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Brahmas To Open Playoffs Against Mudbugs

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Kimball Johnson puts one five hole on Leo Chuard in the shootout last weekend as the Lone Star Brahmas locked up home ice advantage in their first round playoff match up against the Shreveport Mudbugs.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will open their NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs against the Shreveport Mudbugs at NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. The series will pit the last two Robertson Cup National Champions against one another. Lone Star won the Cup in 2017 while the Mudbugs walked away with the Championship in 2018.

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

This past weekend the Brahmas and Mudbugs faced off on NYTEX Sports Centre ice for a pair of contests that both had a playoff feel about them. Friday night the Brahmas came from behind three times to score a shootout win and lock up home ice advantage for the opening round. Jack Jaunich (9G-17A) opened the scoring just past the midpoint of the opening frame to give Shreveport the lead. The Brahmas’ Nick Siffringer (4G-8A) put home a rebound just over four minutes later to knot the score at 1-1. Timothy Clifton (9G-11A) scored the only power play goal of the weekend in the second to push the Mudbugs back out on top. This time it was Andrew DeCarlo (9G-11A) who would pull the Brahmas back even with a late period goal to send it to the third tied 2-2. The Brahmas took their first lead of the night just under six minutes into the third on a Zach Heintz (17G-27A) goal off an odd man rush. However, Jay Fiewell (14G-24A) and Dakota Concannon (5G-8A) would both score in the next six minutes to once again put Lone Star on the short side of the scoreboard. A goal from Eric Huss (6G-10A) with under five minutes to play would force overtime and an eventual shootout. Feiwell scored as the first shooter for Shreveport, but was immediately answered by Kimball Johnson (5G-12A) to close out the first round. Seth Eisele (18W-8L-1OTL-1SOL) denied the next two Mudbugs’ shooters setting the stage for Michal Stinil (14G-9A) to win it in the third round. Leo Chuard (17W-12L-1OTL-5SOL) was in net for Shreveport and took the loss facing 25 shots on goal. Saturday night was just as tight a game even though there was much less scoring. Mark Capkovic (2G-1A) got Shreveport on the board first getting one past Matt Sankner (2W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) off a backdoor feed at 11:09 of the first. 2019/20 Tender Nickolas Wieben (1G-0A) erased the Mudbugs lead scoring his first NAHL goal in his first game played as an Affiliate Player. That is where the score would remain until just 38.6 seconds left when Thomas Daskas (5G-3A) buried one from the slot to hand the Brahmas the win. Sankner turned aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced to even his record while Maiszon Balboa (11W-9L-2OTL-0SOL) suffered the loss on 21 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. They managed 45 goals in 221 opportunities or 20.4%. At home they fell slightly to 19.0% on 22 goals in 116 opportunities which was 11th. Lone Star scored six  power play goals on 28 man advantages in their last five games or an even 21.4%. The Mudbugs penalty kill was ranked 15th in the league at 80.2%. Shreveport allowed 49 goals on 248 kills. On the road Shreveport moves to 18th at 77.0%. They have allowed 28 goals on 122 opponent power plays. Over their last five games they killed off 18 of 20 opponent power plays or 90.0%%.

When on the penalty kill Lone Star ranked 6th in the league at 84.6% killing 192 of 227 power plays. At home they had the 5th best percentage in the NAHL at 86.3% allowing just 18 goals on 131 kills. Over their last five games the Brahmas allowed two goals on 18 kills or 88.9%. The Mudbugs’ power play finished next to last in the league at just 12.6% with 30 goals on 238 opportunities. Away from Hirsch Coliseum Shreveport was also 23rd overall at just 11.8% scoring 14 goals on 119 attempts. In their last five they scored one goal in 23 opportunities or 4.4%.

You could throw the season special teams numbers out the window in the head-to-head season series. Lone Star’s power play was nearly six percent behind their season average against Shreveport at 14.6% on seven goals in 48 opportunities. In contrast the Mudbugs power play was well above their season average at 20.5% with nine goals in 44 chances.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3 1 0 1 0 12 2.33 110

0.902

Mudbugs

2

2 0 1 0 13 2.52 124

0.905

 

Skaters Head–to–Head Play

Brahmas

G

A PTS PIM

 +/-

Blake Evennou

2

7 9 10

-1

Matt Guerra

2

5 7 41

-7

Clayton Lackey

2

4 6 4

1

Andrew DeCarlo

1

5 6 4

0

Thomas Daskas

4

1 5 23

1

Eric Huss

3

1 4 19

1

Joey Baez

2

2 4 0

0

Kimball Johnson

1

3 4 4

1

Jake Suede

1

2 3 0

1

Frank Trazzera

0

3 3 35

-2

Vadim Kiryakov

2

0 2 2

-1

Tim Henriksson

1

1 2 8

0

Michal Stinil

1

1 2 0

0

Scott Persson

0

2 2 0

3

Gabe Potyk

0

2 2 42

-3

Noah Roofe

0

2 2 4

1

Zach Heintz

1

0 1 6

2

Nick Siffringer

1

0 1 0

1

Trevor Wilhelm

1

0 1 4

-3

Sam Brennan

0

1 1 2

3

Josh Martin

0

1 1 4

0

Mudbugs

G

A PTS PIM

 +/-

Jay Feiwell

4

6 10 10

3

Gueorgui Feduolov

4

3 7 2

-1

Conor Witherspoon

4

3 7 2

2

Anton Rubtsov

3

4 7 4

1

CJ Regula

0

7 7 40

5

Ethan Harrison

1

5 6 2

1

Timothy Clifton

3

2 5 2

3

Jacob Skolnik

1

3 4 21

-4

Ryan Dickinson

2

1 3 35

-1

Andrew Jackson

1

2 3 2

2

CJ McGee

0

3 3 37

0

Tim Khokhlachev

2

0 2 2

0

Jack Jaunich

1

1 2 17

0

Mark Capkovic

1

0 1 4

-2

Dakota Concannon

1

0 1 14

1

Grant Bondy

0

1 1 4

0

David Breazeale

0

1 1 15

-3

Warren Natyshak

0

1 1 8

0

Billy Feczko

0

0 0 0

-3

Carson Nichols

0

0 0 2

-4

Matt Weber

0

0 0 0

0

 

Goaltenders Head-to-Head Play

Brahmas

Record

GA MIN SVS

SV%

Seth Eisele

5-3-0-0

20 2.43 273

0.932

Matt Sankner

1-0-0-0

1 1.00 20

0.952

Mudbugs

Record

GA MIN SVS

SV%

Maiszon Balboa

3-1-0-0

7 1.76 77

0.917

Leo Chuard

2-2-0-4

19 2.27 186

0.907

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star has won four of their last five against Shreveport.
  • Every Brahma on the playoff roster recorded at least one point against Shreveport this season.
  • The Brahmas were 6-3-0-1 over their last 10 games while the Mudbugs were 4-4-1-1.
  • Shreveport is riding a five game road winless streak.
  • Lone Star came on strong in the second half of the season going 19-8-1-2 compared to a 12-13-2-3 record in the first half. Shreveport on the other hand had nearly identical first and second half records at 14-11-1-4 and 14-11-3-2.
  • Neither team had a skater finish in the top 20 in scoring in the league. Matt Guerra led the Brahmas with 53 points good for a tie for 25th while CJ McGee led the Mudbugs with 43 points good for a tie for 50th.
  • Ethan Harrison’s 19 goals leads all goal scorers in the series and is tied for 38th in the NAHL. Zach Heintz led Lone Star with 17 goals tied for 56th in the league.
  • Matt Guerra tied for 12th in the NAHL with 41 assists on the season while CJ McGee led Shreveport with 33 tied for 29th.
  • Blake Evennou finished 6th overall and 2nd among defensemen with 13 power play goals.
  • Matt Guerra was 9th in power play assists with 19.
  • Seth Eisele closed out the season with the 7th best goals against average in the league at 2.28 GAA. Leo Chuard was 13th with a 2.38 GAA and Maiszon Balboa was 19th with a 2.66 GAA. Matt Sankner had a 2.52 GAA but did not qualify among league leaders having only played 238 minutes.
  • Seth Eisele’s five shootout wins was tied for the league lead.
  • Leo Chuard had the 6th best save percentage in the NAHL at 0.930 SV%. Seth Eisele tied for 8th with a 0.926 SV% and Maiszon Balboa is tied for 23rd with a 0.911 SV%. Matt Sankner had a 0.888 SV%.
  • Ryan Dickinson finished the season with the 2nd most penalty minutes in the league with 191. He was 3rd in minor penalties with 38.
  • Shreveport finished as the 2nd most penalized team in the league with an average of 22.6 minutes per game compared to Lone Star who was 7th with an 18.3 minute average.
  • The Mudbugs were whistled for 326 minor penalties, 27 major penalties, 16 game misconducts and 25 match penalties. The Brahmas on the other hand had 275 minor penalties, 21 major penalties, 10 game misconducts and 22 match penalties.
  • Shreveport averaged 2.72 goals scored which was 16th in the league and 2.73 goals allowed per game which was 11th. In comparison Lone Star averaged 2.38 goals scored 21st overall and 2.50 goals allowed per game good for 6th
  • Over their last 15 games played the Brahmas averaged 3.07 goals per game and 2.47 goals against per game, both besting their season averages.

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