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Brahmas-Mudbugs Take Playoffs To Shreveport

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Andrew DeCarlo and the Lone Star Brahmas will travel to Shreveport this weekend as their NAHL South Division Semi Final Playoff series against the Mudbugs continues. The best of five series is currently tied at one game apiece.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs split the first two games of the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs at NYTEX Sports Centre this past weekend. The series will now move to George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport for games Friday and Saturday. The Brahmas must win at least one of those two games.

Round One Schedule

04/12   Mudbugs at Brahmas – 7:30 pm

04/13   Mudbugs at Brahmas – 7:30 pm

04/19   Brahmas at Mudbugs – 7:11 pm

04/20   Brahmas at Mudbugs – 7:11 pm *

04/22   Mudbugs at Brahmas – 7:00 pm *

* if necessary

The Brahmas hold a slight edge over the Mudbugs with a 17-12-1-3 record all time against Shreveport in the NAHL including their second round playoff matchup last season. At the Shoebox the Brahmas advantage is even more pronounced with Lone Star holding a 11-4-0-1 record on home ice in front of the best fans in the league. During the 2018/19 season the Brahmas ran up a 7-4-0-1 record against the defending champions and picked up points in all but one game on home ice with a 3-1-0-1 mark.

11/09   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

11/10   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 3 SO

11/21   Mudbugs 2 at Brahmas 1 SO

12/14   Brahmas 1 at Mudbugs 3

12/15   Brahmas 5 at Mudbugs 4

12/16   Brahmas 1 at Mudbugs 3

01/21   Mudbugs 6 at Brahmas 3

01/31   Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 1

02/01   Brahmas 1 at Mudbugs 2

02/02   Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 2 SO

04/05   Mudbugs 4 at Brahmas 5 SO

04/06   Mudbugs 1 at Brahmas 2

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04/12   Mudbugs 1 at Brahmas 5

04/13   Mudbugs 4 at Brahmas 2

In game one on Friday night after a scoreless first, Blake Evennou (16G-24A / 1G-2A) broke the scoring drought at 6:25 of the second. Joey Baez (14G-10A / 3G-0A) scored 1:05 later followed by tallies from Andrew DeCarlo (9G-11A / 1G-0A) and Michal Stinil (14G-9A / 1G-2A) in the final three minutes of the frame. Shreveport’s Warren Natyshak (11G-8A / 2G-0A) got them on the board just past the mid-point of the third, but Baez came through again to push the lead back to four. Seth Eisele (18W-8L-1OTL-1SOL / 1W-1L-0OTL) picked up the win for Lone Star stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced. Maiszon Balboa (11W-9L-2OTL-0SOL / 0W-1L-0OTL) got the start for the Mudbugs, but was gone after allowing three goals on 12 shots faced. Leo Chuard (17W-12L-1OTL-5SOL / 1W-0L-0OTL) came on in relief making 10 saves on 12 shots faced.

Game two saw Shreveport run out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play on goals from Carson Nichols (3G-4A / 1G-0A) and Conor Witherspoon (7G-14A / 1G-0A). Nick Siffringer (4G-8A / 1G-1A) and Baez pulled the Brahmas even potting second period goals at 4:09 and 15:16 of the middle frame. The third period was wide open, but the defenses and goaltending were holding firm until an own goal by Lone Star at 17:39 handed Shreveport a one goal lead. The goal was credited to Natyshak as the last Mudbug to touch the puck before it crossed the line into the goal. Matt Weber (1G-4A / 1G-0A) scored a late empty net goal to ice the game away from the visitors. Eisele and Chuard got the starts in net with Eisele suffering the tough luck loss on 25 saves and Chuard getting credit for the win with the same 25 saves.

 

Last Five Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

1 0 1

7

Mudbugs

2

2 0 1

5

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play finished at 10th overall in the NAHL at 20.4% and were 12th on the road even though their efficiency jumped to 21.9%. However, over their last five game played they are only two for 25 or 8.0%. Shreveport struggled on the power play all season ending up 23rd overall at just 12.6%. At home they were a bit better at 13.4% good for 20th. The Mudbugs were also two for 25 and 8.0% in their last five games.

On the penalty kill Lone Star ranked 6th in the league at 84.6%.  On the road they were 82.3% and 13th in the NAHL. Over their last five games the Brahmas allowed three goals on 23 kills or 87.0%. The Mudbugs’ PK wound up 15th at 80.2% and were 18th at 77.0% at Hirsch Coliseum. In their last five games they performed at 91.3% allowing two goals on 23 kills.

Despite their dismal power play numbers on the season, the Mudbugs got the best of the Brahmas this season. Shreveport finished at 17.9% against Lone Star on 10 goals in 56 power play opportunities including the two playoff games. The Brahmas were nine for 58 against Shreveport or 15.5% including the playoffs.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

1 0 1 0 10 1.95 132

0.930

Mudbugs

2

2 0 1 0 16 3.10 120

0.882

 

Skaters Head–to–Head Play

Brahmas

G

A PTS PIM

 +/-

Blake Evennou

3

9 12 14

2

Joey Baez

5

2 7 2

0

Andrew DeCarlo

2

5 7 4

0

Matt Guerra

2

5 7 43

-7

Clayton Lackey

2

5 7 6

1

Thomas Daskas

4

1 5 23

0

Michal Stinil

2

3 5 0

-1

Eric Huss

3

1 4 23

1

Kimball Johnson

1

3 4 4

1

Jake Suede

1

3 4 2

2

Scott Persson

0

4 4 2

3

Frank Trazzera

0

4 4 37

-1

Nick Siffringer

2

1 3 0

2

Tim Henriksson

1

2 3 10

-1

Noah Roofe

0

3 3 6

2

Vadim Kiryakov

2

0 2 2

-1

Sam Brennan

0

2 2 2

4

Gabe Potyk

0

2 2 42

-3

Zach Heintz

1

0 1 6

2

Nickolas Wieben

1

0 1 0

1

Trevor Wilhelm

1

0 1 4

-3

Josh Martin

0

1 1 6

-1

Joseph Trazzera

0

1 1 19

-1

Mudbugs

G

A PTS PIM

 +/-

Jay Feiwell

4

7 11 14

3

Conor Witherspoon

5

3 8 2

1

Gueorgui Feduolov

4

4 8 2

-1

Anton Rubtsov

3

5 8 8

1

CJ Regula

0

7 7 42

7

Ethan Harrison

1

5 6 2

-1

Timithy Clifton

3

2 5 2

2

Jacob Skolnik

1

3 4 21

-5

Ryan Dickinson

2

1 3 35

-3

Tim Khokhlachev

2

1 3 4

0

Warren Natyshak

2

1 3 10

0

Andrew Jackson

1

2 3 2

2

CJ McGee

0

3 3 37

-3

Jack Jaunich

1

1 2 17

-1

Mark Capkovic

1

0 1 4

-2

Dakota Concannon

1

0 1 18

0

Carson Nichols

1

0 1 2

-2

Matt Weber

1

0 1 0

1

Grant Bondy

0

1 1 11

1

David Breazeale

0

1 1 15

-3

Billy Feczko

0

0 0 0

-3

 

Goaltenders Head-to-Head Play

Brahmas

Record

GA MIN SVS

SV%

Seth Eisele

6-4-0-0

24 2.36 330

0.932

Matt Sankner

1-0-0-0

1 1.00 20

0.952

Mudbugs

Record

GA MIN SVS

SV%

Maiszon Balboa

3-2-0-0

9 1.81 98

0.916

Leo Chuard

3-2-0-4

23 2.36 221

0.906

 

Inside the Game

  • With the NAHL South Semi Finals tied at one game apiece the Mudbugs have an opportunity to close out the series at home. Lone Star can win it on the road by taking both games or force a deciding game five at NYTEX Sports Centre with a road split.
  • The Brahmas hold a slight advantage when it comes to the combined record this season at 8-5-0-1 between the regular season and playoffs.
  • Joey Baez (3G-0A), Blake Evennou (1G-2A) and Michal Stinil (1G-2A) are all tied for 11th in playoff scoring with three points each.
  • Joey Baez is tied for 3rd with three playoff goals scored and leads all scorers with two power play goals. Warren Natyshak with two goals scored is tied for 7th and the only other skater in the series with multiple goals scored.
  • Seth Eisele is currently 5th among all playoff goalies with 2.04 GAA and 4th with a 0.934 SV%
  • Leo Chuard is 7th with a 2.90 GAA and 11th with a 0.897 SV%.
  • Grant Bondy has one of the two major penalties called in the playoffs so far.
  • Blake Evennou is tied for 3rd in defenseman scoring with three points while Scott Persson is tied for 5th with two points.
  • The Brahmas have a -2 / +6 / -2 per period goal differential in the playoffs.

 

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