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Lone Star Brahmas To Host Odessa Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will face off this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas offense has started to show signs of life and will look to continue their turnaround against the visiting Odessa Jackalopes this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star has managed to score two or more goals in only four of their 10 games played so far this season. However, three of those have come in their last four games including a 3-0 shutout of the Jackalopes late last month.

9/28      Jackalopes 3 at Brahmas 1

9/29      Jackalopes 0 at Brahmas 3

The Brahmas were in Corpus Christi last weekend and came away with a split against the Icerays. On Friday night, veteran forward Frank Trazzera (2G-1A) got the ball rolling with a second period power play goal to give Lone Star the lead. The Icerays would respond before the end of the period however, setting the stage for a third period showdown. In the final frame Nick Siffringer (2G-3A) made a big drive to the net to score the eventual game winner with Jack Sampson (2G-1A) adding an empty netter to seal the deal. Harrison Feeney (3W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) stopped 26 of 27 in the win. Saturday night the Brahmas found themselves down early, but Matt Guerra (5G-2A) knotted the score just under three minutes later. After a scoreless second Guerra would score a highlight reel goal that ranked as the NAHL #3 Play of the Week to give Lone Star the lead. Unfortunately, the Icerays would score two down the stretch to grab the 3-2 win. Feeney was in net once again giving up the three goals on 37 shots faced.

In an odd twist to the schedule, Odessa has not played a game since they last faced off against the Brahmas on September 29. So, the Jackalopes may be looking to knock off 20 days of rust once they take the ice.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play comes into the series setting at 11th overall in the NAHL at 21.4% on six goals in 28 opportunities. In limited home action Lone Star ranks last in the league with one goal in 13 chances or 7.7%. The penalty kill has once again been a strong point for Lone Star and has killed off 24 of 29  opponent’s power plays for 82.8% or good for 7th in the league. At home they improve slightly to 86.7% and 6th in the league after allowing two goals on 15 kills.

Odessa has the number 16 power play unit it the league at 17.5%. They have converted seven of 40 opportunities. Their road numbers mirror the overall numbers at six goals in 34 opportunities or 17.6%. The Jackalopes’ penalty kill has played very well and set 4th overall in the league with six goals against in 44 kills or 86.4%. On the road they are even better moving up to 3rd at 90.9% allowing just three goals in 33 times shorthanded.

In head to head action this season, Odessa has the lone power play goal scored in the two games played. They are one for eight on the man advantage while Lone Star is zero for seven.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 3 0 0 1 12 2.41 133 0.917
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 0 12 2.40 131 0.916

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 3 1 4
Nick Siffringer 2 2 4
Blake Evennou 0 3 3
Austin Grzenia 1 1 2
Frank Trazzera 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Rex Moe 3 1 4
Jared Christy 2 2 4
James Crossman 1 3 4
Kyle Herbster 1 2 3
Vaclav Zidek 2 0 2

 

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas are currently last in the South Division and 22nd overall with seven points in ten games played. The Jackalopes are 5th in the division and 21st overall with seven points in nine games played. Either team could move into fourth place this weekend depending on the outcome of the Fairbanks – Corpus Christi series.
  • Rex Moe (6G-5A) is the only player entering the series in the top 20 in scoring in the league. His 11 points has him tied for 19th
  • Rex Moe’s six goals scored leaves him tied for 6th overall in the NAHL. Matt Guerra with five goals scored is tied for 14th
  • Kyle Herbster (3G-7A) is tied for 19th in assists.
  • Harrison Feeney is 10th in the NAHL with a 2.02 GAA while CJ Hapward (3W-2L-0OTL-1SOL) is 14th with a 2.28 GAA.
  • Harrison Feeney’s 0.924 SV% ranks 15th and CJ Hapward is tied for 16th with a 0.923 SV%.
  • Harrison Feeney is 2nd in the league in minutes played with 535.
  • The Brahmas have the 5th highest penalty minute per game average in the league at 18.80. They have been whistled for 39 minor penalties, two majors, one 10 minute misconduct, two game misconducts and four match penalties.
  • The Jackalopes are 7th in the league averaging 17.56 minutes per game. They have 49 minor penalties, two majors, one 10 minute misconduct, no game misconducts and three match penalties.
  • The second period has seen the Brahmas score 10 of their 17 overall goals this season compared to Odessa who has scored 12 of their 23 goals in the third.
  • With their season long struggles the Brahmas are 23rd in the league averaging just 1.70 goals per game while allowing 2.50 per game tied for 6th fewest in the league.
  • Odessa ranks 18th averaging 2.56 goals per game and 19th overall allowing 3.22 goals per game.

 

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