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Brahmas To Host Jackalopes This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend looking to extend their current four game win streak.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend as they look to continue their recent hot streak.

After struggling early on to score goals and string together wins, Lone Star made some roster moves that have led to a resurgence. In the first 10 games of the season Lone Star scored a total of 19 goals and managed a 3-4-1-2 record. Only their strong defense and goaltending kept them in games. However, in the last four the Brahmas have found the back of the net 16 times with four straight wins and points in their last five. The rebound has allowed the Brahmas to climb to a tie for second place in the NAHL South with Odessa.

The two teams have met twice so far this season with the Brahmas taking both games to get their current streak started.

10/13   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 1

10/14   Brahmas 3 at Jackalopes 1

Lone Star is coming off a home sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays. In game one the Brahmas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first with Ture Linden getting it started on the power play just under five minutes in. Chase Pletzke and Aidan Spellacy both logged their first of the season to close out the period. Neither team scored in the middle frame then Michael Montambault scored an empty netter between two Icerays tallies. In game two Corpus Christi held a one goal lead going into the second where the Brahmas took over. Connor Pooley got the score knotted up at 10:54 of the second and Justin Addamo followed that up just over two minutes later with both on the power play. In the third, Julian Biondo scored a five on three shorthanded goal that will be a candidate for goal of the year. Addamo got his second of the game then Kimball Johnson scored a power play goal for his first of the season. Mitchell Gibson was in net for both wins stopping 39 of 42 shots faced.

Odessa was at home last weekend for a three game sweep of the visiting Topeka RoadRunners including a pair of shutouts. On Thursday night, Nick Wilson scored twice in the second period and Peyton Frantti lit the lamp in the third in front of a 36 save shutout performance by Alex Camarre. The following night it was Brett Epp who pitched the shutout making 31 saves. Offensively the Jackalopes got goals from five different skaters with Eric Huss, Blake Bride and Brandon Osmundson scoring in the second while Evan Rochowiak and Lucas Herrmann added third period goals. The final game of the series saw Topeka jump out to a two goal lead less than two minutes into the contest. Frantti cut the deficit in half with just 27 seconds to go in the opening period. After a scoreless second, Rochowiak, Zach Heintz and Evan Somoza scored to put the game away. Camarre picked up his second win of the weekend stopping 39 of 41.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 0 1 0 8
Jackalopes 3 2 0 0 6

 

Special Teams

Much of Lone Star’s recent success can be tied to a reinvigorated power play. Prior to the start of their four game win streak they were setting 21st in the 23 team league at 10.6% on 5 goals in 47 opportunities. Since then they have gone 7 of 21 to raise their season average to 17.6% climbing three spots in the rankings. The Brahmas’ penalty kill has been strong all season and currently holds down the 3rd overall spot in the league at 89.5%. They have allowed 6 goals on 57 times shorthanded.

At 21.2% Odessa’s power play ranks 12th in the NAHL scoring 14 times in 66 opportunities. The Jackalopes’ penalty kill is nearly the equal of the Brahmas’ setting one spot behind Lone Star at 4th overall. Odessa has allowed 9 goals on 68 times shorthanded or 86.6%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 0 1 0 0 7 1.40 106 0.934
Jackalopes 3 2 0 0 2 9 1.80 170 0.947

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Justin Addamo 5 1 6
Julian Biondo 1 4 5
Austin O’Rourke 1 3 4
Connor Pooley 1 3 4
Michael Montambault 1 2 3
Jackalopes G A Pts
Evan Somoza 1 3 4
Zac Herrmann 0 4 4
Nick Wilson 2 1 3
Evan Rochowiak 2 1 3
Three Tied at 1 2 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Lone Star and Odessa are currently tied for second in the NAHL South and sixth in the overall.
  • With 14 points Zac Herrmann (3G-11A) is tied for 9th in the league in scoring. Evan Rochowiak (6G-7A) and Julian Biondo (4G-9A) are tied for 15th.
  • Lucas Hermann (1G-7A) leads the league with 54 PIMs in 11 games played.
  • Justin Addamo’s three game winning goals is tied for 2nd in the league.
  • Nick Wilson (2G-4A) is tied for 12th with a +8 rating. Justin Addamo (6G-5A), Kyle Hallbauer (1G-5A) and James Crossman (1G-5A) are tied for 18th with a +7.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 3rd in the league with a 1.26 GAA. Alex Camarre is 4th at a 1.64 GAA. The two are tied for 3rd in save percentage at 0.947 SV% each. Brett Epp is 12th with a 2.37 GAA and tied for 9th with a 0.930 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for the league lead with 7 wins on the season and leads the NAHL with 3 shutouts.
  • The Brahmas average 2.50 goals scored per game which is 20th in the league. The will be facing a Jackalopes defense that allows an average of 2.21 goals per game, 4th best in the league.
  • On defense the Brahmas are following the tradition established over the past few years as one of the best in the league and are allowing just 1.79 goals per game good for 2nd in the NAHL. The Jackalopes will counter with an offense that is currently 13th in the league at 2.86 goals scored per game.
  • The Brahmas have made two roster moves since facing the Jackalopes last adding forward Austin Bottrell and releasing forward Will Baginski. Odessa has made four moves over the same period trading forward Brenden Stanko to the Minnesota Wilderness for forward Blake Bride they have also added forwards Brandon Osmundson and Martin Pietraszek.

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