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Brahmas Look To Eliminate Jackalopes On The Road

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Head Coach Dan Wildfong draws up a play for the Lone Star Brahmas during a timeout. The Brahmas will be looking for a win this weekend to eliminate the Odessa Jackalopes and move on to the NAHL South Division Finals.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will head to the Permian Basin to face the Odessa Jackalopes in games three and four (if necessary) of the best of five NAHL Division Semi Final series. The Brahmas currently hold a two games to none lead in the series after winning games one and two last weekend on NYTEX Sports Centre ice.

Including the regular season, the Brahmas now hold a 9-1-0-0 record against the Jackalopes this season.

 

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

04/13 Playoffs Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 3

04/14 Playoffs Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 2

 

Last Friday, Odessa carried a one goal lead into the first intermission with Matt Brown scoring on the power play after an extended scramble in front of Mitchell Gibson’s crease. Jakub Sirota erased the Jackalopes lead midway through the second on a severe angle shot and the teams went to the third tied 1-1. Lone Star took the lead at the 8:44 mark on a power move by Justin Addamo around the defense to open a lane for his backhand shot over Alex Camarre. The Brahmas got an empty net goal on a 180 foot shot by defenseman Kyle Hallbauer to ice the game away. Gibson took the win making 34 saves while Camarre suffered the loss stopping 25 of 27.

In game two on Saturday, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening 20 minutes of play. Michael Montambault broke through for Lone Star early in the second and the Brahmas held that slim lead into the third. Odessa’s Evan Somoza knotted it up at 1-1 early in the final period, but Aidan Spellacy quickly answered just 24 seconds later with the eventual game winner. Gibson was in net once again for Lone Star logging his second playoff victory on 18 saves while Brett Epp took the loss despite a 33 save performance.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Jackalopes

3

2 0 0

6

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play finished the season ranked 9th overall with 49 goals on 231 opportunities at 21.2%. In the two playoff games they have not yet converted on the power play going 0-6 and are one of only three playoff teams to have not yet scored a power play goal. In 10 games combined regular season and playoffs against Odessa this season Lone Star’s power play was at 21.4% scoring 9 times on 42 chances. At Ector County Coliseum the Brahmas’ power play converted 5 of 19 opportunities or 26.3%.

The Brahmas’ penalty kill was one of the better units all season and finished 3rd in the league during the regular season at 86.1% after allowing 29 goals on 209 kills. So far in the playoffs they have allowed 1 goal on 3 kills. Against Odessa this season Lone Star allowed 8 power play goals on 38 kills or 78.9%.

Odessa’s power play ended the regular season 13th in the league at 19.0% scoring on 49 of their 258 power play opportunities. Against Lone Star they are 8 of 38 or 21.1% during the regular season and playoffs combined. The Jackalopes were only 2 of 19 or 10.5% against the Brahmas at Ector County Coliseum. The Odessa penalty kill finished the regular season at 84.7% killing off 211 of 249 opponent power plays. They have been perfect in the post season killing all six Lone Star power play opportunities. In the 10 game head-to-head matchup against the Brahmas the Jackalopes penalty kill was at 78.6% allowing 9 goals on 42 kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 1 6 1.19 130

0.956

Jackalopes

3

2 0 0 1 8 1.61 168

0.955

 

Head-to-Head Performance

Brahmas
Skater

GP

G A PIM

+/-

Aidan Spellacy

10

4 5 6

6

Justin Addamo

8

5 3 8

6

Kyle Hallbauer

10

3 5 17

9

Julian Biondo

8

0 8 19

5

Jon Russell

9

3 4 7

3

Ture Linden

10

3 4 4

2

Austin Bottrell

6

1 6 4

7

Steven Ipri

8

2 4 16

3

Connor Stuart

9

0 5 8

1

Michael Montambault

8

2 2 2

1

Jakub Sirota

6

1 2 2

3

Emack Bentley

7

1 2 4

-1

Kimball Johnson

8

1 2 4

2

Frankie Trazzera

10

1 2 25

E

Trevor Zenas

6

0 2 0

1

Connor Pooley

8

0 2 0

E

Owen Farris

10

1 0 6

-1

Drew Lennon

10

1 0 6

2

Chase Pletzke

6

0 1 2

-1

Wyatt Mathews

7

0 0 4

-3

Anton Sandberg

7

0 0 8

-3

Goalie

Record

GA GAA SVS

SV%

Harrison Feeney

1-0-0-0

2 1.38 36

0.947

Mitchell Gibson

8-1-0-0

18 2.08 244

0.926

Jackalopes
Skater

GP

G A PIM

+/-

Blake Bride

8

4 3 6

E

Petr Miko

7

2 5 2

3

Matt Brown

6

1 5 4

-2

Zach Heintz

8

1 4 2

-1

James Crossman

10

1 4 6

-2

Zac Herrmann

10

0 5 19

-5

Viktor Johansson

6

2 2 0

-1

Peyton Frantti

10

2 1 8

-6

Evan Somoza

8

1 2 8

-3

Nick Wilson

10

1 1 31

-3

Eric Huss

9

1 1 4

E

Jared Christy

2

1 1 0

E

Ricky Carballo

6

0 2 22

-7

Dylan Johnson

9

1 0 6

-2

Noah Poindexter

10

0 1 4

-1

Lucas Andersson

8

0 0 29

-3

Rune Kirby

7

0 0 0

-1

Nick McKeeby

7

0 0 4

-3

Erik Nilsson

3

0 0 0

E

Martin Pietraszek

2

0 0 0

E

Connor Fedorek

2

0 0 0

-2

Goalie

Record

GA GAA SVS

SV%

Brett Epp

0-4-2-0

17 3.13 147

0.884

Alex Camarre

1-3-0-0

13 2.81 137

0.905

 

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.
  • Shots on goal in the 10 games played between the two teams this season were nearly identical with Odessa holding a two shot advantage 282 – 282.
  • The Brahmas averaged 2.98 goals scored per game against the Jackalopes so far while allowing Odessa a 1.98 goals scored average.
  • The Brahmas outscored the Jackalopes 15-8 in the four games played in Odessa this season.
  • Neither team has been shutout in the 10 games play, but Odessa has been held to one goal six times and Lone Star once.
  • Aidan Spellacy leads all scorers in the 10 games played between the two teams this season with 9 points on 4G-5A.
  • With seven points apiece, Blake Bride 4G-3A and Petr Miko 2G-5A lead the Jackalopes in scoring against Lone Star.
  • Justin Addamo’s five goals in eight games played leads both teams in goals scored.
  • Nick Wilson leads the head-to-head series in penalty minutes with 31 PIMs. Lucas Anderson comes in with 29 PIMs, Frankie Trazzera has 25 PIMs and Ricky Carballo has 22 PIMs.
  • Kyle Hallbauer has a +9 rating against Odessa in 10 games and Austin Bottrell is a +7 in six games played as all, but five Brahmas skaters have a positive +/- rating against the Jackalopes this season. On the other hand, Petr Miko with a +3 is the only Odessa skater with a positive rating against Lone Star.
  • Mitchell Gibson has picked up both wins for the Brahmas in the opening round and has a 1.00 GAA tied for 2nd overall among playoff goaltenders.
  • Mitchell Gibson was ranked 16th among North American Goalies on the recently released NHL 2018 Draft Prospect Ranking.

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