Players To Watch: Louisiana

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – In order for the Brahmas to help their own case in the race for first place, they’ll need some standout performances from these three players!


GEORGE HANSEN: #19 has been the top dog on the blue line for the entire year and now with Nick Nitta returning to the team, it’s been a world of help him, allowing his play to be kicked into the next gear.  With Louisiana being a team who he has excelled against this season, it could be a big series for the New Yorker.

"George has been a stalwart for us on the blue line the entire season and once again is expected to be key in all situations for us. Quarterbacking the first power play unit, seeing minutes on our top ranked penalty kill, bringing offense from the point as well as shutting down the opponent’s top line. He can do it all for us."


VICTOR EKK: The Russian forward’s game has developed vastly over the course of the year, transforming from a dangerous sniper in the offense zone, to becoming a pivotal part of the team’s penalty kill success.  #8 will look to round the season off strongly between now and Sunday.

"He has been a possession monster for us this season and with a banged up lineup headed into the weekend, we want to 'manage' the game and our possession well – he will be key for us in this dept. His intensity and tenacity in the offensive zone is a big reason this one sees success and I expect he will continue to contribute in the score sheet this weekend."


KYLE GALLOWAY: With the amount of scoring that takes place on the team, it often becomes easy to overlook how much damage #18 can do.  Kyle has points in his last five games, 10 of them in fact.  While it may be a difficult task, if he operates at a two-points-per-game basis this weekend, he will be one of the most feared players in the entire NA3HL to start the playoffs.

"Kyle doesn't have the flash of some other top scorers but he quietly goes about getting the job done at both ends of the ice and has been key for us in the Faceoff department as well. He's sneaky good and both he and Ekk will be expected to shoulder a little more offensive burden with linemate Zack Andersen out indefinitely."