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Brahmas Hit The Road For Pair Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: The Lone Star Brahmas will lace them up against the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, TX.

 

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will travel to the Permian Basin this weekend to faceoff against the Odessa Jackalopes at the Ector County Coliseum. Lone Star holds a 5-3-0-0 record against Odessa this season with four games left in the season series.

 

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

12/28   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 2

12/29   Brahmas 1 at Jackalopes 0

 

This past weekend was kind of a mixed bag for the Brahmas as they swept the Icerays Friday and Saturday at NYTEX Sports Centre before being handily outplayed by the Mudbugs Monday afternoon. After falling behind early in the first in game one of the Corpus Christi series Lone Star came back with five unanswered tallies for the 5-1 win. Five different Brahmas lit the lamp on the night with Joey Baez (7G-4A) knotting it up in the first. Josh Martin (2G-4A) and Noah Roofe (4G-8A) scored in the second followed by Clayton Lackey (3G-2A) and Jake Suede (2G-8A) in the third. Seth Eisele (7W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) picked up the win in net allowing just a single power play goal on 29 shots faced. In game two Baez got the ball rolling once again with a first period goal only to see the Icerays knot it up inside two minutes to play. In the second Frank Trazzera (7G-9A) pushed Lone Star back into the lead followed by Baez’s second of the night. Eisele made it stand up from there allowing just a single goal with 19 seconds left despite Corpus Christi pulling their goalie while on the power play for a two man advantage and racking up 40 shots on goal. The Martin Luther King Day matinee did not go Lone Star’s way at all. Shreveport held a 1-0 lead at the end of one and a 2-0 lead through the 9:01 mark of the second. That is when Eric Huss (3G-6A) finally broke through for the Brahmas. Thomas Daskas (4G-3A) made it a new game with a goal in the final minute of the frame. From there it was pretty much all Mudbugs. Shreveport would score four in the period including a power play goal and two empty netters. The one bright spot for Lone Star was Vadim Kiryakov’s (1G-0A) first NAHL goal in three games played since joining the team on Dec 29. Eisele stopped 33 of 37 shots he faced including a penalty shot and a couple of breakaway chances. For his efforts, Eisele was named NAHL South Division Star of the Week.

Odessa was in Topeka over the weekend for a three game set against the Pilots with all three contests decided by a single goal. In game one, the Jackalopes had a one goal lead three times and each time they saw it slip away. Connor Smith (7G-12A) gave them their first lead in the opening 20 minutes of play, but Topeka would tie it up before the period ended. Brendan Coughlin (2G-3A) scored midway through the second with Topeka getting a power play goal less than two minutes later. Connor Fedorek (5G-17A) pushed Odessa back into the lead with 3:02 left in the second, but 1:15 later it was 3-3 following a Pilots tally. The third period went by with no further scoring sending the game to overtime where Topeka won it with 11 seconds left. Alex Camarre (6W-8L-1OTL-0SOL) made 40 saves in a losing effort. In game two the Jakcalopes held a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission on goals from Zach Heintz (10G-19A) and Jared Christy (14G-20A). Topeka responded with two goals in the second then added two more in the third before Patrick Dawson (3G-6A) would pull Odessa within one. Kade Phipps (8W-11L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net facing 34 shots in the contest. Odessa finally came out on top in the third and final game of the series with a 3-2 shootout win. Going into the second down a goal Heintz scored twice to put the Jackalopes up one. Topeka had the lone goal of the third forcing overtime and a shootout. Michael Sacco (5G-11A) would have the only goal of the shootout in the second round for the game winner. Camarre picked up the win with 35 saves.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

4

1 0 0

8

Jackalopes

2

2 1 0

5

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s power play remains at 8th in the league again this week at 21.7%. They have converted 31 of 143 chances on the season. On the road they fall to 12th at 20.6% with 14 goals on 68 man advantages. They have seen an uptick of late going 5 for 21 in the last five games or 23.8%. They will have a chance to pad their numbers a bit against the Jackalopes’ 22nd ranked penalty kill. Odessa has allowed 44 goals on 169 kills or 74.0%. At home the Jackalopes move up to 19th despite the fact that their percentage drops to 73.1%. Ector County Coliseum has seen the Jackalopes surrender 21 goals on 78 opponent power plays. In their last five games their numbers have fallen to 64.1% killing off just 11 of 17 power plays.

The Brahmas penalty kill on the other hand comes in setting 7th in the league at 83.4% after allowing 26 goals on 157 kills. With 12 goals allowed in 65 kills on the road, the Brahmas are 12th in the league at 81.5%. They have been playing well lately with only 4 goals allowed in 28 opportunities or 85.7% in the last five games played. Odessa’s power play is currently ranked 15th in the NAHL at 18.3%. They have scored 24 times on 131 chances. Their numbers are right in line at home with 10 goals in 54 power plays or 18.5% good for 13th. The power play has abandoned them over their last five game with only a single goal in 13 opportunities or 7.7%.

In their eight game season series to this point the Brahmas hold a slight advantage at 26.5% with 9 goals on 34 power plays compared to 21.6% for Odessa with 8 goals on 37 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

4

1 0 0 0 11 2.19 152

0.933

Jackalopes

2

2 1 0 0 19 3.70 175

0.902

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Matt Guerra

1

4

5

Joey Baez

3

1

4

Blake Evennou

2

2

4

Frank Trazzera

2

2

4

Andrew DeCarlo

1

3

4

Jackalopes

G

A

Pts

Zach Heintz

3

3

6

Kyle Herbster

0

5

5

Connor Smith

3

1

4

Jack Conroy

2

1

3

Three Tied at

1

2

3

 

Inside the Game

  • There are a total of 11 skaters with five or more points scored in the eight head to head games played. Vilho Saariluoma (3G-10A) with 8, Matt Guerra with 7, along with Scott Persson (3G-12A), Blake Evennou (7G-16A) and Michal Stinil (17G-10A) with 5 apiece for Lone Star. For Odessa it is Kyle Herbster (8G-25A) with 9 points, Kellen Tharaldson and Michael Sacco with six each and Jared Christy, James Crossman (12G-15A) and Zach Heintz with 5 each.
  • Seth Eisele has played parts of two games against Odessa with no decisions. He has a 3.10 GAA and 0.909 SV% against the Jackalopes in nearly 39 minutes of ice time. Alex Camarre has faced the Brahmas three times putting up a 2-1-0-0 record with a 1.18 GAA and a 0.960 SV%. In his two appearances Kade Phipps has a 0-1-0-0 record with a 2.77 GAA and a 0.915 SV%.
  • None of the skaters who will participate in the weekend series are ranked in the top 20 in scoring. The Jackalopes Jared Christy is the closest at 34 points tied for 24th in the league.
  • Kyle Herbster is tied for 14th in assists with 25.
  • Blake Evennou has 7 power play goals which has him tied for 8th overall and 2nd among defensemen.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 10th in the league in power play assists with 12.
  • Matt Guerra is also tied for 11th in the league in power play points with 3G-12A while Blake Evennou is tied for 14th with 7G-6A.
  • Frank Trazzera is tied for 17th in the league in penalty minutes with 92.
  • James Crossman is tied for 7th in defenseman scoring with 27 points and Blake Evennou is tied for 10th with 23 points.
  • With a 3.30 GAA Kade Phipps is 27th in the league. Alex Camarre is 33rd with a 3.85 GAA in stark contrast to his 1.18 GAA against Lone Star. Seth Eisele has a 2.18 GAA which would put him at 8th in the NAHL, but he has not played enough minutes to qualify among league leaders. Eisele is 32 minutes short of the 720 required to qualify.
  • Kade Phipps’ 0.902 SV% is tied for 23rd and Alex Camarre is 31st with a 0.896 again far below his 0.960 SV% against the Brahmas. With a 0.930 SV% Seth Eisele would be 7th in the league if qualified.
  • The Brahmas are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games while the Jackalopes are 3-6-1-0.
  • Odessa is 8-11-0-0 at Ector County Coliseum and Lone Star is 7-9-2-1 on the road.
  • The Jackalopes are averaging 21.73 penalty minutes per game which is 3rd most in the league. The Brahmas come in averaging 17.69 minutes which is 11th. Odessa has been whistled for 37 more minor penalties than Lone Star even though they have played two fewer games.
  • The Brahmas have had the first goal of the game 19 times this season pulling points out of all but one of those games. They are 15-1-1-2 when scoring first. The Jackalopes have had the first goal 14 times and are 5-7-1-1 when scoring first.
  • Odessa has been outscored by 26 goals in the second period which bodes well for Lone Star whose second period has been the most productive offensive frame on the season with.
  • Odessa is winless in their last three home games.

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