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Lone Star Brahmas – Odessa Jackalopes Preview For 3/10 & 3/11

Photo courtesy of Meagan Sullivan Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will face off for the last time this season at NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday and Saturday.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will likely meet for the last time this season at the NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. Odessa is currently setting in fifth place in the NAHL South Division 16 points behind Corpus Christi with 12 games left to play making the post season a dimming hope for the Jackalopes.

The teams played a two game series just three weeks ago splitting a pair of 2 – 1 games. Odessa upset Lone Star on Friday to open the series then pushed the Brahmas to overtime on Saturday. All told, the Brahmas and Jackalopes have played a total of 10 games head-to-head this season with the Brahmas holding an 8 – 2 – 0 advantage. The Brahmas have outscored the Jackalopes 30 – 17 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

02/17/17          Odessa 2 at Lone Star 1

02/18/17          Odessa 1 at Lone Star 2 OT

Lone Star played host to the Amarillo Bulls for a three game set last weekend, winning twice. On Friday, Amarillo jumped out to a lead early, but Austin Kamer  brought the Brahmas back even before the intermission. The second followed the same patter with Amarillo taking the lead and Kamer once again knotting the score. This time however, David Marabella would also find the twine giving the Brahmas a 3 – 2 lead that they would hold to the final horn. Alec Calvaruso faced 20 shots on goal in the win. Saturday did not go nearly as well for Lone Star. Amarillo held a 1 – 0 lead going into the second before Julian Biondo scored just 23 seconds into the frame. Unfortunately the Bulls ran off three more tallies before the Biondo could score again. In the third Pete Kessel sandwiched a goal between two from Amarillo for the 6 – 3 final. Max Prawdzik got the start taking the loss with seven saves. Calvaruso relieved him midway through the second and allowed one goal on seven shots faced. Lone Star was able to rebound and take Sunday’s contest 3 – 2. Austin O’Rourke opened the scoring early in the first and Troy York added a second goal to take a two goal lead into the second. Biondo potted his third of the series in the second which was followed by two Bulls’ goals. Calvaruso picked up the win making 22 saves.

Odessa was at home last weekend losing a pair of games to the Shreveport Mudbugs. Friday night Odessa was down a goal going into the second where Ludwig Stenlund found the back of the net. Shreveport would score again to take a 2 – 1 lead into the third. Ryan MacKellar scored in the third, but the Mudbugs came back with two for the 4 – 2 win. Jon Flakne took the loss allowing three goals on 21 shots faced. The Jackalopes managed a single point on Saturday pushing Shreveport to a shootout. Stenlund had goals in the first and second along with a Connor Stuart tally in the second to take a 2 – 1 lead into the final frame. Shreveport scored twice in the third to get to the shootout. Cooper Zech was the only Lackalope to score in the shootout while Shreveport scored twice for the win. Jonny Hogue made 22 saves in a losing effort.


Last 5 Games

Brahmas 3 2 0 6
Jackalopes 1 2 2 4


Special Teams

Lone Star has seen their power play unit slip from 6th in the league and 22.0% to 10th at 19.4% in the three weeks since they last played Odessa. The power play has continued to remain strong at 2nd overall in the league at 85.9%. Odessa’s power play comes in ranked 17th at 16.7% while their penalty kill is 18th at 79.6%

It is the home power play that has brought the Brahmas numbers down. At NYTEX Sports Centre, the power play efficiency is just 15.4% scoring 18 times in 117 opportunities which is 18th in the league. Odessa will counter with the 13th ranked road penalty kill that has allowed 20 goals in 113 opponent power plays or 82.3%. When a man down, the Brahmas home penalty kill sets at 6th killing off 75 of 89 opponent power play or 84.3%. The Jackalopes road power play has struggled and sit at 21st at 14.9%. They have managed just 13 goals on 87 opportunities.

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 45 power play opportunities or 15.6% and has limited Odessa to 3 goals in 33 chances or 9.1%


Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

Brahmas 3 2 0 0 13 2.60 99 0.884
Jackalopes 1 2 2 0 14 2.73 126 0.900


Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Austin O’Rourke 1 4 5
Julian Biondo 4 0 4
Troy York 2 1 3
Austin Kamer 2 0 2
Two Tied At 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Ludvig Stenlund 4 1 5
Zach Zech 2 2 4
Chase Thudium 1 2 3
Zac Herman 0 3 3
Cooper Zech 0 3 3


Inside the Game

  • Lone Star has the 3rd highest winning percentage in the league at 0.745% compared to Odessa in 20th at 0.438%.
  • The Brahmas have four skaters who have reached the 40 point plateau in Carson Kelley (14G – 30A), Drake Glover (17G – 24A), Austin Kamer (16G – 25A) and Pete Kessel (24G – 16A). The Jackalopes have two, Chase Thudium (20G – 26A) and Zach Zech (16G – 25A).
  • Pete Kessel is tied for 4th in the league in goals scored. Troy York (22G – 15A) is tied for 9th and Chase Thudium is tied for 19th.
  • John Zimmerman (1G – 32A) is 2nd among defensemen and tied for 3rd overall in assists. Carson Kelley is tied for 7th.
  • Connor Wood is 2nd overall in penalty minutes with 214. He is first in minor penalties and 2nd in major penalties.
  • Pete Kessel leads the league with 213 shots on goal, Zach Zech is 3rd with 173.
  • Troy York leads the league with 8 game winning goals.
  • Alec Calvaruso (22W – 6L – 0OTL – 0SOL) is 3rd in the NAHL with a 2.00 GAA. Jonny Hogue (11W – 12L – 2OTL – 1SOL) is 16th with a 2.83 GAA. Jon Flakne (7W – 12L – 2OTL – 0SOL) is 30th at a 3.42 GAA. Max Prawdzik (6W – 3L – 0OTL – 0SOL) has a 2.34 GAA.
  • Alec Calvaruso is 15th in save percentage with a 0.913 SV%. Jonny Hogue is tied for 18th with a 0.910 SV% and Jon Flakne is 26th with a 0.900 SV%. Max Prawdzik has a 0.907 SV%.
  • With 22 wins, Alec Calvaruso is 3rd in the NAHL.
  • Odessa is the 3rd most penalized team in the league averaging 26.08 minutes per game. Lone Star is 14th with an average of 17.57 minutes per game.
  • The Brahmas are 17 – 8 – 0 – 0 at home and the Jackalopes are 10 – 14 – 2 – 0 on the road.
  • Lone Star has won 10 of 11 games that have gone to overtime or a shootout, Odessa has won 2 of 8.
  • Lone Star averages 3.17 goals for per game and 2.23 goals against for a +0.94 goal differential. Odessa averages 2.81 goals for and 3.35 goals against for a -0.54 goal differential.
  • The Brahmas are 36 – 3 – 1 – 0 when leading or tied after two periods while the Jackalopes are 18 – 7 – 4 – 1 under the same circumstances.

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