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Brahmas To Battle Bulls Thursday and Friday

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michael Montambault and Steven Ipri prepare for puck drop when Lone Star last traveled to Amarillo. The Brahmas and Bulls will meed again this Thursday and Friday at the Amarillo Civic Center.

 

After a successful four game home stand, the Lone Star Brahmas will roll into the Amarillo Convention Center to take on the Amarillo Bulls Thursday and Friday. This will be their second visit to the Panhandle on the season with the previous trip producing a series split.

9/29/     Brahmas 6 at Bulls 1

9/30      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 3

The Brahmas are coming off a home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. On Friday night, the Jackalopes gave the Brahmas all they could handle. Ryan Orgel (2G-2A) got the scoring started at 15:37 of the second. Odessa knotted it up with the only goal of the third sending the game to overtime. At 3:38 into the extra frame, Kyle Hallbauer (2G-7A) hit the game winner. Harrison Feeney (1-0-1-0) got his first home start in net and made 30 saves on the night. Saturday night went a little bit smoother for Lone Star. Austin O’Rourke (7G-5A) and Aidan Spellacy (2G-7A) lit the lamp in the first to stake the Brahmas to an early lead. After Odessa got on the board early in the second, O’Rourke picked up his second of the game. Austin Bottrell (1G-2A) scored just after the midpoint of the third for his first of the season. Mitchell Gibson (8-2-0-2) picked up his eighth win of the season on 26 saves. The game was also highlighted by a couple of fights that kept the crowd in the game.

Amarillo had a big weekend themselves with Jason Grande (6-2-0-0) making 66 saves in a two shutout sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays. The Bulls took game one 4-0 with Simon Morberg (6G-3A) accounting for all four goals. He scored single goals in the first and second periods then added two in the third. Saturday night, it was Brett Abdelnour (2G-6A) who had the only goal of the game coming at the 4:21 mark of the second.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 10
Bulls 3 0 1 1 8

 

Special Teams

The last time that Lone Star went to Amarillo, the power play was just 2 for 24 or 8.3%. In the last six games, the power play has come alive scoring on 9 of 29 opportunities to push their power play percentage to 17.9% on a 14 of 78 performance. The penalty kill has been on point the entire season holding down the 2nd spot in the league at 89.6% killing off 60 of 67 opponents’ power plays.

Amarillo is in the top half of the league with both special teams units. Their power play is 9th scoring 13 goals on 57 man advantages or 22.8%. The penalty kill is 8th overall at 84.4% allowing 10 goals on 64 times shorthanded.

Head-to-head the Brahmas power play is 1 for 12 while allowing the Bulls to score on 2 of 4 power play opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 0 6 1.19 116 0.951
Bulls 3 0 1 1 2 10 1.95 152 0.938

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 1 7 8
Justin Addamo 4 2 6
Austin O’Rourke 2 3 5
Kyle Hallbauer 1 4 5
Ture Linden 0 5 5
 
Bulls G A Pts
Jon Russell 4 2 6
Brendan Michaelian 0 6 6
Simon Morberg 4 1 5
Steven Ipri 1 4 5
Collin Price 2 2 4

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star with 21 points is 2nd in the NAHL South and tied for 5th Amarillo has 17 points which places them at 4th in the South and 12th overall.
  • Julian Biondo (4G-13A) is tied for 8th in the league in scoring. Jon Russell (10G-4A) is tied for 15th.
  • Jon Russell is tied for 2nd in goals scored with 10 and Austin O’Rourke’s 7 has him tied for 14th.
  • Julian Biondo and Brendan Michaelian are tied for 4th in assists with 13 apiece.
  • Jon Russell is 2nd in the league with 6 power play goals.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is tied for 14th in scoring among defensemen with 9 points and is the reigning NAHL South Div Second Star of the Week.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with a 1.15 GAA and tied for the lead with a 0.952 SV%. Jason Grande is 9th with a 2.13 GAA and 6th with a 0.934 SV%. Harrison Feeney has a 1.45 GAA and a 0.942 SV% while Alexie Masanko (0-0-1-1) has a 3.37 GAA and a 0.852 SV%. Neither Feeney nor Masanko have played enough minutes to qualify among league leaders.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for the league lead with 8 wins and in Shutouts with 3.
  • Amarillo is the most penalized team in the league averaging 24.0 PIMs per game. They have 67 more penalty minutes than their opponents. Lone Star is tief for 6th most penalized team in the league averaging 16.50 PIMs per game. The Brahmas have 58 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • The Brahmas, winners of 6 straight, have the longest current win streak in the league and tied for the 2nd longest on the season.
  • Lone Star’s offense is ranked 19th in the league averaging 2.56 goals for per game. Their defense is the crème of the crop in the NAHL allowing only 1.69 goals against per game. Amarillo has the 7th best offense with 3.33 goals for per game and their defense is 10th with 2.92 goals allowed per game.

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