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Brahmas – Bulls At NYTEX This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will welcome the Amarillo Bulls into the NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend for the first time this season.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Amarillo Bulls for this first time this season after splitting the first four of the season series on the road in Amarillo. This will be the second weekend in a row that they two teams have clashed.

9/29      Brahmas 6 at Bulls 1

9/30      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 3

11/2      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 3

11/3      Brahmas 2 at Bulls 1

Last Friday the teams skated to a scoreless opening period. In the second the Bulls opened the scoring with Jason Brancheau lighting the lamp at the 5:50 mark. Jon Russell would follow roughly nine minutes later to carry a 2-0 lead into the third. Brendan Michaelian would score an empty netter late to seal the win for Amarillo. Mitchell Gibson suffered the loss facing 23 shots on goal while Jason Grande picked up the win stopping all 18 he faced.

Saturday night was a different story. Julian Biondo staked the Brahmas to an early scoring just 26 seconds into the contest. Austin Bottrell made it a two goal lead with just under 14 minutes left in the frame. From there the game remained scoreless until 1:17 of the third when Nick Stuckless would score Amarillo’s only goal of the evening. Harrison Feeney logged the win on 24 saves and Grande took the loss stopping 20 of 22.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 8
Bulls 3 1 0 1 7

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play is tied for 18th overall in the league at 16.3% on 14 goals in 86 man advantages. The penalty kill comes in ranked 2nd overall killing 65 of 73 times shorthanded or 89.0% At NYTEX Sports Centre, Lone Star’s home power play jumps to 6th converting 8 of 30 opportunities for 26.7%. The home penalty kill is slightly behind the overall numbers at 87.5% good for 5th in the league. They have allowed 3 power play goals in 24 kills.

Amarillo is 11th overall on the power play at 22.2%. The Bulls have scored 14 times on 63 power plays. Their penalty kill is also playing well and setting at 5th overall. They have given up 10 goals on 72 times shorthanded. On the road Amarillo’s power play is pretty close to their overall numbers at 22.7% which is 9th in the league. They have converted 5 of 22 opportunities. The road penalty kill slips a bit to 81.0% killing 17 of 21 opponent power plays.

Head-to-head the Brahmas special teams have had their hands full with the Bulls. Their power play is 1 for 20 or just 0.05% while allowing the Bulls to score on 3 of 10 power play opportunities and 70.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 0 6 1.19 123 0.953
Bulls 3 1 0 1 3 6 1.18 124 0.954

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 2 5 7
Justin Addamo 2 2 4
Austin Bottrell 2 2 4
Austin O’Rourke 2 2 4
Kyle Hallbauer 1 3 4
 
Bulls G A Pts
Simon Morberg 4 1 5
Jon Russell 2 2 4
Brendan Michaelian 1 3 4
Three Tied 1 2 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star is currently tied with Shreveport for the lead in the NAHL South with 23 points and fifth overall in the league. Amarillo at 19 points is third in the South and tied for 10th
  • The Brahmas are 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 while the Bulls are 5-3-1-1.
  • Julian Biondo (5G-13A) is 11th in the league in scoring.
  • Jon Russell (11G-4A) is tied for the league lead in goals scored. Austin O’Rourke (7G-6A) is tied for 19th.
  • Brendan Michaelian (1G-14A) is tied for 2nd in assists. Julian Biondo is tied for 10th.
  • Jon Russell leads the league with 7 power play goals. Austin O’Rourke with 4 is tied for 5th.
  • Brendan Michaelian is tops in the league with 10 power play assists and tied for third in power play points.
  • Kyle Hallbauer (2G-7A) is tied for 6th in the NAHL with a +11 rating and tied for the lead among defensemen. Marcus Chorney (3G-4A) is tied for 16th overall with a +9.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with a 1.22 GAA. Jason Grande is 6th with a 1.90 GAA. Harrison Feeney would be 3rd in the league with a 1.31 GAA if he had played enough minutes to qualify. Alexie Masanko comes in with a 3.37 GAA.
  • Mitchell Gibson is also 2nd with a 0.949 SV%. Jason Grande is also 6th in save percentage with a 0.936 SV%. Again Harrison Feeney would be 3rd in the league with a 0.948 if qualified. Alexie Masanko has a 0.852 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for the lead with eight wins while Jason Grande is tied for 4th with seven wins.
  • Jason Grande has been on a tear of late running off three shutouts in his last four games. He now holds the league lead with 4 shutouts while Mitchell Gibson is 2nd with 3.
  • Two of Jason Grande’s four shutouts have come at the expense of the Brahmas.
  • Amarillo is the most penalized team in the league averaging 21.87 minutes per game. They have been whistled for 69 more penalty minutes than their opponents. Lone Star is 12th averaging 15.44 minutes and has 60 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • Lone Star has a +9/+3/+2 per period goal differential compared to Amarillo’s -2/+9/+3 differential.
  • The Bulls are 7th in scoring with a 2.93 goals per game average and are 7th in defense allowing 2.47 goals per game. The Brahmas 2.39 goals scored are 19th, but their defense is 2nd overall allowing 1.72 goals per game.
  • The Brahmas made a roster move this week bringing Carter Wooley in from the Philadelphia Rebels. The 6′ 0″ – 185 pound forward scored 19 points on 8G-11A last season before adding 1G-4A in 12 playoff games as the Rebels made it to the NAHL Robertson Cup Finals against the Brahmas. This season he has 2G-3A in 12 games played.

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