NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – There’s no two ways about it, Coach Al Rooney has dubbed this “the biggest road trip of the season”. The team has hit the road, embarking on what will be a stint of four games in four days, in two separate locations, beginning Thursday.
THE OPPONENTS: Thursday and Friday’s contest take place in Georgia, home of the Capitals. The Caps enter the series with an overall record of 23-8-1, including two wins at NYTEX earlier this season.
Led by some deadly scorers are the top of the lineup, defending Kyle Rimbach, Arturas Laukaitis, Alex Johanson and Phillip Pugliese is bound to be a conundrum for the Brahmas. All four average well over a point-per-game and when these forwards are scoring, the team is dangerous.
Aleksandr Zendejas is the number one netminders for the team and despite having outstanding numbers on the season, he’s currently in the midst of his toughest stretch of the season. In his last five starts he’s 2-3, however, the losses have come against quality teams in Nashville, North Iowa, and Point Mallard.
Scoring first will be a key part of the two games, as Atlanta is 17-0-1 when opening with a lead, and Texas is 25-1-0.
Saturday and Sunday, the Brahmas have the Point Mallard Ducks on the schedule. Another team that went 2-0 against the Brahmas back in October, the Ducks are in the middle of a flaming hot five game win streak that includes back-to-back shutouts of the Capitals.
The win streak has all come on home ice for the Ducks, a place where their record is 12-1-1.
Justin Dunn has been the go-to-guy all season long for them and if you needed ample reasoning why, how does 13 points in his last five games sound? Shutting him down is something the Brahmas will have to execute if they want to be successful in the second half of the stretch.
THE BRAHMAS: The team bounced back last weekend with yet another sweep of the Euless Jr. Stars.
Someone who played a pivotal role in that sweep was the returning Sam Gagnon. Gagnon spent the first half of this season playing junior hockey in Canada but has now returned to where he made his presence felt last season, with the Brahmas.
Gagnon wasn’t the only new face in the Brahmas lineup last weekend though as Trey Greene recorded three goals in his first weekend with his new squad. Dating back to his time in Alexandria, the new #16 has recorded seven points in his last five games.
These four games his vital implications on how the south division will look at the end of the regular season, so be sure to check up on how the team does this weekend!
Thursday – 5:30 PM
Friday – 7:30 PM
Saturday – 6 PM
Sunday – 11 AM