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Lone Star Brahmas Will Host Shreveport Mudbugs Wednesday

Lone Star Brahmas - Will Stomp Photo courtesy of Hatley Studios: Will Stromp and the Lone Star Brahmas will host the Shreveport Mudbugs on Wednesday for a single game.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas have been on a roll of late and will look to keep it going against the Shreveport Mudbugs in a pre-Thanksgiving tussle at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star has won six of the last seven games with the one loss coming at the hands of the Mudbugs. The game at 7:00 Wednesday evening will give the Brahmas a chance to return the favor.

The teams have played twice so far this season splitting the pair on Brahmas home ice.

11/08   Mudbugs 1 at Brahmas 2

11/09   Mudbugs 4 at Brahmas 1

The Brahmas are coming off a five game road trip with the last three played in New Mexico. Thursday Lone Star found themselves down 3-0 going into the first intermission. Whatever Head Coach Dan Wildfong had to say to the team between periods worked as they came out strong in the second. Matt Guerra (5G-24A) got them started just 2:56 into the frame followed by goals from Thomas Daskas (8G-15A) and Will Stromp (2G-3A). The comeback continued into the third with Matthew Rickard (5G-13A) potting one just 37 seconds after puck drop. Stromp added his second of the night just past the midpoint of the period. New Mexico would score a late shorthanded goal for the 5-4 final. Ludvig Persson (12W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) got the win in relief making 18 stops. Friday saw the Lone Star Brahmas go into the first intermission facing a deficit, this time 1-0. Again the boys came out strong in the middle frame putting up three goals. Evan Googins (8G-4A) got it started with Joey Baez (14G-9A) and Daskas following. All three goals came within the first 9:18 of the period. Guerra would hit a 170 foot empty netter with 3 seconds left for his second of the series. Persson recorded win on 30 saves. Saturday was all Lone Star with Eric Huss (2G-16A) scoring the only goal in the opening 20 minutes of play. Baez and Googins added to the lead in the second with the Googins goal coming on the power play. In the third, Michal Stinil added a power play goal to close out the scoring. Cayden Bailey (7W-3L-0OTL-1SOL) shook off his rough start in game one of the series to record his fourth shutout of the season on 14 saves.

Shreveport was also on the road last weekend picking up a sweep in Corpus Christi. Sam Miller (7G-10A) scored late in the first of game one. In the second the teams traded goals with Jacob Smith (5G-8A) accounting for Shreveport’s tally. Giovanni Procopio (2G-2A) had the only goal of the third. Maiszon Balboa (7W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) made 23 saves in the win. In game two the Icerays jumped out to an early lead, but Shreveport came roaring back. Ryan Waltman (3G-2A) scored just 4:22 after the Icerays goal then Carson Nichols (1G-6A) added the eventual game winner at 12:19. Billy Feczko (3G-3A) had the only goal of the second and Procopio the only goal of the third. Richie Parent (8W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) faced 24 shots in recording the win.

 

Last Five Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Mudbugs

4

1 0 0

8

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas enter with the 6th ranked power play in the NAHL at 25.6%. In 25 games, the Brahmas have recorded 21 goals in 82 power play opportunities. On home ice Lone Star has scored 10 goals on 31 opportunities or 32.3% moving them up to 4th in the league. In their last five games the Brahmas are 5 of 21 or 23.8%. The Brahmas power play will have a tough row to hoe against Shreveport with the 2nd best penalty kill in the league at 90.9%. The Mudbugs have allowed only eight goals on 88 times shorthanded. On the road they drop slightly to 5th in the NAHL even though their efficiency ticks up slightly to 91.2% on six goals allowed on 68 kills. They have been perfect in their last five games killing off all 20 opponent power plays.

Lone Star can boast the top penalty kill in the league at 91.8% killing 78 of 85 power plays. The home unit has not been quite as good at 89.2% giving up four goals on 37 kills which has them in the 6th spot in the league. In the last five games the Brahmas have given up just one goal on 18 kills. The Mudbugs are the 19th ranked power play overall at 15.1%. They have scored 13 goals on 86 opportunities. On the road they remain at 19th, but their percentage falls to 12.9% with eight goals on 62 opportunities. In their last five games they have only two goals in 20 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 2 6 1.20 123

0.953

Mudbugs

4

1 0 0 1 5 1.01 112

0.957

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

2

7

9

Thomas Daskas

3

3

6

Michal Stinil

3

3

6

Evan Googins

5

0

5

Joey Baez

2

3

5

       
Mudbugs

G

A

Pts

Dawson Sciarrino

3

2

5

Aidan Metcalfe

0

5

5

Billy Feczko

2

2

4

Sam Miller

2

2

4

Giovanni Procopio

2

2

4

       

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahma currently set atop the NAHL standings with 39 points. Shreveport is tied for 7th at 30 points.
  • Both teams are 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games and will enter the game Wednesday on winning streaks. Lone Star is riding a five game streak and Shreveport is on a three game streak.
  • Matt Guerra sets 6th in the NAHL in scoring with 29 points. Joey Baez and Thomas Daskas are tied for 15th with 23 points each.
  • Joey Baez is tied for 3rd in goals scored with 14. Michal Stinil is tied for 10th with 12.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for tops in the league in assists with 24. Eric Huss has 16 assists which ties him for 9th and Thomas Daskas is tied for 15th with 15.
  • Michal Stinil’s seven power play goals is 3rd in the league.
  • Matt Guerra also leads the league in power play assists with 14. Matthew Rickard is tied for 9th with seven. Connor Witherspoon (4G-11A) comes in tied for 14th with six power play assists.
  • Matthew Rickard is leading the league in defenseman scoring with 18 points. Sam Miller is tied for 2nd with 17 and Sam Brennan (6G-8A) is tied for 9th despite missing the last five games.
  • The same three blueliners are atop the league in defensemen goals scored as well. Sam Miller has seven which leads the NAHL. Sam Brennan is tied for 2nd with six and Matthew Rickard is tied for 4th with five.
  • The top two goalie pairings in the league will be available. Richie Parent is 2nd in the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.36 GAA. Cayden Bailey is 3rd with a 1.48 GAA, Maiszon Balboa is 5th with a 1.54 GAA, Ludvig Persson is 6th with a 1.55 GAA.
  • In save percentage Richie Parent leads the league at 0.951 SV%, Maszon Balboa is 2nd with a 0.947 SV%, Cayden Bailey is 5th with a 0.938 SV% and Ludvig Persson is 6th with a 0.933 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is 2nd in the league in wins with 12. Richie Parent tied for 10th with eight while Maiszon Balboa and Cayden Bailey are tied for 13th with seven apiece.
  • Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson are in a three way tie for the league lead in shutouts with four each.
  • Shreveport is the most penalized team in the league averaging 21.86 minutes per game while Lone Star is 7th averaging 18.56 minutes per game. The Mudbugs have 123 minor penalties in 22 games played compared to 117 minors for the Brahmas in 25 games played.
  • The second period has been the biggest 20 minutes for Lone Star with a +27 goal differential while it has been the third period for Shreveport with a +19 goal differential.
  • Lone Star is 10th offensively with a 3.28 goals per game average and Shreveport is 17th averaging 2.68 goals per game. On defense Shreveport is number one allowing 1.59 goals per game and Lone Star is 2nd with a 1.68 goals against average.

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