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Lone Star Brahmas – Janesville Jets Robertson Cup Semi-Final Preview

Drake Glover and Kip Hoffmann lead their teams in playoff scoring. They will be looking to continue their hot hands as the teams faceoff in the NAHL Robertson Cup Semi-Finals starting May 11, in Duluth, MN.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas enter the Robertson Cup Tournament as the second seed and will face third seed Janesville Jets in the semifinals. Both teams won their respective divisions by wide margins with the Brahmas finishing the NAHL regular season at 90 points 14 points ahead of Shreveport in the South Division and the Jets closed the season at 89 points, 20 points ahead of Fairbanks in the Midwest Division.

Lone Star’s trip to Duluth started with a three game sweep of the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the opening round of the playoffs. In round two they faced a determined Corpus Christi Icerays team that pushed the Brahmas to a full five game series that Lone Star won in a 1-0 overtime thriller.

Janesville opened the post season on a strong note as well with a sweep of Coulee Region. After disposing of the Chill, the Jets met up with the Fairbanks Icedogs winning three of four games in the series.

 

Semi Finals Schedule

Date Time Home Visitor
Game 1 5/11/2017 7:30pm Lone Star Janesville
Game 2 5/12/2017 7:30pm Janesville Lone Star
Game 3* 5/13/2017 6:00pm Lone Star Janesville
* if necessary

 

Playoff Records

W L OTL Pts
Brahmas 6 2 0 12
Jets 6 1 0 12

 

Special Teams

During the regular season the Brahmas power play unit put up decent numbers finishing tied for 9th overall in the league. Lone Star converted 55 of 279 opportunities or 19.7%. Their 279 power plays ranked 2nd only to Johnstown who had 289 opportunities. On the penalty kill, the Brahmas finished 6th in the NAHL at 84.8%. They killed off 178 of 210 times shorthanded. The 210 penalty kills was the 5th fewest in the league. Janesville’s power play was the cream of the crop in the NAHL finishing 1st overall at 24.3%. The Jets converted 59 of 243 opportunities. Ten teams had more power play opportunities on the season than did Janesville. The Jets finished three spots behind the Brahmas on the penalty kill at 9th overall. Janesville killed off 205 of 248 times shorthanded. Their 248 penalty kills was 6th most in the league.

In the playoffs, the Brahmas power play is currently setting at 6th scoring 4 goals on 20 opportunities or an even 20.0%. When a man down, Lone Star is 8th overall at 85.7% allowing 2 goals on 14 times shorthanded. Janesville has seen a big drop off in their power play efficiency in the post season. The Jets are 12th at 11.1% converting 2 of 18 power play opportunities. Their penalty kill has slipped from the regular season numbers as well. Janesville is currently 13th at 66.7% having allowed 6 goals on 18 times shorthanded.

While Janesville has struggled a bit on special teams during the playoffs, they have managed 3 shorthanded goals compared to 1 for Lone Star.

 

Playoff Goaltending Comparison

W L OTL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 6 2 0 2 16 1.76 187 0.914
Jets 6 1 0 1 13 1.72 199 0.935

 

Who is Hot (Playoffs)

Brahmas G A Pts
Drake Glover 3 4 7
Carson Kelley 4 2 6
Troy York 4 2 6
Hunter Stanley 1 5 6
Pete Kessel 3 2 5

 

Jets G A Pts
Kip Hoffmann 7 4 11
Cullen Munson 0 8 8
Joseph Abate 3 3 6
Cole Paskus 2 4 6
Two Tied at 1 4 5

 

Inside the Game

  • Janesville finished the regular season 2nd overall in goals per game with 3.73 in the playoffs they have continued to put up goals averaging 3.57 per game. Lone Star was 9th during the regular season averaging 3.17 goals per game. In the post season like the Jets they have slipped only slightly to 2.88 goals per game.
  • The Jets have bumped it up a bit in shots on goal averaging 39.29 in the post season an increase of three over their regular season numbers. The Brahmas have seen nearly three shots per game fewer in the playoffs with an average of 32.00 compared to 34.92 during the regular season.
  • Goals against averages have improved for both teams since the end of the regular season. Lone Star has improved to 1.76 goals allowed per game from 2.25. Janesville has averaged 1.72 goals against in the playoffs compared to 2.55 during the regular season.
  • The Brahmas are allowing 25.38 shots on goal in the post season compared to 30.29 for the Jets.
  • Lone Star has five skaters who have scored three or more goals in the playoffs. Carson Kelley and Troy York with 4 apiece, Drake Glover, Pete Kessel and Austin O’Rourke with 3 apiece. Janesville has two in Kip Hoffmann with 7 and Joseph Abate with 3.
  • Cole Paskus had the longest goals scored streak of the season scoring 8 times in a 6 game stretch.
  • Peter Bates had the longest road goals scored streak of 6 games with seven goals scored. Pete Kessel had the third longest streak of 5 games and 8 goals scored.
  • Peter Bates also had the longest points streak this season, registering at least one point per game in 16 straight contests.
  • Lone Star sported the longest win streak this season winning 14 straight.
  • The Brahmas also had the 1st and 2nd longest road win streaks at 11 and 9 games respectively. Janesville tied for the 4th longest road win streak at 7 games.
  • Janesville had a per period goal differential during the regular season of +25/+18/+28 compared to Lone Star with a +7/+17/+21.
  • The teams had nearly identical records when scoring first. Lone Star was 31-3-1-0 while Janesville was 31-2-1-2.
  • Lone Star won 12 of 14 overtime games during the regular season and 4 of 4 in the post season compared to 5 of 10 and 2 of 2 in the playoffs.
  • The Jets have averaged 8.29 PIMs per game in the playoffs. The Brahmas have averaged 5.75 PIMs per game.

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