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Brahmas – Rebels To Meet In Showcase Finale

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Kyle Hallbauer and the rest of the Lone Star Brahmas defense have been relentless early in the season. They will try to slow the Philadelphia Rebels offense in their final NAHL Showcase contest.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas broke through Friday with a 3-2 win and will look to even their NAHL Showcase record against the Philadelphia Rebels on Saturday morning. The last time these two teams met the Robertson Cup Championship was on the line and the Brahmas emerged with a 3-0 win and a national championship. This time around, it is bragging rights on the line.

After an opening night win the Brahmas struggled through their next three games losing to 1-0 shootouts and a 3-1 loss before getting back in the win column Friday. Austin O’Rourke got Lone Star on the board in the first and they carried  that lead into the second period. At 12:36 of the second, the Magicians tied it up with an odd man breakaway. The goal was significant in that it marked the first goal allowed by Mitchell Gibson in over 232 minutes of play to open the season. Trevor Zenas made sure the tie did not last long firing one home less than two minutes later. With just 1:35 remaining on the clock Minnesota knotted the score again potentially taking the wind out of the Brahmas sails. However, the Brahmas were determined not to let this one get away from them and with just 22 seconds left Michael Montambault tipped home a Kyle Hallbauer point shot to score the game winner.

Philadelphia has gotten off to a quick start in Blaine racing out to a 3-0-0-0 record including a 3-1 win Friday over the Corpus Christi Icerays. Andrew Bellant kicked off the scoring on an early first period breakaway. The Rebels held that lead until the Icerays beat Eli Billing to pull even at 9:08 of the third. Philadelphia would put the game away with two goals in the last five minutes of play from Jensen Zerban and a second tally by Bellant.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 2 1 0 2 6
Rebels 3 0 0 0 6

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas’ penalty kill has been outstanding so far this season killing off all 15 opponent power plays. The power play on the other hand has been dismal at best. In 20 times with the man advantage, Lone Star has not only failed to find the back of the net they have allowed a shorthanded goal.

The Rebels’ penalty kill has been competent as well killing nine of the 10 times they have been shorthanded. Their power play has converted two of their six opportunities or 33%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 1 0 2 3 4 0.79 111 0.965
Rebels 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.67 87 0.978

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Michael Montambault 2 1 3
Justin Addamo 1 1 2
Julian Biondo 1 1 2
Austin O’Rourke 1 1 2
Trevor Zenas 1 1 2
Magicians G A Pts
Jensen Zerban 3 1 4
Andrew Bellant 2 0 2
Aaron Maguyon 0 2 2
Carson Moniz 1 0 1
Two Tied at 0 1 1

 

Inside the Game

  • Mitchell Gibson continues to lead all goalies who have played more than one game with a 0.49 GAA a 0.978 SV% and three shutouts in four games played.
  • The Rebels have played a different goalie in all three games so far. Jack Leavy had a shutout in his game. Ryan Keane has a 0.99 GAA and a 0.974 SV%. Lastly, Eli Billing has a 1.01 GAA and a 0.958 SV%.
  • Jensen Zerban 3G-1A will be the leading scorer in the contest. His four points has him tied for 15th in the league and his three goals in tied for third.
  • Zerban has scored the game winner in all three of the Rebels’ games.

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