The Brahmas took on the Tulsa Oilers for the third consecutive night Sunday evening. After losing the first, the Brahmas won a hard fought 2nd game and were looking to continue their winning ways.
This game started out with some leftover physicality as not even two minutes into the game, Tyler Fleck crosschecked Chris Moran hard in the back. Phil Fox came over to get Fleck off of Moran and was called for roughing. Nice job yet again, CHL refs.
It was Tulsa that found the back of the net again as Michel Beausoleil netted a wrister at the 4:57 mark of the first. It did not last long, as captain Adam Hogg accepted a beauty of a pass from T.J. Fox to put one in pas Steve Christie.
At the 1:15 mark of the 2nd T.J. Fox was called for tripping. 20 seconds later, Ofukany put one in somehow past Guggenberger. Yet again, it did not last long, as Woollard fed a pass back to Jacques Perreault who went to the cookie jar to tie the score up again. It was Dan Nicholls; a man that I admire for the vast amount of pure heart and determination he displays night after night, who gave the Brahmas their first lead of the game. Tyler Barr made an unbelievable pass to Nicholls who knew what to do with it.
A note on Dan: As stated before in previous articles, Dan Nicholls is not your fluid skating finesse or slap shot blasting player, the skills he have are not measured in that way. He is a board thumping, corner scraping, shot blocking, must have type player on any team. Dan Nicholls checks with the size and force of a truck, and is involved in every play when he is on the ice, both offensive and defensive. Heart is a must have in my book for any hockey player.
With just over three minutes left in the frame, the legend added yet another notch in his now gargantuan belt. With that goal, Mr. Woollard scored his 200th goal as a Brahma, a first in Brahma history. It was also his 377th career goal, setting Woollard now to hold 10th by himself on the CHL all-time-goals-list.
The 3rd period showed many more opportunities from each of the Brahmas lines, as every player stepped up their play in the 4-2 win over Tulsa.
After the game, a line formed all the way out past Zuroma’s doors as fans lined up to get autographs by each and every Brahma. It was different seeing a few of the guys out of their gear and cleaned up, none more-so than Ryan Hand. With his hair combed perfectly to the side with some product in it, a nice suit and tie, and sporting some glasses, the CHL’s best fighter looked very non-threatening. Not that I would have thought it a good idea to make fun of him, though later I did text him to joke. Believe me, it was good hearted joking; I made absolutely sure he knew that. Ryan is a great guy and has an excellent sense of humor.
It was a great time had by all, or at least by fans; after so many times signing your name, cramps have to start setting in. They did not seem to mind though, and continued to smile to the last signing.