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Brahmas Welcome Icerays To Shoebox

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Frank Trazzera and the Lone Star Brahmas will welcome the Corpus Christi Icerays into NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. The teams have split four previous contests all played in Corpus Christi.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Corpus Christi Icerays will try to skate off the turkey this weekend when they play a pair of games at NYTEX Sports Centre. It will be the Icerays first visit to the Shoebox since the preseason. The teams have split their previous four games this season.

10/12     Brahmas 3 at Icerays 1

10/12     Brahmas 2 at Icerays 3

11/16     Brahmas 2 at Icerays 3 OT

11/17     Brahmas 2 at Icerays 1

Lone Star is coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Shreveport Mudbugs. Michal Stinil (8G-5A) had the Brahmas’ lone goal in the contest and it looked as if it would stand up. However, the Mudbugs tied it up with 1:15 left in the contest and then snatched the extra point with the only goal in the shootout. Harrison Feeney (6W-5L-2OTL-2SOL) stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced on the night to take the tough luck loss.

Corpus Christi also played a single game against the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum. Aleksi Peltonen (2G-8A) opened the scoring for the Icerays late in the first to knot the score at 1-1. They took control of the game in the second on goals by Matthew Headland (1G-0A) and Blake Bennett (13G-7A). Bennett and Jake Stella (5G-5A) scored either side of the Jackalopes second goal in the third. Florian Mnich (1W-3L-1OTL-0SOL) picked up the win in net making 33 saves.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 3 0 1 1 8
Icerays 3 2 0 0 6

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently 11th in the league on the power play at 19.7%. They have converted 14 of 71 opportunities. At home Lone Star is setting 10th with 8 goals on 41 chances or 19.5%. Over the last five games they are 3 for 17 and 17.7%. They will be skating against an Icerays penalty kill that is tied for 8th overall at 83.6%. Corpus Christi has given up 11 goals on 67 opponent power plays. On the road they have allowed 2 goals on 15 kills and 86.7%. They are at 84.6% in the last five games allowing 2 goals on 13 opponent power plays.

On the penalty kill Lone Star is among league leaders at 87.7%. The Brahmas have killed off 71 of 81 power plays good for 3rd place. At home they are 4th at 87.5% on 6 goals allowed in 48 kills. Lone Star has been stingy of late allowing only a single goal in 23 opponent man advantages or 95.7%. The Icerays will counter with the 12th ranked power play scoring 13 times 70 opportunities at 18.6%. On the road they are also at 12th with 3 goals on 16 chances or 18.8%. In their last five games they have 1 goal in 16 man advantages at 6.3%.

In their four previous head-to-head meetings the Brahmas are 2 for 9 on the power play and have held the Icerays to 1 for 13.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 3 0 1 1 1 7 1.36 134 0.950
Icerays 3 2 0 0 0 13 2.60 136 0.913

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Matt Guerra 1 3 4
Michal Stinil 2 1 3
Blake Evennou 0 3 3
Clayton Lackey 2 0 2
Two Tied at 0 2 2
Icerays G A Pts
Blake Bennett 6 0 6
Aleksi Peltonen 1 5 6
Kyle Moore 0 4 4
Santeri Hartikainen 1 2 3
Jake Stella 1 2 3

Inside the Game

  • The Brahmas have points in 10 of their last 11 games.
  • Lone Star is tied for 2nd in the NAHL South and 9th in the NAHL. The Icerays are 5th in the South and 17th in the league.
  • Blake Bennett and Kyle Moore are tied for 20th in the league in scoring at 20 points.
  • Blake Bennett’s 13 goals has him tied for 4th in the NAHL.
  • Kyle Moore is tied for 12th in assists with 14.
  • Michal Stinil and Matt Guerra (7G-7A) are tied for 15th in power play goals with 3 apiece.
  • Harrison Feeney is 5th in the league with a 1.96 GAA. Sam Best (6W-5L-0OTL-0SOL) leads the Icerays and is 20th in the league with a 2.66 GAA. Seth Eisele (4W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 1.66 GAA and Florian Mnich has an even 3.00 GAA. Neither Eisele nor Mnich have played the 360 minutes required to qualify among league leaders.
  • Harrison Feeney also leads the group in save percentage with a 0.928 SV%. Sam Best is setting 26th with a 0.910 SV%. Seth Eisele sports a 0.932 SV% and Florian Mnich is at 0.920 SV%.
  • Corpus Christi averages 19.20 penalty minutes per game which is 6th most in the league. The Brahmas are averaging 18.19 penalty minutes per game and 8th in the league.
  • The Brahmas have struggled offensively all season and rank 23rd in goals scored at 2.05 per game. The Icerays defense is currently giving up an even 3.00 goals per game to rank 16th.
  • On Defense Lone Star has been near the top of the league all season allowing 2.19 goals per game good for 3rd Corpus Christi averages 2.65 goals per game and set 16th.
  • The Brahmas have made a roster move trading forward Austin Grzenia (3G-3A) to the Minnesota Wilderness for forward Gino Lucia. Lucia a 5’ 11” – 180 pound native of St. Cloud, MN put up 43 points in 57 games played last season on 18G-25A. So far this season he has 4G-5A in 14 games.

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