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Brahmas To Face Warriors This Weekend

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: The Lone Star Brahmas will travel to Wichita Falls to face off against the Warriors for the first time this season.

 

The Brahmas will take to the Kay Yeager Coliseum ice for the first time since April 21, 2017 as they faceoff against the Warriors. In their last trip to Wichita Falls, Lone Star bounced the Wildcats from the NAHL playoffs on their way to a Robertson Cup Championship.

It would be 1,282 days before the coliseum would see competitive hockey again. The Warriors have sparked new interest in Wichita Falls and currently rank third in the NAHL in attendance averaging 1,027 per game despite the Covid-19 concerns.

This weekend will renew the Brahmas closest geographic rivalry at just 1:40 minutes up highway 287. A trip that allows fans of Lone Star to easily make the drive to support their team.

Last weekend Lone Star picked recorded a sweep of the Amarillo Bulls at NYTEX Sports Centre. Initially things did not look so good on Friday as the visitors jumped out to a quick two goal lead. Head Coach Dan Wildfong was able to calm the troops and at the 8:50 mark Andrew DeCarlo (2G-8A) lit the lamp to get the comeback rolling. Just six minutes later Ryan Drkulec (1G-0A) added a goal to send the game to the first intermission tied 2-2. Joey Baez (2G-5A) had the only goal of the middle frame and Nicholas Niemo (5G-5A) added an insurance goal late in the third. Graham Burke (5W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net stopping 10 of the 12 shots he faced. On Saturday the first period was a mirror image of the night before. The Brahmas jumped out to the early lead with Zach Purcell (3G-5A) scoring just 18 seconds into the contest followed quickly by a Niemo tally. Two Amarillo goals had it all even going into the second where Lone Star scored three with Purcell, DeCarlo and Alex Murray (1G-4A) doing the damage. Amarillo would get one back in the third on a questionable goal, but it was too-little-too-late and Burke picked up another W. In all the Brahmas’ netminder stopped 27 of 32 in the series.

Wichita Falls played host the New Mexico Ice Wolves and came away with a split. Game one was a back and forth affair with New Mexico holding a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Thomas Weis (4G-2A) and Ryan Robinson (1G-3A) would get the game knotted at two in the second only to see the Ice Wolves score two in the third for the 4-2 final. Ryan Ullan (1W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) was saddled with the loss allowing the four goals on 28 shots faced. Game two was tight the whole night. Mac Wiseman (2G-2A) had the only goal in the first coming just under five minutes in. New Mexico scored at 13:36 of the second then another 30:33 ticked off the clock before Jackson Wozniak (2G-0A) scored the game winner 4:09 into overtime. Ullan was in net once again making 31 saves for the overtime win.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 10
Warriors 2 2 0 1 5

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas have the 2nd overall power play in the NAHL at 33.3% on six goals in 18 opportunities.

They will be up against a Warriors penalty kill that currently sets 11th in the league at 81.5%. Wichita Falls has allowed five goals on 27 times shorthanded.

When the Brahmas penalty kill takes the ice they have not been the PK that Brahmas fans are used to seeing. They have allowed five goals on 17 kills or 70.6% which is 20th in the NAHL.

Lone Star’s penalty kill unit will have a chance to improve their numbers this weekend going up against a Warriors power play ranked at 16th. Wichita Falls has managed just three power play goals on 25 opportunities of 12.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 5 0 0 0 3 12 2.36 119 0.908
Warriors 2 2 0 1 0 15 2.94 155 0.912

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Nicholas Niemo 5 5 10
Andrew DeCarlo 2 8 10
Zach Purcell 3 5 8
Joey Baez 2 5 7
Alex Murray 1 4 5
Warriors G A Pts
Thomas Weis 3 2 5
Nick Lanigan 2 2 4
Mac Wiseman 2 2 4
Adisen Brueck 1 3 4
Vincent Corcoran 0 4 4

 

Inside the Game

  • Nicholas Niemo is the reigning NAHL South Division Player of the Week.
  • Nicholas Niemo and Andrew DeCarlo are currently tied for 7th in the league in scoring with 10 points apiece. Zach Purcell is tied for 16th at eight points.
  • Nicholas Niemo’s five goals has him tied for 4th in the NAHL.
  • Andrew DeCarlo is setting 4th in the league in assists with eight on the season. The Warriors’ Vincent Corcoran (0G-6A) is tied for 10th while Joey Baez, Nicholas Niemo and Zach Purcell are tied for 17th with five each.
  • Vincent Corcoran is tied for 3rd in the league in defenseman scoring with six points and Alex Murray is tied for 7th with five.
  • Nicholas Niemo is riding a five-game goal streak and Andrew DeCarlo has a five-game assist streak entering the weekend. Both are the longest current streaks in the league.
  • Graham Burke is currently 12th in the league in goals against average with a 2.49GAA. Ryan Ullan is 25th with a 3.46GAA and Owen Bartoszkiewicz (1W-1L-0OTL-1SOL) is 30th with a 3.61GAA.
  • With a 0.909SV% Graham Burke is 17th in the NAHL while Owen Bartoszkiewicz is tied for 20th with a 0.898SV% and Ryan Ullan is tied for 25th with a 0.895SV%.
  • Graham Burke’s five wins has him setting 2nd in the league one behind the leader.
  • Both teams are middle of the pack in average penalty minutes per game with the Brahmas at 9th lowest averaging 12.83 per game and the Warriors 11th averaging 14.33 per game.
  • In six games played Wichita Falls has been outscored 11-1 in the third period.

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