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Brahmas – Icerays On Tap This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Austin Grzenia and Jake Stella await the drop of the puck during the Lone Star Brahmas last visit to the Corpus Christi Icerays. The teams split that series with the Brahmas taking game one 3-1 and the Icerays rebounding for a 3-2 win in game two.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will travel to the Gulf Coast to face the Corpus Christi Icerays this weekend in a two game series at the American Bank Center. The teams split a previous two game set in Corpus Christi earlier this season.

10/12     Brahmas 3 at Icerays 1

10/12     Brahmas 2 at Icerays 3

Entering the previous meeting the Icerays were in fifth place in the NAHL South Division one point ahead of Lone Star. Since that time the teams have gone in different directions with the Brahmas moving up to third while the Icerays have fallen to sixth.

Lone Star is coming off a sweep of the visiting Shreveport Mudbugs this past weekend winning a couple of hard fought contests in front of a raucous NYTEX Sports Centre crowd. In game one of the series, Harrison Feeney picked up his second shutout of the season stopping all 26 shots he faced. Offensively the night belonged to Clayton Lackey who was celebrating his twentieth birthday. Lackey scored the first goal of the night on a second period shorthanded penalty shot which would become the eventual game winner. The Scottsdale, AZ native would add a third period goal for a little cushion down the stretch. The game two win did not come nearly as easy as the night before. Thomas Daskas scored his first as a Brahmas late in the first as the Brahmas took a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Shreveport came back with a pair in the second and held the lead until just 25 seconds remaining in the contest. That is when Matt Guerra scored off a scramble in front to send the game to overtime and an eventual shootout. Lackey scored the only goal of the shootout as the final shooter in the third round to send the crowd home with a smile. Seth Eisele faced 25 shots on the night to pick up the win.

Corpus Christi was at home against the Amarillo Bulls for a three game set. On Friday night Ryan Willett scored Corpus Christi’s only goal of the night in the second on the way to a 3-1 loss. Sam Best suffered the loss on 32 saves. Saturday night saw the Icerays come from behind twice to take a 5-4 shootout win. Santeri Hartikainen got the Icerays on the board at 12:46 of the second to cut Amarillo’s lead in half. After the Bulls had pushed it back out to a 4-1 lead early in the third, Blake Bennett took matters into his own hands and registered a hat trick scoring three unanswered to force overtime and then a shootout. The teams traded goals in the opening round of the shootout with Aleksi Peltonen scoring for Corpus Christi. After the next three shooters missed it was Bennett who notched the game winner in the third round. Best was in net once again and benefited from the Bennett scoring outburst picking up the win on 42 shots faced. In the Sunday matinee it was all Amarillo as the Bulls came away with a 4-0 win. Florian Mnich took the loss stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 7
Icerays 3 2 0 0 6

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas recent struggles on the power play have pushed them down to 13th in the NAHL at 19.0% on 12 goals in 63 opportunities. On the road they move up into a tie for 9th at 20.0% even with 5 road power play goals in 25 opportunities. Over their last five game the power play has been abysmal going just one for 17 or 5.88%. The penalty kill has been a different story all together. They currently set 3rd in the league at 86.6% killing off 58 of 67 opponent man advantages. Away from NYTEX they fall slightly in the rankings to 6th even though their percentage creeps up to 87.0% allowing three goals on 23 kills. Over the past five games they have been perfect turning back all 17 opponent power plays.

The Icerays’ power play is currently 10th in the NAHL at 20.3% scoring 12 times on 59 man advantages. Their home unit is pretty much the same at 20.5% which is good for 9th in the league. They have scored nine times on 44 opportunities. In their last five contests the Icerays have managed three power play goals on 17 chances or 17.7%. The penalty kill is 9th overall at 83.6% killing off 51 of 61 opponent power plays. Once again the home unit is roughly equal to the overall numbers at 83.0% good for 10th in the league. They have allowed eight goals on 47 kills. In the last five games they have performed at a 88.9% clip allowing just two goals on 18 kills.

Lone Star has the lone goal special teams goal in the limited head to head action with the Brahmas going one for four while holding the Icerays to zero for three.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 1 1 0 2 8 1.58 120 0.938
Icerays 3 2 0 0 0 12 2.40 153 0.927

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Kimball Johnson 1 2 3
Noah Roofe 1 2 3
Clayton Lackey 2 0 2
Gabe Potyk 1 1 2
Jakub Sirota 0 2 2
 

 

Icerays G A Pts
Blake Bennett 5 0 5
Jake Stella 2 3 5
Santeri Hartikainen 1 4 5
Kyle Moore 1 4 5
Ryan Willett 2 1 3

 

Inside the Game

  • As in years past, defense and goal tending have been the foundation for the Brahmas this season. The team is 8-7-1-1 on the season despite being 22nd in the 24 team league in scoring.
  • With 10 goals on the season Blake Bennett is tied for 8th in the league in goals scored.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 14th in power play goals with three.
  • Harrison Feeney is currently 4th in goals against average with a 1.97 GAA. Seth Eisele has a 1.84 GAA, but lacks the minutes played to qualify among league leaders. Sam Best leads the Icerays and is 27th in the league overall with a 2.92 GAA. Florian Mnich has a 3.24 GAA.
  • Harrison Feeney comes in tied for 7th in save percentage with a 0.928 SV%. Seth Eisele is close behind with a 0.919 SV%. Sam Best is 26th with a 0.908 SV% and Florian Mnich has a 0.915 SV%.
  • The Icerays have outshot their opponents 613-563 on the season. The Brahmas on the other hand have been outshot 484-466.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 2.11 goals scored per game which is 22nd in the league while the defense is allowing 2.22 goals per game which is 3rd best in the NAHL. The Icerays offense is marginally better than Lone Stars at 2.59 goals scored per game, but the defense is nearly a full goal behind Lone Star at 3.18 goals allowed per game which is 18th in the league.
  • Lone Star has points in four straight games.
  • The series will mark the first meeting of the teams since they made the trade of forwards with Jack Sampson going to Corpus Christi and Noah Roofe coming over to Lone Star.

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