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Brahmas Need Big Effort Against Bulls

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas and defenseman Scott Persson will take on the division leading Amarill Bulls this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will wrap up a six game home stand this weekend against the NAHL South Division leading Amarillo Bulls. Lone Star is 3-0-1-0 on the home stand and will need to come up with two strong outings to maintain their hold on second place in the division which they took with their sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes last weekend.

In eight previous meeting with the Bulls the Brahmas have a 3-4-0-1 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

The Brahmas picked up four big points last weekend against the visiting Jackalopes. Despite Odessa’s current position on the bottom of the division standings they made Lone Star work for the wins. Friday saw Lone Star jump out to a two goal lead in the first on goals from Sam Brennan (1G-3A) and Jake Suede (5G-12A), but Odessa had cut it to one by the end of the period. Michal Stinil (13G-5A) lit the lamp in the second in his first game back from an extended upper body injury, but once again Odessa had a response to leave it a one goal lead going into the third. The final 20 minutes followed the pattern of the second frame with Kimball Johnson (5G-9A) scoring early only to have the Jackalopes answer under five minutes later. Matt Sankner (1W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up the win facing 24 shots in 59:31 on the ice. Seth Eisele (13W-6L-1OTL-0SOL) relieved Sankner for the final 29 seconds of play and stopped the only goal he faced. Saturday night was a bit easier for the Brahmas on the score board, but the physical play was amped up all night. Suede got things started with just over six minutes left in the first for his second in as many nights. Odessa would pick up their lone goal on the evening prior to the end of the period sending the game into the first intermission tied 1-1. Stinil put up two goals in the second and Zach Heintz (14G-24A) added one against his previous team in the third for the 4-1 final. Josh Martin (2G-7A) was involved in a short skirmish in the second after he delivered a big open ice hit setting the stage for a wild third. Just 15 seconds into the third, Gabe Potyk (1G-4A) picked up a fighting major followed by a Nick Siffringer (2G-7A) fighting major on the ensuing faceoff. Things settled down from there with Eisele weathering a late barrage of pucks as Odessa pulled the netminder for the extra attacker with 2:26 left. Eisele stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced on the night to pick up the win.

Amarillo traveled to Topeka last weekend coming away with a sweep of the Pilots. In game one they fell behind two in the fist before Nick Trella (7G-7A) cut the deficit in half. The score remained 2-1 entering the third where the Bulls took their first lead on goals from Brenden Datema (18G-32A) and Alex Peterson (23G-29A). Topeka tied it up just 42 seconds later. Brett Abdelnour (15G-28A) put Amarillo back on top followed by a big insurance goal from Peterson as the Pilots would score again, but could not get the equalizer. Jason Grande (20W-5L-2OTL-0SOL) got the start allowing two goals on 10 shots faced through 13:48. Justin Evenson (13W-1L-1OTL-2SOL) came on in relief facing 21 shots the rest of the way to record the win. As was the case for the Brahmas in their series, Saturday night came much easier for the Bulls. Gabriel Seger (12G-40A) got it going in the first followed by three straight from Logan Jenuwine (47G-38A) to take a 4-0 lead into the third. In the final frame Topeka scored either side of a Ryan Lautenbach (8G-14A) tally for the 5-2 final. Evenson stopped 29 of the 31 he faced for the win.

 

Last 5 Games

 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

4

0 1 0

9

Bulls

4

1 0 0

8

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas come in with the 9th overall power play in the league at 20.7% with 36 goals on 174 opportunities. Their home unit is also 9th at 21.6% with 19 goals in 88 opportunities. Lone Star is only three of 17 in their last five games or 17.7%. Things this weekend will not be a walk in the park as they will face a penalty kill tied for 4th in the league. Amarillo and Lone Star are at 84.8% on the penalty kill with the Bulls allowing 25 goals on 164 kills. The Bulls have been especially tough on the road where they have the top rated unit in the league at 88.4% after allowing just eight goals on 69 kills. Amarillo has given up a single goal in just nine kills in their last five games played.

Amarillo boasts the top rated power play in the NAHL at 29.2% on 62 goals in 212 opportunities. On the road they are even better at 33.3% scoring 31 times on 93 man advantages which is again tops in the league. Over their last five they have cooled off a bit going three for 21 or 14.3%. Lone Star will counter with a tough penalty kill that is tied for 4th in the NAHL at 84.8%. The Brahmas have killed off 162 of their 191 times shorthanded. At home the Brahmas are the class of the league allowing only 14 goals on 108 kills or 87.0%. Over their last five games they have been nearly untouchable allowing a single goal on 22 kills for an outstanding 95.5%.

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 five for 38 on the power play at 13.2% while Amarillo is four for 28 and 14.3%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

0 1 0 0 12 2.35 127

0.914

Bulls

4

1 0 0 0 12 2.41 152

0.927

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

1

8

9

Zach Heintz

3

4

7

Frank Trazzera

0

6

6

Blake Evennou

3

2

5

Andrew DeCarlo

2

2

4

 
Bulls

G

A

Pts

Logan Jenuwine

4

6

10

Alex Peterson

5

3

8

Gabriel Seger

1

6

7

Brenden Datema

1

5

6

Brett Abdelnour

2

3

5

 

Inside the Game

  • Amarillo has the top ranked offense in the league and the 2nd ranked defense. The Bulls are averaging 4.27 goals scored per game while allowing just 2.27 per game. The Brahmas are tied for 20th in goals scored at 2.30 per game and tied for fifth in defense allowing 2.50 per game.
  • Logan Jenuwine is the run away league leader in scoring with 85 points and is one of four Bulls ranked in the top 20. The other are Alex Peterson 52 points, Brenden Datema 50 points and Jason Brancheau (17G-30A) with 47 points.
  • Logan Jenuwine’s 47 goals in 48 games played also leads the league. Alex Peterson is tied for 11th with 23.
  • Gabriel Seger is tied for 3rd in assists with 40 followed by Logan Jenuwine tied for 5th, Matt Guerra (11G-34A) in 12th, Nick Anderson (3G-32A) and Brenden Datema tied for 15th and Jason Brancheau tied for 19th.
  • Brenden Datema is 4th in the NAHL in power play goals with 13 while Blake Evennou and Logan Jenuwine are tied for 7th with nine apiece. Alex Peterson and Brett Abdelnour have seven apiece good for a 15th place tie.
  • Matt Guerra, Nick Anderson and Jason Brancheau are tied for 8th in power play assists with 16. Logan Jenuwine is tied for 11th with 14.
  • Top notch goal tending will be on display in the series as the three goalies who have qualified among league leaders are all in the top 10 in Goals Against Average. Jason Grande is 3rd overall with a 2.01 GAA, Seth Eisele is 7th with a 2.17 GAA and Justin Evenson is 10th with a 2.39 GAA. Matt Sankner has a 4.02 GAA.
  • Seth Eisele leads the group in Save Percentage with a 0.931 SV% which is tied for 3rd in the NAHL. Jason Grande is tied for 7th with a 0.926 SV% and Justin Evenson is 14th with a 0.921 SV%. Matt Sankner comes in with a 0,843 SV%.
  • Jason Grande is 4th in the league in wins with 20 out of 27 decisions. Justin Evenson has 13 win out of 17 decisions and Seth Eisele has 13 wins out of 20 decisions.
  • Lone Star is 14-6-1 3 on NYTEX Sports Centre ice this season while Amarillo is 17-2-2-3 on the road. One of the Bulls four home losses came at the hands of the Brahmas.

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