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Brahmas – Bulls Preview For 9/29 & 9/30

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Philip Moteus (center) and the Lone Star defense has been shutting down opposing offenses this season to set 5th overall in the league.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will travel to the Texas Panhandle to take on the Amarillo Bulls for the first time this season on Friday and Saturday nights. The Brahmas will look to build on the dominance they showed over the Bulls last season when they held a 6-2-0-0 record against Amarillo. However, that task may be a bit more difficult in 2017/18 as the Bulls are off to a 3-1-1-0 record while Lone Star comes in at 2-2-0-2.

Both clubs are coming off of tough one goal losses to close out the NAHL Showcase last Saturday. The Brahmas were up against their opponent in last season’s Robertson Cup Championship game in the Philadelphia Rebels. This time the Rebels turned the tables on Lone Star coming out with a 4-3 win. Philadelphia jumped on the Brahmas early scoring on the first shot of the game just 13 seconds in. Andy Willis would tie it up at the 12:05 mark with his first of the season on the power play, but the Rebels came right back with two goals in a 24 second stretch to take the lead for good. Drew Lennon found the back of the net with just 13 seconds left in the first with an unassisted power play goal to cut into the lead. After an offensive outburst in the opening 20 minutes, the rest of the game turned into a defensive struggle. There was only one goal scored in the middle frame belonging to Philadelphia. Lone Star put a push on in the third and Aidan Spellacy snuck a wraparound under the Rebels netminder. From the broadcast booth to the side of the goal, the puck appeared to be across the line. However, the referee’s line of sight to the puck was blocked by the goalie’s right leg and he waived off the goal. Julian Biondo scored his second of the season at the 15:48 mark, but that was as close as the Brahmas would get. Ajay Fernandez took the loss in goal.

Amarillo faced off against last year’s league doormat Northeast Generals. The Generals are doormats no more, it took Northeast just five games this season to match their win total from the entire 2016/17 season. After a scoreless first period, Stephen Rex had the only goal of the second to put Amarillo up one. The Generals scored twice in the second before Jon Russell pulled the Bulls even with just 1:04 left in regulation sending the game to overtime. However, the Generals would not be denied scoring the game winner just 13 seconds into the extra period. Alexie Masanko took the loss for Amarillo on 19 saves.

 

Last Five Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 1 2 0 2 4
Bulls 3 1 1 0 7

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s penalty kill has been as outstanding as their power play has been dismal. The Brahmas are 19 of 20 on the penalty kill or 95.0% which ranks 3rd overall in the league. The power play on the other hand sets 19th and is just 2 for 24 which is 8.3%

Amarillo is in the bottom half of the league with both special teams units. Their penalty kill is at 78.9% allowing 4 goals on 19 times shorthanded good for 19th in the league. The power play is 16th and has scored 3 goals on 21 man advantages or 14.3%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 2 0 2 2 7 1.37 111 0.941
Bulls 3 1 1 0 0 13 2.60 134 0.912

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Justin Addamo 1 1 2
Julian Biondo 1 1 2
Drew Lennon 1 1 2
Austin O’Rourke 1 1 2
Trevor Zenas 1 1 2
 
Bulls G A Pts
Alex Peterson 2 3 5
Simon Morberg 2 2 4
Collin Price 2 2 4
Brett Abdelnour 1 3 4
Three Tied at 1 2 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Amarillo is tied for 6th overall in the NAHL with 7 points while the Brahmas are tied for 8th with 6 points.
  • The Brahmas’ Mitchell Gibson leads all goaltenders who have played one or more games in goals against average with a 0.47 GAA, save percentage at 0.979 SV% and shutouts with 3. Jason Grande leads Amarillo in games played and is 26th in the league with a 2.67 GAA and is 29th with a 0.918 SV%.
  • Alex Petersonis tied for 16th in the league in scoring with five points on 2G-3A. Julian Biondo 2G-2A and Michael Montambault 1G-3A lead the Brahmas with four points each.
  • Anthony Firriolo is 3rd in the NAHL with 27 penalty minutes.
  • Amarillo has scored first in all five games they have played and are 3-1-1-0 in those games. Lone Star has scored the first goal twice and are 2-0-0-0 when scoring first.
  • As usual, the Brahmas’ defense has been one of the best in the league so far allowing only 1.83 goals per game tied for 5th in the NAHL and 23.3 shots against which is 3rd in the league. They will be tested by a Bulls offense that is averaging 3.60 goals per game and 38.0 shots on goal which are 2nd and 3rd in the league.

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