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Lone Star Brahmas Head To Shreveport

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: Lone Star Brahmas forward Thomas Daskas and Shreveport Mudbugs forward Jacob Smith battle for position following a faceoff in the Brahmas' 3-1 win at NYTEX Sports Centre on Nov 27, 2019. The teams will lace them up this weekend in Shreveport as they both jockey for playoff positioning

 

It has been a see-saw season series between the Lone Star Brahmas and Shreveport Mudbugs. In their six games played this season the Brahmas hold a 4-2-0-0 record outscoring the Mudbugs 13-12. This weekend will mark their last meeting of the regular season and could very well be a preview to the first round of the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.

11/08   Mudbugs 1 at Brahmas 2

11/09   Mudbugs 4 at Brahmas 1

11/27   Mudbugs 1 at Brahmas 3

12/13   Brahmas 2 at Mudbugs 5

12/14   Brahmas 3 at Mudbugs 1

01/20   Mudbugs 0 at Brahmas 2

Lone Star is coming off a home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves picking up 4-0 wins both nights. Friday, Stefan Miklakos (6G-1A) scored the only goal of the first which was followed by a scoreless second. In the third Thomas Daskas (17G-29A), Joey Trazzera (1G-3A) and Joey Baez (31G-25A) lit the lamp for Lone Star. Ludvig Persson (21W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net stopping all 10 shots he faced. On Saturday the Brahmas jumped out to a two goal lead in the opening period on goals from Matt Guerra (17G-42A) and Daskas’ second of the weekend. Baez found the twine in the second then Daskas scored again in the third. Cayden Bailey (20W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) stopped all 17 shots he saw to tie the franchise shutout record at 11 set by Washington Capitals draft pick and current Harvard goalie Mitchell Gibson during the 2017/18 season.

Shreveport picked up a weekend sweep of their own over the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. In game one they ran away with it to record a 6-0 win. They got goals from Matt Hutton (11G-7A) and Brent Keefer (10G-5A) in the fist. Ryan Waltman (10G-16A) added one in the second then David Breazeale (3G-14A) scored in the third followed by two more for Keefer to complete the hat trick. Maiszon Balboa (18W-7L-0OTL-0SOL) notched the shutout on 16 saves. Game two was a little tighter but the same result. After a scoreless first Timofei Khokhlachev (12G-20A) broke the ice in the second. Alexis Girard (7G-16A) tallied a third period power play goal with Keefer contributing his fourth of the weekend to close out the scoring. Balboa picked up his second shutout in as many nights on 16 saves.

 

Last Five Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Mudbugs

2

3 0 0

4

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas power play currently resides at 14th overall. They have 37 goals scored in 200 opportunities or 18.5%. On the road they are once again 14th at 18.9% with 17 goals in 90 chances. The man advantage has converted just three of 20 opportunities in their last five games played.

Lone Star can boast the top penalty kill in the league at 93.9% killing 186 of 198 opponent power plays. Believe it or not they are even better on the road where they are at 94.1% allowing a paltry five goals on 85 kills. They have given up just one goal on 20 times shorthanded over the last five games.

The Mudbugs power play has struggled this season and is currently 22nd overall at an even 13.0%. They have scored 28 goals on 215 opportunities. At home they fall to 25th in the NAHL at 11.3% on 13 goals in 115 opportunities. In their last five games they have scored two goals on 26 opportunities or 7.7%.

The Shreveport penalty kill has been one of the better units in the league and rests 4th in the league. The Mudbugs have given up 23 goals on 211 times shorthanded or 89.1%. At Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport is at 89.7% allowing 11 goals on 107 kills good for 4th. Over their last five games they have surrendered three goals on 23 kills or 87.0%.

In head-to-head action the Mudbugs holding only the thinnest of margin with three goals on 35 opportunities while the Brahmas are three of 36.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 3 4 0.80 85

0.955

Mudbugs

2

3 0 0 2 13 2.62 131

0.910

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

5

6

11

Joey Baez

3

5

8

Thomas Daskas

3

3

6

Patriks Ozols

0

6

6

Eric Huss

1

4

5

 
Mudbugs

G

A

Pts

Sam Miller

1

5

6

Brent Keefer

4

0

4

Timofei Khokhlachev

2

2

4

Anton Rubtsov

1

2

3

Conor Witherspoon

0

3

3

 

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahma currently set atop the NAHL and South Division standings with 83 points while the Mudbugs are 4th in the South and 9th overall in the league at 66 points.
  • Goaltending should be on display in the series with the South Division boasting the top six netminders in the league. Cayden Bailey currently leads the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.22 GAA. Ludvig Persson is one spot back in 2nd with a 1.58 GAA. Maiszon Balboa comes in 5th with a 1.87 GAA and Richie Parent (15W-10L-0OTL-0SOL) is 6th with a 1.89 GAA.
  • In save percentage Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson are once again one and two in the league with 0.944 SV% and 0.931 SV% respectively. Richie Parent it 3rd with a 0.930 SV% and Maiszon Balboa is tied for 5th with a 0.928 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for 3rd in the NAHL with 21 wins on the season. Cayden Bailey is tied for 6th with 20, Maszion Balboa is tied for 10th with 18 and Richie Parent is 16th with 15 wins.
  • Cayden Bailey is leading all netminders with 11 shutouts on the season with Ludvig Persson in 3rd with seven. Maszion Balboa is 4th with five and Richie Parent is 5th with four shutouts.
  • Matt Guerra comes into the series tied for 2nd in the NAHL in scoring with 59 points. Joey Baez is 8th 56 points.
  • Joey Baez is tied setting the pace in goals scored with 31, tops in the league.
  • Matt Guerra’s 42 assists is tied for the league lead while Eric Huss (6G-34A) is tied for 9th with 34.
  • Sam Miller is 2nd in the league in defenseman scoring with 39 points. Sam Brennan (10G-20A) is tied for 8th with 30 points and Matthew Rickard (9G-19A) is tied for 13th with 28 points.
  • The same three blueliners are among the league leaders in defensemen goals scored as well. Sam Miller has 16 which leads the NAHL. Sam Brennan is 7th with 10 and fMatthew Rickard is tied for 8th with nine. They are joined by Alexis Girard with seven and tied for 18th.
  • Joey Baez is tied for 2nd in game winning goals with six. Evan Googins (17G-7A), Matt Guerra and Thomas Daskas are tied for 5th with five apiece.
  • Shreveport is the most penalized team in the league averaging 23.88 minutes per game while Lone Star is 4th averaging 19.22 minutes per game. The Mudbugs have 297 minor penalties in 50 games played compared to 275 minors for the Brahmas in 51 games played.
  • Both teams have been strong when scoring first. The Brahmas have a 33-3-0-0 record under these circumstances while the Mudbugs have a 24-3-0-0 record.
  • Shreveport has been especially adept at scoring shorthanded goals this season with 10 in 50 games played.
  • Lone Star has the 7th ranked offense averaging 3.59 goals per game compared to Shreveport with the 12th best offense at 3.18 goals per game.
  • On defense the Brahmas have led the league most of the season and are currently in 1st surrendering just 1.49 goals per game. Shreveport is 3rd with an even 2.00 goals allowed per game.
  • Neither team has coughed one up when leading going into the third period. Lone Star is 36-0-0-0 and Shreveport is 24-0-0-0.

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