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Brahmas Back Home Against Pilots

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas Captain Frank Trazzera celebrates his power play goal against the Topeka Pilots in the last meeting between the teams.

 

After nearly a month on the road, the Lone Star Brahmas will host the Topeka Pilots this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre for an NAHL South Division clash. The series will kick off a six game homestand for Lone Star. The Brahmas will play 10 of their final 14 games at the Shoebox where they have an 11-6-0-3 record.

Lone Star and Topeka have played four times so far this season with the Brahmas picking up points in all four games with a 3-0-1-0 record.

 

11/2      Brahmas 1 at Pilots 2 OT

11/3      Brahmas 2 at Pilots 0

1/11      Pilots 2 at Brahmas 4

1/12      Pilots 2 at Brahmas 3 SO

 

The Brahmas had a tough series against the division leading Amarillo Bulls last weekend at the Amarillo Civic Center. On Friday night the Bulls applied the pressure early and held a 4-0 lead through nearly 55 minutes of play when Vadim Kiryakov (3G-0A) scored unassisted for the Brahmas only goal of the contest. Newcomer Matt Sankner (0W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) took the loss on 27 shots faced. Things worked out much better for the Brahmas on Saturday. After going down one early in the first, Blake Evennou’s (9G-19A) power play goal got them right back in it with just over four minutes left in the first. Nearing the one minute mark of the second Zach Heintz (12G-20A) scored his first in a Brahmas sweater to give Lone Star their first lead of the weekend. Amarillo opened the third on the power play and scored just 47 seconds into the frame. The game would eventually go to overtime where Andrew DeCarlo (6G-8A) scored the game winner off a feed from Matt Guerra (11G-26A) on a two on one rush. Seth Eisele (11W-6L-0OTL-0SOL) had a big night stopping 40 of the 42 shots he faced for the win.

Topeka closed out a four game sweep through Alaska with a pair of game against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Fairbanks controlled the play on Friday handing the Pilots a 4-0 shutout loss. Emil Gransoe (13W-14L-2OTL-2SOL) who has been a workhorse for Topeka this season took the loss on 43 shots faced. Topeka faired marginally better in game two with Christian Thomas (1G-3A) managing to collect the Pilots lone goal in the third as they dropped a 4-1 decision. Gransoe was in net once more and for the second night in a row faced 43 shots on goal.

 

Last 5 Games 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

2 0 0

6

Pilots

0

4 0 1

1

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently 9th in the NAHL with the man advantage at 21.1%. Lone Star has scored 34 goals on 161 opportunities. At home they move up one spot to 8th with 17 goals on 75 chances or 22.7%.  They have managed just goals on 14 opportunities in their last five games played. Lone Star will look to improve those numbers some against a Pilots penalty kill that is 18th in the league at 76.9%. Topeka has given up 37 goals on 160 opponent power plays. Topeka’s PK performs better on the road moving up to 15th. They have killed off 64 of the 81 opponent man advantages good for 79.0%. In their last five games the Pilots penalty kill unit has given up three goals on 20 kills or 85.0%.

Lone Stars’ penalty kill is currently ranked 7th in the league. They have surrendered 29 goals on 175 total kills or 83.4%. At NYTEX Sports Centre the numbers jump up to 84.8% allowing 14 goals on 92 times shorthanded good for 5th. Over their last five games they are at 80.0% allowing three goals on 15 kills. They will have their work cut out for them this weekend facing the 6th best power play unit in the Pilots. Topeka is at 23.2% with 32 goals on 138 opportunities. Topeka’s road play though is at 16th at 17.9% with just 12 goals in 67 opportunities. Topeka is two of 13 in their last five games for 15.4%.

In their four head-to-head games played this season, Lone Star is three of 16 or 18.8% and Topeka is two of 13 or 15.4%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

2 0 0 0 12 2.33 181

0.938

Pilots

4

0 0 1 0 20 3.93 195

0.907

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

2

2

4

Blake Evennou

2

1

3

Jake Suede

1

2

3

Andrew DeCarlo

1

2

3

Vadim Kiryakov

2

0

2

Pilots

G

A

Pts

Quinn Green

3

0

3

Hugh Quinn

0

3

3

Max Finner

1

1

2

Christian Thomas

1

1

2

Valdemar Ahlberg

0

2

2

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas will open series setting 3rd in the NAHL South one point behind Shreveport and nine points ahead of 5th place Topeka.
  • Blake Evennou leads all scorers in the season series between the Lone Star Brahmas and Topeka Pilots with four points on 2G-2A in four games. Four other players have put up three points each with Matt Guerra, Austin McCarthy (9G-17A) and Michael Muschitiello (10G-16A) with 1G-2A each while Scott Persson (3G-15A) has three points on 0G-3A.
  • Quinn Green (19G-9A) is tied for 13th in the league in goals scored.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 19th in the league in assist with 26.
  • Blake Evennou with eight is tied for 7th in the league in power play goals while Valdemar Ahlberg (11G-13A) is tied for 18th with 6.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 8th in power play assists with 14 and Max Finner (5G-18A) is tied for 14th with 11.
  • Seth Eisele is 7th in the league in goals against average with a 2.15 GAA. Emil Gransoe comes in 28th with a 3.26 GAA. McLean Dorr has a 4.34 GAA and Matt Sankner has a 5.00 GAA.
  • Seth Eisele’s 0.935 SV% is tied for 3rd in the league in save percentage. Emil Gransoe is 20th with a 0.911 SV% while McLean Dorr has a 0.880 SV% and Matt Sankner has an 0.815 SV%.
  • Seth Eisele is a perfect 5 for 5 in shootout saves on the season and is 1 for 2 in penalty shot saves.
  • Topeka is the only team in the NAHL South with a better penalty minute average than Lone Star. The Pilots are 7th with an average of 15.13 minutes per game and the Brahmas are 11th with a 17.11 minute per game average.
  • The Brahmas have points in 14 of their 20 home games this season on an 11-6-0-3 record while the Pilots are 4-13-1-3 on the road.
  • Lone Star is 23rd in offense averaging just 2.17 goals scored per game and 7th in defense allowing 2.50 goals per game. Topeka on the other hand is 18th on offense with a 2.53 goals scored average and 20th on defense with a 3.51 goals allowed average.
  • Topeka is winless in their last seven games overall and in their last 11 road games. Both are the longest current streaks in the league.

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