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Brahmas-Icerays To Faceoff Friday & Saturday

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Michael Montambault and the Lone Star Brahmas will host the Corpus Christi Icerays this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will have their hands full this weekend as the NAHL Forward of the Month Larry Jungwirth and the Corpus Christi Icerays are in for two games. The last time the two teams met in Corpus Christi, Jungwirth scored four goals in the two games including a game winner in game one.

10/20     Icerays 2 at Brahmas 4

10/21     Icerays 1 at Brahmas 5

11/17     Brahmas 2 at Icerays 4

11/18     Brahmas 4 at Icerays 3 SO

This past weekend, Lone Star was at home with Odessa at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Jackalopes spanked the Brahmas in game one holding a five goal lead until Michael Montambault scored a power play goal with just two seconds left in the game. Mitchell Gibson had his worst night of the season giving up four goals on 23 shots faced through 36:38 of play. Harrison Feeney relieved him and allowed one goal with six saves. In game two, it looked like it would be Lone Star that would run away with the contest. Drew Lennon, Ture Linden and Kimball Johnson scored in the first to establish a lead. Unfortunately, it was a lead they would not be able to hold. Odessa got on the board late in the second then added two in the third to force overtime. Linden scored his second of the night for the game winner at 3:41 of the extra frame. Gibson was in net once again and picked up the win on 31 saves.

Corpus Christi was at home to face division leading Shreveport. Jungwirth got the Icerays on the board first in the opening period Saturday night. Blake Coffey put Corpus Christi back on top in the third after Shreveport tied it in the second. The Mudbugs scored on the power play with 35 seconds left to force overtime and eventually a shootout. Aleksi Peltonen scored the only goal of the shootout for the win. Chad Veltri got the start in net and faced 45 shots on the night. Sunday the Mudbugs took control early with three in the first and cruised to a 5-1 win. Jayson Dimizio had the only goal for the Icerays early in the third. Jake Acton took the loss making 26 saves on 31 shots faced. Brendan Miller and Matt Acciaioli were hit with Game Misconduct penalties in the game so either or both could miss time against Lone Star this weekend.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 2 2 1 0 5
Icerays 1 2 1 1 4

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas’ special teams have both struggled of late. The power play has near the bottom of the league all season and currently sets 21st at 15.7% with 20 goals on 127 man advantages. At home they have been a bit better moving up to 11th and 21.3%. They have 13 goals on 61 opportunities. The penalty kill which had at one point been the best in the league, is now setting 9th overall. The Brahmas have slipped to 82.1% allowing 20 goals on 112 kills. At home they have fared even worse at 78.2% on 12 goals in 55 kills which has them at 13th in the league.

The Icerays’ are one of only two teams with a lower power play percentage than the Brahmas. Corpus Christi is 22nd in the NAHL at just 11.6% with 13 goals on 112 opportunities. On the road they are dead last in the league scoring only 6 goals on 71 power plays or 8.5%. Their penalty kill is tied for 12th at 77.9%. The Icerays have killed off 81 of 104 opponent power plays. Away from the American Bank Center the Icerays fall to 19th allowing 16 goals on 61 kills or 73.8%.

Head-to-head the Brahmas power play has scored 5 times on 18 opportunities while the Icerays are 4 for 17.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 2 1 0 1 15 2.93 126 0.894
Icerays 1 2 1 1 0 17 3.29 162 0.905

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Ture Linden 4 1 5
Kimball Johnson 1 3 4
Austin Bottrell 0 4 4
Aidan Spellacy 1 2 3
Three Tied at 1 1 2

 

Icerays G A Pts
Larry Jungwirth 4 0 4
Matt Acciaioli 1 3 4
Brendan Miller 1 2 3
Rylee St. Onge 0 3 3
Three Tied at 1 1 2

 

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas are currently sixth in the league and second in the NAHL South Division with 34 points. Corpus Christi is 18th overall and fifth in the South with 24 points.
  • Larry Jungwirth (16G-7A) and Julian Biondo (6G-17A) are tied for 20th in the league in scoring with 23 Points each.
  • Larry Jungwirth is tied for second in goals scored with 16.
  • Julian Biondo is tied for sixth in assists with 17.
  • Austin O’Rourke (8G-8A) and Larry Jungwirth are tied for 11th in power play goals with four each.
  • Ture Linden and Justin Addamo (8G-7A) are tied for fifth in game winning goals with three.
  • Brendan Miller (6G-7A) and Matt Acciaioli (2G-11A) are fourth and fifth in penalty minutes. Miller has 83 PIMs and Acciaioli has 81 PIMs.
  • Mitchell Gibson is third in the league with a 1.66 GAA. Chad Veltri is 11th with a 2.29 GAA. Harrison Feeney has a 1.84 GAA and Jake Acton has a 4.13 GAA. Neither Feeney nor Acton have played the 480 minutes required to qualify among league leaders.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for fourth with a 0.932 SV%. Chad Veltri is one point behind in sixth with a 0.931 SV%. Harrison Feeney has a 0.919 SV% and Jake Acton has a 0.872 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the league with 12 wins and is tied for the lead with four shutouts.
  • Corpus Christi is the fourth most penalized team in the league with an average of 19.77 minutes per game. Lone Star is ninth overall with a 17.63 minute average.
  • The Icerays have been whistled for 97 more penalty minutes than their opponents while the Brahmas have 85 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • The Brahmas are 9-3-1-0 at home, the Icerays are 6-8-1-1 on the road.
  • Lone Star averages 2.44 goals for and 2.04 goals against per game. Corpus Christi is averaging 2.50 goals for and 3.12 goals against per game.

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