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Brahmas – Bulls On Tap At Shoebox

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Thomas Daskas fires a shot on net as the Bulls' Ryan Lautenbach defends at NYTEX Sports Centre. The two teams will meet again this weekend as the end to the NAHL regular season quickly approaches.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and NAHL South Division leading Amarillo Bulls split their last series two weeks ago and will close out their season series at NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. The series will be the Brahmas’ next to last home weekend of the regular season with a trip to Topeka before Shreveport visits for the final two games of the regular season.

In 10 previous meeting with the Bulls the Brahmas have a 4-5-0-1 record with two of their three wins coming in overtime.

09/15    Brahmas 4 at Bulls 2

10/06    Brahmas 0 at Bulls 6

10/26    Bulls 1 at Brahmas 2 OT

10/27    Bulls 4 at Brahmas 1

12/07    Brahmas 0 at Bulls 1 SO

12/08    Brahmas 2 at Bulls 3

02/08    Brahmas 1 at Bulls 5

02/09    Brahmas 3 at Bulls 2 OT

03/08    Bulls 2 at Brahmas 3

03/09    Bulls 5 at Brahmas 1

With the playoffs looming on the horizon, Lone Star may well be playing their best hockey of the season and hove the third best record in the league in their last 10 games. Last weekend they were on the road in Corpus Christi to take on the Icerays. Friday night after falling behind in the first the Brahmas came roaring back with four unanswered. Tim Henriksson (3G-11A) got them started with a goal late in the opening period to knot the score. In the second it was Matt Guerra (12G-36A) and Nick Siffringer (3G-8A) putting the puck in the net to give Lone Star a two goal lead. Blake Evennou (12G-22A) closed out the scoring with a 170 foot empty netter. Seth Eisele (16W-7L-1OTL-0SOL) stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced for the win. Saturday was a much tighter contest. Once again the Brahmas fell behind in the first, but pulled even in the second on a goal from Frank Trazzera (8G-19A). The score remained 1-1 through overtime setting up a shootout. It was two blueliners who provided all the offense for Lone Star with Scott Persson (3G-18A) and Evennou scoring in the first two rounds while Eisele continued his shootout dominance stopping both shooters he faced to go along with 38 saves through overtime. Eisele has not allowed a shootout goal in seven attempts this season.

Amarillo was at home last weekend to pick up a sweep of their own against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. Friday night the Bulls ran out to a five goal lead with a Logan Jenuwine (51G-39A) hat trick coming on one first period goal and a pair in the second. Alex Peterson (24G-31A) also scored in the first and Cooper Fensterstock (8G-27A) added one in the second. Odessa scored the next two goals, but Brett Abdelnour (17G-28A) and Gabriel Seger (15G-45A) closed out the scoring with third period goals. Jason Grande (21W-6L-2OTL-0SOL) logged the win on 24 saves. In game two it was Odessa who carried a two goal lead into the second when Jason Brancheau (20G-33A) scored twice to tie it up followed by a Gagik Malakyan (2G-4A) tally. Seger scored in the third for the 4-2 final. Justin Evenson (15W-1L-1OTL-2SOL) faced 32 shots on goal in the win. The Bulls picked up a total of 143 penalty minutes in the contest.

 

Last 5 Games

 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

4

1 0 0

8

Bulls

4

1 0 0

8

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas come in setting 10th overall on the power play at 20.6% with 39 goals on 189 opportunities. Their home unit is 11th at 20.6% with 20 goals in 97 opportunities. The Brahmas are only three of 16 in their last five games or 18.8%. They will be trying to turn it around against an Amarillo PK that ranks 2nd overall at 85.8%. The Bulls have allowed 27 goals on 190 kills. The Bulls road unit is tops in the league at  88.5% after allowing just nine goals on 78 kills. Amarillo has given up two goals on 28 opponent power plays in their last five games or 92.9%.

Amarillo boasts the top rated power play in the NAHL at 28.2% on 67 goals in 238 opportunities. On the road they are even better at 33.7% scoring 34 times on 101 man advantages which is again tops in the league. Over their last five they have cooled off a bit going seven for 30 or 23.3%. Lone Star will counter with the 7th ranked penalty kill at 84.1%. The Brahmas have killed off 174 of their 207 times shorthanded. At home the Brahmas are 4th in the league allowing only 17 goals on 116 kills or 85.3%. Over their last five games they have allowed four goals on 17 kills or 76.5%.

With outstanding penalty killing from both squads neither team has done much on the power play in head-to-head action this season. The Brahmas are six for 37 on the power play at 16.2% while Amarillo is seven for 35 or 20.0% with three of their seven coming in the last game played aided by a five minute major penalty.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

1 0 0 0 10 1.97 142

0.934

Bulls

4

1 0 0 0 10 2.02 107

0.915

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Joey Baez

3

2

5

Frank Trazzera

1

4

5

Matt Guerra

1

3

4

Jake Suede

1

3

4

Michal Stinil

2

1

3

 
Bulls

G

A

Pts

Gabriel Seger

4

6

10

Logan Jenuwine

7

1

8

Jason Brancheau

3

4

7

Brenden Datema

3

4

7

Alex Peterson

1

4

5

 

Inside the Game

  • Seth Eisele is the reigning NAHL Bauer Hockey South Division Star of the Week after stopping 69 of 71 shots in a road sweep of the Icerays. This is the third time Eisele has been named Star of the Week this season. Gabriel Seger was Second Star while Frank Trazzera and Jason Brancheau were named Honorable Mention.
  • Jason Grande leads the group of netminders coming into the series with a 2.04 GAA which is good for 4th in the league. Seth Eisele is currently 8th with a 2.20 GAA, Justin Evenson is 10th with a 2.28 GAA and Matt Sankner (1W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 3.51 GAA, but lacks the minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • Seth Eisele is tied for 4th in the league in save percentage at 0.931 SV%. Jason Grande is tied for 12th with a 0.924 SV% and Justin Evenson is tied for 14th with a 0.922 SV%. Matt Sankner comes in with a 0.843 SV%.
  • Jason Grande is tied for 4th in the league with 21 wins while Seth Eisele is tied for 14th with 16.
  • Seth Eisele is tied for the league lead with four shootout wins.
  • Logan Jenuwine has all but locked down the league scoring crown with 90 points in 52 games played. Gabriel Seger is tied for 9th with 60 points while Alex Peterson and Brenden Datema (21G-34A) are tied for 12th with 55 points each. Jason Brancheau is tied for 17th with 53 points.
  • Logan Jenuwine leads the league with 51 goals scored. Alex Peterson is tied for 10th with 24 and Brenden Datema is tied for 19th with 21.
  • Gabriel Seger is 3rd in assists with 45, Logan Jenuwine is tied for 9th with 39, Matt Guerra is tied for 13th with 36, Nick Anderson is 15th with 35 and Brenden Datema is tied for 16th with 34.
  • Brenden Datema is tied for second with 15 power play goals followed by Logan Jenuwine tied for 6th with 10 and Blake Evennou tied for 11th with 9.
  • Four of Amarillo’s 13 total losses have come at the hands of the Brahmas.
  • The Bulls are 2nd overall in the league with 86 points and the Brahmas are 10th with 63 points. They are the only two teams in the South Division to have clinched playoff births with just six to seven games left to play in the regular season.
  • Amarillo has the 4th highest penalty minute average with 22.25 per game while Lone Star is 12th with a 17.69 average. However, the Bulls have only seven more minor penalties that the Brahmas. Amarillo is tied for the 2nd most major penalties and is 2nd in the league in game misconducts.
  • Despite having the 4th highest penalty minute average, the Bulls opponents have been whistled for 187 more penalty minutes than Amarillo. On the other hand the Brahmas have 130 more penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • Amarillo has the top ranked offense in the league averaging 4.28 goals per game and the 3rd ranked defense allowing 2.25 goals per game. Lone Star on the other hand is 23rd on offense at 2.31 goals per game and 5th on defense allowing 2.48 goals per game.
  • In their ten head to head games the Bulls are averaging 3.0 goals per game with the Brahmas averaging 1.7 goals per game.