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Brahmas – Icerays Preview For 11/17 & 11/18

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Connor Pooley and the Lone Star Brahmas will make their first trip to Gulf Coast this season to face the Corpus Christi Icerays Friday and Saturday.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will go into a two game road series against the Corpus Christi Icerays winning nine of their last 10 games. Corpus Christi has hit a bit of a hot streak as well winning their last four. It will be the Brahmas first trip to the coast this season. The teams met in October at NYTEX Sports Centre to open Lone Star’s home schedule.

 

10/20     Icerays 2 at Brahmas 4

10/21     Icerays 1 at Brahmas 5

 

This past weekend, Lone Star took a pair of games from the visiting Amarillo Bulls to run their home win streak to six straight. On Friday, the game remained scoreless for 50:39 until Ture Linden found the back of the net for the eventual game winner. Just under four minutes later, Michael Montambault picked up an insurance goal, but Mitchell Gibson made sure it was not needed stopping all 22 shots he faced. Saturday night saw Lone Star go into the second down 1-0. Connor Stuart pulled the Brahmas even early in the frame only to see Amarillo score again late. Ryan Orgel was determined not to let the game get away and lit the lamp on the power play with 32 ticks left on the clock. Orgel would score again to put the game away at the 18:33 mark of the third. Gibson recorded his second win of the weekend with a 20 save performance.

Corpus Christi was at home to face the Topeka RoadRunners for the second straight weekend. In game one Larry Jungwirth opened the scoring near the midpoint of the first period before Topeka knotted it up again. It was all Icerays in the second with Rylee St. Onge and Jungwirth potting goals. Jungwirth wrapped up the hat trick early in the third the Matus Havrila scored late on the backside of a Topeka tally. Chad Veltri made 26 saves on the night to record the win. Game two was a bit tighter with the Icerays having to go to overtime to claim the win. Noah Roofe was the first to get on the board, but as the night before Topeka tied it up before the first intermission. The RoadRunners scored twice in the second to take a lead, but Brendan Miller came through for Corpus Christi to pull the home team within one. Jungwirth scored his fourth in two nights in the third to force overtime. It took Trevor Wilhelm just 2:14 into the extra frame to grab the game winner. Jake Acton picked up the win facing only 16 shots on the night.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 8
Icerays 4 1 0 0 8

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas continue to struggle with finding the back of the net on the power play and set at 20th in the league at 16.0%. They have scored 15 times on 94 opportunities. The penalty kill is where they have excelled all season and are currently ranked 2nd in the NAHL. Lone Star has allowed only 9 goals on 79 opponent’s power plays or 88.6%. On the road the Brahmas power play slips to 21st and 10.7% on 6 goals in 56 chances. The penalty kill is actually a little better on the road moving up to 89.8% on 5 goals allowed on 49 kills.

The Icerays’ power play has struggled even more than the Brahmas and hold down the 22nd spot in the league. They have 9 goals in 90 mad advantages which equates to 10.0%. On the penalty kill Corpus Christi stands at 14th overall. They have allowed 18 goals on 79 kills or 77.2%. Both units are slightly better on American Bank Center ice with the power play moving up to 12.5% on 3 goals in 24 chances good for 21st in the league. The penalty kill benefits even more from home cooking and while moving up only one spot to 13th the percentage jumps to 81.8%. They have killed off 18 of 22 opponent’s power plays.

Head-to-head the Brahmas power play has scored 4 times on 8 opportunities while the penalty kill has held the Icerays to 1 for 9.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 1 6 1.21 113 0.950
Icerays 4 1 0 0 0 8 1.59 137 0.945

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Julian Biondo 1 6 7
Austin Bottrell 2 2 4
Connor Stuart 1 3 4
Austin O’Rourke 2 1 3
Ture Linden 1 2 3

 

Icerays G A Pts
Larry Jungwirth 7 2 9
Rylee St. Onge 3 3 6
Garrett Hallford 2 3 5
Aleksi Peltonen 0 5 5
Two Tied at 1 2 3

Inside the Game

  • The reigning NAHL South Div. Player of the Week Larry Jungwirth will face off against the reigning Second Star in Mitchell Gibson.
  • With 27 points, the Brahmas are 1st in the NAHL South and 3rd overall in the league. Corpus Christi is currently 5th in the South and tied for 16th in the NAHL.
  • Julian Biondo (5G-16A) is tied for 8th in the league in scoring. Larry Jungwirth (10G-7A) is tied for 19th
  • Larry Jungwirth is tied for 8th in goals scored with 10.
  • Julian Biondo is second in the NAHL in assists with 16.
  • Austin O’Rourke (7G-6A) is tied for 5th in power play goals with 4.
  • Justin Addamo (6G-5A) is tied for 2nd in the league in game winning goals with 3.
  • Kyle Hallbauer (2G-7A) is 3rd among defensemen and tied for 7th overall in +/- rating with a +11.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the NAHL with a 1.19 GAA and a 0.949 SV%. Chad Veltri is 16th with a 2.33 GAA and tied for 7th with a 0.931 SV%. Harrison Feeney sports a 1.31 GAA and 0.948 SV% while Jake Acton has a 3.44 GAA and a 0.877 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the league in Wins (10), Shutouts (4) and Minutes Played (907).
  • Corpus Christi averages 17.75 penalty minutes per game 6th most in the league. Lone Star is one spot behind at 16.90 penalty minutes per game.
  • The Icerays have 29 more penalty minutes than their opponents compared to the Brahmas who have 41 fewer minutes.
  • The first period has been the Brahmas best with them outscoring their opponents 16-8 while it has been the Achilles Heel for the Icerays who have been outscored 22-12 in the opening frame.
  • The Icerays and Brahmas are 19th and 20th in the league in goals for per game at 2.45 and 2.40. It is in goals against per game where the Brahmas hold a distinct advantage. Lone Star has the best defense in the league allowing 1.65 goals against compared to the Icerays who allow 3.05 which is 14th.

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