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Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas Will play a two game series against the Kenai River Brown Bears this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.


The Lone Star Brahmas will try to rebound against the Kenai River Brown Bears after being swept at home by the Ice Dogs last weekend. The Brahmas suffered the same fate last month as they opened their trip to Alaska losing a pair of games in Fairbanks but came back to sweep Kenai River on their home ice.


W L OTL SOL PTS Standings
Lone Star 24 12 5 4 57 2nd in South Div
Kenai River 15 30 1 2 33 6th in Midwest Div


The Brahmas are coming off two tough losses to the NAHL leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs. On Friday night they held the league’s top scoring offense scoreless through 65 minutes of play leading to a shootout. Mitchell Gibson (19W-7L-4OTL-4SOL) who had made 21 saves through overtime stopped the first two shooters before Fairbanks scored in the third round. Jakub Sirota (3G-11A) followed with a goal as the Brahmas’ third shooter. Neither team would score again until the Ice Dogs found the back of the net in the top of the 10th round, but Lone Star was unable to respond to take the 1-0 loss. Saturday night the Brahmas found themselves down 3-0 at the 7:25 mark of the second. Two special teams goals in the second half of the frame pulled Lone Star back into the contest. First was Kyle Hallbauer (7G-17A) who fired in a onetimer from the leftwing circle followed by a Ture Linden (8G-23A) breakawwy shorthander. Unfortunately, Lone Star was unable to get the equalizer and fell 3-2. Gibson was in net to start the game and allowed the three Fairbanks’ goals before giving way to Harrison Feeney (5W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) who stopped all 12 that he faced.

Kenai River was in Shreveport to take on the NAHL South leading Mudbugs last weekend. Friday night the Brown Bears were down 5-0 late and facing the prospect of being shutout when Emils Ezitis (7G-7A) scored with 1:07 left in the game for their only goal of the contest. Gavin Enright (7W-16L-1OTL-2SOL) got the start and gave up four Shreveport goals on 27 shots before being pulled for Kevin Lake (4W-3L-0OTL-0SOL). There were 90 total penalty minutes handed out on the evening setting the stage for Saturday night. Game two was going much the same as the night before, Kenai was down 3-0 after Shreveport scored at the 12:39 mark of the third. That is when the wheels came off. A total of 38 penalty minutes had already been handed out and that was just the beginning. At 13:59 another 28 minutes were handed out followed by another 209 minutes just 44 second later. Included in the melee were both goalies. Kenai River finally got on the board at the 15:35 mark on a Filip Karlsson (4G-9A) goal before Shreveport scored once more on an empty netter. Lake got the start allowing three goals on 35 shots before being ejected following the line brawl. Enright replaced Lake and stopped all 17 shots he faced over the final 4:36.


Last 5 Games 

Brahmas 2 1 1 1 6
Brown Bears 3 2 0 0 6


Special Teams

The Brahmas will enter the series with the number 15 overall power play in the league at 18.8%. Lone Star has recorded 34 goals on 181 power play opportunities so far this season. On NYTEX Sports Centre ice they are a couple points better at 20.9% good for 10th in the league. In 91 home power play opportunities the Brahmas have 19 goals scored. Over their last five games, they are below their season average with 3 goals on 19 power plays or 15.8%. On the penalty kill they set 7th in the NAHL killing off 145 of 174 opponent power plays or 83.3%. At home they slip to 13th at 80.2% after killing 69 of 86 power plays. Over the last five games they are at 77.8% allowing 4 goals in 18 kills.

Kenai Rivers’ power play is currently 8th in the league scoring 38 times on 185 chances or 20.5%. On the road they slide one spot to 9th even though their percentage jumps up to 22.8% converting 23 of 101 opportunities. They are 5 of 25 in their last five games or an even 20.0%. The penalty kill is firmly in the bottom third of the league setting 19th overall. The Brown Bears have killed off 128 of 175 opponent power plays or 73.1%. As with the power play, the percentage moves up slightly on the road where they are 17th at 78.2% allowing 22 goals on 101 kills. In their last five games they have killed off 15 of 17 power plays or 88.2%.

In their two head-to-head meetings Lone Star has scored the only two power play goals going 2 for 4 while holding Kenai River scoreless in their 10 opportunities.


Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

Brahmas 2 1 1 1 2 8 1.57 102 0.927
Brown Bears 3 2 0 0 1 15 2.91 188 0.926


Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Ture Linden 2 3 5
Steven Ipri 2 2 4
Julian Biondo 1 2 3
Kyle Hallbauer 1 2 3
Jakub Sirota 1 2 3
Brown Bears G A Pts
Sacha Guillemain 1 3 4
Cameron McDonald 0 4 4
Gil Garcia 3 0 3
Filip Karlsson 1 2 3
Markuss Komuls 0 3 3


Inside the Game

  • Lone Star currently sets 7th in the NAHL with 57 points. Kenai River is next to last in the 23 team league with 33 points.
  • Jon Russell (26G-12A) leads the league in goals scored. Gil Garcia (20G-12A) is tied for 10th.
  • Cameron McDonald (1G-31A) is tied for 4th in assists.
  • Jon Russell is tied for the league lead in power play goals with 14. Gil Garcia is one behind and 3rd overall with 13 power play goals. Steven Ipri (13G-22A) is tied for 16th with six.
  • Cameron McDonald is tied for the league lead in power play assists with 17. Ture Linden and Steven Ipri are tied for 9th with 12 each while Sacha Guillemain (6G-18A) is tied for 15th with 11.
  • Jon Russell is tied for 1st with five game winning goals. Aidan Spellacy (7G-12A) is tied for 6th with four.
  • With 199 penalty minutes, Carter Wade (3G-5A) leads the league by 25 minutes over the next highest total. Wade has nine major penalties on the season which also leads the league. Frank Trazzera (3G-4A) leads Lone Star and is 9th overall with 111 PIMS.
  • Cameron McDonald is 4th in defenseman scoring with 32 points. Markuss Komuls (8G-20A) is tied for 11th and Kyle Hallbauer with 24 is 20th.
  • Markuss Komuls is tied for 5th in defenseman goals scored with eight and Kyle Hallbauer is tied for 9th with seven.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for the league lead in goals against average with a 1.73 GAA. Gavin Enright is 39th with a 3.87 GAA. Harrison Feeney comes in with a 1.79 GAA and Kevin Lake has a 3.01 GAA. Neither Feeney nor Lake have enough minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for 7th with a 0.928 SV%. Gavin Enright is 37th with a 0.894 SV%. Harrison Feeney has a 0.918 SV% and Kevin Lake has a 0.922 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with 19 Wins and tops in the NAHL with 7 Shutout Wins.
  • Having played in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament the series against Kenai River will represent games 8 and 9 with road trips to Amarillo and Plymouth,MI over a 14 day stretch for Mitchell Gibson, Kyle Hallbauer, Michael Montambault (7G-9A), Jon Russell, Aidan Spellacy and Connor Stuart (4G-9A).
  • Averaging 21.71 PIMs per game, Kenai River is the 2nd most penalized team in the league. Their 24 major penalties is seven more than the next closest team. Lone Star is averaging 16.82 PIMs per game making them 12th in the league.
  • The Brahmas are 14-5-3-1 at home while the Brown Bears are 6-17-0-2 on the road.
  • It is no secret that the Brahmas boast one of the top defenses in the league ranking 2nd in shots against at 24.07 per game and 3rd in goals against per game at 2.07. They will face a Kenai River offense that averages 31.17 shots on goal per game 13th overall and 2.63 goals per game which is 19th
  • Offensively Lone Star comes in averaging just 27.87 shots on goal per game which is 22nd in the 23 team league and 21st at 2.56 goals scored per game. The Brahmas will have a chance to pad those number slightly against a Kenai River defense that ranks last in both shots allowed per game of 38.25 and goals against per game of 3.96.
  • Kenai River is on a 12 game road winless streak.

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