Friday night, the Brahmas welcomed in the Laredo Bucks to Nytex, but it was oddly similar to Wednesday’s contest against the Sundogs.
It was the Bucks lit the lamp first against Silverthorn, although for anyone such as myself who was trying to listen to the broadcast on ustream for the first time, we did not hear any of it as the mics were not functioning properly.
At the 12:03 mark of the first, Hodge put one in net from a pass from Chad Woollard. Mr. Woollard has been leading the offense in many ways. The Brahmas signed a true leader when they got Woollard back here.
The first period seemed to be one sided towards the Bucks more than the Brahmas, with the shots on goal 12 for Laredo and 9 for Texas. The scoring chances and time spent in each zone seemed, from what we could glean from the broadcast when it came in, to be leaning towards antlers more than horns.
Midway through the 2nd, the Bucks got past Silerthorn again as Rivet changed his pointstreak.com stats. It was only a few more minuets before Perreault scored his first goal of the season off of a pass from Rouleau. It was a 4 on 4 goal for Perreault as both sides had matching minors called. Rouleau has had strong play as well, being an offensive threat as well as a strong defender.
Seven minuets into the 3rd, Woollard scored his fourth goal of the season to enter a 3 way tie for leading the team in points at twelve with TJ Fox and Jordan Kary, though they both have one more game played than Woollard who missed an game in Arizona due to a reported illness.
Less than two minuets after Woollard gave the Brahmas the first lead of the game, the Bucks tied it up at 3 each. It stayed tied for the remainder of regulation.
Off to overtime we went, for the second straight game. It was 35 seconds into OT when the hockey gods decided they wanted steak instead of venison as Nebus beat Silverthorn directly off of a faceoff.
The shots on goal for the game were even at 25, as it sounded like the game was. From the games that I have seen, the Brahmas are having some issues in their transitional game; getting it out of their own end and into the offensive zone cleanly. I am not a big fan of the dump and go get it offense, but it does seem to work at times for the Brahmas. The problem is that when they do not get to the puck first, their opponent is able to quickly play the puck back up and create a rush the other way.
One question that has been on my mind is this: Who is the Brahmas best goalie? Both Guggenberger and SIlverthorn have been fairly solid in net, though on paper Guggenberer is the better of the two. Paper stats can be deceiving though, and I am not sure honestly who would be the better of the two of them. Perhaps I can talk to Rouleau, Burichin, or Lackner to get their opinions.
As a defensive player myself, sometimes it was not the goalie that made the “stand on his head” type of goals that I would prefer, but the goalie that would consistently make the saves that he was expected to. Consistency is key for the D and goalie to be on the same page as far as what said goalie can save and cannot. If the D is not comfortable that the goalie can, for instance, stop a slapper from way out on the wing, the D is not going to trust that it will not score and may over defend the shot, possibly leaving a passing lane open for an even better scoring chance for the opponent. This was the problem I saw with former Stars goalie Marty Turco. Turco would stand on his head and make saves that there is no way he should have, but the ordinary type of saves he could not seem to stop.