NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Texas Brahmas relinquished their first place standing this past weekend to the formerly second place Atlanta Capitals. The Brahmas sat in first place in the South Division for the entire month of December. The Atlanta Capitals won all three games that took place over the weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.
On Friday, the Capitals scored early, swiping four goals past Brahmas netminder, Anthony D’Aloisio, before Tyler Myers replaced him with less than seven minutes to go in the second period. Myers allowed one goal in the third to Talon Medure, his second of the game. Both Brahmas goals came from the stick of Vincent Dekumbis in the first and second periods against goalie Wyatt Monear. Final score was 5-2.
Saturday Atlanta goaltender, Nolan Bivolcic, was solid in net with 32 saves and only allowing a goal to Melker Kroon in the second period. The Capitals brought their “A” game against Brahmas Goalie Tyler Myers, with goals from Jesse Brown, Adam Vannelli, Talon Medure and Christian Dale bringing in a 4-1 win.
Sunday the Brahmas seemed to find their groove taking their first lead of the weekend and scoring two in the first from James Boisvert and a short handed goal from Hunter Bersani. With no scoring in the second the Brahmas held their lead going in to the third and goaltender Samuel Solomon oner period away from a shut out. Shortly after the half way mark of the their period Atlanta’s leading scorer, Sascha Fiji, scored a off a rebound shot from Jesse Brown during a power play. The last four minutes of the game heated up with harder hits and multiple penalties. Atlanta capitalized on a five on three power play with a goal, again from Fiji, leaving Solomon slow to get back to his skates. After a goalie interference from Jesse Brown the ice was even strength with four skates on each side and just 19 seconds after the tying goal, Talon Medure snagged a rebound though pads of a visibly hurting Solomon. Brahmas were not able to respond leaving the final score 3-2.
The Brahmas are now in second place and three points behind the Capitals. They next travel to Lafayette for a three-game face off against the Louisiana Drillers January 14-16. All games will be played at Planet Ice. Saturday and Sunday puck will drop at 4:00 pm and Monday 12:00 pm.