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Brahmas – Jackalopes Preview for 10/13 & 10/14

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Head Coach Dan Wildfong and the Lone Star Brahmas must find a way to ignite the offense this weekend against the Odessa Jackalopes.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will wrap up their season opening 12 game road trip with a visit to west Texas to face the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend. While the road has not been good to the Brahmas so far this season, the team could get back above the .500 mark with a sweep and leapfrog over the second place Jackalopes in the NAHL South standings.

Lone Star has owned Odessa recently running up a 9-2-1-0 record last season and a 26-6-1-1 record over the past three campaigns. However, the Jackalopes have looked like a team with a purpose this season and the Brahmas who have been struggling to score goals will have their hands full with an Odessa defense that is allowing only 2.4 goals per game.

Despite taking only a single point out of their series with Topeka last weekend, there were some bright spots the Brahmas could build upon. Newcomers made an immediate impact on the score sheet with Connor Pooley picking up two points while Ture Lindon and Jakub Sirota had one point each. Given a few games to settle into Head Coach Dan Wildfong’s schemes they should be a boost to the offense.

Maybe the biggest plus coming out of their trip to Kansas was that the power play which had been an anemic 8.3% on three goals in 36 opportunities going into the series scored in back to back games. Lone Star has had 47 power play opportunities this season to lead the league. The closest team to them is the Johnstown Tomahawks with 44, but they have played two games more than Lone Star. If the Brahmas’ power play was even in the middle of the pack they could easily be setting with three more wins and be in the thick of thing in the South division.

Last Friday, the Brahmas got out on top of Topeka late in the first period when Ture Lindon, skating in his first game in a Brahmas sweater, scored on the power play. Topeka came back with two in the second with the first being aided by an odd bounce of a stantion to take the lead. They got another lucky bounce in the third as a blocked shot from the point went high in the air then came down on Owen Farris’ shoulder and over Mitchell Gibson. Jared Domin scored an extra attacker goal with just over a minute to play, but Lone Star could not score the equalizer. Saturday night saw the Brahmas again take a one goal lead into the first intermission this time off a Michael Montambault redirect of a Jakub Sirota blast from the blueline. Unfortunately that was all the offense they would generate on the night and Topeka tied it up in the second. After a scoreless third, the RoadRunners scored just 14 seconds into extra frame to hand Harrison Feeney the overtime loss in his first game with the Brahmas.

Odessa also managed just one point out of their weekend series against the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs. On Friday night the Mudbugs held a 2-0 lead going into the final 20 minutes of play before Nick McKeeby got the Jackalopes on the board. Shreveport would respond with two goals in a 1:27 stretch to put the game away. Brett Epp took the loss in net.  In game two after a scoreless first, Odessa took a 2-0 lead on goals by Noah Poindexter and Peyton Frantti. Shreveport came storming back with two goals in the third to force overtime and eventually a five round shootout.  Petr Miko was the only Jackalopes shooter to score in the shootout leading to the 3-2 loss. Alex Camarre took the loss despite making 36 saves.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 1 3 1 0 3
Jackalopes 3 1 0 1 7

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s power play has been dismal early in the season, but did show some life last weekend. The Brahmas currently set 21st in the 23 team league at 10.6% on 5 goals in 47 opportunities. Their 47 power plays leads the league by a sizable margin. On the other side of the coin, their penalty kill has been very strong and are currently 3rd in the league. They have allowed 4 goals on 37 times shorthanded or 89.2%

Odessa’s power play has been fairly productive at 25.6% on 10 goals in 39 opportunities. They are holding down the 8th overall spot in the NAHL. Their penalty kill is 5th in the NAHL at 84.2% after allowing 6 goals on 38 times shorthanded.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 3 1 0 0 12 2.46 120 0.900
Jackalopes 3 1 0 1 0 10 1.95 161 0.938

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 2 4 6
Austin O’Rourke 3 1 4
Aidan Spellacy 0 4 4
Jared Domin 2 0 2
Two Tied At 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Evan Rochowiak 2 3 5
Evan Somoza 3 1 4
Zac Herrmann 1 3 4
Zach Heintz 0 4 4
Pert Miko 3 0 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Odessa currently sets tied for 6th overall in the league while Lone Star comes in tied for 12th.
  • Evan Rochowiak (4G-6A) and Zac Herrmann (3G-7A) are tied for 12th in the league in scoring. Julian Biondo (3G-5A) is tied for 17th. Herrmann’s 10 points leads all NAHL defenseman.
  • Evan Somoza (5G-2A) is tied for 9th in goals scored. While Evan Rochowiak and Austin O’Rourke (4G-2A) are tied for 16th.
  • Austin O’Rourke has one of the four hat tricks scored so far this season.
  • Mitchell Gibson is currently 5th in the league with a 1.26 GAA, Alex Camarre is 8th with a 1.62 GAA, Brahmas newcomer Harrison Feeney is 12th with a 1.99 GAA and Brett Epp is 24th with a 2.49 GAA.
  • Mitchell Gibson has the 4th best save percentage at 0.949 SV%, Alex Camarre is tied for 6th with a 0.945 SV%, Brett Epp is 20th with a 0.925 SV% and Harrison Feeney is 36th with a 0.905 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson has 3 of the 12 total shootouts so far this season.
  • Odessa is the 7th most penalized team in the league and Lone Star is 8th. The Jackalopes average 14.89 PIMs per game compared to 14.10 for the Brahmas.
  • Lone Star has 14 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents. Odessa has been whistled for 34 more penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • The Brahmas have a +2/+1/-1 per period scoring differential, the Jackalopes are +4/+2/-2.
  • Lone Star has the 21st ranked offense averaging 1.90 goals per game and the 5th ranked defense allowing an average of 2.00 goals per game. Odessa is tied for 8th offensively with 89 goals per game and 7th with 2.44 goals allowed per game.
  • In another roster move, the Brahmas have traded Mick Heneghan to Wilkes Barre/Scranton in the NAHL East Division. Heneghan had 1G-0A in five games played with Lone Star.

 

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