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Brahmas-Mudbugs At NYTEX For Presidents Day

Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Trevor Zenas and the Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the Shreveport Mudbugs on Presidents Day with a 3:00PM Puck Drop.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Shreveport Mudbugs for a rare Monday matinee on Presidents Day with puck drop scheduled for 3:00PM. It will be only the fifth time this season that the teams with the two highest winning percentages in the NAHL South Division will face each other in the season series.

So far in the campaign the games between Lone Star and Shreveport have seen the Brahmas put forth some tremendous defensive efforts. The Mudbugs have scored only two regulation goals in the four games and three of Mitchell Gibson’s (18W-6L-4OTL-3SOL) five shutouts have been at the expense of Shreveport. The Brahmas will have to be on again Monday with the Mudbugs winning nine of their last 10 including three shutouts in a row.

Shreveport did become the first team in the South Division to clench a playoff spot with their weekend sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes.

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

12/15/17            Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 3

Lone Star pulled three of a possible four points out of their road trip to Amarillo. Ture Linden (7G-21A) got the ball rolling for Lone Star on Friday night with a power play goal at 4:48 of the first. The lead was not long lived as Amarillo scored a power play goal of their own just under four minutes later. The second started just like the first with Justin Addamo (12G-15A) hit the net on the power play at 4:11. But, just as in the first the Bulls pulled even once again. After a scoreless third a questionable checking from behind call on Connor Stuart (4G-9A) early in the overtime period set the stage for the Bulls to score the game winner. Mitchell Gibson made 25 saves in a losing effort. Saturday was another 3-2 game, but this time it was Lone Star that came out on top. Steven Ipri (12G-22A) scored the lone goal of the first as Lone Star carried a 1-0 lead into the second. John Russell (26G-11A) made it a two goal lead at 2:57 of the middle frame. However, once again Amarillo came roaring back to go into the third tied at two. Brahmas’ Captain Julian Biondo (9G-21A) slammed home the game winner with 5:11 left in the contest. Gibson was in net and made 25 saves once again only this time he came out on top with the win.

Shreveport was at home against the Odessa Jackalopes and swept the visitors with two shutouts on the weekend. The opening 20 minutes of game one ticked off with no scoring. Andrew Lane (3G-25A) broke the scoreless tie at the 4:47 mark of the second with what would eventually be the game winner. In the third Shreveport tacked on two more with Jack Clement (9G-18A) scoring at 11:48 and Cameron Cook (19G-17A) with an empty netter. Gustavs Gringals (16W-3L-2OTL-1SOL) turned aside all 20 shots he faced.  In game two Cook scored his second of the weekend with 2:05 remaining in the first. After a scoreless second, Brendan VanSweden (8G-16A) scored late in the third to close out the scoring. Jaxon Castor (3W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) continued his hot hand since joining the Mudbugs stopping all 25 shots he faced.

 

Last Five Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 7
Mudbugs 5 0 0 0 10

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star power play has found some life lately and a unit that was near the bottom of the league has clawed their way up to number 14 in the league at 19.3%. The Brahmas have scored 33 times on 171 power plays. At home they are even better setting in 7th on 18 goals on 81 power plays or 22.2%. In their last five games Lone Star has converted at 40.0% with six goals on 15 man advantages. On the penalty kill Lone Star is 7th overall at 83.0% after allowing 28 goals on 165 kills. In contrast to the power play, the penalty kill is worse at home falling to 13th at 79.2%. They have allowed 16 goals on 77 opponent power plays. Over the last five they slipped even further allowing four goals on 17 kills or 76.4%.

The Mudbugs power play comes in at number 10 overall. Shreveport has 36 goals on 169 opportunities or 21.3%. They improve lsightly on the road moving up to 8th at 23.7% on 23 goals in 97 power plays. Over the past five games they push their numbers up to 31.3% scoring five times on 16 chances. Shreveport has the number two overall penalty kill in the NAHL at 87.6% allowing only 21 goals on 169 kills. However, all but four of the power play goals they have allowed have come on the road moving them down to 9th in the NAHL. The Mudbugs have allowed 17 goals on 93 opponent’s power plays or 81.7%. They have been perfect over their last five games killing off all 11 opponent power plays.

Head-to-Head the two strong penalty kills have been on point. Lone Star is just one for 12 while Shreveport is two for 14 on the power play.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 0 11 2.20 110 0.909
Mudbugs 5 0 0 0 3 4 0.79 109 0.965

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Steven Ipri 4 4 8
Kyle Hallbauer 2 5 7
Ture Linden 1 5 6
Julian Biondo 3 2 5
Justin Addamo 2 3 5
 
Mudbugs G A Pts
Cameron Cook 4 2 6
Jack Clement 1 5 6
Jordan Fader 1 5 6
Roberts Baranovskis 3 2 5
Ryan Burnett 3 2 5
 

Inside the Game

  • The Mudbugs and Brahmas have the second and eighth best winning percentages in the NAHL.
  • Shreveport has not scored an even strength goal in regulation against Lone Star this season. The only two goals they have scored in regulation came on the power play in their win November 22.
  • Since the early January trade that brought Jon Russell and Steven Ipri to Lone Star the offense has come to life averaging 3.33 goals for per game compared to a 2.36 goals for average over their first 30 games. A big part of that has been the resurrection of the power play which has converted 12 of 32 opportunities or 37.5% while over the first 30 games they were 21 of 139 or 15.1%.
  • Despite the success of the Brahmas and Mudbugs this season, neither team has a skater ranked in the top 25 in scoring in the league.
  • Jon Russell leads the league in goals scored with 26 while Cameron Cook is tied for 11th with 19.
  • Dominick Procopio (5G-29A) is 12th overall in assists.
  • John Russell with 14 power play goals is tied for the NAHL lead in that category as well. Steven Ipri and Cameron Cook are tied for 15th with 6 apiece.
  • Steven Ipri is tied for 8th in power play assists with 12.Ture Linden and Andrew Lane are tied for 14th with 11 each.
  • Jon Russell is also tied for the league lead in game winning goals with 5 while Aidan Spellacy (7G-11A) and Kieran Durgan (16G-10A) are tied for are tied for 6th with 4 each.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads active goalies with a 1.78 GAA. Gustavs Gringals comes in 6th with a 1.99 GAA. Neither Jaxon Castor with a 0.50 GAA nor Harrison Feeney (5W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) with a 1.88 GAA have played enough minutes to qualify among league leaders.
  • When it comes to save percentage, Mitchell Gibson is setting 6th with a 0.928 SV%. Gustavs Gringals is 13th with a 0.923 SV%. Jaxon Castor has a 0.975 SV% and Harrison Feeney has a 0.913 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for 2nd with 18 wins on the season. Gustavs Gringals is tied for 5th with 16 wins.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the NAHL with 5 shutouts. Gustavs Gringals and Jaxon Castor have two apiece with Castor’s coming in just four games played.
  • Lone Star is averaging 16.90 penalty minutes per game 10th most in the league. The Brahmas have 68 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents. Shreveport averages 14.98 penalty minutes per game 16th in the league.
  • The Brahmas are 13-4-3-0 at NYTEX Sports Centre while the Mudbugs are 17-4-3-2 on the road.
  • Both teams have played 11 overtime or shootout games. Lone Star has won only 3 of their games and Shreveport has won 6.
  • The Mudbugs have the 4th most productive offense in the league averaging 3.39 goals per game and the best defense allowing just 1.77 goals against. The Brahmas on the other hand have the 19th ranked offense averaging 2.64 goals for and the 3rd ranked defense allowing an average of 2.12 goals per game.
  • Shreveport has yet to lose any of the 26 games they wer leading after two periods.
  • Shreveport is riding a 6 game win streak.

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