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Lone Star Brahmas-Odessa Jackalopes Preview 9/28-9/29

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Nick Siffringer and the Lone Star Brahmas will welcome the Odessa Jackalopes into NYTEX Sports Centre to open the home portion of their schedule.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will open their home schedule against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes this weekend with games Friday and Saturday at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star will be looking to turn around a rough start that saw them go into the NAHL Showcase Tournament on a high note after defeating the Amarillo Bulls in their first game of the season. Unfortunately, their four days in Minnesota proved that the Brahmas had work to do before plowing into their regular season schedule in the ever-competitive South Division.

The Brahmas managed a single point in their four game Showcase schedule with a shootout loss to the Austin Bruins on the way to an 0-3-0-1 showing. A silver lining if one could be found is the face that three of the four losses were 2-1 games. If the offense can find a bit more output, then things should come around.

Odessa on the other hand went to the Showcase with a 1-1-0-1 record after taking thee of a possible six points out of a road series against the Topeka Pilots. The Jackalopes fared slightly better than the Brahmas during the Showcase putting up a 1-3-0-1 record.

 

Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 3
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 4

 

Special Teams

Officially the Brahmas power play comes into the series setting at 6th overall in the NAHL at 29.4% on five goals in 17 opportunities. The penalty kill which has historically been a strong spot for Lone Star has killed off nine of 12 opponent’s power plays and for 75.0% or 16th in the league.

Odessa in six for 31 in their seven games played on the man advantage putting them 13th in the league at 19.4%. The Jackalopes penalty kill has been fairly strong early in the season coming in ranked 7th overall at 84.2%. They have allowed six goals on 38 times shorthanded.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 0 11 2.17 129 0.915
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 0 15 3.00 165 0.909

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Michal Stinil 2 2 4
Matt Guerra 2 1 3
Jack Sampson 1 1 2
Hayden Taylor 1 1 2
Frank Trazzera 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Rex Moe 4 2 6
Jared Christy 2 3 5
Kyle Herbster 1 4 5
James Crossman 2 2 4
Connor Fedorek 0 3 3

 

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas are currently last in the South Division and 21st overall with three points in five games played. The Jackalopes are 4th in the division and 13th
  • Odessa has three skaters in the top 10 in scoring in Rex Moe (5G-5A) who is 2nd, Jared Christy (4G-4A) and Kyle Herbster (2G-6A) are tied for 3rd.
  • Rex Moe’s five goals is currently tied for 2nd in the league. Moe is also leading the league in penalty minutes with 35.
  • Rex Moe has goals in four straight games.
  • Kyle Herbster has points in five straight games.
  • Harrison Feeney is 16th in the NAHL with a 1.72 GAA and tied for 17th with a 0.930 SV%. CJ Hapward is 20th with a 2.42 GAA and 22nd with a 0.924 SV%.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 10.80 penalty minutes per game which is 6th fewest in the league. Odessa is averaging 17.00 which is 18th in the league. Lone Star has been whistled for 22 minor penalties compared to 42 for Odessa.
  • The Jackalopes put a lot of rubber on net averaging 37.29 shots on goal per game. The Brahmas on the other hand average just 23.40 which has them ahead of only Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton.
  • Something will have to give in the series as Lone Star has allowed the 3rd fewest shots on goal at just 26.00 per game compared to Odessa who is 19th in the league at 35.14 per game.

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