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Brahmas Will Look To Rebound Against Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Connor Stuart and the Brahmas' defense will look to shut down the Amarillo Bulls' offense as Lone Star tries to rebound from a tough 2-1 loss to Shreveport on Wednesday.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Amarillo Bulls for a post Thanksgiving tussle at NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. The Brahmas currently hold down the second spot in the NAHL South with the Bulls seven points behind in third although Amarillo has three games in hand. The teams have faced each other

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

11/10    Bulls 0 at Brahmas 2

11/11    Bulls 2 at Brahmas 3

Lone Star is coming off a tough loss to the division leading Shreveport Mudbugs on Wednesday. Trevor Zenas opened the scoring at 7:24 of the fist, but that was the last time they would find the back of the net. The defense made the one goal lead stand until 2:26 mark of the third when a shot off a body in front bounded past Mitchell Gibson to pull Shreveport even. They would get the game winner just over six minutes later. Both Mudbugs goals came on the power play. The loss was the Brahmas’ first on home ice this season.

Amarillo was at home against the Topeka RoadRunners last weekend and came up on the wrong end of the scoreboard both games. In game one they fell behind early, but Gleb Murtazin and Stephen Rex scored in the latter half of the frame to go into the first intermission with a lead. Amarillo scored twice in the second from Collin Price and Alex Truscott, but the RoadRunners put up a four spot. Both teams scored one in the third with Nick Stuckless lighting the lamp for the Bulls. Alexei Masanko got the start and allowed five goals on 24 shots faced before being replaced by Jason Grande who allowed one goal on five shots. In game two the teams were evenly matched through 65 minutes of play with both teams scoring once in each frame. Jon Russell had the Bulls first period goal with Price scoring in the second and Truscott in the third. Following a scoreless overtime, the teams went to an eight round shootout before Topeka scored the game winner. Grande took the loss on 24 saves.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play that had shown some life a few weeks ago has gone back in its shell and now sets 21st in the NAHL at 14.8%. They have scored just 16 goals on 108 opportunities. The home power performs a bit better at 21.4% after converting 9 of 42 power plays, good for 10th in the league. The penalty kill has slid down to 6th overall after giving up six goals in the last three games. The Brahmas penalty kill has allowed 14 goals on 92 kills. At home, they have allowed 6 goals on 35 kills or 82.9% which is 11th in the NAHL.

Amarillo’s power play holds down the 10th spot overall after converting 19 of 88 opportunities or 21.6%. On the road the Bulls are 7th scoring 9 goals on 34 man advantages which is 26.5%. As with the power play the penalty kill is in the top half of the league killing off 81 of 97 opponent power plays at 83.5% or 8th in the league. Their road unit falls slightly percentage wise to 82.9% but moves up one spot to 7th. They have allowed 6 goals on 35 kills.

Head-to-head the Brahmas special teams have outplayed by the Bulls. Their power play is 2 for 28 or just 7.1% while allowing the Bulls to score on 4 of 16 power play opportunities and 25.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 2 0 0 1 10 1.98 94 0.904
Bulls 1 3 0 1 0 17 3.39 119 0.875

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 1 4 5
Connor Stuart 1 4 5
Ture Linden 1 3 4
Austin Bottrell 1 2 3
Michael Montambault 1 1 2
 
Bulls G A Pts
Gleb Murtazin 2 2 4
Collin Price 2 2 4
Stephen Rex 2 2 4
Brenden Michaelian 0 4 4
Jon Russell 3 0 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Julian Biondo (6G-17A) is tied for 7th in the league in scoring. Brendan Michaelian (1G-18A) is tied for 19th.
  • Jon Russell (14G-4A) is tied for the league lead in goals scored. Austin O’Rourke (7G-6A) is tied for 19th.
  • Brendan Michaelian leads the league in assists while Julian Biondo is tied for 2nd.
  • Jon Russell leads the league with 9 power play goals. Austin O’Rourke with 4 is tied for 6th.
  • Brendan Michaelian is tops in the league with 12 power play assists and tied for third in power play points.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is tied for 7th in plus/minus rating with a +11.
  • Mitchell Gibson is leading the league with a 1.34 GAA. Jason Grande is tied for 7th with a 2.17 GAA. Harrison Feeney has a 1.73 GAA and Alexie Masanko comes in with a 3.71 GAA.
  • Mitchell Gibson is also 1st with a 0.943 SV%. Jason Grande is 10th with a 0.926 SV%. Harrison Feeney has a 0.924 SV% and Alexie Masanko has a 0.848 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tops with 11 wins while Jason Grande is tied for 6th with 8 wins.
  • Mitchell Gibson and Jason Grande are tied for the league lead in shutouts with 4 apiece.
  • Two of Jason Grande’s four shutouts have come at the expense of the Brahmas.
  • Amarillo is averaging 21.95 penalty minutes per game which is leading the league. Lone Star is 9th with a 16.43 average.
  • Lone Star has a +6/+4/+4 per period goal differential compared to Amarillo’s +1/+7/+1 differential.
  • The Bulls are 9th in scoring with a 3.00 goals per game average and are 10th in defense allowing 2.75 goals per game. The Brahmas 2.39 goals scored are 22nd overall, but their defense is 1st overall allowing 1.83 goals per game.

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