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Lone Star Brahmas-Corpus Christi Icerays Preview For 10/12 & 13

Photo Courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The last time the Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays met during the preseason, the fireworks erupted with a full on line brawl including a goalie tilt between Harrison Feeney and Sam Best. Will there be any lingering ill will when the teams meet this weekend at the American Bank Center?

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will face the Corpus Christi Icerays at the American Bank Center for the first time in the regular season. The Brahmas took a pair of preseason contests against the Icerays at NYTEX Sports Centre including a game that devolved into a full blown line brawl. It will be interesting to see if any animosity lingers from that night just one month ago.

The two teams are currently residing at the bottom of the NAHL South Division standings with the Icerays in fifth place at six points while the Brahmas are last one point behind. However, both teams are just striking distance of third place Shreveport who has eight points on the season. Lone Star has made a couple of roster moves in an attempt to address the lack of scoring. The traded for Christian Bardarson from the New Jersey Titans and signed defenseman Patrick Dawson from Westminster Prep.

Bardarson put up impressive numbers with the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL last season pouring in 41 goals and adding 31 assists for 72 points in 56 games played. Dawson looks to be an offensive minded D-man scoring a combined 33 points on 8G-25A with the Neponset Valley River Rats and Westminster Prep last season in 55 games played. Dawson also wore the C with Westminster as the team Captain. Both players will also bring some size to the lineup with each standing over six feet tall and weighing in at over 190 pounds.

Lone Star traveled to Amarillo for a single game last weekend and were promptly spanked 6-0 by the Bulls who boast one of the most prolific offenses in the league. The Brahmas lack of offensive production was on display once again and they have now been held to one or fewer goals in six of their eight games played.

Corpus Christi was at home against the Shreveport Mudbugs over the weekend and came away with a split of the series. Friday night was a high scoring affair with the visitors coming out on top 7-4. Jake Stella had the Icerays’ only goal in the first leading to a one goal deficit entering the second. The Mudbugs had the only tally in the second and scored again just 59 seconds into the third to put Corpus Christi in a hole they could not dig out of. Tyler Love, Kyle Moore and Blake Bennett did score for the Icerays in the span of just over four and a half minutes to make it interesting, but with the Mudbugs netted three in the frame to lock it up. Sam Best took the loss facing 29 shots on goal. Saturday night it was all Icerays with Mason Kohn scoring in the first followed by Brian Kramer and Bennett in the second and Noah Roofe closing out the scoring in the third. Best was much better this night stopping all 24 shots he faced for the shutout.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 1 4 0 0 2
Icerays 3 2 0 0 6
 

Special Teams

Despite the Brahmas overall lack of offense, the power play is currently 11th in the league at 20.8% with five goals in 24 opportunities. On the road they jump up to 4th with four goals on 11 opportunities or 36.4%. The penalty kill is also resting at 11th overall allowing five goals in 26 times shorthanded, good for 80.8%. The road unit drops to 18th in the NAHL at 72.7% on thee goals in 11 opponent power plays.

The Icerays’ power play is currently 7th in the NAHL at 24.2% scoring eight time on 33 man advantages. They are slightly better at home moving up to 5th and 27.8%. They have managed five goals on 18 chances at home. The penalty kill is one spot ahead of Lone Star at 10th. Their six goals allowed in 32 kills equates to 81.3%. Even though their percentage slips slightly they move up one place to 9th at home. They have allowed 4 goals on 18 kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 4 0 0 1 13 2.61 124 0.905
Icerays 3 2 0 0 1 14 2.81 130 0.903

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Nick Siffringer 1 2 3
Sam Brennan 0 2 2
Jake Suede 0 2 2
Five Tied at 1 0 1
       
Icerays G A Pts
Blake Bennett 3 4 7
Kyle Moore 2 4 6
Jordan Randall 3 1 4
Mason Kohn 2 1 3
Noah Roofe 2 1 3
       

Inside the Game

  • Neither team has much to point to amongst the league leaders with a few exceptions. Yuri Davis-Martel (0G-0A) is 2nd in the league in Penalty Minutes with 54 PIMs in just four games played. Hayden Taylor (1G-1A) leads Lone Star and is 5th overall with 37 PIMs in eight games played.
  • Matt Guerra (3G-1A) is tied for the league lead in Game Winning Goals with two.
  • Harrison Feeney (2-4-0-1) is 11th in the league in Goals Against Average with a 2.02 GAA in spite of being touched for four goals in just under 38 minutes against Amarillo. Sam Best (3-1-0-0) is 28th overall with a 2.76 GAA.
  • Harrison Feeney’s 0.919 SV% has him tied for 19th in Save Percentage while Sam Best is 31st with a 0.904.
  • Harrison Feeney is 3rd overall in minutes played with 416.
  • Corpus Christi is the 2nd most penalized team in the league averaging 24.75 per game. They have 4 major penalties, 2 game misconducts and 3 match penalties to go along with 44 minor penalties. Lone Star comes in 8th averaging 17.50 minutes per game. The Brahmas have had 2 major penalties, 2 game misconducts, 2 match penalties and 35 minor penalties.
  • The second period has been the most productive for both teams so far this season. The Brahmas have scored nine of their 12 goals in the middle frame while the Icerays have scored 11 of their 23 in the second.
  • Lone Star has managed just two first period goals and one third period goal in eight games played this season.
  • This weekend may give Lone Star an opportunity to get the offense in gear and give the team some confidence. Currently the Brahmas are dead last in scoring averaging just 1.50 goals per game, but the Icerays on the other hand are next to last on defense allowing 3.50 goals per game.
  • If Lone Star can continue to play Brahmas’ defense they have a good chance of coming away from the Texas coast with points this weekend. The Brahmas are currently the 8th best team in the league on defense allowing 2.63 goals per game while the Icerays come in at 11th offensively scoring an average of 2.88 per game.

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