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Brahmas-Mudbugs Meet For First Time This Season

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Josh Martin and the Lone Star Brahmas will host the Shreveport Mudbugs for the first time this season in a matchup of number three and four in the NAHL South Division.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will make will play host to the Shreveport Mudbugs this weekend in the first meeting of the team this season. The series will pit the number three and four team in the NAHL South division with the Brahmas having a chance to leapfrog Shreveport or the Mudbugs an opportunity to put some breathing room between themselves and Lone Star.

Lone Star has picked up three points on Shreveport in the last 10 games and are now one point behind the Mudbugs in the standings.

Last weekend saw the Brahmas pull three of a possible four points out of a trip to Topeka against the Pilots. The Brahmas dropped game one 2-1 in overtime. They went into the second period looking up at a 1-0 deficit, but Andrew DeCarlo (1G-0A) lit the lamp at 2:58 of the second to tie it at 1-1 where it remained through regulation. Topeka got the game winner just under one minute into the extra frame. Harrison Feeney (5W-5L-1OTL-1SOL) stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in the contest. Saturday night the Brahmas picked up a bit of revenge with a 2-0 shutout win. Kimball Johnson (1G-5A) netted his first of the season just over 14 minutes into the first. The Brahmas would hold the one goal lead through into the final minute of play where Gabe Potyk (1G-0A) scored into an empty net to round out the scoring. Seth Eisele (2W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up his first shutout of the season making 21 saves along the way.

The Mudbugs dropped a pair of 3-2 games on the road to the Amarillo Bulls last weekend. On Friday night Jay Feiwell (2G-3A) and Jack Jaunich (2G-3A) scored in the second to erase a one goal deficit. However, the Bulls came back with two in the third to claim the one goal win. Maiszon Balboa (3W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) was saddled with the loss despite making 46 saves. Saturday Shreveport managed to pick up a single point with a shootout loss. Amarillo scored twice in the first with the Mudbugs’ Anton Rubtsov (2G-3A) netting one late in the period to half the lead. Joel Frazee (1G-2A) pulled them even at 5:07 of the second and eventually force overtime and a shootout. Amarillo picked up the game winner in the second round of the shootout as all three Shreveport shooters missed. Leo Chuard (5W-4L-0OTL-1SOL) took the loss on 48 shots faced.

 

Last Five Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 7
Mudbugs 2 2 0 1 5

 

Special Teams

In an unusual twist so far this season the Brahmas will enter the series with a distinct advantage on special teams. Lone Star is currently 9th overall in the league at 20.4% on the power play with 11 goals on 54 opportunities. At home the Brahmas fall to 12th even though they move up to 20.7% scoring 6 goals on 29 power plays. The penalty kill for the Brahmas is setting 7th overall allowing 9 goals on 61 kills or 84.5%. The home unit is 8th at 82.9% giving up six goals on 35 opponent power plays.

The Mudbugs have struggled on the power play this season and currently hold down 22nd place in the NAHL. They have 8 goals on 64 opportunities for 12.5%. On the road they jump up to 18th but fall to 12.2% with 5 goals on 41 man advantages. The penalty kill is also in the bottom half of the league at 77.6% good for 18th. Shreveport has killed off 59 of 76 opponent power plays. They have been a bit better on the road at 82.6%. The Mudbugs have given up 8 goals on 46 penalty kills.

Over the past five game the Brahmas power play is at 18.75% with 3 goals in 16 power plays. The penalty kill is 3 of 19 or 84.21%. The Mudbugs on the other hand have just 2 goals on 22 power plays or 9.09% while the penalty kill has been tough allowing one goal on 21 kills or 95.24%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 1 12 2.35 118 0.908
Mudbugs 2 2 0 1 0 14 2.78 177 0.927

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Austin Grzenia 2 2 4
Kimball Johnson 1 3 4
Noah Roofe 1 2 3
Michal Stinil 2 0 2
Four Tied at 1 1 2
 
Mudbugs G A Pts
Ethan Harrison 4 2 6
Billy Feczko 2 3 5
Gueorgui Fedulov 0 5 5
Jack Jaunich 2 1 3
Jack Johnson 0 3 3
 

 

Inside the Game

  • Jack Johnson (5G-11A) leads the Mudbugs in scoring while Michal Stinil (6G-4A) and Matt Guerra (6G-4A) are tied for the Lone Star team lead.
  • Ethan Harrison (7G-4A) is tied for 17th in the league in goals scored.
  • Gueorgui Feduolov (0G-11A) and Jack Johnson are tied for 17th in assists with 11 apiece.
  • Josh Martin (0G-2A) is 17th in penalty minutes with 40 PIMS and Josh Barraclough (2G-1A) is 19th with 38 PIMS.
  • Harrison Feeney is 8th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 2.13 GAA. Leo Chuard is 22nd with a 2.74 GAA. Seth Eisele has a 1.82 GAA and Maiszon Balboa has a 2.82 GAA. However, Eisele and Balboa have not reached the 300 minutes played minimum to qualify among league leaders.
  • Leo Chuard with a 0.928 SV% is tied for 14th in the league. Harrison Feeney is in 20th with a 0.922 SV%. Seth Eisele has a 0.918 SV% and Maiszon is at 0.916 SV%.
  • Seth Eisele is the reigning NAHL Bauer Hockey South Division Player of the Week
  • Shreveport is the most penalized team in the league with a 26.88 minutes per game average. Lone Star comes in at 7th averaging 18.63 minutes per game. The Mudbugs are tied for the league lead in Major Penalties with 6 and lead the league in Game Misconducts with 7.
  • Shreveport has 111 more penalty minutes than their opponents through 16 games played compared to Lone Star who has 90 more penalty minutes that their opponents.
  • The Mudbugs have allowed 18 goals against in the first period goal which may play into the Brahmas’ hands as Lone Star is 7-0-0-1 when scoring first.
  • Shreveport comes in tied for 11th in the league averaging 2.88 goals scored per game and 14th with an average of 2.94 goals allowed per game. Lone Star is 22nd with 2.06 goals scored per game and tied for 4th with 2.38 goals allowed per game.

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