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Brahmas – Mudbugs On Tap For Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the Shreveport Mudbugs for the first time this season at NYTEX Sports Centre on Wednesday with a 7:00 PM puck drop.

 

It will be a clash of one versus two in the NAHL South as the Lone Star Brahmas play host the Shreveport Mudbugs Wednesday at NYTEX Sports Centre with a 7:00 PM game time. Shreveport currently holds a one point lead in the South Division, but have two games in hand over the Brahmas.

The teams met in Shreveport to open the season and split the two game series with Lone Star taking the opener and the Mudbugs capturing game two.

09/15/17            Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 0

09/16/17            Brahmas 0 at Mudbugs 1 SO

Lone Star is coming off a short two game road trip to the Coastal Bend to face the Corpus Christi Icerays. Both teams entered the series riding short winning streaks and both would see their streaks come to an end before the weekend was over. The Icerays posted a 4-2 win on Friday night building a three goal lead by 1:30 of the second. Ryan Orgel finally broke through for Lone Star at 10:40 of the second then Julian Biondo cut the lead to one at 12:17 of the third and give Lone Star a chance. However, Corpus Christi would register a late empty netter to seal the deal. Harrison Feeney took his first regulation loss of the season facing 15 shots on goal. On Saturday night the Brahmas found themselves down three goals again. Kyle Hallbauer had a second period tally, but the Icerays went up 3-1 nearly 11 minutes into the third. Aidan Spellacy cut the lead back to one just 59 seconds after the Icerays scored then Austin Bottrell pulled Lone Star even at the 15:36 mark. From there the Brahmas made it through an overtime penalty kill to force a shootout. Hallbauer would score as the second shooter in the first round after the Icerays had scored. Mitchell Gibson would deny the next four Corpus Christi shooters setting the stage for Kimball Johnson to end it all in the fifth round with the game winner. Gibson picked up his 11th win on the season making 19 saves.

Shreveport was at home last weekend with the Odessa Jackalopes in for a pair of games. Zachary Faremouth put the Mudbugs up early in the opener and Gueorgui Feduolov add to the lead just 29 seconds into the second. Odessa would climb back into it with a second period goal then another at 7:52 of the third. Kieran Durgan would pot the eventual game winner at the 12:35 mark and Jordan Fader tallied an empty netter with one second left for the 4-2 final. Gustavs Gringals picked up the win on 38 saves. On Saturday it was all Mudbugs following a scoreless first 20 minutes of hockey. Jack Clement started the scoring nearly six minutes into the middle frame and was followed by Cameron Cook, Jake Transit and Durgan to take a 4-0 lead into the second intermission. Cook would add another in the third as James Durham turned aside all 21 shots he faced for the shutout win.

 

Last Five Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 8
Mudbugs 4 0 1 0 9

Special Teams

The Brahmas will be hoping that their special teams play at home is not an outlier compared to their overall numbers. The Lone Star power play sets 21st in the league at 15.4% scoring 16 times on 104 opportunities. At home they vault all the way up to 6th at 23.7% on nine goals in 38 chances. On the penalty kill the Brahmas are number four overall at 86.2%. They have allowed 12 goals on 87 kills. At home the numbers are marginally better at 86.7%, killing off 26 of 30 opponent power plays to rank 6th in the league.

The Mudbugs power play comes in at number 13 overall. Shreveport has 15 goals on 78 opportunities ar 19.2%. They drop off a bit on the road moving down to 17th in the league at 16.7% on six goals in 36 power plays. Shreveport has the number two overall penalty kill in the NAHL at 88.2% allowing only nine goals on 76 kills. However, all but one of their power play goals allowed have come on the road moving them down to 13th in the NAHL. The Mudbugs have allowed eight goals on 37 opponent’s power plays or 78.4%.

In limited Head-to-Head action this season the Brahmas are 0–5 on the power play while the Mudbugs are 0-9.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 1 9 1.77 97 0.915
Mudbugs 4 0 1 0 1 8 1.57 157 0.952

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 2 3 5
Ryan Orgel 3 1 4
Austin Bottrell 2 2 4
Connor Stuart 1 3 4
Ture Linden 1 2 3
 
Mudbugs G A Pts
Kieran Durgan 5 1 6
Cameron Cook 3 3 6
Gueorgui Feduolov 2 3 5
Jordan Fader 2 2 4
Jake Transit 2 2 4
 

Inside the Game

  • The Mudbugs and Brahmas are one and two in the NAHL South and third and fifth in the league overall.
  • The Brahmas are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games while the Mudbugs are 6-2-1-1 over the same stretch.
  • Lone Star is 6-0-0-0 on the NYTEX Sports Centre ice and Shreveport is 10-2-1-1 away from Hirsch Coliseum.
  • Julian Biondo (6G-16A) is tied for 8th in the league in scoring and tied for 3rd in assists.
  • Justin Addamo (6G-5A) is 3rd overall with 66 penalty minutes and tied for 3rd in minor penalties with 18.
  • Jordan Fader (6G-9A) leads the NAHL in plus/minus rating with a +15. Dominick Procopio (1G-7A) is tied for 8th at +11, Brendan VanSweden (5G-9A) is tied for 12th at +10, Jack Clement (5G-4A) and Kyle Hallbauer (3G-7A) are tied for 16th at a +9
  • Justin Addamo is tied for 2nd in the league with three game winning goals.
  • Brendan Gysbers (1G-12A) is 11th in defenseman scoring and Andrew Lane (1G-11A) is tied for 12th.
  • Julian Biondo and Autsin Bottrell have points in five straight home games.
  • Outstanding goal tending will be on display in the series, Mitchell Gibson the NAHL with a 1.30 GAA. James Durham is 3rd with a 1.645 GAA and Gustavs Gringals is 4thth with a 1.85 GAA. With just 243 minutes played Harrison Feeney is short of the 360 required to qualify among lead leaders. However, if qualified his 1.73 GAA would place him between Durham and Gringals at 4th.
  • Mitchell Gibson also leads the league in save percentage with a 0.944 SV%. James Durham and Gustavs Gringals are again back to back at 5th and 6th with 0.934 SV% and 0.933 SV% respectively. If qualified, Harrison Feeney’s 0.924 SV% would place him at 13th in the league.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the league in both wins, 11, and shutouts, 4. Gustavs Gringals is tied for 4th with 8 wins on the season. James Durham is tied for 13th with 6 wins. Harrison Feeney has 2 wins to his credit.
  • Shreveport is one of the most disciplined teams in the league averaging just 12.80 penalty minutes per game. Lone Star on the other hand is averaging 16.55 penalty minutes per game. However, the Mudbugs have only 10 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents while the Brahmas have 45 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • The Brahmas average 3.25 goals per game and 1.63 goals allowed per game as the home team for a +1.62 home goal differential. The Mudbugs average 3.17 goals per game and 2.25 goals allowed per game on the road for +0.92 road goal differential.
  • Lone Star has a six game home win streak which is the longest current streak in the league and 2nd longest overall this season.

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