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Brahmas – Mudbugs To Play 3 In Shreveport

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andrew DeCarlo and the Lone Star Brahmas will have their hands full as they try to halt their recent skid when the face the Mudbugs in Shreveport for three games this weekend.

Third place in the NAHL South Division will be on the line this weekend as the Lone Star Brahmas travel to take on the Shreveport Mudbugs. In fact with only five points separating third from sixth in the division either team could potentially come out of the three game series anywhere from second to last depending on the outcome of other series.

The teams have met three times so far with season with all three played on NYTEX Sports Centre ice. The Brahmas hold a slight 2-0-0-1 advantage over the defending Robertson Cup Champions.

11/09   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

11/10   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 3 SO

11/21   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 1 SO

This past weekend saw the Brahmas recent slide continue as they picked up only one point out of their two game set against the Amarillo Bulls. Friday night was a defensive duel with the game going 65 minutes without either team lighting the lamp. Harrison Feeney (7W-8L-2OTL-3SOL) picked up his third shutout of the season making 49 saves through overtime. In the second round of the shootout Joey Baez (2G-2A) put the Brahmas up one, but the next two shooters for the Bulls put the puck past Feeney to take the 1-0 win. Saturday’s first period goal by Frank Trazzera (4G-6A) broke an eight period scoring drought for Lone Star and sent them into the first intermission tied 1-1. Amarillo took a two goal lead in the second which Scott Persson (3G-6A) cut in half with a power play goal in the third. However, the Brahmas could not net the equalizer and fell 3-2. Seth Eisele (4W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) allowed the three goals on 38 shots faced to absorb the loss. Late in the second period of the contest Noah Roofe (3G-6A) was on the receiving end of a wicked elbow to the head which left him prone on the ice for an extended period. Trazzera immediately took exception to the hit and started firing right hands at the Bull’s Ryan Lautenbach. Trazzera was initially hit with an instigator minor, fighting major and cutting opponent match penalty. Those penalties were subsequently changed to an instigator minor, roughing-double minor and a 10 minutes unsportsmanlike conduct so the Alternate Captain should avoid any additional discipline.

The Mudbugs were in Topeka last weekend with both games going beyond regulation. In game one Dakota Concannon (3G-7A) and Lukass Sicevs (3G-0A) staked Shreveport to an early lead. However, Topeka would score one in the first and one in the second to knot it up. Timothy Clifton (1G-1A) traded goals with Topeka in the third setting up an overtime where the Pilots would score with 34 seconds remaining.  Maiszon Balboa (3W-4L-1OTL-0SOL) took the loss on 27 shots faced. In game two the Mudbugs scored both their goals in the second with CJ McGee (6G-14A) and Jay Feiwell (7G-10A) doing the damage. Both goals came on the power play. With the game tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and overtime the teams would go to a shootout. Feiwell scored the only goal of the shootout for Shreveport while Leo Chuard (9W-6L-0OTL-2SOL) stopped all three Pilots’ shooters to go along with 36 saves through overtime to register the 3-2 win.

Last Five Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 0 4 0 1 1
Mudbugs 1 3 0 1 3

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play comes in ranked 11th overall in the NAHL. They have managed 19 goals in 95 opportunities for an even 20.0%. On the road they slip to 12th and 19.1%. Lone Star has scored nine road power play goals on 47 man advantages. In their last five games they are only three for 20 and 15.0%. Where the special teams shine is on the penalty kill where they are 4th in the league at 86.4%. Lone Star has killed off 95 of 110 opponent power play opportunities. The road unit falls to 8th in the league even though their efficiency drops just four tenths of one percent to 86.0%. They have allowed 7 goals in 50 kills away from the Shoebox. in their last five games they are at 77.3% after giving up five goals on 22 kills.

The Mudbugs have struggled on the power play this season and currently hold down 21st place in the NAHL. They have 16 goals on 116 opportunities for 13.8%. At home they jump up to 18th but fall to 13.6% with six goals on 44 man advantages. Over the last five games they have five goals on 19 chances at 19.2% to push their season numbers higher. The penalty kill is also in the bottom quarter of the league at 76.1% good for 21st. Shreveport has killed off 89 of 117 opponent power plays. They have been a bit worse at home with a 66.7% efficiency. The Mudbugs home unit has given up 15 goals on 45 penalty kills. They have allowed six goals in 19 kills in their last five games which is 68.4%.

In their three head to head games this season the Brahmas are two for 12 on the power play while Shreveport is scoreless on 13 opportunities.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 0 4 0 1 1 15 2.99 184 0.925
Mudbugs 1 3 1 0 0 16 3.14 149 0.903

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Scott Persson 2 2 4
Vilho Saariluoma 1 2 3
Andrew DeCarlo 2 0 2
Blake Evennou 1 1 2
Frank Trazzera 1 1 2
 
Mudbugs G A Pts
Jay Feiwell 2 4 6
CJ McGee 1 3 4
CJ Regula 1 3 4
Gueorgui Feduolov 0 4 4
Ethan Harrison 2 1 3
 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star comes in to the three game series averaging just 1.8 goals per game in their last 10 games and have been shutout in two of their last three.
  • Shreveport and Lone Star are in the middle of the pack as far as league standings go with the Mudbugs 13th with 38 points and the Brahmas tied for 14th with 27 points.
  • Ethan Harrison (11G-7A) is tied for 16th in the league in goals scored. Michal Stinil (10G-5A) is tied for 19th.
  • Gueorgui Feduolov (0G-17A) is tied for 13th in the league in assists and tied for 10th in power play assists with eight.
  • Michal Stinil is tied for 15th in power play goals with four.
  • CJ McGee is tied for 5th in defenseman scoring with 20 points on the season.
  • Harrison Feeney is 9th in the league with a 2.13 GAA average. Leo Chuard is 18th with a 2.53 GAA. Seth Eisele has a 2.02 GAA and Maiszon Balboa has a 3.12 GAA but neither have played the 480 minutes required to qualify among league leaders.
  • Harrison Feeney has a 0.929 SV% which is tied for 6th. Leo Chuard is 5th with a 0.931 SV%. Seth Eisele has a 0.927 SV% and Maiszon Balboa has a 0.900 SV%.
  • Harrison Feeney is tied for 2nd in the league with three shutouts so far this season.
  • Shreveport is the 2nd most penalized team in the league averaging 23.00 minutes per game while Lone Star is 8th with an 18.41 minute average.
  • The Mudbugs have been whistled for 158 minor penalties in 27 games played compared to 126 for the Brahmas.
  • Shreveport is averaging 2.78 goals per game which is 16th in the league and allow 2.93 goals per game 15th in the NAHL. The Brahmas are 23rd at 1.96 goals per game and one of only two teams averaging fewer than two goals per contest. Defensively they are allowing 2.41 goals per game good for 6th
  • The Brahmas are winless in their last five which is the second longest current streak in the league. At the same time the Mudbugs are tied for the third longest current home winless streak at three.

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