Weekend Preview: Sugar Land

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Texas Brahmas enter this weekend having already made history and are hungry for more.

With last weekend’s wins over the Euless Jr. Stars the team now has seven straight wins, eclipsing last year’s franchise record of six.

“This streak isn’t happening on accident.  It’s the guys who are working hard and paying attention to detail that are executing and that’s what we need,” head coach Al Rooney remarked.

Speaking of executing, players like returner Ryan Dunner, who didn’t start the year on the hottest of notes, have since turned it on and caught some attention with recent numbers.  The Glassboro, New Jersey native had just three points through the first five games of the season, however in his last seven contests has an exuberant 13.

The same could be said for George Hansen, who has perhaps been even more impressive.  While guarding the blue line he had a mere one point through his first five.  In the most recent eight games, he’s added 13 points as well.

This weekend’s opponent is the Sugar Land Imperials, a team who the Brahmas swept in a three game set in the early portion of October.  “We know they’re a physical team and they can score,” Rooney added.

Both of those attributes come with downfalls however as the Imperials certainly have been physical but struggle to be disciplined.  Sugar Land is the second most penalized team in the league averaging over 27 penalty minutes per game, a polar opposite of the Brahmas who are the least infracted, barely being marked for eight minutes a night.

On the scoring note, Sugar Land scored seven goals in the series between the two teams last month.  That amount is tied for the highest any team has scored on the Myers-Perrone tandem this year.

So yes, the scoring is there, however defense is another subject.  The Imperials are allowing 4.38 goals against on average so far this season.  Those numbers don’t bode well as they are about to face a team who is not even allowing two on average in Texas.

The two teams square off in a three game set beginning on Friday at 7.  Saturday’s tilt is a night one as well but Sunday’s matinee will get started at 1 P.M. in Sugar Land.

Texas’ next home games are the weekend following Thanksgiving against Louisiana.  All three games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will begin at 2:05 P.M. as part of a super hockey weekend at NYTEX, which features three NAHL Lone Star Brahmas games as well.