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Brahmas Make Early Roster Moves


The Lone Star Brahmas have made some roster moves heading into their weekend series with the Topeka RoadRunners.

Two names that may be familiar to Brahmas fans will be joining the team from the Janesville Jets in Blake Ripley a 6′ 0″ – 180 pound forward from Waunakee, WI and Wyatt Mathews a 6′ 0″ – 185 pound defenseman from Bonner, MT. Both Ripley and Mathews spent time with the Wichita Falls Wildcats last season.

Ripley played in 40 games for the Wildcats in 2016/17 logging 21 points on 12G-9A to go alone with 37 PIMs. In five contests against Lone Star, he put up 3G-1A and 2 PIMs.

Mathews joined Wichita Falls late in the season and suited up for 14 games scoring four points on 0G-4A and 22 PIMs. In two games against the Brahmas, Mathews had one point on 0G-1A.

Another new face will be 6′ 2″ – 186 pound defenseman Jakub Sirota from Kromeriz, Czech Rep. Sirota played 39 games last season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL scoring 4G-3A. Sirota was ranked 162nd among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings (4/11/17).

A third defenseman will be joining the Brahmas roster in another player who should be familiar to Lone Star fans. Connor Stuart who spent the past two seasons with the Odessa Jackalopes is 6′ 3″ – 185 pound native of Phoenix, AZ. He recorded 6G-7A in 48 games last season, but failed to get on the score sheet in six games against the Brahmas.

Forward Connor Pooley will join the team from the Columbus Blue Jackets U18 squad. Pooley is a 5′ 10″ – 165 pound native of Dublin, OH. He was nearly a point per game scorer last season with Columbus running up 27 points in 32 games on 11G-16A and 16 PIMs. Pooley was selected by the Youngstown Phantoms in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft.

Taking the second goalie spot on the roster will be Harrison Feeney. Feeney from Lafayette Hill, PA is 6′ 2″ – 201 pounds. He played 16 games with the New Jersey Titans last season putting up a 10-6-0-0 record with a 3.09 GAA and 9.01 SV%. Feeney earned a call up to the USHL where he played nine games with three different teams compiling a 1-2-1-0 record with a 4.15 GAA and an 0.876 SV%.

Gone are two goaltenders and a forward.

Goalie Benjamin Beck has been sent to the Brooking Blizzard of the NAHL Central Division. Beck’s lone action of the season came in the Brahmas game against Brookings at the NAHL Showcase. In that game he allowed two goals in 59 minutes played for a 2.04 GAA and a 0.920 SV%.

Goalie Ajay Fernandez is no longer with the team although his next destination is not yet clear. Fernandez also saw action in one game at the NAHL Showcase against the Philadelphia Rebels. In 53 minutes of play he gave up three goals for a 3.42 GAA and an 0.800 SV%/.

Forward Andy Willis  was traded to the Austin Bruins of the NAHL Central Division. In eight games played this season, Willis had registered 1G-1A and 4 PIMs in a Brahmas sweater.

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