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Brahmas-Jackalopes Playoff Preview

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Owen Farris and the Lone Star Brahmas will open the NAHL Playoffs against the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday at NYTEX Sports Centre with a 7:30 puck drop.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will take the ice at NYTEX Sports Centre on Friday to open the best of five NAHL Division Semi Final series. Lone Star finished the regular season as the number two seed in the NAHL South with Odessa coming in at number three.

The two teams faced each other a total of eight times this season with the Brahmas putting together a 7-1-0-0 record against the Jackalopes. Four of the eight contests were decided by a single goal with two going to overtime.

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

12/01   Jackalopes 5 at Brahmas 1

12/02   Jackalopes 3 at Brahmas 4 OT

03/09   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 3

03/10   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 3

Lone Star comes into the series riding a four game win streak and a 15 game point streak. The streak included a road sweep of Odessa at Ector County Coliseum. After getting off to a slow start to the season the Brahmas made a push to repeat as the South Division Champions, but came up three points short of the Shreveport Mudbugs.

Odessa finished out the season on a high note as well winning five of their last six games to lock to earn a playoff spot. The wins included a weekend split with Corpus Christi on the road and a home sweep of Shreveport who both qualified for the playoffs.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

4

0 1 0

9

Jackalopes

4

1 0 0

8

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play finished the season ranked 9th overall with 49 goals on 231 opportunities at 21.2%. In their last five games of the regular season they scored three goals on 15 power plays or 20.0%. Against Odessa this season Lone Star’s power play was at 25.0% scoring nine times on 36 chances. The Brahmas’ penalty kill was one of the better units all season and finished 3rd in the league at 86.1% after allowing 29 goals on 209 kills. They were perfect in their last five games killing off all 12 opponent power plays. Against Odessa Lone Star allowed seven power play goals on 35 kills or 80.0%.

Odessa’s power play wound up setting 13th in the league at 19.0% scoring on 49 of their 258 power play opportunities. They finished fairly strong with six goals on 18 opportunities or 33.3% over their last five games. Against Lone Star they were seven of 35 on the season. Their penalty kill was only two spots behind Lone Star at 84.7% killing off 211 of 249 opponent power plays. They allowed two goals in their last five games on 18 kills or 88.9%. In their head-to-head matchup against the Brahmas the penalty kill was at 75.0% allowing nine goals on 36 kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

0 1 0 1 6 1.15 135

0.957

Jackalopes

4

1 0 0 1 12 2.40 171

0.934

 

Head-to-Head Performance

Brahmas

Skater

GP

G A PIM

+/-

Julian Biondo

6

0 7 19

3

Kyle Hallbauer

8

2 5 17

6

Ture Linden

8

3 4 4

2

Jon Russell

7

3 4 5

3

Aidan Spellacy

8

3 4 4

4

Justin Addamo

6

4 2 8

3

Steven Ipri

6

2 4 14

3

Austin Bottrell

4

1 4 2

4

Emack Bentley

5

1 2 2

-1

Kimball Johnson

7

1 2 4

2

Connor Stuart

7

0 3 8

E

Michael Montambault

6

1 1 2

E

Connor Pooley

8

0 2 0

E

Jakub Sirota

4

0 2 2

1

Frankie Trazzera

8

1 1 21

-1

Trevor Zenas

5

0 2 0

1

Owen Farris

8

1 0 6

-1

Drew Lennon

8

1 0 6

2

Chase Pletzke

5

0 1 2

-1

Wyatt Mathews

5

0 0 4

-3

Anton Sandberg

6

0 0 8

-3

 

Goalie

Record

GA GAA SVS

SV%

Harrison Feeney

1-0-0-0

2 1.38 36

0.947

Mitchell Gibson

6-1-0-0

16 2.4 174

0.916

 

Jackalopes

Skater

GP

G A PIM

+/-

Blake Bride

6

4 2 6

2

Peyton Frantti

8

2 1 6

-5

James Crossman

8

1 4 6

0

Nick Wilson

8

1 1 31

-1

Zac Herrmann

8

0 3 17

-4

Eric Huss

7

1 1 2

2

Dylan Johnson

7

1 0 6

-1

Noah Poindexter

8

0 1 4

0

Zach Heintz

6

1 4 2

-1

Petr Miko

5

2 5 0

3

Lucas Andersson

6

0 0 29

-2

Viktor Johansson

4

2 2 0

-1

Rune Kirby

6

0 0 0

0

Evan Somoza

6

0 2 6

-2

Nick McKeeby

5

0 0 2

-3

Matt Brown

4

0 5 4

0

Ricky Carballo

4

0 1 16

-5

Jared Christy

2 1 1 0

0

Erik Nilsson

2 0 0 0

0

Martin Pietraszek

2

0 0 0

0

 

Goalie

Record

GA GAA SVS

SV%

Brett Epp

0-3-2-0

15

3.37 97

0.866

Alex Camarre

1-2-0-0

11 3.03 99

0.9

 

Inside the Game

  • With 86 points the Brahmas finished the regular season tied with the Philadelphia Rebels for third in the NAHL. Odessa finished in 10th with 71 points.
  • Mitchell Gibson (26W-7L-5OTL-4SOL) picked up his 25th and 26th wins during the final week of the season allowing only a single goal in 48 shots faced against the Topeka RoadRunners to earn Bauer-NAHL South Division Player of the Week. Austin Bottrell (10G-23A) scored 1G-5A and was a +5 over the same period to earn Honorable Mention.
  • Mitchell Gibson’s 11th shutout coming in the final game of the season gave him a share of the NAHL record for most shutouts in a season.
  • Ricky Carballo (20G-36A) was tied for 7th in the NAHL in scoring and Blake Bride (23G-30A) was tied for 11th.
  • Jon Russell (31G-17A) led all Lone Star scorers and was tied for 23rd overall in the league.
  • Jon Russell’s 31 goals on the season was good for 3rd while Blake Bride with 23 was tied for 12th.
  • Ricky Carballo was tied for 10th in the league in assists with 36. Ture Linden with 32 was tied for 17th with Peyton Frantti (16G-32A).
  • Jon Russell was 2nd in the league with 15 power play goals and Steven Ipri (17G-27A) was tied for 14th with eight.
  • Jon Russell and Ricky Carballo were part of a group of four players to tie for the league lead in game winning goals with six apiece while Ture Linden and Aidan Spellacy (12G-15A) were tied for 5th with five each.
  • Frankie Trazzera was 5th in the league in penalty minutes with 155 PIMs. Lucas Andersson led the Jackalopes and was 16th in the league with 120 PIMs.
  • Kyle Hallbauer (7G-25A) and James Crossman (7G-27A) were tied for 10th in the NAHL in +/- rating at a +26.
  • Mitchell Gibson finished the season with an outstanding 1.59 GAA to lead the league. Alex Camarre (18W-8L-0OTL-2SOL) was tied for 15th with a 2.46 GAA and Brett Epp (14W-13L-3OTL-0SOL) was 17th with a 2.57 GAA. Harrison Feeney (12W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) had a 1.63 GAA which was 4th among all goalies, but he lacked the minutes played to qualify among league leaders.
  • Mitchell Gibson also led the league in save percentage with a 0.935 SV%. Alex Camarre was tied for 6th with a 0.926 SV% and Brett Epp was 11th with a 0.923 SV%. Harrison Feeney had a 0.925 SV% which was 12th among goalies with at least 10 games played.
  • With 11, Mitchell Gibson had more shutouts than any team in the NAHL.
  • The Brahmas finished the season with a +0.88 goal differential outscoring their opponents 164 – 111 on the year. The Jackalopes had a +0.48 goal differential holding a 192 – 163 scoring advantage over their competition.
  • Lone Star averaged 2.73 goals scored per game and 1.85 goals allowed per game against all opponents. In their head-to-head matchups with Odessa they averaged 3.13 goals scored and 2.25 goals allowed per game. The Jackalopes averaged 3.2 goals scored and 2.72 goals allowed against all opponents.

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