Friday night, the Texas Brahmas hosted the Tulsa Oilers and Ian Keserich at Nytex. It was a close game between the two teams, but in the end the Oilers came out on top for the forth time in the teams’ five meetings.
The first period started off with Erick Spady blocking a shot in his chest less than 5 minuets in for the first of many strong defensive plays in the game. With 14:27 left in the frame, the Oilers took the first penalty as Flaminio took a cross checking minor. The Brahmas were unable to get anything going with the man advantage. It was Jim Burichin that came up with the next strong defensive play that saved what could have been a very dangerous play.
Spady took a high sticking minor with 8:17 left in the frame. That was about all of the real action in the first. Shots on goal were 13 to 7 in favor of the Brahmas, due in large part to the defense playing up rather than the offense getting scoring chances.
The 2nd period started off much the same way as the first, with the Oilers taking a penalty, Cramer this time, for a trip. Once again, the Brahmas could not turn it into anything. Once again, it was Jim Burichin that later saved a sure goal from happening with strong D play.
It was with 2:13 left in the 2nd period that the lone goal came from Tulsa’s Gary Steffes. Silverthorn did what we could all game. I think Silverthorn is a very good goaltender, we just may need to get him a rabbits foot, a horseshoe, and a clover to help with his luck. He is consistently in the top 5 in the league in goals against average, yet has a losing record of 10-11-5.
Shots after two were 15 for the Brahmas and 16 for Tulsa, meaning that in the 2nd, the Brahmas were outshot 2 to 9.
The third period was a virtual snooze fest, as the only penalty was to Perrault, for interference with just a little more than two minutes off the clock. The Third also saw Brock Meadows step up for a big D play.
With 1:19 left in the game, Silverthorn was pulled as Texas got an offensive face off. But the extra skater was not enough, and Ian Keserich got the shutout.
The main problem was in the transitional game for the Brahmas. They could not break out of their own zone clean. And if they did manage to get across the center red line, they could not continue to carry or find an open outlet pass to get into the offensive zone. They continued to try the stretch pass or the dump and gun, neither of which are good ideas to continually try, as if you don’t get it perfectly, all you accomplish is turning the puck over.
I can say that this game was officiated fairly well. Were there calls that could have been made that weren’t, sure, but they weren’t blatant calls, and ref Peter Tarnaris did not make calls that weren’t there. Every call he made was a valid call, which is a refreshing change from what we have seen at times this season. So a big thanks to you Peter.
Total shots were 23 for the Brahmas, and 19 for the Oilers.