AUSTIN, Texas (AP)- Last night at the Pond, the Bros HC and the Red Rockets battled to a four-round shootout in which the Rockets skated into the sunset victorious. Statisticians remained baffled by the randomness of the score history between these teams. Each game against one another typically results in either a blowout or a one-goal victory. The high-powered offense of the Bros was stifled last night by the Rockets excellent goaltending, who held the Bros to only four goals after the Boys in Black scored 20 in their first two games. The game was a close, physical game. Ultimately, the Rockets scored three of their four regulation goals on penalty shots, and the Bros struggled to capitalize on their opportunities to do the same.
The Bros were led offensively by Steph “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” Meyer and Marc “Look at Me Fly” Henderson, who had two goals each. Both of Henderson’s goals were identical bar-downski snipes. The Bros generated plenty of offensive opportunities, but could not convert. Bros Ross “Forever Young” and Scott “Sharecropper” Van Pelt had multiple looks but could not convert. Dan “One Chord Song” Pranno found his way to the net once and was able to take a few stabs at the puck, but could not find the back of the net. Mic “Let Me Hold You” Bush was stifled by the Rockets defense all night and couldn’t shake his security detail. Fabian “Down in Flames” played a great game, hustling and grinding all night, but only found success in the shootout with a filthy Datsyuk-esque move to stun the Rockets.
After a rocky start that included a poor line change, the Bros defense finally settled in to help goalie Jon Creasey, who was on-loan from the Mean Eyed Cats of the RoadRunner League. The Rockets breakout proved to be problematic all night for the Bros, and seemed to burn especially hard if the defense was caught jumping up offensively. Matty “Us Time” Young had a few opportunities on net, but was unable to continue his scoring streak. Roy “Velvet” St. John served as the silent general, methodically winning board battles and carrying the puck up through the neutral zone. Captain Andrew “Wichita Lineman” Feigenbaum hustled and had a few good looks to the net in hopes of a Bro-redirect.
Steph Meyer earned the coveted Gonzales Flag for his hustle and offensive contributions last night.
Next week, the Bros look to go for their franchise-best third win in four starts against the SweetHarts in the late-night 9pm game. The SweetHarts are also coming off their first loss of the season and feature former Bro Chuck Booth.
BY THE NUMBERS
11- Games since the Bros scored fewer than four goals
3- Number of tries it took Steph Meyer to score on penalty shots.
-Steven Sullivan was a healthy scratch.
-Scotty McNearney was out due to concussion protocol.