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Brahmas Continue Homestand Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Fireworks erupted between Kyle Hallbauer and Nick Wilson the last time the Jackalopes were at NYTEX Sports Centre. The rivalry will be renewed again this weekend as Lone Star hosts Odessa for a two game series.

 

The Odessa Jackalopes will visit NYTEX Sports Centre for the second time this season to face the Lone Star Brahmas in a two game series. The Brahmas swept the Jackalopes during that series in late October and ran their season series record to 4-0 against Odessa. The Jackalopes have been held to a single goal in all four games with the Brahmas holding a 13-4 scoring advantage.

10/13   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 1

10/14   Brahmas 3 at Jackalopes 1

10/27   Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 2 OT

10/28   Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 4

Lone Star is coming off a three point weekend series at home against the Amarillo Bulls. On Friday, the teams skated to a scoreless opening 20 minutes with the first goal coming at 11:15. The Bulls held onto their one goal lead until 1:29 of the third when Aidan Spellacy pulled the Brahmas even. Less than two minutes later it was Austin O’Rourke who gave the home team their first lead of the night. However, it was to be short lived as Amarillo tied it up 2:13 later on a penalty shot. The game went to overtime with Amarillo getting the game winner with 39 seconds left on the clock. Mitchell Gibson made 27 saves in the loss. Saturday, the Bulls held a 1-0 lead going into the second period when the Brahmas got the offense revved up. Justin Addamo scored twice in the middle frame then Ture Linden did the same in the third. Amarillo scored once more in the third on the power play, but could get no closer. Harrison Feeney picked up the win on 22 saves.

Odessa was at home last weekend with the Corpus Christi Icerays in town. Friday night saw the Jackalopes claim a 5-4 overtime win. Evan Somoza got Odessa started just 1:01 into the contest. Peyton Frantti added a goal following an Icerays tally to lead by one going into the second. Corpus Christi tied it up in the second before Somoza added his second of the night. Matt Brown pushed the lead to two early in the third, but the Icerays scored twice to send it to overtime. Newcomer Rick Carballo scored the game winner 1:25 into the extra frame. Alex Camarre was in net making 36 stops. On Saturday, it was much more of a defensive struggle with the first goal coming 22:19 into the contest as Corpus Christi got on the board first. Lucas Andersson knotted the score early in the third and Carballo for the second night in a row potted the game winner. Brett Epp faced 38 shots in the win.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 2 1 0 7
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 4

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play sits at 21st overall in the NAHL. Lone Star has managed only 18 goals on the season in 120 power play opportunities or 15.0%. Their numbers jump up to a tie for 12th in the league at 20.4% on NYTEX Sports Centre ice. Eleven of their 18 power play goals have come at home in 54 opportunities. The penalty kill has hit a rough spot lately and as a result has fallen to 5th overall at 84.9%. The Brahmas have allowed 16 goals on 106 kills. The home unit sets at 10th killing off 41 of 49 opponent power plays or 83.7%.

At an even 20.0%, Odessa’s power play is tied for 12th overall. They have scored 21 times in 105 opportunities. On the road, they are 14th with 8 goals on 46 opportunities or 17.4%. The Jackalopes’ penalty kill comes in ranked 8th in the league at 83.5%. Odessa has allowed 18 goals on 109 times shorthanded. Away from Ector County Coliseum they have allowed 8 goals on 46 kills or 82.6% good for 10th in the league.

Head-to-Head the Brahmas hold a slight advantage going 5 of 23 on the power play while holding the Jackalopes to 2 for 21.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 2 1 0 0 13 2.53 101 0.886
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 0 19 3.79 185 0.911

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Justin Addamo 2 2 4
Ture Linden 2 2 4
Aidan Spellacy 2 1 3
Austin O’Rourke 1 2 3
Two Tied at 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Ricky Carballo 2 2 4
Matt Brown 1 3 4
Peyton Frantti 1 3 4
Zach Heintz 0 4 4
Two Tied at 2 1 3

 

Inside the Game

  • At 32 points the Brahmas are tied for 3rd overall in the NAHL with the Jackalopes tied for 14th at 24 points.
  • Julian Biondo (6G-17A) is tied for 12th in the league in scoring and will be the leading scorer to appear in the series. Evan Somoza (8G-9A) leads the Jackalopes.
  • Julian Biondo is tied for 5th in the league with 17 assists. Zac Herrmann (3G-14A) is tied for 18th with 14 assists.
  • Austin O’Rourke (8G-8A) is tied for 7th in the league in power play goals with 4.
  • Justin Addamo (8G-7A) is tied for 3rd in the game winning goals with 3.
  • With 70 PIMs, Justin Addamo is 5th in the league in penalty minutes. Lucas Herrmann (2G-7A) and Nick Wilson (3G-7A) are tied for 6th with 66 PIMs each.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is tied for 11th in the league’s +/- rating at a +11.
  • Zac Herrmann is tied for 5th among defensemen in scoring with 17 points.
  • Mitchell Gibson continues to lead the league in goals against average with a 1.42 GAA. Harrison Feeney comes in with a 1.78 GAA but has not played enough minutes to qualify among leaders. Alex Camarre is 12th with a 2.30 GAA and Brett Epp is 23rd with a 2.65 GAA.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with a 0.940 SV%. Alex Camarre is tied for 7th with a 0.929 SV%. With a 0.923 SV%, Brett Epp comes in tied for 13th. Harrison Feeney has a 0.922 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the NAHL with 11 wins and 4 shutouts.
  • Odessa is the 4th most penalized team in the league averaging 19.22 minutes per game on 141 minors, 6 majors, 3 game misconducts and 7 match penalties. The Brahmas are 9th in penalty minutes with a 17.28 average. They have 156 minors, 6 majors, 2 game misconducts and 5 match penalties.
  • The Jackalopes have been whistled for 99 more penalty minutes than their opponents. The Brahmas have 60 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • Lone Star is 8-2-1-0 on home ice while Odessa is 4-4-1-0 on the road.
  • Both offenses are in the bottom quarter of the league with Odessa at 20th averaging 2.57 goals per game and Lone Star at 22nd averaging 2.44 goals per game. The difference is on the defensive end of the ice. The Brahmas have the best defense in the league allowing an average of 1.88 goals against per game in contrast to the Jackalopes at 10th allowing 2.74 goals per game.
  • Odessa is currently riding a four game road winless streak.

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