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Brahmas – Bulls At NYTEX Sports Centre This Weekend

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photogtaphy: The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls will play a pair at the Shoebox this weekend.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will return to action against the Amarillo Bulls this weekend following a Covid related bye week. Lone Star had been scheduled to host the New Mexico Ice Wolves last weekend, but those games were delayed until mid-December.

The last time Lone Star took to the ice they were in Amarillo for a two game set against the Bulls. Lone Star picked up the weekend sweep with a come from behind win in game one and a five round shootout win in game two.

11/01    Brahmas 5 at Bulls 2

11/02    Brahmas 3 at Pilots 2 SO

Amarillo was on the road against the Odessa Jackalopes last weekend. On Friday the Jackalopes raced out to a three goal lead in the first then hung on for the win despite allowing the Bulls to claw back within one goal. Oliver Bezick got the Bulls comeback attempt started early in the second with the only tally of the frame. Paul Schmid cut the Jackalopes lead to one just under four minutes into the third, but the Bulls were unable to net the equalizer. Max Gutjahr got the start in net but was replaced after allowing two goals on nine shots faced. Cal Sandquist came on in relief and stopped 17 of 18 to take the loss. Saturday was a much more productive night for the Bulls as they picked up their first win of the season. Maxx Scott and Chris Carroll scored in the first as Amarillo took a 2-1 lead into intermission. Ty Black and Nick Stapleton added to the lead in the second before Stapleton and Carroll sandwiched an Odessa goal in the third for the 6-2 final. Sandquist avenged his loss the night before by turning aside 14 of 16 shots faced.

 

Last 5 Games

  W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 1 0 0 6
Bulls 1 2 0 1 3

 

Special Teams

Currently the Brahmas are setting 4th in the NAHL in power play efficiency at 36.4% with four goals on 11 opportunities. The penalty kill unit comes in ranked 10th at an even 80.0% allowing two goals on 10 times sort handed.

Amarillo sets at 25.0% on the power play scoring two goals on eight man advantages good for 7th in the league. Their penalty kill unit is 15th at 71.4% surrendering two goals on seven kills.

In their two head-to-head meetings the Brahmas have two power play goals on seven opportunities while holding the Bulls to one for eight.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 1 0 0 0 10 2.48 123 .0925
Bulls 1 2 0 1 0 10 2.46 77 0.885

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Nicholas Niemo 3 2 5
Joey Baez 1 3 4
Andrew DeCarlo 0 4 4
Alex Murray 0 3 3
Dylan Smith 0 3 3
 
Bulls G A Pts
John Lundy 2 2 4
Cooper Fensterstock 1 2 3
Jere Vaisanen 0 3 3
Chris Carroll 2 0 2
Two tied at 1 1 2

Inside the Game

  • Graham Burke is currently ranked 8th among goaltenders who have played more than one game with a 2.48 GAA and 9th with a 0.925 SV%.
  • Nicholas Niemo is riding a three game goal streak entering the weekend.
  • Lone Star called up defenseman Sam Miller and goalie Jacob Ahl from the NA3HL Oklahoma City Blazers to fill out the roster this weekend.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes currently share the top spot in the NAHL South Division at six points each. Both teams have a 3-1-0-0 record. Amarillo is setting 4th in the South at three points with a 1-2-0-1 mark.
  • Amarillo currently has the 3rd fewest penalty minutes averaged in the league 5.50 per game. Lone Star on the other hand is averaging 12.75 minutes per game or 13th in the league.

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