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Brahmas Will Face Titans To Open Showcase

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Jared Domin and the Lone Star Brahmas will face the New Jersey Titans on Wednesday to open NAHL Showcase Tournament play in Blaine, MN.

 

After a three point weekend in Shreveport, the Lone Star Brahmas will play their next four games at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN. They will start with the New Jersey Titans Wednesday afternoon followed by the Brookings Blizzard, Minnesota Magicians and Philadelphia Rebels Thursday through Saturday.

The Brahmas went 3-0-1-0 during the Showcase last season to get their season off to a fast start. They parlayed those seven points into the second best regular season record in the league at 44-14-2-0 a South Division crown and eventually the Robertson Cup Championship. The Titans finished up their season at 34-22-1-3 and third place in the East Division after getting off to a 2-2-0-0 start in Blaine. They would sweep the Johnstown Tomahawks in round one of the playoffs before pushing the eventual Robertson Cup runner-up Rebels to a decisive game five in the East Division finals.

Last Friday, the Brahmas opened the season against the Shreveport Mudbugs with a 3-0 win. Defenseman Mick Heneghan got the scoring started in the second period, firing home a clean faceoff win from Michael Montambault. Julian Biondo added a rebound goal before the end of the period. The only scoring in the third came off the stick of Montambault for the 3-0 final. Mitchell Gibson picked up the shutout win on 18 saves. Saturday night was a defensive struggle going through 65 minutes of scoreless hockey. After 125 minutes of shutout goaltending Gibson allowed two tallies in the shootout to suffer the 1-0 loss.

New Jersey opened their season on the road as well traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. However, they did ont fare as well as the Brahmas in their two game series. In game one, they carried a one goal lead going into the first intermission thanks to a Tyler Barrow goal. The teams traded goals in the second with Nick Yazquirre getting the goal for the Titans. The Knights tied it up in the third then won it just under two minutes into overtime. The following evening New Jersey found themselves down two early before Hunter Alden got them on the board. Tiernan Seningen pulled them even just 52 second into the middle frame, but the Knights responded with two goals in the period. Matthew Headland scored the only goal in the third for New Jersey, but they could get no closer and fell 5-3. Former Texas Brahma Brandon Perrone suffered both losses in net facing 85 total shots in the two games.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL Pts
Brahmas 1 0 1 3
Titans 0 1 1 1

 

Special Teams

While it is still early in the season, the Brahmas penalty kill has picked up where they left off last season and are perfect in their two games killing off all seven opponent power plays. The power play has yet to convert in three opportunities.

New Jersey’s special teams have had limited time on the ice as well. They have had four power play opportunities with no scoring. On the penalty kill they have allowed one goal on four times shorthanded.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 46 1.000
Titans 0 1 1 0 0 7 3.47 78 0.918

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Mick Heneghan 1 0 1
Julian Biondo 1 0 1
Michael Montambault 1 0 1
Justin Addamo 0 1 1
Drew Lennon 0 1 1
Jackalopes G A Pts
Hunter Alden 1 1 2
Tyler Barrow 1 1 2
Matthew Headland 1 0 1
Tiernan Seningen 1 0 1
Nick Yazquirre 1 0 1

 

Inside the Game

  • With his outstanding performance in Shreveport, Mitchell Gibson was honored as the NAHL Bauer South Division Star of the Week.
  • The Brahmas are 8-6-1-1 at the showcase since joining the NAHL for the 2014/15 season including an 0-4-0-0 record their inaugural season. Lone Star has played only one East Division team in Blaine coming out with a win.
  • The Titans are 6-2-0-0 in two Showcase visits. They have a 3-1-0-0 record against South Division teams in Blaine.
  • New Jersey returns 12 members from last season’s roster. They bring back 4 Forwards, 7 Defensemen and a Goalie. The skaters averaged 37 games played with 4G-10A and 40 penalty minutes each.
  • Lone Star returns 7 from last season, all Forwards. They averaged 42 games played with 6G-6A and 82 penalty minutes each.

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