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Lone Star Brahmas – Amarillo Bulls Battle Of The Cattle

Lone Star Brahmas goalie Cayden Bailey Photo courtesy of Dragonfly Photography: Lone Star Brahmas netminder Cayden Bailey has been lights out so far this season with two straight shutouts and leads the league in both goals against average 0.33 GAA and save percentage 0.980 SV%.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will make their first trip of the season to the Texas Panhandle to face the Amarillo Bulls. The Brahmas were 4-7-0-1 against the Bulls last season and 2-3-0-1 at the Amarillo Convention Center.

NYTEX Sports Centre saw the Lone Star Brahmas complete a two game sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves putting up shutouts both nights. Friday saw the Brahmas struggle early until Sam Brennan (4G-3A) got them going at 16:23 of the first. Michal Stinil (6G-4A) scored twice in the second and Joey Baez (5G-2A) added a third period goal. Ludvig Persson (5W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up his fifth win on the season and second shutout stopping all 14 shots he faced. On Saturday the teams skated through a scoreless first before Stinil got a flood of scoring started for the Brahmas. Thomas Daskas (3G-4A) and Baez pushed the lead to 3-0 by the end of the second. Brennan scored his second of the weekend to open the third followed by goals from Matt Guerra (1G-10A), Cooper Haar (1G-1A), Matthew Rickard (3G-7A) and Skylar Gutierrez (1G-0A). For his second game in a row, Cayden Bailey (3W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up a shutout facing 15 shots on goal.

Amarillo was at in Topeka for a three game set pulling two points out of the trip. After falling behind in the second in game one, Brendan Blair (1G-0A) pulled the Bulls even by the end of the second. The Pilots would score early in the third and hold on for the win. Max Guthahr (2W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) suffered the loss in net allowing two goals on 18 shots faced. Amarillo was shutout in game two with Ethan Lahmon (1W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) giving up two goals on 21 Topeka shots on goal. On Saturday night the Bulls finally got the offense on track with Matt Allen (6G-3A) finding the back of the net in the first. Noah Carlin (2G-1A) and Devan Tongue (1G-3A) added second period goals. Jonathan Young (2G-0A) scored in the third before Topeka spoiled Charlie Glockner’s (1W-1L-0OTL-1SOL) shutout bid. Glockner made 17 saves in the winning effort.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 10
Bulls 2 2 0 1 5

 

Special Teams

Officially the Brahmas power play is playing to a 47.6% conversion rate scoring 10 times on 21 opportunities which leads the NAHL. The penalty kill while playing well is not quite as good as the power play and sets 5th in the league. Lone Star has allowed two goals on 28 times shorthanded or 92.9%. In their last five games they are eight for 20 on the power play at 40.0% and one for 16 or 93.8% on the penalty kill.

Amarillo’s power play has scored just three times on 34 chances or 8.8% which has them 23rd in the NAHL. Their penalty kill however is setting atop the league not allowing a single goal on 24 times shorthanded. Their power play is three for 27 in their last five games and 11.1% while the penalty kill has killed off all 16 opponent power plays at 100.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 3 3 0.60 76 0.962
Bulls 2 2 0 1 0 8 1.60 100 0.926

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 1 8 9
Matthew Rickard 2 5 7
Michal Stinil 4 2 6
CJ Walker 3 3 6
Joey Baez 4 0 4
 
Bulls G A Pts
Matt Allen 3 1 4
Aaron White 1 2 3
Nick Trela 0 3 3
Jordan Venegoni 0 3 3
Two Tied at 1 1 2

 

Inside the Game

  • Matt Guerra is currently tied for 12th in the NAHL in scoring with 11 points. Michal Stinil and Matthew Rickard are tied for 19th with 10 points each.
  • Michal Stinil and Matt Allen are tied for 7th in the league in goals scored with six apiece. Joey Baez is tied for 12th with five.
  • With 10 assists so far this season Matt Guerra is 2nd in the NAHL. Matthew Rickard is tied for 13th with 7 assists.
  • Matthew Rickard is tied for 2nd in power play points with six. Michal Stinil and CJ Walker (3G-5A) are tied for 5th with 5 each.
  • Matthew Rickard leads all defensemen in scoring with 10 points on the season. Sam Brennan is tied for 4th with seven points.
  • Sam Brennan is leading defensemen in goals scored with four.
  • Malcolm Palmer (0G-3A) is 2nd in plus/minus rating with a +11 while Joey Baez is tied for 5th with a +8.
  • Joey Baez is riding a four game point streak second longest current streak in the league.
  • Cayden Bailey leads the league in goals against average with a 0.33 GAA. Ludvig Persson is 13th with a 1.57 GAA, Charlie Glockner is 14th with a 1.64 GAA, Max Gutjahr is 14th with a 1.64 GAA and Ethan Lahmon is 24th with a 2.06 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the league with a 0.980 SV%, Charlie Glockner is tied for 15th with a 0.938 SV%, Ludvig Persson is 22nd with a 0.918 SV%, Max Gutjahr is 28th with a 0.911 SV% and Ethan Lahmon is tied for 31st with a 0.910 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for the NAHL lead in wins with five. Cayden Bailey is tied for 10th with three.
  • Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson are tied for the league lead in shutouts with two each.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas and New Jersey Generals are currently tied for 2nd in the league standings with 16 points, one point behind Topeka Pilots. However, the Brahmas have played four fewer games than the Pilots and two fewer than the Generals.
  • The Brahmas have the 9th highest average penalty minutes per game with 13.88. The Bulls are 13th averaging 12.38 minutes per game.
  • Lone Star’s offense is 2nd in the league in goals scored per game averaging 4.00 they have the best defense allowing just 1.13 goals per game. Amarillo is 21st on offense with a 2.25 goals scored average and tied for 6th on defense allowing 1.88 goals per game.

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