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Brahmas – Jackalopes Needing Wins This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas are in desperate need of some offense and wins as they travel to play the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend at the Ector County Coliseum. Lone Star lost both games the last time they were in Odessa by a combined score of 10-3.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas and Odessa Jackalopes two teams that have struggled of late will play a two-game series at Ector County Coliseum this weekend. The last time the Brahmas traveled to Odessa, the Jackalopes outscored Lone Star 10-3 in a series sweep.

While the Brahmas’ defense has been strong this season giving them a chance to win most every night the offense has been hard to come by.

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

11/30   Brahmas 3 at Jackalopes 6

12/1     Brahmas 0 at Jackalopes 4

The Brahmas played host to Corpus Christi last weekend one weekend after the Icerays had swept the Jackalopes in Odessa. In the three games Corpus Christi outscored Odessa 20-9. While the outcome was no better for Lone Star the games were much more competitive. Friday the Icerays held a 1-0 lead going into the second where Joey Baez (4G-3A) knotted the score on the power play just 40 seconds into the frame. Unfortunately, the Icerays scored a power play goal of their own 25 seconds into the third and held on for a 2-1 win. Harrison Feeney (7W-10L-2OTL-4SOL) took the loss stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Saturday followed much the same pattern with Corpus Christi setting on a one goal lead into the second. This night it was Kimball Johnson (3G-7A) who potted the power play goal in the middle frame. Again Corpus Christi scored a power play early in the third only this time Tim Henriksson (1G-7A) pulled Lone Star back to even forcing overtime and an eventual shootout. Scott Persson (3G-6A) scored a shootout goal for the second weekend in a row, but it was not enough as the Icerays scored twice. Feeney took the tough luck loss again on 25 saves.

Odessa was at home against the Shreveport Mudbugs. Everett Wardle (2G-1A) and Jared Christy (12G-18A) staked the Jackalopes to a 2-0 going into the first intermission. Zach Heintz (7G-16A) added to the lead in the second before Shreveport scored their lone goal of the game. Christy scored his second of the night as the only goal of the third. Kade Phipps (8W-8L-0OTL-0SOL) logged the win in net on 36 saves. In game two Shreveport was up two until 12:31 in the third when Patrick Dawson (2G-4A) finally got Odessa on the board. That is as close as they would get as the Mudbugs scored a late empty netter. Phipps was in net once again facing 40 shots in the loss.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

Both teams are middle of the pack on the power play. Lone Star is currently 10th at 20.9% scoring 24 times on 115 opportunities. On the road they are 13th falling to 19.7% on 12 goals on 61 power plays. Lone Star is five for 20 or 25.0% in their last five games. They will be skating against the 22nd ranked penalty kill in Odessa. The Jackalopes have allowed 36 goals on 145 kills or 75.2%. At home the Jackalopes move up to 21st but their efficiency falls to 73.2% with 19 goals allowed on 71 kills. Odessa has allowed nine goals on 21 opponent power plays over their last five games or 57.1%.

On the penalty kill Lone Star is 11th overall at 82.4% after allowing 22 goals on 125 kills. On the road they slide to 80.3% killing off 49 of 61 opponent power plays good for 11th. The past five games have made a big impact of their numbers since they have allowed seven goals on 15 kills which is 53.3%. The Jackalopes will counter with the 11th overall power play at 20.2% scoring 23 goals on 114 man advantages. Their home unit puts up similar numbers at an even 20.0%. They have 10 goals on 50 opportunities on Ector County Coliseum ice. In the last five games they have two goals on 18 opportunities or 11.1%.

In six games of head to head action this season the Brahmas have seven goals on 27 opportunities at 25.9%. At the same time the Jackalopes have eight goals on 33 power plays or 24.2%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 0 12 2.36 143 0.923
Jackalopes 1 4 0 0 0 24 4.85 162 0.871

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Blake Evennou 1 3 4
Joey Baez 2 1 3
Kimball Johnson 2 1 3
Matt Guerra 0 3 3
Tim Henriksson 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
Jared Christy 5 4 9
James Crossman 1 3 4
Kyle Herbster 0 4 4
Four Tied at 1 2 3

 

Inside the Game

  • Two skaters have dominated the scoring in the head-to-head series so far this season. Kyle Herbster (8G-19A) has eight points on 3G-5A and Vilho Saariluoma (3G-9A) has seven points on 2G-5A. Five others in James Crossman (10G-15A), Zach Heintz, Michael Sacco (3G-9A), Kellen Tharaldson (2G-7A) and Michal Stinil (10G-5A) have accounted for five points on 2G-3A each.
  • Jared Christy is tied for 15th in the league in scoring. His 12 goals is tied for 14th.
  • Kyle Herbster is tied for 14th in assists with 19.
  • James Crossman is tied for 10th in the league in power play goals with 5. Michal Stinil and Blake Evennou (4G-14A) are tied for 20th with 4 apiece.
  • Matt Guerra (7G-14A) and Connor Fedorek (4G-15A) are tied for 18th in power play assists.
  • Rex Moe (9G-10A) is 2nd in penalty minutes with 146 just two off the league lead and leads the NAHL in major penalties with 6. Frank Trazzera (4G-7A) is 13th with 84 minutes.
  • Harrison Feeney is currently 8th overall in goals against average with a 2.16 GAA. Kade Phipps is 28th with a 3.22 GAA and Alex Camarre (4W-7L-0OTL-0SOL) is 34th with a 4.19 GAA. Seth Eisele (5W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 2.11 GAA, but is 89 minutes short of the 600 required to qualify among league leaders.
  • Harrison Feeney is tied for 8th in save percentage at 0.928 SV%, Kade Phipps is 26th with a 0.903 SV% and Alex Camarre is 33rd with a 0.888 SV%. Seth Eisele has a 0.928 SV%.
  • Odessa is the most penalized team in the league averaging 24.9 minutes per game compared to Lone Star which is 8th averaging 18.9 minutes per game. The Jackalopes lead the league with 16 majors and are tied for second with 18 match penalties.
  • The Brahmas are 12-1-1-2 when scoring first while the Jackalopes are 5-5-0-1.
  • The second period has been Lone Star’s most productive in terms of goals scored this season with 25. That should bode well for them as the Jackalopes worst period in goals allowed with 45 is also the second.
  • The Brahmas offense is next to last in the NAHL averaging just 1.97 goals per game. Their defense is tied for 7th allowing 2.50 goals per game. The Jackalopes are 11th on offense with a 2.97 goals per game average and 22nd on defense giving up 3.73 goals per game.
  • It will be Davis Browning’s (0G-6A) first chance to lace the skates against the Brahmas since Lone Star traded him to Springfield in October. Browning recently joined the Jackalopes.

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