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Playoff Seeding On Line In Brahmas-Jackalopes Series

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will face the Odessa Jackalopes in a two game set at Ector County Coliseum this weekend with playoff seeding and home ice advantage implications.


The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will take the ice at Ector County Coliseum this weekend in a series with major playoff pairings and home ice implications. The Brahmas currently hold a four point advantage over the Jackalopes meaning Odessa with a sweep could pull even with 10 games left in the season. Lone Star on the other hand could all but guarantee themselves second place in the division and home ice in the opening round with a sweep of their own. Either way, the Brahmas and Jackalopes are almost certain to oppose each other in the first round of the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.

So far the Brahmas hold a 5-1-0-0 advantage in the season series with two games going to overtime. Lone Star has an 18 – 12 scoring advantage in the six games played.

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

12/1     Jackalopes 5 at Brahmas 1

12/2     Jackalopes 3 at Brahmas 4 OT

Lone Star is coming off a big six point weekend sweeping Kenai River before dispatching NAHL South leading Shreveport. The dominating Brahmas’ defense allowed only a single goal in the three games played. Friday night, after a scoreless opening 20 minutes Ture Linden (12G-25A) scored twice on the power play in the second including the eventual game winner. Justin Addamo (13G-16A) cashed in on the power play as well in the third before Kenai River scored on a controversial goal to spoil the shutout. Harrison Feeney (7W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) recorded the win on 19 saves. Saturday night it was all Brahmas as Feeney got the start in net once again. Emack Bentley (3G-5A) got the ball rolling offensively just 4:05 into the contest. Linden added his third of the weekend just over two minutes later. In the second, Steven Ipri (14G-23A) netted a power play goal just 29 seconds into the period. Owen Farris (1G-4A) and Jakub Sirota (4G-14A) pushed the lead to 5-0. Feeney turned aside all 15 shots faced for his first shutout of the season. Shreveport rolled into NYTEX Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon. Linden was on his game again opening the scoring in the second. His one goal stood up until Aidan Spellacy (8G-13A) scored with just three seconds left in regulation. Mitchell Gibson (20W-7L-4OTL-4SOL) was in net making 15 saves in the shutout win. It was Gibson’s eighth shutout of the season and fifth against the Mudbugs.

Odessa was on the road in Corpus Christi for a sweep of the team immediately behind them in the standings. In game one the Icerays jumped out to a two goal lead in the first only to see Ricky Carballo (17G-26A) and Zac Herrmann (6G-25A) pull the Jackalopes even before the end of the period. Jared Christy (5G-4A), Petr Miko (14G-9A) and Matt Brown (11G-18A) scored the next three leading to an eventual 5-3 win. Alex Camarre (14W-7L-0OTL-2SOL) faced 31 shots on goal in the win. Saturday the teams each scored twice in the second to go into the third tied at 2-2. James Crossman (5G-17A) and Blake Bride (16G-23A) had the tallies for Odessa. Carballo and Brown capped off the scoring with third period goals. Brett Epp (12W-9L-3OTL-0SOL) made 36 saves in recording the win.


Last 5 Games

Brahmas 3 1 0 1 7
Jackalopes 3 2 0 0 6


Special Teams

Special teams have been a big part of the Lone Star – Odessa season series and there is no reason to expect anything new this weekend. In the six games played to date there has been a total of 57 power plays combined between the two teams.

The Brahmas power play has been inching its way up the rankings since the first of the year. Lone Star currently sets 11th overall at 19.7% on 38 goals in 193 opportunities. On the road they move down to 16th scoring 15 times on 90 power plays or 16.7%. In their last five games they are clicking at 26.3% with five goals in 19 chances. On the penalty kill the Brahmas come in ranked 7th in the league. Lone Star has killed off 158 of 187 opponent’s power plays and 84.5%. They have played slightly better on the road at 86.4% good for 4th in the NAHL. Lone Star has allowed 12 road power play goals on 88 penalty kills. In the last five games they have allowed only a single goal on 19 kills or 94.7%

Odessa comes into the series with the number 16 power play converting 39 of 216 opportunities or 18.1%. At home their numbers are marginally better at 18.6% moving them up to 13th on 18 goals in 97 opportunities. In their last five games they are only 1 for 17 or 5.88%. The Jackalopes penalty kill sets one spot ahead of the Brahmas at 6th and 84.8%. They have allowed 32 goals on 210 kills. At Ector County Coliseum Odessa is 3rd in the league at 86.1% allowing 14 goals on 101 opponent power plays. They have allowed 2 goals on 14 penalty kills or 88.2% in their last five games.

Head-to-Head this season, both power plays have been fairly productive considering the strength of both penalty kill units. The Brahmas have gone 7 for 30 and 23.3% while the Jackalopes are 6 for 27 and 22.2%.


Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

Brahmas 3 1 0 1 3 4 0.79 89 0.957
Jackalopes 3 2 0 0 0 11 2.21 150 0.932


Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Ture Linden 5 3 8
Jakub Sirota 1 4 5
Kyle Hallbauer 1 3 4
Four tied at 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Peyton Frantti 1 4 5
Matt Brown 3 1 4
Ricky Carballo 2 2 4
Zac Herrmann 2 2 4
Four tied at 1 2 3


Inside the Game

  • At 63 points the Brahmas are holding onto 2nd in the NAHL South and 6th overall in the league. Odessa is 3rd in the division and 8th overall with 59 points.
  • Ture Linden is the reigning Bauer NAHL South Division Star of the Week. Ricky Carballo is Second Star of the Week. With goaltenders Harrison Feeney and Brett Epp both Honorable Mention.
  • Kyle Hallbauer (7G-20A) is the reigning Bauer NAHL Defenseman of the Month Runner-Up. Steven Ipri was named Bauer NAHL Forward of the Month Honorable Mention and Mitchell Gibson was named Vaughn NAHL Goaltender of the Month Honorable Mention.
  • Evan Somoza (15G-31A) is tied for 9th overall in scoring. Peyton Frantti (15G-29A) is tied for 12th and Ricky Carballo (17G-26A) is tied for 16th.
  • Jon Russell (26G-14A) is 3rd in the league in goals scored.
  • Evan Somoza is tied for 7th in the league with 31 assists. Peyton Frantti is tied for 15th with 30 assists.
  • Jon Russell is tied for the NAHL lead in power play goals with 14. Steven Ipri is tied for 10th with 7.
  • Ture Linden and Steven Ipri are tied for 7th in the league in power play assists with 13 apiece.
  • Ture Linden, Jon Russell and Ricky Carballo all have scored five game winning goals and are tied for the league lead.
  • Frankie Trazzera (3G-4A) is 5th in the league in penalty minutes with 128. Lucas Andersson (5G-4A) is tied for 10th with 110.
  • James Crossman has a +25 rating good for 8th in the league. Kyle Hallbauer with a +24 is tied for 9th.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the NAHL with a 1.68 goals against average. Alex Camarre is 10th with a 2.25 average and Brett Epp is 21st with a 2.57 average. Harrison Feeney has a 1.57 average, but is short of the 960 minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • Mitchell Gibson has a 0.931 save percentage which is 2nd overall in the league. Alex Camarre is tied for 6th with a 0.929 save percentage and Brett Epp is tied for 13th with a 0.924 save percentage. Harrison Feeney has a 0.925 save percentage.
  • Mitchell Gibson is 2nd in the league with 20 wins on the season and Alex Camarre is tied for 13th with 14 wins.
  • Mitchell Gibson leads the NAHL with eight shutout wins, three ahead of the next closest contender. Alex Camarre is tied for 5th with three shutouts.
  • Odessa is the 4th most penalized team in the league averaging 19.85 minutes per game. Lone Star is 11th with a 16.63 penalty minutes per game average.
  • The Jackalopes have allowed nine shorthanded goals this season tied for 2nd most in the league.
  • Odessa in averaging 3.15 goals scored per game and 2.60 goals against per game both good for 7th in the league. Lone Star on the other hand is 18th in goals scored with a 2.60 per game average and 3rd with a 1.92 goals against average.
  • The Jackalopes are a third period team scoring more than 42% of their goals in the final frame. They have won eight games when trailing after two periods. The Brahmas however, are 21-1-1-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Ture Linden has the longest current goal streak in the league scoring in four straight games.

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