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Brahmas Close Out Home Schedule Against Topeka

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Steven Ipri and the Lone Star Brahmas will close out the home portion of their regular season schedule against the Topeka RoadRunners on Monday evening. Ipri leads all Brahmas scorers against Topeka with 7G-9A in 10 games combined as a Brahma and a Bull.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will welcome the Topeka RoadRunners into NYTEX Sports Centre on Monday evening for the final meeting between the teams this season. Lone Star is preparing for another playoff run while Topeka is winding down their season.

After taking the first two games of the season series, the RoadRunners have dropped five in a row to the Brahmas including a three game set just two weeks ago with Lone Star outscoring them 13-3.

 

10/06    Brahmas 2 at RoadRunners 3

10/07    Brahmas 1 at RoadRunners 2 OT

02/02    RoadRunners 2 at Brahmas 4

02/03    RoadRunners 1 at Brahmas 8

03/15    RoadRunners 2 at Brahmas 3

03/16    RoadRunners 0 at Brahmas 3

03/17    RoadRunners 1 at Brahmas 7

 

The Brahmas were on the road in Shreveport this weekend splitting a pair of games with the NAHL South Division champions. On Friday night the game was scoreless through regulation with Mitchell Gibson (24W-7L-5OTL-4SOL) making 31 saves through 60 minutes of play. Unfortunately, he had a puck bounce off his blocker for the game winner just 19 seconds into overtime. Saturday was looking like it was going to be another disappointing outcome when Ture Linden (13G-29A) scored to tie it at 1-1 with just seven seconds left in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, Kimball Johnson (5G-7A) took the puck as the first shooter in the shootout and scoring five hole. Harrison Feeney (11W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) made that one goal stand up stopping all three of the Shreveport shooters.

Topeka was on the road over the weekend as well making a trip to Amarillo. In game one the RoadRunners were down 4-0 going into the third when Michael Muschitiello (1G-1A) scored Topeka’s only goal in a 5-1 loss. Sam Metcalf (7W-16L-1OTL-1SOL) was saddled with the loss despite making 42 saves. Things did not go any better for Topeka in game two with Matt Barnes potting their only goal in the first on the way to a 6-1 loss. Metcalf took the loss on 27 saves.

 

Last 5 Games 

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 0 1 0 9
RoadRunners 1 4 0 0 2

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s power play is currently setting at 9th overall in the NAHL at 20.7% converting 46 of 222 opportunities. At home they are even better at 24.2% and 5th in the league. They have 29 goals on 120 opportunities. The Brahmas are 5 for 17 over their past five games or 29.4% despite going scoreless against Shreveport. On the penalty kill the Brahmas can boast the 2nd best unit in the league at 85.6%. Lone Star has killed off 184 of 215 opponent power plays. At home they are setting 5th allowing 18 goals on 115 kills or 84.3%. They have allowed only a single goal in 16 penalty kills over their last five games for a 93.8% efficiency.

The RoadRunner’s special teams are near the bottom on both sides of the puck. The power play is holding down the 19th overall spot in the league scoring 33 times on 197 chances or 16.8%. On the road they are again 19th but slip slightly to 16.2% converting 16 of 99 opportunities. In their last five games they have 2 goals in 20 opportunities for an even 10.0%. The penalty kill is at 17th overall allowing 59 goals on 245 kills and 75.9%. On the road the PK is at 73.1% allowing 35 goals on 130 kills. Over the last five games they are at 76.2% allowing 5 goals in 21 kills.

Head-to-head this season Lone Star has taken advantage of the RoadRunner penalty kill scoring 10 power play goals on 29 opportunities good for 34.5%. Topeka has gone just 3 for 28 against the Brahmas or 10.7%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

0 1 0 1 5 0.97 114

0.958

RoadRunners

1

4 0 0 0 22 4.41 188

0.895

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Austin Bottrell

4

3

7

Kimball Johnson

3

1

4

Jon Russell

3

1

4

Justin Addamo

1

3

4

Two Tied at

1

2

3

RoadRunners

G

A

Pts

Chad Hillebrand

1

3

4

Lucas Herrmann

2

1

3

Matt Barnes

1

2

3

Jake Friedman

0

3

3

Dallas Tulik

2

0

2

Inside the Game

  • Jon Russell (30G-16A) is tied for 3rd in the league in goals scored.
  • Jon Russell is 2nd in power play goals with 15 and Steven Ipri (17G-27A) is tied for 14th with 8 power play goals.
  • Ture Linden is 8th in power play assists with 15. Steven Ipri’s 14 power play assists has him tied for 12th.
  • Jon Russell are tied for the league lead in game winning goals with 6. Ture Linden and Aidan Spellacy (12G-15A) are tied for 5th with 5 apiece.
  • With 151 penalty minutes Frankie Trazzera (3G-6A) is setting 5th in the league. Chad Hillebrand (10G-15A) is 9th with 133.
  • Kyle Hallbauer (7G-24A) is 10th in the NAHL in plus/minus rating with a +27. Justin Addamo (15G-20A) is tied for 12th at +25.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is 6th in the league in defenseman scoring with 31 points.
  • Ture Linden is currently on a four game home goal streak.
  • Mitchell Gibson’s 1.64 GAA leads the league in goals against average. Emil Gransoe (8W-14L-0OTL-0SOL) is 33rd with a 3.27 GAA, but has not played since March 3. Sam Metcalf is 35th with a 3.52 GAA. Harrison Feeney has a 1.55 GAA in his 18 games played, but lacks the minutes to qualify among league leaders. Derek Fournier (0W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 5.91 GAA in his three games played.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tops in the league in save percentage with a 0.933 SV%. Emil Gransoe is 26th with a 0.911 SV% and Sam Metcalf is tied for 36th with a 0.890 SV%. Harrison Feeney has a 0.927 SV% and Derek Fournier has a 0.864 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with 24 wins and 1st with 10 shutouts.
  • The Brahmas are 9-0-1-0 in their last 10 games while the RoadRunners are 1-9-0-0 over the same span.
  • Steven Ipri is the Brahmas’ leading scorer against Topeka with 5G-3A in a Lone Star sweater to go along with 2G-6A as a Bull in a combined 10 games played. Lucas Herrmann leads Topeka against the Brahmas with 1G-1A as a RoadRunner and 1G-1A as a Jackalope.
  • Seven Brahmas have scored two or more goals against Topeka while only 2 RoadRunners have multiple goals and 12 RoadRunners total have scored even one goal against Lone Star.
  • Topeka is the 5th most penalized team in the league averaging 20.03 minutes per game. Lone Star comes in 11th averaging 15.60 minutes per game.
  • The Brahmas are 22-5-3-1 at home while the RoadRunners are 5-23-2-1 away from the Kansas Expo Center.
  • The Brahmas have a +11 / +28 / +24 per period goal differential compared to the RoadRunners’ -21 / -41 / -33 differential.
  • Lone Star has the 17th ranked offense in the NAHL averaging 2.72 goals scored per game and the 2nd ranked defense allowing 1.88 goals against. The RoadRunners are last offensively averaging just 2.19 goals scored and next to last on defense allowing 3.81 goals against.
  • The Brahmas are riding an eight game home win streak and a 12 game point streak overall.

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