Lone Star Brahmas Vs Topeka Road Runners Preview

Brahmas vs Road Runners

After winning the opening game of their NAHL season and going to overtime in game two, the Lone Star Brahmas have lost six in a row. Things will not get any easier this week as they travel to Topeka to face the Road Runners who are currently setting at second in the NAHL South Division.

 

The Brahmas traveled to Corpus Christi last weekend and dropped a pair of games to the Icerays. On Friday the Icerays controlled the game from the drop of the puck in shutting out the Brahmas 8 – 0. Saturday was a much better game for Lone Star as they jumped out to a one goal lead in the first before Corpus Christi scored two powerplay goals to take a 3 – 1 lead. The Brahmas netted an extra attacker goal with under a minute to play, but the Icerays scored an empty net goal to lock up the win.

 

Topeka played host to the Springfield Jr Blues and lost both games by 4 – 3 score in shootouts. Saturday’s shootout went eight rounds before Springfield could claim the victory. So far this season the Road Runners have gone to a shootout four times in nine games played. They are 2 – 2 in those four shootouts.

 

So far this season the Brahmas have shot themselves in the foot over and over with trips to the penalty box. Early the penalty kill was playing well and keeping the puck out of the net. While the competitors were not scoring on the powerplay, the work load on the defense was leading to scoring late. Things finally caught up to the penalty kill and Corpus Christi who entered the series with one of the weakest powerplays in the league went 7 for 12 against the Brahmas with the man advantage. The Brahmas will have to cut down on the penalties this weekend to get around the Road Runners.

 

Last 5 Games   W   L   OTL   Pts
Brahmas

0

5

0

0

Road Runners

2

1

2

6

 

Special Teams

 

Both teams have struggled on the powerplay this season. The Brahmas are currently ranked last in the league converting just two of 31 opportunities for 6.5%. Topeka has fared a bit better scoring on five of 42 man advantages or 11.9%.

 

With the seven powerplay goals scored by the Icerays last weekend the Brahmas’ penalty kill has fallen from 88.2% to 76.1% allowing 11 powerplay goals on 46 times short handed. Lone Star ranks 22nd in the league. The Topeka penalty kill is holding down the 16th spot in the league at 82.5% with seven goals allowed on 40 penalty kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

 

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0

5

0

0

27

5.40

182

.871

Road Runners

5

2

1

2

0

15

3.00

101

.871

 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

 

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Anthony Mousseau

1

4

5

Paul Fregeau

2

2

4

AJ Duggan

1

2

3

Jan Hudecek

2

0

2

Todd Koritzinsky

1

1

2

 
Road Runners

 G

A

Pts

Michal Uhrik

2

3

5

James Ring

1

2

3

Peter Halash

1

3

3

Cash Seraphim

1

2

3

Mike Gornall

0

3

3

 

 

Inside the Game

 

Brahmas Captain AJ Duggan will be the only player on the ice this weekend who is among league leaders in scoring with 3G – 5A.

 

Cash Seraphim of Topeka is tied for second in the league in minor penalties with nine in eight games.

 

Anthony Mousseau is tied for sixth in the league in Defenseman scoring with 5 points on 1G – 4A.

 

Topeka goal tenders Drew Vogler with a 1.94GAA and Blake Wojtala with a 2.16GAA are both within the top 15 goalies in the league.

 

The Brahmas are leading the league in penalty minutes with 240 in eight games played.

 

Lone Star has a -56 shots on goal differential while Topeka has a +58 shots on goal differential.

Topics: Lone Star Brahmas, NAHL, Topeka RoadRunners

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