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Brahmas – Bulls At The Amarillo Civic Center

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: Reigning NAHL Defenseman of the Month Mitchell Digby will lead the Brahmas against the Bulls this weekend at the Amarillo Civic Center.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will make their second trip of the season to Amarillo to face off against the Bulls. In four previous meeting the Brahmas have racked up a 4-0-0-0 record outscoring the Bulls 17-9.

11/01    Brahmas 5 at Bulls 2

11/02    Brahmas 3 at Bulls 2 SO

11/13    Bulls 2 at Brahmas 4

11/14    Bulls 3 at Brahmas 5

Last weekend Lone Star played a home and home series against the Wichita Falls Warriors with the outcomes as different as the two arenas they were played in. Friday night at NYTEX Sports Centre the Brahmas found themselves down 2-1 after the first with Blake Benson (2G-2A) picking up his first goal of the season for the Lone Star score. It was the only goal the Brahmas would score in the contest as they went on to a 4-1 loss. Rico DiMatteo (4W-2L-1OTL-0SOL) got the start in net taking the loss on 23 shots faced in two periods of play. Graham Burke (11W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) took the crease in the third stopping the three shots he saw. Saturday night some 115 miles up the road at Kay Yeager Coliseum the Brahmas took it to the Warriors to exact a bit of revenge. Mitchell Digby (4G-7A) opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. Benson added to the lead early in the second followed by tallies from Jack Collins (4G-1A) and Nicholas Niemo (10G-15A). Wichita Falls got on the board heading into the final five minutes of play. The response from Lone Star was swift and loud. In a 105 second span Joey Baez (8G-9A), Dylan Smith (2G-4A) and David Andreychuk with the first of the season (1G-0A) putting the puck in the back of the net. Burke faced 35 shots on net in the win.

While the Brahmas were playing the Warriors, the Bulls were taking on the New Mexico Ice Wolves at the Amarillo Civic Center. In game one following a scoreless first, Nick Martino (2G-9A), and a pair of goals from Jere Vaisanen (6G-5A) provided all the offense Amarillo would need. Cal Sandquist (6W-2L-2OTL-1SOL) allowed only a single third period goal facing 29 shots. In game two Max Scott (2G-0A) got Amarillo out to an early lead only to see New Mexico go up one before the end of the first. Ryan Coughlin (1G-1A) and Tyler Sedlak (3G-3A) regained the lead for the Bulls with the only goals of the second then Paul Schmid (3G-3A) picked up an insurance goal in the third. Sandquist picked up his second win of the weekend making 18 saves.

Last 5 Games

 

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

2

2 1 0

5

Bulls

3

0 2 0

8

 

Special Teams

Currently the Brahmas are setting 3rd in the NAHL in power play efficiency at 26.5% with 18 goals on 68 opportunities. On the road Lone Star is also holding down the 3rd spot in the NAHL at 31.4% on 11 goals in 35 man advantages. In their last five games however, they are only three for 20 or 15.0%. The penalty kill unit comes in ranked 17th at 78.3% allowing 15 goals on 69 times sort handed. The road unit is 14th at 77.8% killing 28 of 36 opponent power plays. Over the last five contests the penalty kill has kicked it up a bit at 85.0% allowing three goals in 20 kills.

Amarillo’s power play comes in one spot ahead of the Brahmas setting 2nd overall at 27.3% with 15 goals on 55 power plays. At the Bull Pen Amarillo falls to 10th with the man advantage at 18.5% on five goals on 27 opportunities. In their last five games the Bulls power play has been on point scoring on seven of 22 opportunities or 31.8%. The Bulls penalty kill is middle of the pack at 12th in the league. Amarillo has been shorthanded 45 times allowing eight goals at 82.2%. At home they move up one spot to 11th albeit in a small sampling of six games killing off 17 of 21 opponent power plays good for 81.0%. In their last five they have killed off 19 of 22 or 86.4%.

In their four head-to-head meetings the Brahmas have four power play goals on 14 opportunities while the Bulls are four of 15.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

2

2 1 0 0 9 1.77 132

0.936

Bulls

3

0 2 0 0 14 2.73 121

0.896

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Mitchell Digby

1

3

4

Andrew DeCarlo

1

2

3

Nicholas Niemo

1

2

3

Cole Bielke

0

3

3

Two tied at

2

0

2

 
Bulls

G

A

Pts

Cooper Fensterstock

1

6

7

Greg Japchen

3

2

5

Nick Martino

1

3

4

Harrison Scott

1 3

4

Tyler Sedlak

1

3

4

Inside the Game

  • Rico DiMatteo is currently 4th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 2.11GAA. Cal Sandquist is 6th with a 2.15GAA, Graham Burke is 7th with a 2.21GAA and Max Gutjahr (0W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 5.89GAA.
  • When it comes to save percentage Graham Burke is leading the group with a 0.921SV% good for 8th in the league followed by Rico DiMatteo with a 0.916SV% at 12th, Cal Sandquist at 13th with a 0.911SV% while Max Gutjahr has a 0.786SV%.
  • Graham Burke is currently 2nd in the NAHL with 11 wins.
  • Andrew DeCarlo (8G-18A) is currently 2nd in the league in scoring. Nicholas Niemo is 3rd with 25 points and Joey Baez is tied for 11th with 17 points.
  • Nicholas Niemo is tied for 3rd in goals scored with 10, while Andrew DeCarlo and Joey Baez are tied for 8th with eight each.
  • Andrew DeCarlo is also 2nd in assists with 18. Nicholas Niemo is 4th with 15 and Nick Martino is tied for 18th with nine.
  • Mitchell Digby is tied for 3rd among defenseman in scoring with 11 points. Alex Murray (2G-8A) is tied for 6th with 10 points, Malcolm Palmer (1G-8A) is tied for 8th and Cole Bielke (1G-7A) is tied for 12th.
  • Mitchell Digby is the reigning NAHL Defenseman of the Month while Andrew DeCarlo is the NAHL Forward of the Month Runner-Up and Graham Burke is the NAHL Goalie of the Month Honorable Mention.
  • Luke Johnson (6G-4A) is tied for the league lead in game winning goals with four.
  • Thanks to the series against the Warriors the Brahmas are now the second most penalized team in the league with a 22.71 minute per game average. Amarillo has the 5th fewest with an 11.93 minute average.
  • In 21 games played the Brahmas have scored the first goal only nine times while Amarillo has the first goal 10 times in 14 games played.
  • The Brahmas and Bulls will open play with the 10th and 11th ranked offenses in the NAHL. Lone Star averages 3.10 goals per game while Amarillo is averaging 3.07 goals per game. The separation between the two teams comes on the defensive side of the ice where the Brahmas are averaging 2.33 goals against per game which is second best in the league and the Bulls are at 3.00 goals against per game and 9th in the league.

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