The Allen Americans saw their three game winning streak snapped by the metroplex rival Fort Worth Brahmas at the NYTEX Sports Centre tonight before a crowd of almost 2,400. The game was the 15th time the teams have met thus far this season. Aaron Dell, who started his 39th game of the season in goal, stopped 15 out of the 20 shots he faced. Adam Pineault and Jarret Lukin were the two goal scorers for the Americans.
The Fort Worth Brahmas hit the ice with force, refusing to let the Americans get into the zone. The Brahmas took a 1-0 lead over the Americans as Ricky Helmbrecht scored his first goal of the season. The puck went past Aaron Dell’s blocker at the 15:57 mark in the first period. The Americans did not have a shot on goal for almost 16 minutes with the first shot coming while on the power play. Allen tied the game up at 1-1 with a goal by Adam Pineault that went through Brad Fogal’s five hole at the 3:37 mark in the first period. Darryl Bootland, the Allen Americans second leading goal scorer with 20 goals, almost took a shot on goal, but the puck went wide.
The second period was fairly quiet, lacking significant action. The best scoring chance for the Americans in the period came during a power play when Jason Deitsch beat Fogal at the net, but the puck rang off the post, keeping the game tied at 1-1.
Shortly after an expired Brahmas power play, at the 17:33 mark, Tomas Klempa tucked the puck past Aaron Dell’s left skate, pushing the Brahmas ahead 2-1 in the third period. The goal was Klempa’s 18th goal of the season. The Brahmas extend their lead to 3-1 with another goal Tomas Klempa, his second of the game, while shorthanded at the 12:14 mark. Brahmas forward Phil Fox almost made it 4-1 but the referees waved off the goal, saying the puck was kicked in.
The Brahmas took the 4-1 lead with 3:27 left in the third period as Austin Mayer scooped up the puck and scored on a one-on-one breakaway. Mayer’s shot sailed through the five hole of Aaron Dell. The goal was Mayer’s 10th of the season. The Brahmas added yet another goal, making it 5-1 with 1:14 left in the third period. The goal came on the power play with a shot from the right circle from Austin Mayer for his second goal of the game. The Americans made it 5-2 with only 45 seconds remaining in the game while on the power play. Jarret Lukin slapped the puck past Fogal for his 17th goal of the season.
The teams face each other again tomorrow night at 7:30 at the NYTEX Sports Centre.