PHN’s Best Shots of the Game – Texas Brahmas vs. Allen Americans

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – The Allen Americans scored three unanswered goals Friday night, winning the first game of a home-and-away pre-season series against the Fort Worth Brahmas, 3-1. Allen goalie Aaron Dell earned the win after stopping 11 of 11 shots faced in relief of Shane Madolora, who stopped 10 of 11. A feisty first frame was highlighted by the first score of the contest by the Brahmas’ Shawn Skelly off the set up by Sy Nutkevitch and Paul Kruceba. Less than four minutes later, the already physical game erupted into the first of four fights when Allen’s Harry Mahesh tangled with the Brahmas’ Chad Huttel. Both got an early trip to the locker room on mutual Fighting Major’s. Allen outshot Fort Worth 12-9 in the opening 20. A Cross Checking call on the Brahmas’ Kruceba led to the Americans first tally at the 5:58 mark of the second when Anthony Maiani beat the Brahmas’ Kristofer Westblom, assisted by Jason Deitsch and Trevor Ludwig at the 14:02 mark. Midway through the period, referee Zak Blazik ejected Allen’s Mahesh following his second fight of the game, this time with the Brahmas’ Stuart Jacobsen. The shots were even at seven in the second period and the game remained knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes. Ryley Grantham put the Americans in the lead 5:18 into the third period after scoring Allen’s second power play goal of the night with assists from Tyler Ludwig and Scott Howes. Stuart Jacobsen was himself ejected from the contest after his second fight immediately following Grantham’s goal, with Allen’s Brad Gallant. 12 seconds later, Brahmas defenseman Daniel Barnes dropped the gloves with Allen’s Chapen Leblond and both received Fighting Majors for their efforts. Trevor Ludwig netted his second point of the night and first goal of the pre-season at the 7:36 mark to make it a 3-1 game – which ended up as the final score.
The Americans will host the Fort Worth Brahmas tonight at the Allen Event Center with the opening face-off set for 7:05 p.m. CST. The following images were recorded at the NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday evening.

Allen%27s Jason Deitsch makes a case for position in front of the Brahmas net.

Allen%27s Jason Deitsch makes a case for position in front of the Brahmas net.

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Allen%27s Harry Mahesh and the Brahmas%27 Stuart Jacobsen tangle in the second frame. Mahesh was reportedly ejected for violating a league rule against fighting twice in a game.

Allen%27s Harry Mahesh and the Brahmas%27 Stuart Jacobsen tangle in the second frame. Mahesh was reportedly ejected for violating a league rule against fighting twice in a game.

Brahmas goalie Kristofer Westblom talks with fellow backstopper Brad Fogal during a time out.

Brahmas goalie Kristofer Westblom talks with fellow backstopper Brad Fogal during a time out.

The Brahmas%27 Ian Boots sends the puck across ice.

The Brahmas%27 Ian Boots sends the puck across ice.

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Allen goalie Shane Madolora makes a save.

Allen goalie Shane Madolora makes a save.

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Allen Head Coach Steve Martinson observes the action on the ice.

Allen Head Coach Steve Martinson observes the action on the ice.

The Brahmas%27 Stuart Jacobsen battles the Americans%27 Brad Gallant in the third period. Jacobsen%2C like Allen%27s Mahesh before him%2C was ejected from the contest for his second fight.

The Brahmas%27 Stuart Jacobsen battles the Americans%27 Brad Gallant in the third period. Jacobsen%2C like Allen%27s Mahesh before him%2C was ejected from the contest for his second fight.

Trevor Ludwig (24) celebrates his third period score with his teammates.

Trevor Ludwig (24) celebrates his third period score with his teammates.

The Brahmas%27 Sy Nutkevitch skates in front of Allen defenseman Trevor Ludwig.

The Brahmas%27 Sy Nutkevitch skates in front of Allen defenseman Trevor Ludwig.

Brahmas defenseman Cody Hamilton takes a last look at the final score after the game.

Brahmas defenseman Cody Hamilton takes a last look at the final score after the game.

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