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Brahmas Open Second Half Friday Against Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Chase Pletzke who scored his first of the season against Corpus Christi will look to get the offense kick started against the Icerays Friday as Lone Star opens the second half of their season schedule.

The Lone Star Brahmas will open second half play against the Corpus Christi Icerays this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre. The Brahmas are coming off a two week hiatus around the Christmas holiday and will need to hit the ice running having slipped to third place in the NAHL South. Lone Star can ill afford a repeat of the last time the Icerays were in town, picking up only one point as Corpus Christi left town with a sweep in their back pocket.

Lone Star announced a blockbuster trade on Tuesday that should help the offensive output. The Brahmas sent Alternate Captain and fan favorite Austin O’Rourke (9G-8A) along with Jared Domin (3G-3A) to the Amarillo Bulls in exchange for forwards Jon Russell (19G-6A) and Steven Ipri (3G-13A). Russell and Ipri have combined for 22G-19A this season with 12 of Russell’s goals coming on the power play where the Brahmas have been dismal all season.

O’Rourke was a key part of the Brahmas’ Robertson Cup Championship down the stretch last season scoring four playoff goals. He had provided a lot of heart and physical play this season. Domin was hampered this season missing nearly two months before returning for a couple games leading up to the Christmas break.

Russell and Ipri will look to make an immediate impact against the Icerays. Russell has 2G-3A in four games against Corpus Christi while Ipri has added 0G-2A in two games played.

Things looked good for the Brahmas against the Icerays early in the campaign, but Corpus Christi has won three of the last four contests.

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

12/8       Icerays 2 at Brahmas 1 OT

12/9       Icerays 3 at Brahmas 1

 

This past week, Corpus Christi was at home to face the division leading Shreveport Mudbugs pulling three of a possible four points from the series. On Thursday the Icerays went into the second down a goal, but Rylee St. Onge (10G -13A) pulled them even at the 12:01 mark. The remainder of regulation ticked off with no further scoring sending the game to overtime. With just 1:06 left in the extra frame Aleksi Peltonen (4G-11A) hit the back of the net to hand Corpus Christi the victory. Jake Acton (2-2-1-3) logged the win on 26 saves. Friday night it was the Icerays holding a one goal lead going into the second thanks to a Ryan Rosenberg (1G-1A) tally early in the opening period. After Shreveport had knotted the score at one just 44 seconds into the second, St. Onge hit his second of the series to retake the lead. The Mudbugs would have the only goal of the third to set up overtime for the second night in a row. After a scoreless overtime the Mudbugs would get the only goal in the shootout to pick up the extra point. Acton was in net once again stopping 39 in the loss.

The Icerays played a quick one game set in Shreveport Tuesday night. Matt Acciaioli (3G-17A) scored late in the first to cut an early Shreveport lead in half. Just 47 seconds into the second Brendan Miller (9G-9A) lit the lamp to knot the score at two each. The Mudbugs scored the next two before St. Onge scored two of his own, but once again Shreveport came back to retake the lead. Noah Roofe (5G-0A) had the only goal of the third to send the game to overtime and eventually a shootout where the Icerays came up short. Acton faced 42 shots through overtime making 37 saves then stopped three of four in the shootout.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 2 2 1 0 5
Icerays 2 0 0 3 7

Special Teams

The Brahmas’ special teams have both been on again off again all season. The power play is currently setting 21st in the league at 15.2% with 21 goals on 138 opportunities. At home they are playing a bit better moving up to 13th at 19.4%. At NYTEX they have 14 goals on 72 power plays. In the past five games they have three goals on 18 opportunities or 16.7%. After getting off to a great start on the penalty kill, Lone Star has fallen to 8th overall at 82.5%. Opponents have scored 21 times on 120 Brahmas penalty kills. At home the Brahmas move down slightly to 11th killing off 50 of 63 opponent power plays or 79.4%. In the past five games they have allowed five goals on 14 penalty kills or 64.3%.

The Icerays’ are one of only two teams with a lower power play percentage than the Brahmas and set dead last in the 23 team NAHL. Corpus Christi has just 16 power play goals on 142 opportunities or 11.3%. On the road they fall to 9.4% with 9 goals on 96 chances. Over the last five games they have two goals in 19 opportunities which is just 10.5%. On the penalty kill the Icerays are two spots behind the Brahmas at 81.2% or 10th in the league. They have allowed 25 goals on 133 penalty kills. On the road they are setting 14th allowing 16 goals on 83 kills or 80.7%. Over the last five they have played well allowing only two goals on 20 opponent power plays for a 90.0% efficiency.

In the six games played head-to-head the two teams’ special teams have almost identical numbers. The Brahmas have five power play goals on 26 opportunities at 19.2% and the Icerays have five goals on 25 opportunities at an even 20.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 2 1 0 1 12 2.37 123 0.911
Icerays 2 0 0 3 0 14 2.63 190 0.931

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Ture Linden 2 4 6
Austin Bottrell 0 6 6
Five Tied at 1 1 2

 

Icerays G A Pts
Rylee St. Onge 4 3 7
Brendan Miller 3 2 5
Garrett Hallford 2 2 4
Larry Jungwirth 2 2 4
Three tied at 1 3 4

 

Inside the Game

  • Having gone 4-4-2-0 in their last 10 games the Brahmas have dropped to a tie for 8th overall in the league. The Icerays are currently tied for 11th. Corpus Christi has points in their last five games.
  • Larry Jungwirth (18G-13A) is currently tied for 9th in the league in scoring with 31 points.
  • Jon Russell is 2nd in the NAHL with 19 goals scored while Larry Jungwirth is 3rd with 18.
  • Julian Biondo (6G-17A) and Matt Acciaioli are tied for 25th in assists.
  •  Jon Russell leads the NAHL with 12 power play goals and Larry Jungwirth is tied for 20th with four.
  • Matt Acciaioli is 14th in scoring among defensemen with 19 points.
  • Ture Linden (6G-12A), Justin Addamo (8G-7A) and Aidan Spellacy (5G-10A) are all tied for 9th in game winning goals with three apiece.
  • Matt Acciaioli is 5th overall with 87 penalty minutes. Brenden Miller (8G-8A) is 7th with 81 and Jayson Dimizio (3G-8A) is tied for 14th with 75.
  • Mitchell Gibson (13-5-2-2) is once again leading the NAHL with a 1.59 GAA. Chad Veltri (11-7-0-2) comes in at 7th with a 2.18 GAA. Harrison Feeney (3-2-1-0) has a 1.87 GAA and Jake Acton has a 3.32 GAA.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd overall with a 0.935 SV% followed closely by Chad Veltri at 3rd with a 0.933 SV%. Harrison Feeney comes in with a 0.917 SV% and Jake Acton has a 0.905 SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is also tied for the league lead in wins with 13 and shutouts with five.
  • Corpus Christi is averaging 19.47 penalty minutes per game which is 5th most in the league. Lone Star is 10th averaging 17.17 per game.
  • The Icerays have been whistled for 120 more penalty minutes than their opponents while the Brahmas have 91 fewer penalty minutes than their opponents.
  • The Brahmas are 10-4-2-0 at home. The Icerays are 9-9-1-3 on the road.
  • Lone Star has a +7/+1/+5 per period goal differential compared to Corpus Christi with a -10/+2/-3 differential.
  • The Brahmas are 22nd overall in goals per game averaging 2.37 per game. Their defense on the other hand is 2nd overall allowing 2.00 goals per game. The Icerays are marginally better that Lone Star offensively at 19th averaging 2.62 goals per game, but are well behind the Brahmas on defense allowing 3.00 goals per game good for 14th in the league.
  • Corpus Christi has made two roster moves since they last faced the Brahmas adding defenseman Ryan Rosenberg from the Rochester Monarchs of the NCDC and forward Julian Makary (0G-0A) from the Philadelphia Rebels.

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