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Lone Star Brahmas Face Pilots In Final Home Series

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Lone Star Brahmas Captain Noah Roofe and the Pilots Austin McCarthy settle in for a faceoff during a December 20, 2019 game at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas won the game 2-0 and hold a 5-1-0-0 record against Topeka this season.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas enter their final home series of the regular season against the Topeka this weekend. All in all, the Brahmas are setting in pretty good shape needing a combination of 10 points earned or points lost by Amarillo to claim the NAHL South Division Crown. They also need six points to set a new NAHL franchise point mark surpassing the 90 points they had in the 2015/16 season. There is also the outside chance to reach the 100 point mark if they were to win out.

After dropping their first meeting with the Pilots the Brahmas have won the next five to take a 5-1-0-0 record in the season series.

11/01    Brahmas 1 at Pilots 4

11/02    Brahmas 4 at Pilots 1

11/15    Brahmas 4 at Pilots 1

11/16    Brahmas 3 at Pilots 0

12/20    Pilots 0 at Brahmas 2

12/21    Pilots 4 at Brahmas 5 SO

This past weekend Lone Star was in Shreveport picking up three of a possible four points. Friday saw the teams skate to a scoreless first followed by a second period in which Michal Stinil (20G-21A) and Thomas Daskas (19G-29A) sandwiched goals around a Shreveport tally. The third belonged to Lone Star with Joey Baez (32G-26A) and Josh Martin(3G-12A) accounting for the scoring. Ludvig Persson (22W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced to pick up the win. Saturday they were down 2-0 going into the second when Lone Star started their comeback. Stinil and Daskas led the way with Matt Guerra (18G-45A) giving the Brahmas a short lived lead. After Shreveport knotted it up late in the second, the teams skated through the third without scoring sending the game to overtime. The Mudbugs picked up the game winner 3:20 into the extra frame. Cayden Bailey suffered the overtime loss making 29 saves in the process.

Topeka was on the road in Odessa over the weekend picking up a split. In game one Quinn Green (20G-19A) opened the scoring but Odessa pulled even before the end of the frame. After a scoreless second the teams traded goals again in the third. Lucas Sandoval (5G-4A) opened the scoring for the Pilots but once again the Jackalopes had a response. Odessa scored the game winner 1:13 into overtime. Josh Langford (9W-4L-2)TL-1SOL) took the loss on 21 saves. In game two there was no scoring until Austin McCarthy (17G-30A) lit the lamp at 3:28 of the third with the only goal of the game. Guy Blessing (15W-10L-0OTL-1SOL) recorded the 1-0 shutout win on 21 saves.

 

Last 5 Games 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

4

0 1 0

9

Pilots

2

2 1 0

5

 

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently setting 14th in the NAHL on the power play at 18.4% with 39 goals on 212 opportunities. On home ice they are at 18.2% with 20 goals on 110 man advantages. Over their last five they are down at 12.0% with three goals on 25 opportunities.

They will be skating against a Topeka penalty kill that ranks 9th overall at 84.9% allowing 35 goals on 232 times shorthanded. On the road the Pilots efficiency falls to 82.2% leaving them 11th in the league. They have allowed 19 road goals on 107 kills. The numbers over the past five games are slightly improved over their season average at 88.5% giving up three goals on 26 kills.

Lone Stars’ penalty kill has been strong all season surrendering just 13 goals on 211 total kills or 93.8% to lead the NAHL. At NYTEX Sports Centre they have surrendered seven goals on 113 kills which is once again 93.8% and tops in the league. Over their last five games they have killed off 23 of 24 opponent power plays or 95.8%.

Topeka’s power play comes in at 18st overall in the league at 15.7%. They have managed 32 goals on 204 power plays. The number improve when they hit the road moving them up to 16th with 19 goals in 106 chances or 17.9%. However, over their last five games they are two for 22 or 10.0%.

Lone Star has held the upper hand in the head-to-head season series going four for 32 on the power play while holding Topeka to one for 19.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

0 1 0 2 7 1.38 100

0.935

Pilots

2

2 1 0 0 8 1.59 179

0.957

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

3

7

10

Thomas Daskas

5

3

8

Joey Baez

3

4

7

Eric Huss

1

5

6

Michal Stinil

2

2

4

       
Pilots

G

A

Pts

Quinn Green

1

3

4

Connor Zilisch

1

3

4

Austin McCarthy

2

1

3

Matt Clark

1

2

3

Two Tied at

2

0

2

       

 Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahmas remain atop the standings in both the South Division and NAHL overall with 86 points. Topeka is setting 3rd in the South and 7th overall at 71 points.
  • Matt Guerra is currently 3rd in the league in scoring with 63 points and Joey Baez is 7th with 58 points.
  • Joey Baez’s 32 goals is setting the pace for the NAHL while Michal Stinil is tied for 20th with 20.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for the league lead in assists with 45 on the season followed by Eric Huss (6G-37A) tied for 7th
  • Thomas Daskas, Joey Baez and Austin McCarthy are tied for 2nd game winning goals with six apiece. Evan Googins (17G-7A) and Matt Guerra are tied for 8th with five each.
  • The Brahmas have six skaters in the top 10 in +/- ratings. Eric Huss leads the league at a +38, Joey Baez in 2nd at +37, Patriks Ozols (3G-19A) is tied for 3rd at +34, Thomas Daskas is tied for 8th at +28 with Josh Martin and Matt Guerra tied for 10th at +26.
  • Matt Guerra is riding an eight game point streak recording 16 points in the process.
  • Thomas Daskas is on a four game goal streak and Eric Huss is on a four game assist streak.
  • Luc Salem (9G-27A) is tied for 5th in defenseman scoring with 36 points. Sam Brennan (10G-20A) is tied for 9th and Matthew Rickard (9G-20A) is tied for 12th.
  • Cayden Bailey is leading the NAHL in goals against average at 1.32 GAA. Ludvig Persson is one spot back in 2nd with a 1.56 GAA and Guy Blessing is 12th with a 2.57 GAA. Josh Langford comes in with a 2.56 GAA but is 11 minutes shy of the needed 1020 minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • Cayden Bailey is also leading in save percentage with a 0.940 SV%. This time Ludvig Persson is 3rd with a 0.935 SV%. Guy Blessing is tied for 20th with a 0.910 SV% and Josh Langford has a 0.909 SV%.
  • Lone Star and Topeka are 4th and 6th in the league in average penalty minutes per game. The Brahmas average 19.55 and the Pilots average 18.87.
  • On paper the Brahmas should have the slight advantage in this matchup with the 7th best offense in the league averaging 3.58 goals per game and top rated defense allowing just 1.53 goals per game. Topeka comes in with the 18th ranked offense at 2.90 goals per game and 6th ranked defense allowing 2.48 goals per game.
  • The Brahmas are 23-4-0-1 at the Shoebox while Topeka is 16-7-1-2 on the road.

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