, the second in the Vintage Game Series, the Brahmas took an early lead, but Allen stormed back with five straight goals en route to a 6-3 win.

The game was played before the largest crowd since moving to the NYTEX Sports Centre with a standing room attendance of 2,533.

Jason Deitsch scored with 11:54 left in the first period to give the Fire a 1-0 lead. Fuel was added to the flame when "Mr. Franchise" Chad Wollard scored, giving the Fire the 2-0 advantage. The Freeze responded and Brian McMillin got one past goal tender Jeff Harvey to cut the Fire lead in half. The Fire answered back when Mick Lawrence scored, regaining the two goal advantage for the Fire, giving them a 3-1 lead.

The intensity of the game only increased in the second period when the Freeze's Bruce Graham came out and scored 7:33 into the period cutting the Brahmas lead to 3-2. Defense was essential for the Fire to keep their lead as goaltender Jeff Harvey had 10 saves and kept the Freeze on ice 3-2.

Ironically, it was the Freeze which came out with intense fire in the third period. With continued pressure on the Fire defense, the Freeze's Graham scored on a power play goal with assists from DaCosta and Nino Musttelli tying the contest 3-3. At the 9:30 mark, the Freeze scored again when Greg Gallagher beat Harvey at the goal to give the Freeze a 4-3 lead. Two late goals by Judd Blackwater and Dave Bonk capped off the scoring and the game.

The loss snapped the Brahmas two game win streak and gave Allen their fifth straight win over Texas.

The Brahmas next home game is set for Friday, December 31 when they host the Bossier- Shreveport Mudbugs at the NYTEX Sports Centre with a 6:00 pm start. For ticket information please contact the Brahmas Box Office at (817) 336-4423 or visit

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