This Friday, when the Dallas Stars are wrapping up a season wrought with disappointment, injury, and a general sense of despair, for fans anyway, another area hockey team will be continuing its playoff push.
They are the Texas Brahmas
, and they are headed to the CHL (Central Hockey League
) Southern Region Finals after beating up on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the semis.
The Brahmas will open up the finals against the Odessa Jackalopes
on Friday. If they win that series, it’s on to the finals, which will decide the recipient of the 2009 Ray Miron President’s Cup.
Given, the Brahmas aren’t trotting out local favorites like Brendan Morrow, Sergei Zubov and Brad Richards, but neither did the Stars for most of the season. And what’s even better: Texas
has a good chance to bring home the whole shebang. Starting goaltender Mike Jaeger posted a 4-0 record against the Jackalopes in regular season play, a series that was won by the Brahmas 4-1-1.
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In a time when Dallas hockey fans are (presumably) barricading themselves from sunlight in the wake of an ugly, soul-crushing season, this may be just what the doctor ordered.
If Texas wins the 7 game series with Odessa, they will go on to play the winner of the Northern Region Final, between the Mississippi RiverKings and the Colorado Eagles.
The Brahmas-Jackalopes series will kick off on Friday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills.