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Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of David Dudich: Eric Huss and the Lone Star Brahmas will host the New Mexico Ice Wolves for the final time as the regular season starts to wind down heading to the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the New Mexico Ice Wolves for the final time this season. The Brahmas have had great success against the Ice Wolves this season posting a 6-0-0-0 record 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

11/21    Brahmas 5 at Ice Wolves 4

11/22    Brahmas 4 at Ice Wolves 1

11/23    Brahmas 4 at Ice Wolves 0

The Lone Star Brahmas picked up a pair of 4-2 road wins against the Corpus Christi IceRays last weekend. On Friday the IceRays held a 1-0 lead going into the second where the Brahmas offense came to life. Matt Guerra (16G-41A) got the ball rolling at the 6:51 mark followed 53 seconds later by an Evan Googins (17G-7A) tally with Guerra adding his second of the contest on the power play with 7:05 to go. Corpus Christi cut into the lead just 27 seconds into the third, but Matthew Rickard (9G-19A) picked up the insurance goal later in the frame to ice it away. Cayden Bailey (19W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the win. Saturday night CJ Walker (10G-18A) staked Lone Star to an early lead with a first period goal. However, the IceRays would score twice in the second to take a one goal lead into the third. The opening half of the final stanza clicked off with no further scoring then the Brahmas poured in three goals with Will Stromp (7G-15A), Guerra and Eric Huss (6G-31A) doing the damage. Bailey got the start once again and faced 26 shots in the contest. With three goals and four assists in the two games, Guerra garnered Bauer NAHL South Division Star of the Week.

New Mexico was swept on home ice by the visiting Topeka Pilots. In game one the Ice Wolves failed to score dropping a 3-0 decision. Henrik Laursen (6W-11L-1OTL-1SOL) took the loss despite making 38 saves in the game. In game two New Mexico was down 3-0 until the 11:19 mark of the second when Alex Dominique (11G-19A) scored their only goal of the weekend. Topeka would add two more the rest of the way for the 5-1 win. Laursen was once again saddled with the loss facing 28 shots on goal.

 

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 will enter play as the 12th ranked unit in the league. Lone Star has converted 37 of 191 opportunities or 19.4%. At home the tick up slightly to 19.8% on 20 goals in 101 opportunities but fall one spot in the rankings. The power play has started to come around a bit going five for 17 in their last five games or 29.4%. New Mexico’s PK is setting 19th overall at 77.9% giving up 45 goals on 204 kills. On the road they are 18th at 76.6% killing off 83 of 108 times shorthanded. They have struggled in their last five contests allowing seven goals on 19 kills or 63.2%.

The Ice Wolves power play has been languishing around the bottom of the league all season and is currently 23rd overall. New Mexico has managed just 20 goals on 178 opportunities or 11.2%. On the road they remain 23rd but fall to an even 10.0% with goals on nine of 90 man advantages. Over their last five they have converted just one of 14 opportunities and 7.1%. The Brahmas penalty kill continues to dominate as they have all season. Lone Star has surrendered just 12 goals on 190 kills at 93.7% to hold down the top spot in the league. They are equally as tough on home ice where they remain tops in the NAHL at 93.3% killing all but seven of 105 opponent power plays. They have allowed one power play goal in their last five games covering 13 times shorthanded good for 92.3%.

In their six games played head-to-head the Lone Star Brahmas have dominated the special teams play going seven of 21 on the power play while holding New Mexico to one goal on 19 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

1 0 0 1 8 1.61 92

0.920

Ice Wolves

3

2 0 0 0 13 2.56 141

0.916

 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

4

6

10

Evan Googins

3

2

5

Sam Brennan

2

2

4

Joey Baez

1

3

4

Will Stromp

1

3

4

 
Ice Wolves

G

A

Pts

Griffen Sanom

4

5

9

Alex Dominique

2

6

8

Michael McCosh

1

3

4

Tristan Rand

1

1

2

Spencer RudRud

1

1

2

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star enters the series setting one point behind the Amarillo Bulls for the lead in both the South Division and the NAHL overall. However, the Brahmas have a game in hand over the Bulls. The next few weeks will determine who claims home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
    • The Brahmas have 11 games left on the schedule with home series against New Mexico and Topeka. They have three road series against Shreveport, Odessa and close out the regular season in Amarillo. The Odessa series is a three game set. Three of the series are against playoff teams. The combined winning percentage of the teams left on Lone Star’s schedule is 0.502.
    • The Bulls have 10 games remaining with home series against Topeka and Lone Star to go along with road series against Kenai River, Fairbanks and Corpus Christi. All the series except for the visit to Corpus Christi are against playoff teams. The combined winning percentage of the teams left on Amarillo’s schedule is 0.635.
  • Matt Guerra has moved into a tie for second in the NAHL in scoring with 57 points on the season and Joey Baez (29G-23A) is tied for 8th
  • Joey Baez continues to hold the league lead in goals scored with 29.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for the lead in assists 41. Eric Huss is tied for 10th with 31.
  • Michal Stinil (18G-19A) is currently tied for 7th in power play goals scored with eight.
  • Matt Guerra also leads the league lead in power play assists with 19.
  • Sam Brennan (10G-18A) and Matthew Rickard are tied for 9th in defenseman scoring with 28 points apiece. Brennan is tied for 5th in goals scored while Rickard in tied for 8th one goal back.
  • Cayden Bailey is currently leading the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.27 GAA. Ludvig Persson (20W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) comes in 3rd overall with a 1.64 GAA. Henrik Laursen is tied for 27th with a 3.20 GAA and Josh Graziano (3W-13L-0OTL-2SOL) is 33rd with a 3.54 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the league in save percentage with a 0.942 SV%. Ludvig Persson is tied for 3rd with a 0.930 SV%, Henrik Laursen is 16th with a 0.912 SV% and Josh Graziano comes in with a 0.906 SV% good for 23rd.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for 4th in the NAHL with 20 wins on the season. Cayden Bailey is tied for 6th with 19 wins.
  • Cayden Bailey is tops in the league with 10 shutout wins. Ludvig Persson is 3rd with six.
  • The Brahmas have scored the first goal in 34 of their 49 games played. When they score first Lone Star is 31-3-0-0 on the season.
  • Lone Star has a +34 / +41 / +22 per period goal differential compared to New Mexico who is -19 / -35 / -14.
  • On offense the Brahmas are tied for 6th in the league in scoring averaging 3.57 goals per game while their defense is ranked 1st allowing just 1.55 goals per game. New Mexico is 24th on offense with a 2.10 goals scored average and 20th on defense allowing 3.63 goals per game.
  • Lone Star is a perfect 34-0-0-0 when carrying a lead into the third period.
  • The Brahmas have added defenseman Martin Marnauzs from Team Illinois U18 to the roster for the series. Marnauzs is 6’0” and 183 pounds from Naperville, IL.

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