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Brahmas-Mudbugs To Play Three

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Scott Persson, who recently announced his commitment to Niagara University, and the Lone Star Brahmas will travel to Shreveport to take on the Mudbugs in a three game series starting Thursday.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas are hot on the heels of the Shreveport Mudbugs in the NAHL South Division standings. They will meet for a three game series in Shreveport starting Thursday. The teams have played seven times so far this season with Shreveport holding a three point advantage with a 4-1-0-2 record compared to the Brahmas 3-3-0-1.

 

11/09   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

11/10   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 3 SO

11/21   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 1 SO

12/14   Brahmas 1 at Mudbugs 3

12/15   Brahmas 5 at Mudbugs 4

12/16   Brahmas 1 at Mudbugs 3

01/21   Mudbugs 6 at Brahmas 3

 

This past weekend the Brahmas managed a road split against the Odessa Jackalopes. On Friday, Lone Star was outplayed from the opening puck drop in a 7-0 defeat. Seth Eisele (8W-5L-0OTL-0SOL) got the start in net, but was gone after 35 minutes giving up four goals. Newcomer Conan Hayton came on in mop up duty and gave up three goals in just over 25 minutes of play. Lone Star was outshot 44-25 on the night. Saturday saw Lone Star rebound with Vilho Saariluoma (4G-10A) scoring just 1:16 into the contest followed by an Eric Huss (4G-6A) goal to stake the Brahmas to a two goal lead heading into he second. Odessa scored their only goal of the night at the 10:20 mark of the second, but Joey Baez (8G-4A) scored a few minutes later to close out the scoring. Eisele picked up the win on 21 saves.

The Mudbugs played host to the Topeka Pilots last weekend coming away with four points in a two game sweep. In game one Shreveport got goals from Warren Natyshak (5G-6A) and Dakota Concannon (4G-7A) in the first followed by Anton Rubtsov (7G-11A) in the second. It was more than enough offense for Maiszon Balboa (7W-5L-1OTL-0SOL) who stopped all 24 shots that came his way. In game two the Mudbugs ran roughshod over the Pilots getting eight goals from seven different skaters. CJ Regula (8G-17A) and Jacob Skolnik (3G-9A) scored in the first. Then Jay Feiwell (11G-19A) and Andrew Jackson (7G-3A) added goals in the second. Topeka did manage two goals in the third, but they were cancelled out by a pair of Ethan Harrison (16G-13A) tallies and single goals from CJ McGee (9G-21A) and Timothy Clifton (6G-8A). Leo Chuard (13W-9L-0OTL-3SOL) logged the win on 33 saves

 

Last Five Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

2 0 0

6

Mudbugs

4

1 0 0

8

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play comes in ranked 8th overall in the NAHL. They have managed 32 goals in 147 opportunities or 21.8%. On the road they fall to 20.8% on 15 goals in 72 opportunities which has them at 12th. Lone Star has scored three power play goals on 13 man advantages in their last five games or 23.1%. The Mudbugs will counter with the 17th ranked penalty kill at 78.0%. Shreveport has allowed 40 goals on 182 kills. At home Shreveport moves sinks to 21st at 72.2%. They have allowed 22 goals on 79 opponent power plays. Over their last five game they have killed 24 of 28 opponent power plays or 85.7%.

When on the penalty kill Lone Star ranks 7th in the league at 83.8% killing 134 of 160 power plays. The road unit is 12th in the NAHL allowing just 12 goals on 68 kills and 82.4%. They have been nearly untouchable over their last five, allowing two goals on 21 kills or 90.5%. They will be up against the 20th ranked power play at just 15.2%. The Mudbugs have notched 25 goals on 165 opportunities. At home Shreveport moves up to 13th in the league with 12 goals on 69 attempts or 17.4%. In their last five they are four for 26 or 15.4%.

In their seven head to head games this season the Brahmas and Mudbugs have nearly identical number. Lone Star has six goals on 30 power play opportunities while Shreveport has six goals on 28 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

2 0 0 0 15 3.03 157

0.913

Mudbugs

4

1 0 0 2 11 2.21 149

0.931

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Joey Baez

4

1

5

Matt Guerra

0

4

4

Andrew DeCarlo

0

3

3

Noah Roofe

1

2

3

Frank Trazzera

1

2

3

 
Mudbugs

G

A

Pts

CJ Regula

2

8

10

Timothy Clifton

5

4

9

Ethan Harrison

4

2

6

Connor Witherspoon

1

5

6

Anton Rubtsov

3

2

5

 

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star pulled the trigger on a trade with Odessa on Tuesday sending Vilho Saariluoma to the Jackalopes in exchange for Zach Heintz (11G-20A). Heintz has 3G-2A in six games against Shreveport this season.
  • In their head-to-head play five players have scored five or more points. Jay Feiwell (2G-5A) Blake Evennou (7G-16A) has 1G-5A, while Gueorgui Feduolov (6G-21A) with 4G-1A, Conor Witherspoon (5G-13A) with 3G-2A and Ethan Harrison 1G-4A have five points apiece.
  • Matt Guerra (9G-22A) and Zach Heintz are tied for the team lead in scoring for Lone Star and Jay Feiwell is leading Shreveport with 30 points.
  • Ethan Harrison is tied for 17th in the league in goals scored with 16.
  • Blake Evennou with seven power play goals is tied for 8th in the league.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 8th in power play assists with 13.
  • Jay Feiwell with 109 penalty minutes is tied for 10th in the NAHL and Dakota Concannon is 18th with 95 minutes.
  • Even with his rough start In Odessa Seth Eisele in 9th in the league in goals against average with a 2.30 GAA. Leo Chuard is a few spots back at 14th with a 2.43 GAA and Maiszon Balboa is 22nd with a 2.89 GAA.
  • Leo Chuard is leading the group in save percentage with a 0.933 SV% good for 5th in the league. Seth Eisele is 11th with a 0.925 SV% and Maiszon Balboa is 24th with a 0.906 SV%.
  • Shreveport is the second most penalized team in the league with a 23.61 minutes per game average while Lone Star is 13th with a 17.54 minute average. The Mudbugs has been whistled for 239 minor penalties compared to 182 for the Brahmas.
  • The Brahmas are 8-10-2-1 away from the Shoebox while the Mudbugs are 10-5-0-2 at home.
  • Scott Persson (3G-13A) has announced his NCAA D-I commitment to Niagara University Purple Eagles.

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