Series preview: Brahmas look to add two against RoadRunners

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS — It’s the battle of eastern Texas this weekend as the Texas Brahmas take on the Texas RoadRunners this Saturday and Sunday at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas look to bounce back after dropping two games against the Oklahoma City Blazers last weekend, ending their 22-game win streak. 

“It was obviously disappointing to our group to be swept at home,” said head coach of the Brahmas, Ryan Anderson. “Full credit goes to OKC, as they came into our building and gave our team a wake up call. I thought their goalie played extremely well and they took advantage of our mistakes. We have had an extremely tough week in practice and we expect to see improvement in all facets of our game. Our special teams really need to step up and get going.  Coach Beavis has done a fantastic job in turning around the Texas Roadrunners. I expect him to have his team well prepared and we must be ready to perform. This is a very important series for us early in the season. It will be a great indicator as to how this group can deal with and learn from adversity.”

Newcomer Micah Maldonado recorded his first goal as a Brahma in the beginning game of the series, with skaters Danny Barry and Joe Dorion tallying the remaining two of the three goals scored. Mason Mara, Richard Indermill and Blake Rothstein also earned points. The lone goal on Sunday was recorded by Ian Erdman, his first of the 2020-21 NA3HL regular season. 

Two Brahmas hit career milestones over the weekend, as Leevi Selanne played his 50th game for the Texas Brahmas and Tyler Blanchard recorded his 75th career assist.

The Texas RoadRunners start the season with a record of 2-5-1-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in eight games played. During the 2019-20 season, the Brahmas met the RoadRunners twelve times, earning a perfect record of 12-0-0-0 against the team. 

Saturday’s contest begins at 7:00 p.m. CST, with Sunday’s puck dropping at 2:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are $5 at the door at NYTEX Sports Centre, with both games also being broadcasted on HockeyTV.