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Brahmas Will Return To Ice Vs Pilots

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will look to build on their three game point streak as they welcome the Topeka Pilots into the NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend.

 

The Topeka Pilots will make their first visit to the Shoebox this weekend to face the Lone Star Brahmas who are coming off a bye week. Lone Star went into their off week with a much needed road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Hopefully the extra week of rest will allow some of the wounded Brahmas to return to the ice against Topeka.

Lone Star and Topeka are currently tied for fourth place in the always competitive NAHL South Division.  However, they sit just three points behind Corpus Christi and Shreveport who are tied for second. Since joining the NAHL in 2013/14 the Brahmas hold a 26-12-3-1 record against Topeka.

Topeka is coming off a tough road trip to Amarillo where they were outscored 16 – 6 by the red hot Bulls. In game one of the series Hugh Quinn (6G-8A) got Topeka off to a good start scoring just under three minutes into the contest. However, Amarillo would score the next four goals to take a commanding lead. Quinn Green (13G-8A) and Cole Thiessen (3G-18A) scored on either side of a fifth Bulls tally to make it 5-3 entering the third. After an early Amarillo goal in the third Max Finner (4G-16A) closed out the scoring in the 6-4 loss. Emil Gransoe (11W-8L-2OTL-0SOL) took the loss on 34 saves. On Saturday night the route was on from the drop of the puck with Amarillo building an 8-0 lead through the 6:40 mark of the second. Brendan Schultz (7G-13A) and Green would score the Pilots only two goals of the game later in the frame. Amarillo added two more in the third for the 10-2 final. McLean Dorr (1W-8L-1OTL-1SOL) got the start and gave up seven in 32:25 of play. Gransoe came on in relief allowing three the rest of the way.

 

Last 5 Games 

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 2 2 0 1 5
Pilots 1 4 0 0 2

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently 9th in the NAHL with the man advantage at 21.3%. Lone Star has scored 26 goals on 122 opportunities. At home they move up one spot to 8th with 12 goals on 54 chances or 22.2%.  They have four goals on 15 opportunities in their last five games played. They will look to improve those numbers some against a Pilots penalty kill that is 20th in the league at 76.4%. Topeka has given up 29 goals on 123 opponent power plays. Topeka is actually a better PK team on the road moving up to 15th. They have killed off 40 of the 50 opponent man advantages good for 80.0%. In their last five games the Pilots penalty kill unit has given up eight goals on 24 kills or 66.7%.

Lone Stars’ penalty kill has been decent so far this season and is currently ranked 8th in the league. They have surrendered 22 goals on 129 total kills or 82.9%. At NYTEX Sports Centre the numbers jump up to 84.4% allowing 10 goals on 64 times shorthanded. Over their last five games they have slipped a bit to 73.3% allowing four goals on 15 kills. They will have their work cut out for them this weekend facing the 5th best power play unit in the Pilots. Topeka is at 24.8% with 25 goals on 101 opportunities. Topeka’s road play though is at 13th and an even 20.0% with just eight goals in 40 opportunities. While they have had only 12 opportunities in their last five games they have converted four of those or 33.3%.

With only two head-to-head games played this season, neither team has had any success on the power play. Lone Star is 0-4 and Topeka is 0-3.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 2 0 1 1 8 1.58 149 0.949
Pilots 1 4 0 0 1 26 5.24 159 0.859

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 1 3 4
Kimball Johnson 2 1 3
Tim Henriksson 1 2 3
Four Tied at 1 1 2
Pilots G A Pts
Quinn Green 4 1 5
Hugh Quinn 2 3 5
Valdemar Ahlberg 1 4 5
Austin McCarthy 1 4 5
Cole Thiessen 2 2 4

 

Inside the Game

  • Matt Guerra (8G-16A) and Michael Muschitiello (10G-13A) lead their teams in scoring coming into the series.
  • Quinn Green is tied for 16th in the league in goals scored with 13.
  • Blake Evennou (5G-15A) and Quinn Green are tied for 12th in power play goals with five apiece.
  • Max Finner and Matt Guerra are tied for 15th in power play assists with nine apiece.
  • Frank Trazzera (5G-7A) is 12th in the NAHL in penalty minutes with 86.
  • Cole Thiessen is tied for 8th in defenseman scoring with 21 points while Blake Evennou and Max Finner are tied for 12th with 20.
  • Blake Evennou’s five goals is tied for 10th most by a defenseman.
  • Quinn Green is riding a four game goal streak.
  • Harrison Feeney (9W-10L-2OTL-4SOL) comes in tied for the 6th best goals against average with a 2.06 GAA. Emil Gransoe is 26th with a 3.21 GAA. Seth Eisele (5W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 2.11 GAA and McLean Dorr has a 4.56 GAA. Neither Eisele nor Dorr have played the 660 minutes required to qualify among league leaders.
  • Harrison Feeney has the 4th best save percentage in the league with a 0.931 SV%. Emil Gransoe’s 0.909 SV% ranks 22nd. Seth Eisele has a 0.928 SV% and McLean Dorr comes in with a 0.872 SV%.
  • The Brahmas average 18.81 penalty minutes per game which is 10th in the league. Topeka is ranked 19th with a 14.91 minutes per game average. However, the Pilots have 161 minor penalties compared to 154 for the Brahmas.
  • Lone Star is 7-5-0-3 at home this season while Topeka is 4-7-1-1 on the road.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 2.20 goals scored per game and 2.13 goals allowed per game at home this season. The Pilots average 2.38 goals scored and 3.92 goals allowed on the road.
  • Shots on goal per game are fairly even for the two teams with Topeka averaging 28.5 which is 20th in the league and Lone Star 26.4 and 23rd in the league. The difference comes in on shots on goal allowed where Lone Star is 6th allowing 30.4 and Topeka is 18th allowing 35.1.

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