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Lone Star Brahmas On Road Against Ice Wolves

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Matt Guerra and Michal Stinil who lead the Lone Star Brahmas in scoring will look to keep the offense rolling in New Mexico this week in a three game series against the Ice Wolves.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will be in the Land of Enchantment this week for a three game series against the New Mexico Ice Wolves. While Lone Star has dominated play against New Mexico in three previous games this season, this is not the same Ice Wolves team they faced earlier. The Ice Wolves have won three of their last five games managing a win over the Amarillo Bulls, something the Brahmas have been unbale to accomplish so far.

10/04    Ice Wolves 0 at Brahmas 4

10/05    Ice Wolves 0 at Brahmas 8

10/13    Brahmas 3 at Ice Wolves 1

The Lone Star Brahmas were in Topeka last weekend sweeping the Pilots to expand their lead in the NAHL South Division. In game one Topeka struck first, but the Brahmas would answer with four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 win. Evan Googins (6G-3A) got Lone Star going just three minutes after the Pilots had jumped out in front. Stefan Miklakos (2G-0A) added a tally late to take a 2-1 lead into the second. Googins scored the only goal of the middle frame then capped the night off completing the hat trick early in the third. Cayden Bailey (6W-3L-0OTL-1SOL) got the start in net and stopped 24 of the 25 shots faced. Game two was all Lone Star. Thomas Daskas (6G-12A) opened the scoring in the first followed by a Michal Stinil (11G-9A) power play goal. Stinil added an empty netter late in the contest for the 3-0 final. Ludvig Persson (10W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up his league leading fourth shutout turning aside 31 shots in the process.

New Mexico played host to the Amarillo Bulls over the weekend with Friday night’s contest turning into a defensive battle. With the teams tied 0-0 after 65 minutes of play they would go to a shootout where Griffen Sanom (3G-3A) would score in the fourth round for the only goal of the night. Josh Graziano (3W-10L-0OTL-1SOL) was outstanding in net stopping 50 shots through overtime and all four shooters in the shootout to pick up a big win. Amarillo would get a taste of revenge on Saturday scoring four times in the second period to grab a 4-0 win. Henrik Laursen (1W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) suffered the loss in net on 51 shots faced.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 8
Ice Wolves 3 2 0 0 6

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas power play has slipped a bit of late and now rests in the 6th spot overall in the league at 25.4%. They have managed 18 goals on 71 opportunities. On the road they have scored eight times in 40 power plays or 20.0% good for 9th in the league. In their last five contests the Brahmas are three for 26 or 11.5%. The Ice Wolves will counter with the 20th ranked penalty kill at 78.5%. New Mexico has allowed 20 goals on 93 times shorthanded. At home they are in the middle of the pack at 14th allowing nine goals on 55 kills or 83.6%. In their last five they have been a bit better giving up four goals on 27 opponent power plays or 85.2%.

Lone Star boasts one of the best penalty killing units in the league at 91.8% on the season placing them 2nd overall. They have allowed just six goals on 73 kills. Away from NYTEX Sports Centre they still rank 2nd in the league allowing two goals on 36 times shorthanded or 94.4%. In the past five contests the Brahmas have surrendered two goals on 21 kills which equates to 90.5%. The Ice Wolves power play is currently ranked 23rd at 11.8%. They improve slightly to 14.0% at home scoring six goals on 43 opportunities. The numbers have been looking up over their last five games with three goals in 15 chances or an even 20.0%.

In their three games played head-to-head the Lone Star Brahmas have dominated the special teams play going four of 10 on the power play while holding New Mexico scoreless on seven opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 1 6 1.21 108 0.947
Ice Wolves 3 2 0 0 1 15 2.95 192 0.928
 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Joey Baez 4 1 5
Matt Guerra 0 5 5
Evan Googins 3 1 4
Michal Stinil 2 2 4
Thomas Daskas 1 3 4
 
Ice Wolves G A Pts
Spencer Rudrud 1 2 3
Griffen Sanom 2 0 2
Emil Gabrielson 1 1 2
Michael McCosh 1 1 2
Two Tied at 0 2 2

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star enters the series tied for the league lead in points with 33 on the season while New Mexico is 26th with 9.
  • Matt Guerra (3G-21A) is tied for 7th overall in scoring with 24 points.
  • Joey Baez with 12 goals scored is tied for 7th and Michal Stinil is tied for 10th with 11.
  • Matt Guerra is the league leader is assists with 21. Eric Huss (1G-13A) is tied for 18th.
  • Michal Stinil is currently tied for 3rd in power play goals scored with six.
  • Matt Guerra is also tied for the league lead in power play assists with 11 while Matthew Rickard (4G-12A) is tied for 8th with seven.
  • With 16 points, Matthew Rickard is tied for 2nd in defenseman scoring and Sam Brennan (6G-8A) is 7th.
  • Sam Brennan’s six goals is tied for the NAHL lead while Matthew Rickard is tied for 4th with four.
  • Cayden Bailey is currently 4th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.45 GAA. Ludvig Persson comes in 5th overall with a 1.53 GAA, Josh Graziano has a 3.38 GAA which has him ranked 36th. Henrik Laursen has a 4.80 GAA but does not qualify among league leaders with only 200 minutes played.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the group in save percentage and is 5th in the league with a 0.941 SV%. Ludvig Persson is tied for 9th with a 0.932 SV%, Josh Graziano comes in with a 0.911 SV% good for 22nd and Henrik Laursen has a 0.881 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for 3rd in the NAHL with 10 wins.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for the league lead in shutouts with four and Cayden Bailey is tied for 3rd with three.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 19.82 penalty minutes per game which is 4th most in the league. The Ice Wolves on the other hand are at 17.52 minutes per game which is 10th. However, New Mexico has 11 more minor penalties than Lone Star in one fewer game played. The big difference in the penalty minute average comes in the fact that the Brahmas have 11 Match penalties compared to only three for the Ice wolves.
  • Lone Star is 9-3-0-0 on the road while New Mexico is 3-9-0-1 at home.
  • The second period could be pivotal in the series as it is the Brahmas best period with a +19 goal differential while the Ice Wolves have struggled in the second with a -20 goal differential.
  • Lone Star’s offense comes in raked 11th averaging 3.14 goals per game and the defense is 2nd best allowing 1.68 goals per game. New Mexico is 26th on offense with a 1.48 goal average and 25th on defense allowing 3.76 goals against.

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