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Brahmas Prepare To Face Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas Alternate Captain Aidan Spellacy Celebrates one of his two goals against the Shreveport Mudbugs this season one of which was a game winner. Lone Star will travel to Shreveport to open the NAHL South Division Finals on Friday night.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas dispatched the Odessa Jackalopes winning three straight and will now travel to face the Shreveport Mudbugs in game one and two of the NAHL South Division Finals. Shreveport advanced after being pushed to a decisive game five by the Corpus Christi Icerays.

The Brahmas have to feel pretty good going into this series despite opening on the road. Despite the Mudbugs staking claim to the top spot in the division the majority of the season, Lone Star compiled a 5-1-1-1 record against Shreveport including shutting out one of the league’s top offenses four time in eight games. The Mudbugs managed just five goals against the Brahmas this season with two coming on the power play and two in shootouts.

 

09/15   Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 0

09/16   Brahmas 0 at Mudbugs 1 SO

11/22   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 1

12/15   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 3

02/19   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

03/04   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

03/30   Brahmas 0 at Mudbugs 1 OT

03/31   Brahmas 2 at Mudbugs 1 SO

 

Lone Star swept Odessa to open the post season holding the Jackalopes to a single goal in each of the three games played. In game one, Odessa had the only goal in the opening period. Jakub Sirota evened it up in the second followed by goals from Justin Addamo and Kyle Hallbauer in the third. Mitchell Gibson who was in net for all three games stopped 34 of 35 in the win. Michael Montalbault opened the scoring early in the second in game two. After Odessa tied it in the second Aidan Spellacy netted the game winner just 24 seconds later. Gibson faced 19 shots in the contest. Game three was on the road in Odessa and went the way of the Brahmas after Frankie Trazzera and Connor Stuart staked them to a two goal lead in the first. Hallbauer had the only goal in the second on the power play. In the third, the Jackalopes got their only goal of the night which was answered by Owen Farris into an empty net. Gibson picked up his third win making 27 saves.

Shreveport had to work to put away the Icerays. Game one saw them get out to a three goal lead early in the third with Cole Quisenberry, Cameron Cook and Gueorgui Feduolov accounting for the goals. Ryan Burnett would add another in the third sandwiched between two Icerays’ goals for the 4-2 final. Jaxon Castor logged the win on 22 saves. Game two also went to the Mudbugs with Shreveport coming from behind twice for the win. Shreveport carried a one goal lead into the second where Cook pulled Shreveport even. The Icerays went back ahead early in the third, but Derek Contessa and Andrew Lane put it away later in the period. Castor got his second win with 28 saves. Game three was all Icerays with Nikolai Jenson scoring Shreveports only goal in 5-1 loss. Castor got the start allowing all five goals before making way for Gustavs Gringals who stopped all three shots he faced. Game four was a back and forth affair with Quisenberry putting the Mudbugs ahead briefly in the first before Corpus Christ knotted it at 1-1. Feduolov had the only goal in the second. It looked as though Shreveport would hold on for the win, but the Icerays scored with just over a minute left to force overtime where they would net the game winner. Gringals got his only start of the series and suffered the overtime loss on 24 saves setting up the decisive game five. The finale was another tight one. Down a goal entering the second, Cook pulled the Mudbugs back into the contest. Burnett had the only goal in the third to clinch the win and the series. Castor redeemed himself from the five one loss stopping 17 of 18 shots he faced.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s power play finished the regular season 9th overall at 21.2% scoring 49 times on 231 opportunities. In the playoffs they have not faired so well with just one goal on 12 power plays or 8,3%. IN their head-to-head play against Shreveport they we just one for 23 or just 4.4%

On the penalty kill the Brahmas finished up the regular season 86.1% allowing 29 goals on 209 kills good for a 2nd place tie. In the first round of the playoff the Brahmas are at 75.0% killing off six of eight opponent’s power plays.

Shreveport closed the regular season with the 15th ranked power play. They managed 42 goals on 227 opportunities for 18.5%. The Mudbugs are at 13.3% in the post season with two goals on 15 chances. Just as the Brahmas did in the head-to-head games, Shreveport struggled on the power play going just two for 25 or 8.0%.

The Mudbugs penalty kill was tops in the league this season at 86.4% giving up 31 goals on 228 kills. Shreveport is also setting at 75.0% on the penalty kill in the playoffs. They have allowed two goals on 15 kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 1 6 1.19 134 0.957
Mudbugs 3 1 1 0 0 13 2.50 109 0.893

 

Head-to-Head Performance

Brahmas
Skater GP G A PIM +/-
Ture Linden 6 2 3 0 2
Aidan Spellacy 8 2 1 4 3
Austin Bottrell 4 0 3 2 1
Connor Stuart 6 1 2 0 4
Michael Montambault 7 1 2 0 3
Julian Biondo 7 1 1 6 3
Steven Ipri 7 1 1 4 -3
Jon Russell 8 1 1 2 -2
Drew Lennon 8 0 2 0 4
Anton Sandberg 4 1 0 0 1
Chase Pletzke 5 1 0 0 E
Connor Pooley 5 0 1 2 1
Justin Addamo 7 0 1 14 3
Owen Farris 7 0 1 2 1
Kyle Hallbauer 7 0 1 2 6
Trevor Zenas 8 1 0 4 3
Emack Bentley 3 0 0 0 1
Wyatt Matthews 4 0 0 2 -1
Kimball Johnson 7 0 0 8 1
Frankie Trazzera 8 0 0 36 1
Goalie Record GA GAA SVS SV%
Mitchell Gibson 4-1-1-1 3 0.42 150 0.980
Harrison Feeney 1-0-0-0 1 0.92 25 0.962
Mudbugs
Skater GP G A PIM +/-
Dominick Procopio 7 1 1 17 -2
Kieran Durgan 2 1 0 0 E
Ryan Burnett 6 1 0 0 -3
Jordan Fader 8 1 0 2 -3
Nikolai Jenson 4 0 1 0 E
Gueorgui Feduolov 6 0 1 4 E
Jack Clement 7 0 1 2 -1
Brendan Gysbers 8 0 1 2 -4
Andrew Lane 8 0 1 17 -5
Jonatan Apslund 2 0 0 2 E
Warren Natyshak 3 0 0 12 -2
Derek Contessa 5 0 0 2 -2
Jacob Skolnik 5 0 0 0 -4
Jake Transit 5 0 0 4 -1
Jacob Holmers 6 0 0 2 -3
Jack Jaunich 6 0 0 4 -1
Jay Feiwell 7 0 0 8 -4
Cole Quisenberry 7 0 0 6 -1
Brendan VanSweden 7 0 0 2 -3
Roberts Baranovskis 8 0 0 0 E
Cameron Cook 8 0 1 6 -1
Goalie Record GA GAA SVS SV%
Gustavs Gringals 2-2-0-1 7 1.37 114 0.942
Jaxon Castor 1-1-0-0 1 0.49 39 0.975

 

Inside the Game

  • With 89 points the Mudbugs finished the regular season atop the NAHL South Division and 2nd overall in the league. The Brahmas made a big push in the second half to finish 2nd in the South three points behind Shreveport and tied for 3rd in the league.
  • With just 15 games left to play in the season the Brahmas were 14 points behind the Mudbugs and were able to whittle the lead down to just three points by season end.
  • Lone Star outshot the Shreveport 193 – 179 in their eight game season series.
  • Lone Star and Shreveport combined had four of the top six goalies in the NAHL in goals against average for goalies playing 18 or more games.
  • Goal tending and defense was on display when the Brahmas and Mudbugs squared off this season. Lone Star netminders combined for a 0.49 GAA and a 0.978 SV% in the head-to-head competition while Shreveport goalies had a 1.35 GAA and 0.943 SV%. There was a total of 18 goals scored between the teams in the eight games played.
  • Mitchell Gibson has the 2nd best goals against average in the playoffs at an even 1.00 GAA. Gustavs Gringals is 10th with a 2.27 GAA and Jaxon Castor is 14th with a 2.58 GAA.
  • Gibson is also 2nd in save percentage at 0.963 SV%. Gringals comes in 17th with a 0.900 SV% and Castor 19th with a 0.891 SV%.
  • Five of Gibson’s league record 11 shutouts this season came against Shreveport.
  • Ture Linden leads all scorers in the season series with five points on 2G-3A. Aidan Spellacy is the only other player with multiple goals in the series with 2G-1A.
  • Dominick Procopio at 1G-1A is the only Mudbug with multiple points against Lone Star this season.
  • Kyle Hallbauer leads all skaters with a +6 rating in the eight games played head-to-head.
  • Ryan Burnett 2G-4A is tied for the league lead in playoff scoring.
  • With 32 minutes, Brendan VanSweden is leading the league in playoff penalty minutes and major penalties with two in Shreveports five games played.
  • Justin Addamo is tied for second in playoff +/- rating with a +5.
  • Connor Stuart with 1G-3A is tied for the playoff lead in defenseman scoring.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is tied for the lead in goals scored by a defenseman in the playoffs with two.
  • Shreveport is averaging 16.00 penalty minutes per game in the post season compared to Lone Star’s average of 12.00.
  • Both team’s power plays were rather anemic in their head-to-head matchup with Lone Star going 1-23 or 4.4% and Shreveport 2-25 or 8.0%. Things have not gotten much better in the post season with Lone Star at 8.3% scoring one goal on 12 opportunities and Shreveport at 13.3% with two goals on 15 opportunities.
  • Both teams are at 75.0% on the penalty kill so far in the playoffs with the Mudbugs allowing three goals on 12 opponent power plays and the Brahmas giving up two goals on eight penalty kills.

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