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Brahmas Lean on Troy York in NAHL Stretch Run

03/02/2017, 1:30pm MST
By Tom Robinson

York leads league in game-winning goals

York said he is simply doing “whatever it takes” to help the Lone Star Brahmas win North American Hockey League games.

For the last six weeks, when someone on the Brahmas needs to conjure up a winning moment, it has often been York providing the decisive goal.

York leads the NAHL in game-winning goals with eight. Most of them have come in this recent six-week stretch.

The 20-year-old from Dallas has six game-winning goals in the last 11 games. None were as dramatic as the latest, which came in the Feb. 24 game against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.

That goal, which came with less than eight seconds left in overtime to produce a 2-1 win, can be tied to help from teammates, as York is always quick to credit for any success he has.

Austin O’Rourke handled the set-up in overtime.

Troy York

O’Rourke started down the right wall and never stopped.

“He made a great play,” O’Rourke said. “He shielded the guy off and went beyond the net, then did a quick little cutback and threw it out front."

“I just happened to be there."

As he has done often lately, York handled the rest.

“I got a quick stick on it and put it in the net,” York said.

The goals are beginning to add up for York, who fell for hockey as a 3-year-old, watching the game with his father when the Stars, still relatively new to Dallas, won the Stanley Cup in 1999.  

As he prepares to make the move to college hockey and hopes to land a late NCAA Division I offer, York has 21 goals and 14 assists in 40 games. He is second in goals and fifth in points on the well-balanced Brahmas, who have run away with the South Division.

Playing with the same linemates for “about 90 percent” of the season, after clicking when they were tried together at the opening NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota, has provided a boost for York.

Carson Kelley, the team leader in assists and points, centers a line that also includes Hunter Stanley.

“Coach put us together and everything since then started clicking,” said York, who made it to the Dallas Stars Triple-A youth program as a 12-year-old and began thinking college hockey was possible about three years later. “My linemates and some of the others guys out there on the ice with us have been helping me out in this stretch."

“I seem to be in the right spot or they seem to be in the right spot to make the play.”

York credits Stanley for opening up some space.

“I think we definitely bring some different skills,” he said. “Stanley’s a bigger player. He’s got skill, but he can definitely get into the corner and battle, shield a guy off and help make plays with two smaller players who can come it and take the puck and make another play after that."

“We’re different players, but we all have some skill and some grit to get down in the corners and work for the puck.”

York has shown he does not need the puck long to make something happen. The latest example was his first overtime goal in junior hockey, moving the Brahmas (37-12-1-0) one step closer to officially clinching the division title.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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