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Lone Star Brahmas – Amarillo Bulls Resume Battle of the Cattle

Lone STar Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas will take on the Amarillo Bulls at NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. Amarillo has won the previous four games in the season series.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will be in action against the Amarillo Bulls this weekend. Four of the Brahmas six losses this season have come against the Bulls. Lone Star will try to shake off their funk against Amarillo and extend their current six game win streak. However, it was the Bulls who snapped Lone Star’s season opening eight game win streak so the Brahmas will have a lot on the line at NYTEX Sports Centre Friday and Saturday.

10/11   Brahmas 3 at Bulls 6

10/11   Brahmas 1 at Bulls 2

10/18   Bulls 3 at Brahmas 2 SO

10/19   Bulls 1 at Brahmas 0

The Brahmas were on home ice on Wednesday in a pre-Thanksgiving battle against the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs. It took until the 21:21 mark in the contest for Dylan Smith (1G-1A) to record his first NAHL goal and put the Brahmas up 1-0. The Mudbugs tied it up early in the third on a lone man rush, but the Brahmas were not to be denied this night. Thomas Daskas (9G-15A) converted on the power play with about six minutes to play for the eventual game winner and Matt Guerra (6G-24A) added a late empty netter. Ludvig Persson (13W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) logged the win on 27 saves.

Amarillo played host to the Odessa Jackalopes last weekend and had their hands full with the visitors on Friday night. Jordan Venegoni (11G-8A) and Matt Allen (11G-11A) sandwiched goals around a pair of Jackalopes tallies in the first to go into the second tied at two. Odessa scored three times in the second, but goals from Niclas Puikkonen (4G-10A), Joshua Burke (1G-0A), Oliver Bezick (1G-1A) and Nick Stapleton (1G-7A) pushed the Bulls into the lead which stood up through a scoreless third period. Charlie Glockner (6W-1L-1OTL-2SOL) got the start but was pulled after giving up three goals in 25:33 of play. Max Gutjahr (8W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) came on in relief and picked up the win allowing two goals on 14 shots faced. Saturday night the teams skated through two scoreless periods before Odessa broke the ice early in the third. From there it was all Venegoni with the Livonia, MI native notching a hat-trick over the last 14:50 for the win. Gutjahr picked up his second win in the series facing 16 shots on goal.

 

Last 5 Games

 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Bulls

4

0 0 1

9

 

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently the 7th best power play in the league at an even 24.7% converting 22 of 89 opportunities. At home they are at 28.9% scoring on 11 of their 38 chances good for 6th in the league. Over their last five games they are five for 22 or 22.7%. Their penalty kill comes in setting atop the league allowing seven goals on 91 times shorthanded and 92.3%. At home they drop to 3rd in the NAHL at 90.7% giving up four goals on 43 opponent power plays. They have been nearly perfect in their last five games giving up a single goal on 20 opponent power plays or 95.0%.

Amarillo’s power play is middle of the pack at 14th in the NAHL. They have netted 14 goals in 80 chances or 17.5%. On the road they fall all the way to 23rd in the league at just 9.6% scoring just five times in 52 opportunities. Amarillo has shown some life of late going six for 16 or 37.5% over their last five games. The Bulls’ penalty kill has been nearly as strong as the Brahmas so far this season allowing just six goals on 62 times shorthanded or 90.3% which is 4th best in the NAHL. On the road they are the best in the league at 94.6% allowing just two goals on 37 kills. The penalty kill has gone the opposite direction of the power play over the past five contests giving up four goals on 15 kills of 73.3%.

In the four head to head contests so far this season, both teams have scored a single power play goal. Lone Star’s came in 12 opportunities while Amarillo’s came on 15 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 2 6 1.20 126

0.955

Bulls

4

0 0 1 2 9 1.77 106

0.922

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Thomas Daskas

4

3

7

Matt Guerra

3

4

7

Joey Baez

2

4

6

Eric Huss

1 5

6

Michal Stinil

3

1

4

       
Bulls

G

A

Pts

Jordan Venegoni

5

1

6

Niclas Puikkonen

1

5

6

Matt Allen

3

2

5

Devan Tonge

2

2

4

Jonathan Young

0

4

4

 

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahmas are currently first in the South Division and the NAHL overall with 41 points. Amarillo is 2nd in the South and 5th overall in the league with 33 points. However, the Bulls do have four games in hand.
  • Matt Guerra is currently tied for 5th in the league in scoring with 30 points on the season. Joey Baez (14G-10A) and Thomas Daskas are tied for 13th with 24 points each.
  • Joey Baez is tied for 3rd in the NAHL in goals scored with 14 while Michal Stinil (12G-10A) is tied for 12th with 13. Matt Allen and Jordan Venegoni with 11 apiece are tied for 15th.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for the league lead in assists with 24. Eric Huss (2G-17A) is tied for 8th and Thomas Daskas is tied for 15th with 15.
  • Michal Stinil is 3rd in power play goals with seven.
  • Matt Guerra and Matthew Rickard (5G-13A) are both among league leaders in power play assists. Guerra is number one with 14 and Rickard is tied for 9th with seven.
  • Thomas Daskas leads the league in game winning goals with five.
  • Matt Guerra is riding a seven-game point streak.
  • Four of the top 20 in penalty minutes will be involved in the series. Michal Stinil is 5th with 80 PIMs, Noah Roofe (4G-7A) is 9th with 73 PIMs, Matt Guerra and Adam Kolcon (0G-11A) are tied for 15th with 61 PIMs each.
  • Goaltending will be on display this weekend. Cayden Bailey (7W-3L-0OTL-1SOL) has the 2nd best goals against average in the NAHL with a 1.48 GAA. Ludvig Persson is 3rd with a 1.51 GAA, Charlie Glockner is 4th with a 1.53 GAA and Max Gutjahr is 11th with a 1.95 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the group in save percentage with a 0.938 SV% which has him 4th in the league. Ludvig Persson is 5th with a 0.936 SV%, Charlie Glockner is tied for 10th with a 0.930 SV% and Max Gutjahr is 22nd with a 0.911 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is 2nd in the NAHL with 13 wins on the season. Max Gutjahr is tied for 9th with eight wins and Cayden Bailey is tied for 14th with seven.
  • Cayden Bailey, Ludvig Persson and Charlie Glockner are in a three-way tie for the league lead in shutouts with four each.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas are 10th in the league in scoring averaging 3.27 goals per game. Amarillo is 16th averaging 2.77 goals per game.
  • When it comes to defense the Brahmas are tied for 1st allowing 1.65 goals per game while the Bulls are 3rd allowing 1.91 goals per game.
  • Amarillo leads the league in both shots on goal per game and shots allowed per game. They have averaged 35.09 shots on goal and allow 22.41 per game. The Brahmas are 23rd in shots on goal with 27.81 and 2nd in shots allowed at 23.77. In their four head-to-head contests the Bulls have averaged 34.25 shots on goal while the Lone Star Brahmas averaged 19.50 shots on goal.
  • The Brahmas are 2-2-0-1 when trailing after two periods compared to the Bulls who are 0-3-0-0 when trailing after two.

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