AUSTIN (Reuters)- Just a few moons ago, the Bros ended the New Centaurs five game winning streak. Last night at The Pond Hockey Club, the Bros HC saw their five game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the New Centaurs. The Bros struggled to generate offense last night, and looked lethargic coming off the holiday week.
The New Centaurs took the lead midway through the first with a snipe. The first period ended with the top two teams in the league tangled up in a 1-0 thriller.
The New Centaurs came out swinging in the second period, and despite the best efforts of the Bros to stave off the offensive onslaught, the New Centaurs found the back of the net for a second time and took a 2-0 lead with the Michael Morris dangle. The Bros were able to capitalize on a scrum in front of New Centaurs goalie Tom Ligh when Layne “Shout Bro” Brougher scored off a rebound set up by Scott “The Working Bro” Van Pelt. The play was initiated by an excellent neutral zone takeaway by Ross “Brothers Talk” Tagtow.
Midway through the second, defenseman Andrew “I Brolieve” Feigenbaum blocked a shot and couldn’t get the puck settled as he tried a backhand pass to Tagtow. Dale Woodkey intercepted the puck and found goalie Chris “Broken” Luscombe out of position, scoring the New Centaurs third goal of the game. Luscombe played phenomenally last night in front of the sold out crowd, and kept the Bros in the game for much of the second. Drew “When In Love With a Blind Bro” John had a fantastic opportunity after stripping the puck in the offensive zone, beating Ligh with the shot. Unfortunately, the shot hit the post and not the twines.
The third period began, and the Bros picked things up. Tagtow scored to bring the Bros within one goal early on, but penalties started adding up and limited the Bros firepower down the stretch. While the Bros soliloquized like Andrew Shaw in the penalty box on a Tuesday, the clock ticked away in favor of the New Centaurs. Noah “Head Brover Heels” Leggett and Nick “Listen Bro” Leggett tried setting up plays in front of the net, but Ligh, playing his best game of the season, was simply stopping everything near him. Fabian “The Bro Chair” Figi spent the third period tangling up Michael Morris, and was unable to generate much offense.
Larry “Empire Bro Building” Powell played his best game of the season, denying Pratt several opportunities along the boards at the top of the point. Feigenbaum made several key blocks and poke checks in the remaining minutes, and Chris “The Brorauders” Beard simply tried everything. From offense, to defense, he maintained strong puck possession and killed penalties. For his efforts and for giving the extra 10%, he was once again awarded the coveted Gonzales Flag.
Morris was awarded an empty net goal with two seconds remaining after Nick Leggett was called for tripping, and the New Centaurs ended their two-game losing streak with the 4-2 victory.
With the loss, the Bros remain in sole possession of second place.
They wrap up the regular season next Wednesday against the Leftovers at 8:10pm.
Stephan Meyer was a healthy scratch because he spent the evening learning which fork is for salads, and which spoon is for soups.
BY THE NUMBERS:
18- Fewest shots generated by the Bros all season.