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Brahmas Set For Big Series Against Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Lone Star Brahmas goaltender Seth Eisele and head coach Dan Wildfong discuss strategy in the tunnel prior to faceoff. Eisele and the Brahmas will have their hands full on the road this weekend against the Amarillo Bulls who lead the league in goals scored.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas took four of a possible six points out of their series against Shreveport last weekend and will have another tough outing this week against the Amarillo Bulls. Amarillo has run away with the NAHL South standings through 41 games played and trail only the Johnstown Tomahawks in the league wide standings. The Brahmas and Bulls have faced each other six times so far in the campaign with the Bulls holding a 4-1-1-0 advantage.

9/15      Brahmas 4 at Bulls 2

10/6      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 6

10/26    Bulls 1 at Brahmas 2 OT

10/27    Bulls 4 at Brahmas 1

12/7      Brahmas 0 at Bulls 1 SO

12/8      Brahmas 2 at Bulls 3

The Brahmas took two of three on the road against the second place Mudbugs last weekend. Game one saw Lone Star jump out to a two goal lead through 20 minutes of play on goals from Tim Henriksson (2G-9A) and Jake Suede (3G-10A). Defenseman Blake Evennou (8G-17A) made it 3-0 in the second with the only goal of the frame. Shreveport was finally able to get one past Seth Eisele (10W-6L-0OTL-0SOL) early in the third, but it would be the only goal they would score on the night with Eisele making 36 saves. Matt Guerra (10G-24A) handed the Brahmas a first period lead again in game two, but Lone Star was unable to hold it. The Mudbugs got the equalizer late in the second on a penalty shot then the game winner late in the third on the power play. Eisele was in net once more facing 34 shots on the night. For the third night in a row it was Lone Star taking an early lead with Joey Baez (9G-4A) and Vadim Kiryakov (2G-0A) lighting the lamp in the first. Shreveport scored early in the second and third to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Eisele who had put forth a tremendous effort in net stopping 51 shots through the overtime period, denied all three shooters in the shootout and Evennou hit the game winner for Lone Star in the third round.

Amarillo was on the road in Odessa where they had their way with the Jackalopes on Friday night. After a scoreless first, the Bulls put up four in the second including a hat trick from Logan Jenuwine (40G-28A) and a tally from Jason Brancheau (14G-25A). It was more of the same in the third with Brett Abdelnour (13G-25A) and Brenden Datema (17G-25A) both scoring before Jenuwine added another pair of goals all in under five minutes of play on a major power play. Odessa managed to pot two goals, but Nick Trela (5G-7A) added a late tally for Amarillo to make it 9-2. Jason Grande (17W-4L-1)TL-0SOL) picked up the win on 21 saves. Saturday night was a much more competitive game with the Jackalopes eking out a 4-3 shootout win. Trey Bagwell (8G-17A) got things going for Amarillo with the only goal in the opening period. Odessa scored twice in the second to take a brief lead before Jake Willets (10G-15A) pulled the Bulls back even. The teams traded goals in the third with Matt Allen (2G-5A) scoring for the Bulls. Justin Evenson (10W-1L-1OTL-2SOL) took the loss in net allowing three goals on 37 shots through overtime then allowing two of five in the shootout.

 

Last 5 Games

 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

2 0 0

6

Bulls

4

0 0 1

9

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas come in with the 9th overall power play in the league at 21.4% with 33 goals on 154 opportunities. When on the road they are 12th at 20.3% with 16 goals in 79 opportunities. Lone Star is only two of 11 in their last five games or 18.2%. Their penalty killing unit is setting 7th overall allowing 28 goals on 168 kills or 83.3%. Away from the Shoebox they are 13th at 81.6% killing off 62 of 76 opponent power plays. Over the last five games they are at 81.8% allowing just two goals on 11 kills.

Amarillo boasts some of the top special teams play in the league. Their power play is tops in the NAHL at 31.8% on 57 goals in 179 opportunities. At home they are tied for the league lead at 28.2% scoring 29 times on 103 man advantages. Over their last five they are at an even 44.0% with 11 goals on 25 opportunities which was skewed by their four goals on one major power play. The penalty kill is currently 5th overall at 84.4% allowing 22 goals on 141 kills. They drop to 10th on home ice where they have given up 15 goals on 84 kills or 82.1%. Their last five games they have killed off 18 of 20 opponent power plays good for 90.0%.

In head-to-head action this season the Brahmas are four for 20 on the power play at 20.0% while Amarillo is at 14.3% scoring three times on 21 power plays.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

2 0 0 0 13 2.57 177

0.932

Bulls

4

0 0 1 1 7 1.38 153

0.956

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

1 4

5

Jake Suede

1

2

3

Joey Baez

2

0

2

Blake Evennou

1

1

2

Three Tied at

0

2

2

 
Bulls

G

A

Pts

Logan Jenuwine

6

2

8

Cooper Fensterstock

1

6

7

Jake Willets

3

3

6

Jason Brancheau

2

4

6

Alex Peterson

2

3

5

 

Inside the Game

  • Amarillo has the 2nd ranked offense in the league and the 3rd ranked defense. The Bulls are averaging 4.32 goals scored per game while allowing just 2.27 per game. The Brahmas are tied for 22nd in goals scored with a 2.18 per game average and fifth in defense allowing 2.45 per game.
  • Logan Jenuwine leads the league in scoring with 68 points and is one of four Bulls ranked in the top 20. The other are Brenden Datema, Alex Peterson (17G-25A) and Gabriel Seger (10G-32A) who are all tied for 15th.
  • Logan Jenuwine’s 40 goals in 40 games played also leads the league. Brenden Datema and Alex Peterson are tied for 18th with 17 goals apiece.
  • Gabriel Seger is tied for 5th in assists with 32 followed by Nick Anderson (3G-30A) tied for 9th , Logan Jenuwine at 14th with Brenden Datema, Alex Peterson, Brett Abdelnour and Jason Brancheau all tied for 17th with 25 each.
  • Brenden Datema is 2nd in the NAHL in power play goals with 13 while Blake Evennou, Logan Jenuwine and Brett Abdelnour are all tied for 9th with 7 apiece.
  • Nick Anderson is 7th in power play assists with 15. Logan Jenuwine, Jason Brancheau and Matt Guerra are tied for 9th with 13. Gabriel Seger is tied for 13th with 11 followed by Cooper Fensterstock (6G-22A) and Alex Peterson tied for 18th with 10.
  • Jason Grande comes in with a 1.95 GAA which has him 4th in the league. Seth Eisele in 8th with a 2.17 GAA and Justin Evenson is 12th with a 2.42 GAA.
  • Seth Eisele has the best save percentage of the group with a 0.933 SV% good for 5th in the league. Jason Grande is 11th with a 0.926 SV% and Justin Evenson is tied for 14th with a 0.921 SV%.
  • Lone Star has added goalie Matthew Sankner from the Fargo Force of the USHL. Sankner is a 5’ 10 – 176 pound native of Pennington, NJ. He had a 3W-2L-0OTL-0SOL record with Fargo to go along with a 3.75 GAA and 0.848 SV%.
  • Lone Star is 10-11-2-1 on the road this season while Amarillo is 17-4-0-0 at home. One of the Bulls four home losses came at the hands of the Brahmas.
  • The two teams have nearly identical records in their last 10 games with the Bulls going 7-2-0-1 and the Brahmas 7-3-0-0.
  • Amarillo has the 11th highest penalty minute average in the NAHL averaging 18.85 per game. Lone Star is two spots below Amarillo at 13th with a 17.48 per game average.
  • The Bulls have played in seven games that have gone beyond regulation winning two in shootouts while losing two in overtime and three in shootouts. The Brahmas have played 11 overtime games winning one in overtime and four in shootouts while losing two in overtime and four in shootouts.

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