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Brahmas Bus Ride Story And Approaching The NA3HL Playoffs

March 2, 2019

 

There's a lot to be said about people who can improvise in any situation. Apparently, the members of the Texas Jr. Brahmas have found a way to make bus rides a bit more relaxing. During the Brahmas most recent bus trip, that spans the 838 miles from North Richland Hills, TX to Atlanta, GA, the Brahmas managed to string up hammocks in the aisles between the seats. That particular drive can be done by car in just under 13 hours. Non-Stop. Road life can really bite and there's only so much music you can listen to and eventually you run out of pirated episodes of Letterkenny and the ride just drags on. So, can you really blame them for not wanting to sit in bus seats for what is presumably a much longer trip via bus? I like it and I think It shows ingenuity and teamwork. 

 

The bright side of the roadie was that they were able to come away with 3 points out of the two games they played against their divisional foe the Atlanta Capitals. Friday night at the Ice Forum, the Brahmas fell into a big hole trailing 4-0 after Capitals (F) Joey Lajcaj buried the 4th into the net only a minute into the 3rd Period. But...THEY CAME BACK! With the score 4-3 and the clock running down a scrum in front of the net allowed Brahmas (F) Stuart Pearson to sneak the tying goal in with only :15 left in regulation. The Capitals ultimately won it in a shootout, with both net-minders playing out of their minds. But, for Texas to get a point out of that was certainly an entertaining watch, which is more than can be said for the game that followed on Saturday night. Atlanta never got into a groove and before they knew it the Brahmas had them in a 5-0 hole with 5 left in the 2nd. It would stay that way as the Capitals applied pressure late but couldn't find the back of the net after a lights out night by (G) Thomas Held for the Brahmas stopping all 27 shots he faced. 

 

Imagine how well you can play when you get to sleep in a hammock instead of a bus seat on a long roadie. With that win the Texas Jr. Brahmas locked up the South Division title for the 4th time in as many years. So let's check out the playoff picture as the NA3HL regular season winds down. 

 

 

Central Division

X- Coulee Region Chill 68pts

X- St. Louis Jr. Blues 63pts

X- Milwaukee Power 55pts

Peoria Mustangs 53pts

Wisconsin Whalers 46pts

Wausau Riverwolves 19pts

Evansville Jr Thunderbolts 0pts

 

One spot still up for grabs between Peoria and Wisconsin. But realistically Wisconsin would basically have to win out and Peoria not win another game. But how about Evansville??? You have to really hate it for those kids... with a -440 goal differential. 

 

Coastal Division

Y- L/A Nordiques 84pts

X- Northeast Generals 64pts

X- New England Stars 64pts

Maine Wild 28pts 

Long Beach Sharks 26pts

Cape Cod Islanders 15pts

 

Let's face it. Right now the Nordiques are the class of the field. They've scored the most goals by a margin of +41 and have a goal diff. of +263. And the next team ain't even close y'all. Oh, and 10 of their players have 50 or more points. That includes 2 Defensemen with 80+ points. That's insane. But the battle for the final spot is between two teams that barely have .300 win percentage. 

 

Frontier Division

X- Great Falls Americans 75pts

X- Helena Bighorns 72pts

Bozeman Icedogs 54pts

Missoula Jr Bruins 51 pts

Gillette Wild 47pts

Butte Cobras 13pts

Yellowstone Quake 8pts

 

The frontier and the West have the two tightest playoff races remaining. This one is going to come down to the wire because Bozeman and Gillette have only 4 games remaining... of those 4 games they play each other all 4 games. While Missoula has a 3 games left 1 against Helena and 2 against Yellowstone.

 

Northeast Division

Y- Binghamton Jr Senators 72pts

X- Oswego Stampede 43pts

X- Skylands Kings 38pts

X- Niagara Falls Powerhawks 6pts

 

Yep. Everyone. 4 teams from each division make it. There's only 4 teams. Ladies and gentlemen your Northeast Division playoff teams.

 

South Division 

Y- Texas Jr. Brahmas 71pts

X- Louisiana Drillers 62pts

X- Atlanta Capitals 50pts

X- Mid-Cities Jr. Stars 40pts

College Station Spirit- 5pts

 

This one is pretty well set as nobody can catch anybody. This is a scrappy division. Don't be surprised if a potential upset happens this year. Stick taps to the boys at College Station. They had a rough year but bounced back at the showcase and towards the end of the year. Getting beat by double digits to clawing back to respectable hockey.The team has heart. Atlanta and Louisiana is going to be a fun first round match-up. Those guys DO NOT like each other. 

 

West Division

Y- Granite City Lumberjacks 72pts

X- North Iowa Bulls 61pts

Rochester Grizzlies 57pts

New Ulm Steel 53pts

Alexandria Blizzard 51pts

Breezy Point North Stars 29pts

Willmar Warhawks 24pts

 

An interesting division none the less and probably the most well rounded Division in the league. Looking ahead it will be interesting to see who secures the 4th slot. New Ulm plays 3 more games with 2 being against the only teams in your division to secure postseason births. Alexandria will get the last place team in the division 3 out of the last 4 they play. It will be fun to see if New Ulm can hang on or if Alexandria takes care of business. 

 

Once the playoff teams get locked in, I'll come out with my predictions.

 

-Mack

 

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