PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Fort Worth Brahmas vs. Bloomington Blaze 01/25/13

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Thanks to Shawn Szydlowski’s lone conversion in the shootout, the Fort Worth Brahmas defeated the Bloomington Blaze by the score of 5-4 Friday night. Fort Worth grabbed an early 1-0 lead at 7:22 of the first period when Chad Woollard received a Sy Nutkevitch feed on the doorstep and buried the puck past Bloomington netminder Dan Dunn. Friday night’s contest was Woollard’s 800th professional game, and his score was his 413th goal of his career and 13th this season. The Blaze answered with two goals of its own to hold a 2-1 edge at the first intermission. Bloomington’s first-period goals were scored by Kyle Bochek at 11:45 and Nicholas Rioux at 19:36. The Brahmas evened the score just 2:20 into the second period when John Snowden ripped a wrister from the slot for his 14th goal of the season and 12th with Fort Worth. Bloomington responded with back-to-back scores at the 4:54 and 6:46 marks from Bochek and Rioux, respectively. For each, it was his second goal of the game. Before the end of the middle frame, Snowden found the back of the net for a second time, cutting the Brahmas’ deficit in half heading into the third period. 8:20 into the third period, Adam Hogg lit the lamp for his 13th score of the season to tie the game at four goals apiece and send the contest into overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, Szydlowski converted on the first Brahmas attempt with a quick deke and score past Dunn. The St. Clair Shores, Minnesota native’s goal was the only conversion in the shootout and his third game-winner of the season. Kristofer Westblom (13-5-2) stopped 18 of 22 shots between the pipes for Fort Worth, earning his fourth consecutive victory. Dunn made 23 saves on 27 shots in a losing effort for Bloomington, falling to 5-5-2 in 2012-2013. With Friday’s win, the Brahmas are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. The following images were recorded at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday evening.

Bloomington defenseman Ryan Palmer blocks the net of teammate Dan Dunn

Bloomington defenseman Ryan Palmer blocks the net of teammate Dan Dunn

Fort Worth%27s Calin Wild makes a move for the puck

Fort Worth%27s Calin Wild makes a move for the puck

Fort Worth defenseman Daniel Spivak moves into action

Fort Worth defenseman Daniel Spivak moves into action

Bloomington%27s Matt Puntureri battles Fort Worth%27s Gregg Eskedjian (left) and Calin Wild for the puck

Bloomington%27s Matt Puntureri battles Fort Worth%27s Gregg Eskedjian (left) and Calin Wild for the puck

Bloomington%27s Matt Puntureri wrangles the puck away from Fort Worth%27s Tomas Klempa

Bloomington%27s Matt Puntureri wrangles the puck away from Fort Worth%27s Tomas Klempa

Brahmas defenseman Eric Tallent attempts to block a shot by Bloomington defenseman Steve Makway

Brahmas defenseman Eric Tallent attempts to block a shot by Bloomington defenseman Steve Makway

Brahmas captain Ross Rouleau celebrates a goal with his teammates

Brahmas captain Ross Rouleau celebrates a goal with his teammates

Bloomington%27s Travis Granbois moves into the fray

Bloomington%27s Travis Granbois moves into the fray

Bloomington%27s Kyle Bochek celebrates a score

Bloomington%27s Kyle Bochek celebrates a score

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Fort Worth%27s John Snowden celebrates a goal as he skates past his bench

Fort Worth%27s John Snowden celebrates a goal as he skates past his bench

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