NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – It’s the final weekend of the regular season for the Brahmas and they’ll cap it off with a trip to Louisiana to take on the Drillers.
THE OPPOSITION: The Drillers are one of two teams from the south division that will not be participating in post-season play; therefore this wraps up their season. It’s been a trying inaugural season for head coach Kevin Kaminski’s team but there is plenty of youth on the squad that leads to a future filled with potential.
As for the here and now, the three games this weekend may give the organization an idea of who they’d like to move forward with. Last series was a rough one for the team with Atlanta taking two games with commanding victories.
In order for the team to be successful, they’ll have to add some more offense than they did last against the Caps. A recent addition that has helped in that department is forward Miko Siren. The ’95 from Finland has contributed 12 points in ten games since joining the team and is expected to be of help this weekend.
Siren wasn’t the only Fin to join the Drillers however, as netminder Santeri Seppinen has become a staple in the crease. While his numbers don’t jump off the stat sheets, he’s only been given four goals of support in five games.
THE BRAHMAS: Last weekend was a historical one for the team, recording 26 goals in three games, including 15 on Sunday. Now, the focus turns to concluding the regular season strong before their playoff stint begins.
The season series against the Drillers favors the Brahmas heavily, advantage 8-1. Furthermore, since Louisiana got the best of the team back on November 14th, the team has allowed just five goals in six games to the divisional opponent. Both Brandon Perrone and Tyler Myers recorded shutouts on January 2nd and 3rd in the matchups and will hope for more of the same this weekend.
Sugar Land’s visit to NYTEX was not only necessary for the offense to regain confidence but for the backstops as well. Perrone won both of his stars and Myers allowed just one goal in Friday night’s victory. With three games in three days it is anticipated that both will see time in Louisiana.
Amidst the 15 goals scored last Sunday, Ryan Dunner had four of them. With points in his last seven games, it also is scary to note that the Drillers have been a team that #22 has feasted on this season. In games this season, the Jersey boy has a whopping 23 points against the upcoming foes.
PUCK DROP: Trips to Planet Ice always involve some funky start times so make sure your calendars are marked accordingly. Friday’s series opener will start at 4:00 PM, and Saturday’s game begins at 4:30 PM, Sunday morning the action will start at 9 AM, allowing the team to return to North Richland Hills later in the day.