Thursday, February 2, 2012

Laredo use strong Special Teams to blast the Brahmas

The Laredo Bucks maybe near the Bottom of the Central Hockey League's Berry Conference for most of the year, but they didn't play like it last night when they hosted the Texas Brahmas who are fighting for 3rd Place with the Tulsa Oilers.

A strong special teams game which included going  3-for-4 on the Power Play and the team also added a shorthanded goal near the start of the game which launched the Bucks Night. The likes of Neil Trimm & Ryan Sparling helped lead the way as 9 players were able to record at least a point in the victory while Bucks Goalie Torrie Jung stopped all 29 shots to get the easy win in the process.

For Laredo this was the great start they were looking for their current 4 game home stand as the Bucks & Brahmas will play again tomorrow night and the Wichita Thunder coming up on Saturday Night. For Texas after playing the Bucks tomorrow night, their South Texas Road Trip continues against the RGV Killer Bees on Saturday Night in another big battle for the 3rd & 4th Place Spots in the Berry Conference. After losing to Tulsa on Tuesday Night, the Killer Bees can't afford to lose even more ground on both the Brahmas & the Tulsa Oilers in the playoff race.

While the battle for the 3rd & 4th Place Spots is getting heated up, both the Allen Americans & Wichita Thunder who are gunning for the Top Spot will be on different parts of the region. The Americans will begin a weekend series against the Tulsa Oilers from the Allen Event Center, while the Thunder will make their way South to play the RGV Killer Bees on Friday, then up to DFW to play the Texas Brahmas on Saturday Night in what should be a great with both playoff races in focus.

Upcoming Schedule for this weekend


Tulsa Oilers VS. Allen Americans  7:05 PM

Texas Brahmas VS. Laredo Bucks  7:30 PM

Wichita Thunder VS. RGV Killer Bees  7:30 PM


Tulsa Oilers VS. Allen Americans  7:05 PM

Wichita Thunder VS. Laredo Bucks  7:30 PM

Texas Brahmas VS. RGV Killer Bees  7:30 PM

Game Report from the Central Hockey League Website

From Laredo, Texas: The Laredo Bucks are dealing with two very hot properties, goaltender Torre Jung, and the duo helped lead the way on Wednesday Night as the Bucks pounded the Texas Brahmas 6-0 at the Laredo Energy Arena.

June remained one of the better goaltenders in the league in recent weeks making 29 saves and earning his second shutout in his last three decisions. Jung is 4-0-1 in his last five decisions allowing just 7 goals over that stretch (he is 14-11-1 on the season).

Trimm extended his league active best point streak to eight games accumulating 13 points (2-11=13) over that span.

Texas played Adam Avramenko in net, just signed this week after Steve Silverthon left to play in Europe, and he struggled in his debut with the Brahmas allowing six scores on 30 shots.

A shorthanded goal from Justin Styffe got the Bucks rolling just over two minutes into the game and it turned out to be all Laredo needed. It was the first winning goal of the season for Styffe and his sixth goal overall.

Later in the first, David Inman connected on the first of three power play scores for Laredo giving plenty of cushion for Jung to work his magic the rest of the night.

The second period was the busiest for Jung, 13 saves, but it was also the most productive for the home team who struck three times. Ryan Sparling and Trimm scored PP Goals and Rusty Masters added an even strength strike making the score 5-0 after 40 minutes.

Early in the third, Matt Boyd added to the total with his 10th goal of the season and Bucks would cost from there in a fast moving final frame.

Matt Pierce added a pair of assists helping set up the Bucks Cause.

Laredo finished the game 3/4 on the power play with the man advantage and stopped all five PP Chances for the visitors.

The Brahmas lost for the second time in their last three games and were shutout for the fourth time this season. Texas' offense has struggled recently scoring just five times in the last four games.

The defense has been good through as the six goals allowed tonight by Texas matches what they had allowed in their previous four games combined.

The two teams will battle again on Friday Night in Laredo.

Texas still leads the season series winning five of the eight games so far.

1 comment:

  1. It is a pity that I missed that game. I wanted to watch it so bad. I will check if I can watch it in other places.