Weekend Preview: NA3HL Showcase

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The time has come for the Texas Jr. Brahmas annual trip up north as they prepare for the NA3HL Showcase this week.

The once-a-year festivity will hold three new opponents for the Brahmas, beginning with the Helena Bighorns.

 

HELENA BIGHORNS: Similar to the South, the Frontier division is loaded with winning teams at the top.  The Bighorns currently sit at 15-8-0 yet are fourth in the group.

Ryan Daugherty leads the team in scoring with 24 points in 21 games.  He’s been red hot as of late though so the Brahmas will have to keep an eye on him.  Currently riding an eight game point streak the Colorado native has 15 points during the stretch.

 

BREEZY POINT NORTH STARS: Isn’t it funny how things work?  The team that got rid of the services of Ryan Dunner last season is tapped as Friday’s opponent.

The Brahmas leading scorer’s former team currently holds a record of 11-8-5 while sitting directly in the middle on the West division.  Two of the North Stars’ goalies (Wes Paupore and Magnus Lindhe) have gotten the call up to the NAHL so far this season so it’s evident there is talent on the back end.

 

CINCINNATI THUNDER: It’s been a tough season thus far for the Thunder.  A 6-14-4 record currently places them in second to last in the Midwest.

They pulled off an upset of Nashville last weekend and could be riding that momentum but goaltending has been a big issue for the gang.  Of the three goalies on their roster, none of them have a save percentage over .900 or a goals against average under three.

 

THE BRAHMAS: The team’s offense has scored a ridiculous 42 goals in their last five games.  Opponents have to be nervous with the amount of pucks that the team places on deck.

In their last six games the line of Dunner-Galloway-Whelan has combined for 44 points.  The production is most certainly there and now would be a brilliant time for those three to remain red hot.

Tyler Myers is expected to be the guy in net up in Blaine and it’s hard to argue.  #29 hasn’t lost in over two months and will now have an opportunity to extend that with three more games leading up to the holiday break.

Puck drop against the Helena Bighorns is slated for 6:45 on Thursday!­