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Brahmas Travel To Take On Icerays

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The last time the Lone Star Brahmas were in Corpus Christi Brahmas' defenseman Kimball Johnson scored the game winner in the fifth round or a shootout.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will hit the road again this week making the journey south to the coast to face the Corpus Christi Icerays. The Brahmas hold a 4-2-2-0 record against the Icerays so far this season, but are 1-1-2-0 in their last four meetings. Three of the last five contests between the teams have gone to overtime.

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

1/5         Icerays 4 at Brahmas 3 OT

1/6         Icerays 1 at Brahmas 5

Lone Star is coming off a big home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. It was the second straight sweep of an opponent by the Brahmas. Friday night Steven Ipri (10G-19A) opened the scoring against Corpus Christi with the lone goal of the first period. After the RoadRunners had knotted the score early in the second, Jakub Sirota (2G-8A) put Lone Star back on top with a power play goal followed by an Aidan Spellacy (7G-11A) tally. Topeka would score again in the third, but Jon Russell would score on the power play to deny any comeback chances by the visitors. Mitchell Gibson (16-6-3-3) picked up the win facing just 11 shots on goal. Saturday saw Ipri open the scoring again for the second night in a row. Sirota found the back of the net just 24 seconds into the second period opening the flood gates on the Lone Star offense. Captain Julian Biondo (7G-20A), Ipri with his second of the night, Kyle Hallbauer (5G-13A) and Frank Trazzera (3G-4A) followed as the Brahmas put up a five spot. In the third period Justin Addamo (11G-14A) and Emack Bentley (2G-5A) sandwiched goals around Topeka’s only tally of the night. Harrison Feeney (5-2-1-0) got the start in goal and stopped 17 of 18 shots that came his way. The only goal Feeney surrendered came on a bad bounce off a defenseman’s skate.

Corpus Christi was on the road in Odessa last weekend and came away with a split in their two game series. Friday night Odessa cruised out to a three goal lead before Jayson Dimizio (5G-8A) could get the Icerays on the board at 9:45 of the second. The Jackalopes would add another before the end of the frame to retake a three goal lead. Dakota Concannon (2G-1A) tried to light a fire under the Icerays offense with a third period goal, but two more Jackalope goals sealed Corpus Christi’s fate. Jake Acton (5-4-1-3) suffered the loss despite 35 saves on the night. Saturday night the Icerays got a measure of revenge with a 2-1 Overtime win. Following a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Garrett Hallford (10G-11A) scored just 27 seconds into the second and Corpus Christi went into the third nursing a one goal lead. Odessa had the lone tally of the third to force overtime where Blake Coffey (5G-12A) broke through with the game winner.  Acton was in net for the second night in a row picking up the victory on 38 saves.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 0 0 1 9
Icerays 2 2 1 0 5

 

Special Teams

With a recent hot streak the Brahmas power play has moved up a couple spots to 19th overall in the league at 17.7%. Lone Star has converted 28 of 158 opportunities. On the road they set at 20th scoring 10 goals on 77 opportunities or 13.0%. In their last five games the Brahmas have turned up the wick a bit with six goals on 15 power plays or a 40.0% pace. On the penalty kill the Brahmas hold the 7th best record overall at 84.0% allowing 24 goals on 150 kills. When playing on the road their numbers jump up to 89.0% which is 2nd best in the league. They have allowed 8 goals on 73 penalty kills. Their last five games have fallen right in line allowing 2 goals on 19 opponent power plays or 89.5%.

The Icerays’ power play is dead last in the 23 team league converting just 10.7% of their power play opportunities. Corpus Christi has scored just 19 goals on 177 chances. At the American Bank Center they take a couple steps up the ranking coming in at 20th. They have scored 9 times on 62 opportunities or 14.5%. The last five games have not helped their numbers as the Icerays have only 2 goals on 21 opportunities of just 9.5%. The Corpus Christi penalty kill also comes in behind the Brahmas at 10th overall. They have killed off 131 of 162 opponent power plays or 80.9%. At home their numbers are fairly close to the overall at 80.6% good for 13th in the league. They have given up 12 goals on 62 kills. Their numbers are down over the last five games to 78.3% on five goals in 23 kills.

In the eight games played head-to-head the Brahmas hold a distinct special teams advantage. Lone Star has scored 3 goals on 13 opportunities or 23.1% while holding Corpus Christi to 2 for 22 or 9.1%

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 0 0 1 0 9 1.77 109 0.924
Icerays 2 2 1 0 1 18 3.58 163 0.901

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Steven Ipri 6 4 10
Justin Addamo 2 5 7
Kyle Hallbauer 2 4 6
Jon Russell 2 4 6
Jakub Sirota 2 4 6

 

Icerays G A Pts
Garrett Hallford 1 4 5
Rylee St. Onge 1 3 4
Larry Jungwirth 2 0 2
Three Tied at 1 1 2

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas have a 21-10-4-3 record overall which has them 8th in the NAHL and 3rd in the South Division. They are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games. The Icerays come in 12th overall and 4th in the South with an 18-16-3-5 record and 4-3-1-2 in their last 10.
  • Icerays forward, Larry Jungwirth (22G-15A) is currently tied for 17th in the league in scoring with 37 points. He is also tied for 4th in the league in goals scored and tied for 9th in power play goals with 6.
  • Jon Russell (24G-11A) leads the league in goals scored, is 2nd in power play goals scored and tied for the lead with 5 game winning goals. He is also tied for 5th with 17 power play points.
  • Steven Ipri with 5 power play goals is tied for 19th and is tied for 13th in power play assists with 10. His 15 power play points has him tied for 12th.
  • Aidan Spellacy is tied for 5th in game winning goals with 4.
  • Brendan Miller (10G-13A) has racked up 139 penalty minutes which is the 2nd highest total in the NAHL while Matt Acciaioli (3G-20A) with 103 minutes is 8th.
  • Kyle Hallbauer is a +18 in plus/minus rating tied for 17th.
  • Mitchell Gibson continues to lead the league in goals against average with a 1.68 GAA. Chad Veltri (12-8-1-2) leads Corpus Christi and is 15th in the league with a 2.46 GAA. Jake Acton is 28th with a 3.12 GAA. Harrison Feeney lacks the minutes played to qualify among league leaders, but would be 2nd behind Gibson with a 1.87 GAA if he qualified.
  • Mitchell Gibson is tied for the lead in save percentage with a 0.932 SV%. Chad Veltri is 11th with a 0.924 SV% and Jake Acton is tied for 22nd with a 0.912 SV%. Harrison Feeney comes in with a 0.914SV%.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 3rd in wins with 16, 2nd in minutes played with 1677 and is tied for the league lead in shutouts with 5.
  • The Brahmas defense is one of the best in the league at blocking shots as shown by the shots faced per minute of play. Mitchell Gibson has faced just 0.410 shots per minute played 3rd lowest among qualified goalies. Chad Veltri has faced 49 more shots on goal than Gibson despite playing 310 fewer minutes. Veltri’s 0.539 shots faced per minute is 18th most in the league. Jake Acton sees even more rubber averaging 0.592 shots per minute played which is tied for 7th Harrison Feeney if qualified would have the 2nd fewest shots faced per minute played at 0.359.
  • Corpus Christi averages 21.05 penalty minutes per game 3rd highest in the league. The Icerays have 133 more penalty minutes than their competitors. Lone Star averages 16.60 penalty minutes per game 11th in the league. The Brahmas have 85 fewer penalty minutes than their competitors.
  • The Brahmas will look to get out to a quick start in both games. Lone Star has a +11 goal differential in the first period while Corpus Christi has a -15 goal differential in the opening frame.
  • The Brahmas are tied for 18th in the NAHL with 2.68 goals for per game. They are 3rd overall with a 2.05 goals allowed per game for a +0.63 goal differential.
  • The Icerays are 21st in the league with a 2.60 goals for per game and 13th with a 3.07 goals allowed per game for a -0.47 goal differential.
  • Steven Ipri is on a four game goal streak scoring 6 goals in that stretch.
  • Steven Ipri and Kyle Hallbauer are both on a four game assist streak.
  • Jon Russell, Larry Jungwirth and Rylee St. Onge (15G-16A) share the season long goal streak at seven games apiece.
  • Jakub Sirota is riding a seven game point streak tied for 2nd longest current streak.
  • Steven Ipri is the reigning BauerNAHL South Division Player of the Week and Jakub Sirota the reigning Second Star of the Week.
  • Since the last meeting in early January, the Icerays have added forward Grayson Gavin (0G-3A) in a trade from Fairbanks.

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