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Brahmas – Bulls Preview For 10/6

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Josh Martin and Kimball Johnson lead a strong Lone Star Brahmas defense into their road game against the Amarillo Bulls on Oct. 6th.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will make a one game road trip to the Texas Panhandle to face the Amarillo Bulls Saturday October 6. It will be the first time the two teams have faced off since opening night when the Brahmas came away from the Amarillo Civic Center with a 4-2 win. However, the teams have gone in decidedly different directions since that night.

Amarillo has gotten off to a 6-1-0-0 record to set atop the NAHL South Division while the Brahmas have limped to a 2-4-0-1 mark and last place in the division.

Lone Star will have to find some offense while continuing to play strong defense if they are going to have points to show from their 700 mile round trip. The defense absolutely has the ability to shut down one of the league’s top scoring offenses. The Brahmas have shown that they can put the puck in the net and did so against the same Bulls squad once already this season. Look for an entertaining game when they meet again.

9/15      Brahmas 4 at Bulls 2

Lone Star pulled a home split out of their series against the Odessa Jackalopes last weekend. In game one after more than 36 minutes of scoreless hockey the Jackalopes broke the scoreless tie. It took Nick Siffringer just 1:15 to provide an answer to the Odessa tally to once again knot the score. Odessa took the lead once again with just under seven minutes to play and added a late empty netter for the 3-1 win. Harrison Feeney stopped 20 of 22 on the night with both goals allowed coming off of unfortunate bounces that went the Jackalopes way. Game two was all Lone Star. After a scoreless first period, the Brahmas found the back of the net three times in less than 10 minutes in the second with Matt Guerra, Michal Stinil and Austin Grzenia doing the damage. The scoring flurry was more than enough offense as Feeney turned aside all 21 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.

Amarillo played host to the Topeka Pilots last weekend with the contest Friday night being a back and forth affair. Topeka got on the board early in the contest, but Louis Helsen and Logan Jenuwine would score to give the Bulls the lead. Topeka would net another before then end of the frame to go into the first intermission tied at 2-2. Nick Anderson, Jason Brancheau and Brenden Datema all scored in the span of 5:38 in the second as it looked like the Bulls would run away with it. However, the Pilots scored late in the second and then again in the third to make it a game. Jason Grande picked up the win in net stopping 15 of 18 shots he faced. Saturday saw Amarillo take a 3-1 lead into the second on the power of two goals from Brett Abdelnour and a single tally from David Ojamae. Brendan West had the only goal of the second with Datema following up with a goal in the third. Topeka did add another goal, but it was all they could muster. Ryan Winter face 26 shots on the night stopping 24 to record the win.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 3
Bulls 5 0 0 0 10

 

Special Teams

With five goals in 24 opportunities the Brahmas are at 20.8% on the power play which has them 11th overall in the league. However, four of their five goals have come on the road in 11 opportunities good for 3rd in the league at 36.4%. On the penalty kill Lone Star is 10th overall at 81.8%. They have allowed a total of four goals on 22 kills. The road unit is tied for 19th in the NAHL allowing two goals on seven opponent power plays of 71.4%.

Amarillo’s power play comes in setting 5th overall at 29.3% scoring 12 times on 41 power play opportunities. They are also 4th in the league at home with nine goals on 31 opportunities of 29.0%. The Bulls penalty kill is 14th overall after giving up six goals on 29 kills good for 79.3%. At home they move up to 12th despite their percentage falling slightly. They have allowed 5 goals on 22 opponent power plays or 77.3%.

In head-to-head the one game played has influenced the special teams’ numbers significantly this early in the season. The Brahmas power play is three for seven and 42.9% against the Bulls while Amarillo is at 40.0% going two for five against Lone Star.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 1 8 1.58 118 0.937
Bulls 5 0 0 0 1 8 1.60 106 0.930

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Nick Siffringer 1 2 3
Jake Suede 0 3 3
Sam Brennan 0 2 2
Six Tied 1 0 1
 
Bulls G A Pts
Brenden Datema 6 4 10
Jason Brancheau 3 7 10
Nick Anderson 1 9 10
Alex Peterson 4 4 8
Two Tied at 3 4 7

 

Inside the Game

  • The Bulls’ high-powered offense boasts four of the top six-point scorers in the league. Jason Brancheau (4G-9A) leads all scorers while Brenden Datema (6G-5A), Alex Peterson (5G-6A) and Brett Abdelnour (5G-6A) are all in a five-way tie for 2nd.
  • Brenden Datema’s is tied for the league lead in goals scored with six. Interestingly enough all six have come on the power play.
  • Nick Anderson (1G-9A) and Jason Brancheau are tied for the league lead in assists.
  • Brenden Datema is on a five-game goal streak.
  • Jason Brancheau is riding a seven-game point streak.
  • Ryan Winter (3W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) is 5th in Goals Against Avg with a 1.45GAA. Harrison Feeney (2W-3L-0OTL-1SOL) is 6th with a 1.59GAA.
  • Harrison Feeney is leading the league in minutes played with 378.
  • Amarillo is the 7th most penalized team in the NAHL averaging 15.86 PIMs per game. Lone Star is 17th at 11.71 PIMs per game.
  • The Brahmas once again are one of the tougher teams to score on in the NAHL. They currently have the 4th lowest goals against average at 2.14 goals against per game. Unfortunately, their anemic offense is next to last in the league scoring an average of just 1.71 goals per game. Amarillo comes in averaging 4.71 goals scored, 2nd best and 2.43 goals against 7th
  • In addition to the return of defenseman Blake Evennou (0G-1A) from the USHL last weekend, the Brahmas made a trade with the New Jersey Titans in an effort to shore up the offense. Lone Star sent defenseman Ben Pirko to New Jersey in exchange for forward Christian Bardarson. Bardarson is a 6’ 1” – 190 pound native of Wausau, WI. While he has no points in four games played this season he did score 72 points on 41G-31A in 56 games played with the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL last season.
  • The Brahmas also added goalie Seth Eisele. Eisele from Lake Elmo, MN stands 6’ 5” at 190 pounds and spent last season with the BCHL Champion Wenatchee Wild where he put up a 20-13-0 record with three shutouts, a 2.64GAA and an 0.887 SV%.

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