For the second night in-a-row, Adam Hogg scored the game-winning goal in a shootout, sealing the Brahmas' 5-4 victory over the Bucks Saturday.
Laredo got out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Rusty Masters and A.J. Hau in the first six minutes of the second period. T.J. Fox cut the deficit in half when he buried home a rebound past Bucks' goaltender Torrie Jung at the 6:48 mark. After Trevor Hunt added a goal for Laredo and extended the lead to 3-1, Fox beat Jung again for his second goal of the night and 15th of the season.
Ryan Sparling gave Laredo a two-goal lead once again when he beat netminder Mark Guggenberger top-shelf at the 2:00 mark of the third period. But as they did Friday night, the Brahmas responded with a third period comeback. Just one minute after Sparling extended the Laredo lead to 4-2, Chad Woollard pulled Texas within a goal when he wristed a puck past Jung. For Woollard, it was his 26th goal of the season and his sixth in as many games.
At the 10:11 mark of the third period, Phil Fox weaved his way through the Laredo defense and fired a shot into the back of the net to even the score at four goals apiece and send the game into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime period, the Brahmas prevailed in the shootout, as Adam Hogg netted the game-winner on Texas' last shot for the second consecutive night. For Hogg, it was his eighth game-winner of the season. Guggenberger again did not allow a goal on five attempts, improving his save percentage in the shootout to 78.4 percent.
The Brahmas (32-19-8) are just one win shy of not only clinching a playoff berth, but also ensuring at least a third-place finish in the Berry Conference.
Texas is back in action Friday and Saturday at the Allen Event Center to take on the Americans. The Brahmas return to the NYTEX Sports Centre on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Allen for Beer League Night, when the team will wear the jerseys submitted by a local adult-league team.
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