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Lone Star Brahmas Select 3 In Supplemental Draft

The Lone Star Brahmas picked up three players in the NAHL Supplemental Draft held Tuesday May 12.

Photo courtesy of: ROBERT LEFEBVRE/SPECIAL TO THE STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

Their first selection came with the 35th overall pick in 2001 goaltender Rico Dimatteo from the CCHL Cornwall Colts. Dimatteo who hails from Brasher Falls, NY and stands 6’2” and 172 pounds will have some big skates to fill for Lone Star. Last season the Brahmas were backstopped by the top two netminders statistically in the league last season in Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson.

During the 2019/20 season the Colts relied heavily on Dimatteo as he played in 55 of the teams 62 games played. While initial review of his 17-32-1-4 won-loss record may not get the Brahmas’ faithful enthused, he managed a 3.15 GAA and 0.916 SV% for a team that finished next to last in scoring in the 12 team league. His performance earned him 2019/20 CCHL Second All-Star Team recognition.

As reported by Todd Hambleton or the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, Colts head coach Ian MacInnis has been impressed with DiMatteo’s play and work ethic for a long time, and he was singing the goaltender’s praises.

“This is the best (goaltender) I’ve had (in Cornwall),” said MacInnis, who’s run the team for well over a decade. “DiMatteo – he’s a pro. He’s getting better every day. He knows what to do and how to prepare away from the rink, which most players can’t figure out”.

“He’s for real”.

Rico Dimatteo Career Statistics

Season League Team GP Mins W L OTL SOL GAA SV%
19/20 CCHL Cornwall 55 3223 17 32 1 4 3.15 0.916
18/19 CCHL Cornwall 8 353 2 2 1 0 3.91 0.892
17/18 USEPHS Northwood Juniors 18 0.888
17/18 USPL18 Northwood 18 Prep 3 3 0 0.67
16/17 NY-HS St. Lawrence Central HS 15 679 14 1 1.33 0.944

 

The Brahmas were back on the clock with the 53rd overall pick and went with a right winger in TJ Koufis. The Palantine, IL native will bring some size to the forward corp

Photo courtesy Today’s Northumberland

s coming in at 6’0” and weighing 180 pounds. TJ has already made and NCAA D-I commitment to the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

Koufis another 2001 will bring Junior Hockey experience to the Brahmas having skated with the NAHL Brookings Blizzard and USHL Madison Capitals during the 2018/19 season.

TJ spent some time with the USHL Sioux City Musketeers following a trade from Madison. Sioux City General Manager Andy Johnson said of Koufis “T.J. is a young man who came over to us as a player to be named later in a trade from the Madison Capitols last year. A Wisconsin commit, Koufis is a powerful right-winger with some jam and sandpaper to his game. After a stint in the AJHL Koufis recently joined Cobourg in the OJHL and we expect he’ll add leadership, toughness and offense to that Cougars group the rest of this season.”

He did indeed add some offensive punch to the Cobourg Cougars finishing the 2019/20 season fourth on the team in scoring with 15G-20A in 44 games played. Koufis added another three post season points on 1G-2A in four games.

TJ Koufis Career Statistics

Season League Team GP G A Pts PIM
20 Playoffs OJHL Cobourg 4 1 2 3 4
19/20 OJHL Cobourg 44 15 20 35 26
18/19 USHL Madison 28 1 1 2 19
18/19 NAHL Brookings 17 3 3 6 4
17/18 HPHL16 Chi. Mission 16 20 4 11 15 20
16/17 HPHL16 Chi. Mission 16 20 6 6 12 8
15/16 HPHL14 Chi. Mission 14 20 10 12 22 20
14/15 HPHL14 Chi. Mission 14 20 10 12 22 20

 

Photo courtesy of Colorado Thunderbirds

The third and final selection was Blake Benson also a 2001 of the Colorado Thunderbirds with the 62nd selection.

Benson from Englewood, CO is a 5’10” and 155 pound forward who had a cup of coffee with the Odessa Jackalopes last season. During the 2019/20 season Benson signed a letter of commitment with the Drumheller Dragos of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for next season.

Blake recorded nearly a point per game for the Thunderbirds netting 11G-8A in 20 games played.

“Blake is a very explosive player who plays both ends of the ice.  His speed is exceptional and he continues to show his touch around the net.  I know Blake’s work ethic, skill and hockey IQ will continue to help him develop at the next level,” said Kelly Hollingshead, head coach of the 18U AAA Thunderbirds.

Blake Benson Career Statistics

Season League Team GP G A Pts PIM
19-20 NAHL Odessa 2 0 0 0 0
19-20 T1EL18 Col. T-Birds 18 20 11 8 19 14
18-19 CSD18U Littleton 30 18 7 25 38
17-18 NA16SC Littleton 27 38 22 60 50

 

 

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