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Lone Star Brahmas – Odessa Jackalopes Preview For 2/17 & 2/18

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan photography: Hunter Stanley and Carson Kelley lead the Lone Star Brahmas in scoring against the Odessa Jackalopes with 10 points apiece. The Kelley, Stanley, York line has feasted on the Odessa defense to the tune of 26 points on 9G - 17A.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas for all intents and purposes have locked up a playoff spot. They can officially punch their ticket this weekend with a win against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes. After running off a 14 game win streak the Brahmas ran into a buzz saw last weekend being swept by the third place Shreveport Mudbugs on NYTEX Sports Centre ice. Weather it was looking past the Mudbugs, Shreveport’s press for home ice advantage in round one or the fact that Lone Star was missing two of their top scorers both nights, the Brahmas were unable to take control of either game. Leading scorer Drake Glover (17G – 23A) and number five scorer Hunter Stanley (15G – 20A) missed game one while Stanley and sixth leading scorer Troy York (20G – 14A) missed game two. Take 60 plus points away from your offensive attack in a game and putting the puck in the net becomes that much more difficult.

The Brahmas and Jackalopes have played a total of eight head-to-head games this season with the Brahmas holding a 7 – 1 – 0 record with all but the last two having been played at the Ector County Coliseum. The Brahmas have outscored the Jackalopes 27 – 13 in the season series.

10/27/16          Lone Star 4 at Odessa 1

10/28/16          Lone Star 4 at Odessa 1

10/29/16          Lone Star 4 at Odessa 0

11/15/16          Lone Star 5 at Odessa 3

12/01/16          Lone Star 3 at Odessa 6

12/02/16          Lone Star 2 at Odessa 1

01/13/17          Odessa 0 at Lone Star 2

01/14/17          Odessa 2 at Lone Star 3

Lone Star played host to the Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday and Saturday night. In game one, Shreveport carried a 1 – 0 lead into the second period. Brahmas’ Captain John Zimmerman (1G – 29A) scored on the power play just 31 seconds into the period to knot the score, but the Mudbugs retook the lead just three minutes later and never looked back. Shreveport went on to take a 3 – 1 win despite being outshot 37 – 16. Alec Calvaruso (19W – 5L – 0OTL) was saddled with his first loss since December 1, 2016. In game two the Brahmas were a bit more competitive with Julian Biondo (7G – 3A) scoring late in the second to cut into a two goal Mudbugs lead. In the third, Glover who was just back from a bout with the flu scored early to tie it up. However, Shreveport scored twice in the period to go back up for good despite a late tally from Jack Zielinski (2G – 13A). Max Prawdzik (5W – 1L – 0OTL) ended up on the wrong side of the ledger for the first time since joining Lone Star. For the second night in a row the Brahmas dominated the shots on goal at 38 – 17.

Odessa was on the road in Corpus Christi last weekend and were handed a pair of losses to carry back to West Texas. On Friday, the Icerays and Jackalopes traded goals in the first with Chase Thudium (17G – 24A) and Ludwig Stenlund (7G – 8A) having Odessa’s markers. However, the Jackalopes would not score again and the Icerays added three goals for the 5 – 2 win. Jonny Hogue (9W – 11L – 0OTL) was likely feeling a bit shell shocked following the game after facing 45 shots on goal and taking the loss. On Saturday, Rowan Savidant (3G – 3A) staked the Jackalopes to a one goal lead going into the first intermission, but the Icerays would counter with four unanswered goals the rest of the way. Jon Flakne (7W – 11L – 0OTL) made 36 saves in the loss.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL Pts
Brahmas 3 2 0 6
Jackalopes 2 3 0 4

 

Special Teams

Lone Star will carry the 6th ranked power play into the series after converting 45 of 205 opportunities or 22.0%. Odessa is middle of the pack on the man advantage 14th in the league at 17.7% scoring 23 times on 130 opportunities. The Brahmas rank near the top on the penalty kill as well setting 3rd in the NAHL at 85.5% killing off 136 of 159 opponent power plays. The Jackalopes are currently 16th in the league at 78.7% giving up 33 goals on 155 kills.

At home the Brahmas numbers drop off on both the power play and the penalty kill while the Jackalopes road units play fairly close to their overall season averages. Lone Star’s home power play is currently residing at 13th in the league. They have scored 17 times on 91 chances or 18.7%. They will be up against an Odessa road penalty kill that has allowed 18 goals on 91 kills or 80.2% which is good for 16th in the NAHL. When a man down, the Brahmas home unit slips to 81.7% on 13 goals in 71 times shorthanded which is 11th. The Jackalopes road power play is at 16th converting 12 of 70 opportunities or 17.1%.

In their eight head-to-head matchup, the Brahmas hold a distinct special teams edge in both opportunities and efficiency. Lone Star has 7 goals in 34 power play opportunities for an even 20.6% and has limited Odessa to 3 goals in 26 chances or 11.5%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 2 0 1 8 2.25 108 .898
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 20 4.01 170 .882

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Troy York 3 1 4
Austin Kamer 2 2 4
Carson Kelley 0 4 4
Jakub Melisko 0 3 3
Two Tied At 2 0 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Chase Thudium 4 5 9
Ludvig Stenlund 4 5 9
Bastien Maia 2 6 8
Zac Herman 2 2 4
Zach Zech 1 3 4

 

Inside the Game

  • The last time Alec Calvaruso faced the Jackalopes he picked up his third shutout of the season with a 2 – 0 win.
  • Chase Thudium has climbed up the scoring list with his recent outburst and is now tied for 13th in the league at 41 points. Drake Glover and Carson Kelley (12G – 28A) are tied for 16th. They are the only three skaters in the series who are ranked among the top 20 in scoring.
  • Pete Kessel (22G – 15A) is tied for 5th in goals scored. Troy York is tied for 8th with 20, while Drake Glover and Chase Thudium with17 each are tied for 20th.
  • John Zimmerman is second in the league in assists with 29 and Carson with 28 is tied for 3rd.
  • Troy York is leading the league with 7 game winning goals. Justin Addamo (10G – 9A) and Hunter Stanley are tied for 4th with 5 game winning goals each.
  • Connor Wood (4G – 16A) is second in the league in penalty minutes with 198 in 38 games played. He is 1st in minor penalties with 39 and 2nd in major penalties with 6.
  • Alec Calvaruso holds down the 3rd spot in the league in goals against average at 2.03 GAA. Jonny Hogue is 20th with a 2.96 GAA and Jon Flakne is 31st with a 3.43 GAA. Max Prawdzik has a 2.18 GAA, but does not qualify due to his lack of minutes played.
  • Alec Calvaruso’s 0.914 SV% is 15th in the league followed by Jonny Hogue is 19th with a 0.908 SV% and Jon Flakne with a 0.901 SV% good for 28th. Max Prawdzik has the best save percentage among the group with a 0.919 SV%.
  • Alec Calvaruso is 3rd in the league with 19 wins and tied for 3rd with 3 shutouts.
  • Odessa is the most penalized team in the NAHL averaging 26.71 PIMs per game although they are tied for 8th in minor penalties. They have racked up the most major penalties with 22 and match penalties with 35. The Jackalopes have a total of 1,122 PIMs compared to 961 PIMs for their opponents.
  • Lone Star is 13th in PIMs averaging 18.33 per game. Their 229 minors have them 12 behind the Jackalopes and they have exactly half as many major penalties and 19 match penalties.
  • The Brahmas now stand at 14 – 6 – 0 – 0 at home after being swept by Shreveport last weekend. The Jackalopes have a 8 – 13 – 1 – 0 road record.
  • If you look at goal differential per period the Jackalopes have lost the second period by 4 goals on the season and struggled in the third with a -15 deficit. That should play into the Brahmas hands as they tend to ratchet things up as the game goes on. Lone Star has a +21 goal differential in the second period and is +19 in the third.
  • Lone star has the 6th ranked offense averaging 3.33 goals scored per game Odessa will counter with a defense allowing 3.43 goals per game which is 19th out of 24 teams. The Brahmas boast the 2nd best defense in the league allowing just 2.22 goals per game and will be facing the 19th ranked offense in the Jackalopes at 2.95 goals per game.
  • Lone Star is 32 – 2 – 1 – 0 when leading or tied after two periods. Odessa is 16 – 7 – 3 – 0 under the same circumstances.
  • Odessa is on a 6 game road winless streak.

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