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Brahmas Need Big Rebound Against Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs will play faceoff on Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas will need a strong effort to take a win and try to turn their fortunes around as the home stand nears an end.


After a slow start to the season the Lone Star Brahmas managed to claw their way back to second place in the NAHL South. However, a recent streak of mediocre play has them in danger of not only losing touch with the division leading Shreveport Mudbugs, but also falling behind the Odessa Jackalopes into third and potentially within striking distance of the Amarillo Bulls for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Lone Star will host Shreveport for a single game this Friday for what in essence could be a four point swing in the standings for the Brahmas. Pull off a regulation win and Lone Star moves to within seven points of the Mudbugs although Shreveport does have a game in hand. A regulation loss would push the Brahmas to eleven points behind Shreveport and opens the door for Odessa to leapfrog Lone Star into second place with three points out of their weekend series against the Corpus Christ Icerays at Ector County Coliseum. In addition the Jackalopes have a game in hand over Lone Star.

The Brahmas and Mudbugs have met three times so far this season with the Brahmas holding a 1-1-0-1 record against Shreveport.

09/15/17            Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 0

09/16/17            Brahmas 0 at Mudbugs 1 SO

11/22/17            Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 1

Lone Star is coming off a disappointing home series against the Icerays picking up only a single point with an overtime loss on Friday. The Brahmas got on the board first at 15:53 of the second with Anton Sandberg slamming home a rebound. Corpus Christi tied it up early in the third where the score would remain until 1:56 of overtime where the Icerays put a dagger in the hearts of the home team. Mitchell Gibson suffered the loss stopping 20 of 22 shots on goal. On Saturday night, the Icerays scored once in the first and again in the second to hold a 2-0 lead going into the third. Austin O’Rourke cut the lead in half at 11:01 of the third, but an empty net goal with 12 seconds left would halt any thoughts of a comeback. Harrison Feeney like Gibson the night before stopped 20 of 22 shots on goal to take the loss.

Shreveport is coming off a single home game Wednesday against Corpus Christi after a road sweep of Amarillo last weekend. Just over halfway through the contest Shreveport went up one on a goal from Roberts Baranovskis. They doubled their lead in the third with a Nikolai Jenson tally and James Durham did the rest stopping all 15 shots he faced for the shutout win.


Last Five Games

Brahmas 2 2 1 0 5
Mudbugs 4 0 1 0 9


Special Teams

The Lone Star special teams have been anything but special lately. The power play has struggled all season and the penalty kill has followed suit recently. With the man advantage the Brahmas are setting 21st in the league at 14.8% with 20 goals in 135 opportunities. At home they are slightly better moving up to 16th at 18.8%. They have scored on 13 of their 69 power plays on home ice. Prior to the recent slump the penalty kill was among league leaders at 89.3%. However, in the past 10 games the penalty kill has 13 goals in 45 kills and fallen to 7th in the NAHL at 82.5%. Overall the penalty kill has allowed 21 goals on 120 times shorthanded. At home, where most of the last 10 games have been played, Lone Star is 12th at 79.4% on 13 goals allowed in 63 kills.

The Mudbugs power play comes in at number 10 overall. Shreveport has 25 goals on 120 opportunities or 20.8%. They drop off a bit on the road moving down to 12th even though the percentage moves up to 21.6% on 16 goals in 74 power plays. Shreveport has the number three overall penalty kill in the NAHL at 86.4% allowing only 16 goals on 118 kills. However, all but one of their power play goals allowed have come on the road moving them down to 12th in the NAHL. The Mudbugs have allowed 15 goals on 76 opponent’s power plays or 80.3%.

In three Head-to-Head games this season the Brahmas are 0–9 on the power play while the Mudbugs are 2-14.


Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

Brahmas 2 2 1 0 0 14 2.77 121 0.896
Mudbugs 6 0 0 1 2 6 1.18 139 0.959


Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Ture Linden 4 2 6
Austin Bottrell 0 5 5
Kimball Johnson 1 3 4
Drew Lennon 1 1 2
Michael Montambault 1 1 2
Anton Sandberg 1 1 2
Mudbugs G A Pts
Jordan Fader 1 5 6
Keiran Durgan 4 1 5
Ryan Burnett 1 4 5
Dominick Procopio 1 4 5
Cameron Cook 0 5 5


Inside the Game

  • The Mudbugs and Brahmas are one and two in the NAHL South and first and sixth in the NAHL overall.
  • Shreveport has scored two goals in regulation against the Brahmas this season. Both came on the power play in their 2-1 win at NYTEX Sports Centre in late November.
  • The Brahmas are 4-4-2-0 in their last 10 games while the Mudbugs are 8-0-1-1 over the same stretch.
  • Lone Star is 9-4-2-0 on the NYTEX Sports Centre ice and Shreveport is 13-2-2-2 away from Hirsch Coliseum.
  • Julian Biondo (6G-17A) leads the Brahmas and is tied for 28th in the league in scoring. Jordan Fader (7G-15A) leads Shreveport and is tied for 35th
  • Kieran Durgan (13G-4A) is tied for 8th in goals scored.
  • Julian Biondo is tied for 12th in assists. Andrew Lane (1G-16A and Dominick Procopio (4G-16A) are tied for 20th.
  • Kieran Durgan is tied for the league lead in game winning goals with four. Ture Linden (6G-10A) and Justin Addamo (8G-7A) are tied for 6th with 3 apiece.
  • Jordan Fader (7G-15A) holds the league lead in +/- rating at +20. Dominick Procopio is 4th at +16 while Jack Clement (6G-10A) is 5th at +15.
  • James Durham (10-1-0-1) leads the league with a 1.46 GAA. Mitchell Gibson (12-5-2-2) is 2nd with a 1.67 GAA. Harrison Feeney has a 1.87 GAA, but lacks the minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • James Durham also holds the lead in save percentage with a 0.945 SV%. Mitchell Gibson is 6th with a 0.932 SV% and Harrison Feeney has a 0.917 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson’s 12 wins are the most in the league. James Durham is tied for second two behind at 10 wins.
  • With two shutouts in his last two games, James Durham has taken the league lead with five shutouts. Mitchell Gibson is tied for 2nd with four.
  • Both teams are well represented at the IIHF U20 World Juniors Championships. Justin Addamo is the Captain of team France and Dominik Bogdziul (0G-0A) is with team Lithuania. Gustavs Gringals (10-3-0-1) and Head Coach Karlis Zirnis are both with team Latvia.

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