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Brahmas – Bulls Renew Battle Of The Cattle

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will look to extend their two game win streak against the visiting Amarillo Bulls this weekend.

 

The Amarillo Bulls will be at NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend to take on the Lone Star Brahmas. The last time these two team met the Bulls ran away with a 6-0 win at the Amarillo Convention Center, so the Brahmas will come into the contest with something to prove.

After opening the season with a loss at home to the Brahmas, Amarillo put together a seven game win streak to lead not only the South Division but also the NAHL as a whole. However, they have gone 1-2-0-1 in their last four with all four coming against the Shreveport Mudbugs.

The Brahmas on the other hand saw their record head the opposite direction after opening the season with a win. Lone Star went 0-4-0-1 before picking up another win and have gone 3-2-0-0 over their last five. Last weekend saw the Brahmas win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

9/15      Brahmas 4 at Bulls 2

10/6      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 6

Lone Star picked up their first sweep of a weekend series against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes last weekend. Friday night saw Michal Stinil (5G-4A) and Blake Evennou (1G-4A) score within the span of 43 seconds in the first to set the tone for the contest with Evennou’s coming on the power play. Matt Guerra (6G-4A) added another power play tally in the second and Harrison Feeney (5W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) made the lead stand up allowing only a third period power play goal. Saturday nights’ contest was a barn burner leading to a 7-5 Brahmas win. Jake Suede (1G-4A) got the night started with a power play goal in the first followed Vilho Saariluoma (1G-7A) even strength goal just 53 seconds later. Stinil and Austin Grzenia (3G-2A) would push the lead to four with second period power play goals before a revolving door on the Brahmas’ penalty box led to three straight Odessa power play goals. Grzenia scored again early in the third then Scott Persson (1G-2A) and Jack Sampson (3G-2A) traded goals with Odessa to close out the scoring. Feeney picked up the win for the second night in a row stopping 26 of 31 shots faced.

Amarillo earned a road split in Shreveport last weekend taking game one 5-1 and dropping game two 5-4. On Friday night Nick Trela (2G-3A) had the Bulls only goal of the first as the teams went into the first intermission tied 1-1. From there it was all Amarillo with Logan Jenuwine (8G-8A) and Brendan Datema (9G-6A) scoring in the second followed by Trela and Trey Bagwell (2G-5A) in the third. Datema had the only power play goal on the evening. Jason Grande (4W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net for the win facing only 12 shots on goal through 60 minutes of play. Saturday Jenuwine staked the Bulls to a one goal lead through the first 20 minutes of play. Brett Abdelnour (6G-10A) scored early in the second before the Mudbugs ran off three goals to take a one goal lead. Datema stopped the bleeding for Amarillo to knot the score at 3-3, but with just 50 seconds left in the frame Shreveport jumped back out on top. The Mudbugs scored again just 28 seconds into the third to take a two goal lead which Alex Peterson (6G-8A) cut in half at the 4:17 mark, but Amarillo could never net the equalizer. Ryan Winter (4W-0L-0OTL-1SOL) got the start in net, but was gone after two periods stopping 16 of the 20 shots he faced. Grande came on in relief taking the tough luck loss allowing one goal on seven shots faced.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 2 0 0 6
Bulls 2 2 0 1 5

 

Special Teams

This past weekend has helped the Brahmas push their power play to 5th overall in the league at 24.4% with 11 goals on 45 opportunities. When at home they are 6th even though their percentage improves slightly to 25.0% with six goals in 24 opportunities. Lone Star’s penalty killing unit is setting 10th overall allowing nine goals on 49 kills or 81.6%. At home they fall to 13th at 79.3% killing off 23 of 29 opponent power plays. The home numbers took a big hit this past weekend allowing four goals by the Jackalopes in 14 opportunities.

Amarillo comes into the series with the top ranked power play in the NAHL setting at an even 29.0% scoring 18 times on 62 man advantages. On the road they are at 35.0% with seven goals in 20 opportunities good for 2nd in the league. The penalty kill is 15th overall at 79.5%. The Bulls have allowed nine power play goals on 44 kills. On the road they move up to 14th but the percentage falls to 78.6%. They have killed off 11 of 14 opponent power plays.

In head-to-head action the Brahmas are three for seven on the power play at 42.9% while Amarillo is at 33.3% scoring three times on nine power plays.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 2 0 0 0 16 3.21 144 0.900
Bulls 2 2 0 1 1 13 2.58 119 0.902

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 3 3 6
Austin Grzenia 2 2 4
Michal Stinil 2 2 4
Blake Evennou 1 3 4
Vilho Saariluoma 1 3 4
 
Bulls G A Pts
Logan Jenuwine 5 2 7
Cooper Fensterstock 1 5 6
Brett Abdelnour 1 4 5
David Ojamae 0 5 5
Brendan Datema 3 1 4

 

Inside the Game

  • Amarillo is currently first in the NAHL South and tied for 3rd in the league. Lone Star is 4th in the division and tied for 16th in the league.
  • The Bulls boast the highest scoring offense in the NAHL with 53 goals scored in 11 games played.
  • Amarillo has five of the top 20 in scoring with Logan Jenuwine and Brett Abdelnour tied for 2nd with 16 points apiece. Jason Brancheau is tied for 5th with 15 points, while Brendan Datema and Alex Peterson are tied for 15th with 14 points each.
  • Brendan Datema is tied for the league lead in goals scored with 9, Logan Jenuwine is tied for 4th with 8 while Brett Abdelnour, Alex Peterson and Matt Guerra are tied for 12th with 6 each.
  • Nick Anderson (1G-12A) is tied for the league lead in assists.
  • Ryan Winter is 9th in Goals Against Average with a 2.10 GAA, Harrison Feeney comes in three spots behind at 12th with a 2.20 GAA and Jason Grande is 22nd with a 2.76 GAA.
  • Harrison Feeney and Ryan Winter are tied for 19th in the NAHL with a 0.919 SV%. Jason Grande is tied for 36th with a 0.880 SV%.
  • Harrison Feeney is 2nd with 655 minutes played.
  • The Brahmas are the 2nd most penalized team in the NAHL averaging 22.83 penalty minutes per game. The Bulls are 15th with a 14.33 penalty minute per game average. However, Amarillo has been whistled for 56 minor penalties compared to 52 for Lone Star.
  • Amarillo is averaging 4.42 goals scored per game which is tops in the league and allow 2.58 goals against which is tied with Lone Star for 8th. The Brahmas offense has moved up the list slightly and now is 20th averaging 2.25 goals scored per game.
  • Michal Stinil is the reigning NAHL – Bauer Hockey South Division Player of the Week while Austin Grzenia, Brett Abdelnour and Nick Anderson were all named Honorable Mention.

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