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Brahmas Make First Trip to Odessa

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Defenseman Tim Henriksson and the Lone Star Brahmas will make their first trip to Ector County Coliseum this season to face the Odessa Jackalopes in a two game set this weekend.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes will play a two-game series at Ector County Coliseum this weekend marking the Brahmas first visit to the Permian Basin this season.

Lone Star’s offense got off to a sluggish start averaging just 1.50 goals per game in their first eight contests being held to one of fewer goals six times. They started a turn around with some roster moves and saw their goal scoring jump to 2.40 goals per game over the last 15 games played. The Brahmas have been held to one goal or less only twice in the month on November.

9/28     Jackalopes 3 at Brahmas 1

9/29     Jackalopes 0 at Brahmas 3

10/19   Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 3

10/20   Jackalopes 5 at Brahmas 7

The Brahmas played host to Corpus Christi last weekend with each team taking a 3-2 win out of the series. On Friday night it was Lone Star coming out on top after Blake Evennou (2G-9A) and Michal Stinil (10G-5A) put the home team up by two going into the first intermission with both goals coming via the power play. Stinil added his second of the night in the middle frame. The Icerays made a game of it in the third scoring twice. Saturday night saw the script flipped with Corpus Christi scoring the first three goals before Lone Star could get on the board in the third with goals from Andrew DeCarlo (3G-0A) and Scott Persson (2G-5A). Harrison Feeney (7W-6L-2OTL-2SOL) was in net both nights stopping 67 of the 72 shots he faced.

Odessa was at home against division leading Amarillo. Friday night was a back and forth contest with Amarillo scoring first then Zach Heintz (5G-10A) and Connor Fedorek  (3G-11A) lighting the lamp for a one goal lead. Michael Sacco (1G-6A) had the Jackalopes’ only goal of the second between two Bulls tallies to enter the third tied at 3-3. Odessa retook the lead early in the third on a Jared Christy (7G-12A) goal and looked like they may hold on for the regulation win, but Amarillo scored an empty net goal with 52 seconds left to force overtime. Sebastian Frantz hit the game winner 3:42 into the extra period. Alex Camarre (2W-5L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net for the win on 39 saves. Saturday night saw the teams trade goals in both the first and second periods before Amarillo scored the lone goal of the third for the win. James Crossman (9G-10A) had Odessa’s goal in the first and Kyle Herbster (5G-11A) in the second. Camarre was in net once again allowing three goals on 38 shots faced.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

The Brahmas power play comes into the series tied for 8th overall in the NAHL at 20.5% on 16 goals in 78 opportunities. On the road they have scored 6 times on 30 power plays at 20.0% good for 9th. Lone Star is 4 for their last 15 with the man advantage which is 26.7%. The penalty kill continues to be one of the best units in the league at 3rd overall. They have allowed a total of 12 goals on 93 kills or 87.1%. Away from NYTEX Sports Centre they slip one spot to 4th even though their percentage increases to 87.9% after giving up just 4 goals in 33 times shorthanded. They have been even better over the last five games with 3 goals on 26 kills or 88.5%.

Odessa’s power play has been slightly better than Lone Star and currently sets 6th overall at 22.1%. The Jackalopes have accumulated 17 goals on 77 power plays. At home they move up to a tie for 4th and to 23.8% on 5 goals in 21 opportunities performance. Over their last five games the Jackalopes are at 27.3% on 3 goals in 11 chances. Odessa is well behind the Brahmas on the penalty kill at 17th both overall and at home. Their overall numbers have them at 80.4% on 19 goals allowed in 97 kills. At home they have given up 8 goals on 41 kills or 80.5%. Their numbers have slipped in the last five games falling to 73.7% on 5 goals allowed in 19 opponent power plays.

In head to head action this season both teams have managed five power play goals. The difference is that Lone Star has scored theirs on 18 opportunities for 22.8% while Odessa has had 22 opportunities for 22.7%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 2 1 1 1 0 10 1.97 149 0.937
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 0 19 3.71 181 0.905

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 0 6 6
Michal Stinil 4 1 5
Blake Evennou 1 4 5
Scott Persson 1 2 3
Tim Henriksson 0 3 3
Jackalopes G A Pts
Zach Heintz 2 5 7
Jared Christy 3 2 5
James Crossman 3 2 5
Sebastian Frantz 1 3 4
Michael Sacco 1 3 4

 

Inside the Game

  • With the uptick in the offense the Brahmas have managed to climb from last in the South Division, where they were the last time the played Odessa, to second. The Jackalopes have fallen one spot to sixth in the South.
  • Michal Stinil’s 10 goals has him tied for 11th in the NAHL in goals scored.
  • James Crossman is tied for 5th in the league in power play goals with 5 while Michal Stinil is tied for 11th with 4.
  • Rex Moe (7G-7A) is 2nd in the league in penalty minutes with 91 PIMs and Major Penalties with 5. Matt Minerva (3G-2A) is in 11th with 58 PIMs. James Crossman is tied for 2nd in the league in minor penalties with 19.
  • James Crossman is on a current seven game point streak.
  • Harrison Feeney is tied for 5th in the league with a 2.02 GAA. Kade Phipps leads Odessa and is 26th overall with a 2.76 GAA, Seth Eisele has a 1.66 GAA and Alex Camarre has a 3.99 GAA. However, neither Eisele nor Camarre have played the required 420 minutes to qualify among league leaders.
  • Harrison Feeney is 8th in the league in save percentage with a 0.929 SV%. Kade Phipps has a 0.911 SV% and is 22nd Seth Eisele has a 0.932 SV% and Alex Camarre has a 0.895 SV%.
  • Odessa is the 3rd most penalized team in the league averaging 22.10 minutes per game. Lone Star is 7th with an 18.78 minute average. The Jackalopes have had 21 more minor penalties whistled against them than the Brahmas this season despite playing in two fewer games.
  • Lone Star has scored the game’s first goal 14 times and have points in each of those games with an 11-0-1-2 record. Odessa on the other hand has scored the first goal eight times and has points in four of those games with a 3-4-0-1 record.
  • The third period is the only period in which the Brahmas have a negative goal differential this season, it also happens to be the only period that the Jackalopes have a positive goal differential which means sets up to be a pivotal frame this weekend. Only four teams in the league have scored more goal in the third than the Jackalopes.
  • The second period has been the biggest scoring period for Lone Star while it has been the worst defensively for Odessa with only four teams allowing more second period goals than the Jackalopes.
  • Odessa in 9th in the league with an average of 2.90 goals scored per game and 21st with an average of 3.43 goals against per game. The Brahmas are 22nd on offense with an average of 2.09 goals per game and 3rd on defense allowing an average of 2.22 goals per game.
  • The Brahmas have completed two more roster moves acquiring forwards Eric Huss (1G-4A) from the Odessa Jackalopes and Joey Baez (2G-1A) from the Johnstown Tomahawks. Huss is a Dallas native and has a D-I commitment to the United States Military Academy. Baez is from Tampa Florida and has committed to University of Alabama Huntsville.

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