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Brahmas Back To The Ice Against Jackalopes

Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Nick Siffringer and the Lone Star Brahmas will take on the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre as the final push toward the playoff seeding gets underway.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will face the Odessa Jackalopes for the final time in the regular season this weekend. After starting the season series winning three of four at home, the Brahmas have played the last six at Ector County Coliseum where they were 3-3-0-0 and suffered their worst loss of the season on January 25. Lone Star is hoping that facing Odessa on NYTEX Sports Centre ice will turn the tables in their favor.

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

1/25     Brahmas 0 at Jackalopes 7

1/26     Brahmas 3 at Jackalopes 1

Lone Star was off this past weekend, but the weekend before saw the Brahmas play host to the Topeka Pilots. In game one of the series defenseman Blake Evennou (11G-21A) scored a power play goal late in the opening 20 minutes of play to hand Lone Star the lead. The lead would go to 4-1 in the second with Zach Heintz (13G-21A) scoring his first in a Brahmas sweater at the Shoebox followed by goals from Noah Roofe (5G-9A) on a breakaway and Eric Huss (5G-6A) to close out the frame. Topeka tried to claw their way back into it with two goals in the third, but a late empty netter by Matt Guerra (12G-28A) would seal the deal. Seth Eisele (12W-6L-1OTL-0SOL) got the call in net and picked up the win on 16 saves. In game two it was Evennou who once again sent the game into the first intermission with the Brahmas holding a 1-0 lead. Topeka knotted it up late in the second before taking a 2-1 lead with just over 4:30 left in regulation. With Eisele pulled for the extra attacker, Andrew DeCarlo (7G-8A) dug out a rebound and put it in the back of the net to force overtime where Topeka would net the game winner. Eisele faced 30 shots on goal in the contest to take his first overtime loss of the season.

Odessa is coming off a tough road trip to division leading Amarillo. On Friday night the Jackalopes found themselves looking at a 4-1 deficit after 20 minutes of play with Everett Wardle (3G-2A) accounting for the lone Odessa goal. Amarillo added two more in the second to make it a five goal lead. Oscar Tyskhagen (1G-4A) scored his first of the season early in the third, but the Bulls scored twice more for the 8-2 final. Kade Phipps (9W-13L-0OTL-0SOL) got the start but was gone after just over 13 minutes after allowing three goals on 12 shots faced. Alex Camarre (9W-12L-1OTL-0SOL) came on in relief and gave up five goals the rest of the way on 27 shots on goal. On Saturday Odessa was down a goal going into the second, but quickly tied it up on a goal from Vaclav Zidek (9G-9A) at 2:27 of the second. The tie lasted just seven minutes with Amarillo scoring twice before Connor Fedorek (6G-19A) lit the lamp with 42 seconds left in the frame. That was a close as Odessa would get with Amarillo having the only goal of the third. Camarre faced 39 shots in the loss.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

1 1 0

7

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0

2

 

 

Special Teams

Lone Star’s power play has slipped to 10th overall in the NAHL at 20.5% on 35 goals in 171 opportunities. At the Shoebox they move up to 21.2% on 18 goals in 85 opportunities good for 8th in the league. The number do not look good over the past five games where they have only two goals in 17 power plays or 11.8%. They will be up against an Odessa penalty kill that is next to last in the league at just 72.9%. Odessa has allowed 54 goals on 199 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes have been better away from the Ector County Coliseum moving up to 20th at 77.6% allowing 26 goals on 116 kills. They have shown some promise of late allowing just three goals on 21 kills or 85.7% over the last five games.

The Brahmas penalty kill has been pretty tough all season and currently is ranked 6th overall. They have allowed 29 goals on 186 kills or 84.4%. When you look at the home numbers Lone Star is tops in the league giving up just 14 goals on 103 kills or 86.4%. The PK has been especially stingy over the past five games at 90.0% allowing just two goals on 20 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes power play at 18.3% is 16th in the league. They have managed 28 goals on 153 opportunities. On the road their numbers remain fairly close still setting 16th and down to 17.2% on 16 goals in 93 chances. They have only one goal in the last five games on 13 opportunities or 7.7%.

There have been 72 power play opportunities in the 10 games the Brahmas and Jackalopes have played so far this season with both teams performing well above their season averages. The Brahmas have gone 10 for 35 or 28.6% while the Jackalopes are eight for 37 or 21.6%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

1 1 0 0 15 2.88 156

0.912

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0 0 21 4.21 182

0.897

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Blake Evennou

3

3

6

Matt Guerra

2

2

4

Zach Heintz

2

1

3

Vadim Kiryakov

2

1

3

Andrew DeCarlo

1

2

3

Jackalopes

G

A

Pts

Joseph Winkelmann

3

5

8

John Serafin

2

1

3

Vaclav Zidek

1

2

3

Jan Blasko

2

0

2

Two Tied at

1

1

2

 

Inside the Game

  • This will be the first meeting between the teams since the trade that sent Vilho Saariluoma (4G-13A) Odessa and brought Zach Heintz to Lone Star.
  • Additional roster moves since their last meeting include the Brahmas adding goalie Matt Sankner (0W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) while the Jackalopes traded veterans and scoring leaders Jared Christy (19G-24A), James Crossman (14G-17A) and Kyle Herbster (9G-31A) for tenders and draft picks going into next season. Odessa has also added Mason Vukonich (3G-8A) who is now with his fifth team in two seasons and Carter Wade (0G-2A) who has 123 games of NAHL experience with four teams since the 2015/16 season.
  • Four of the five leading scorers for Odessa in the season series are now with other teams. The one remaining is Kellen Tharaldson (4G-14A) who has scored nearly half his points against Lone Star with 2G-5A.
  • Lone Star on the other hand has four of their top five still on the roster. Matt Guerra has nine points on 3G-6A, Blake Evennou with 3G-3A, Scott Persson (3G-16A) with 1G-5A and Michal Stinil (10G-5A) has five points on 3G-2A. Stinil should be about ready to return from an upper body injury which will help boost the Brahmas offense.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 16th in the league in assists with 28 and tied for 7th in power play assists with 15.
  • Blake Evennou is tied for 7th in power play goals with 9.
  • With 32 points, Blake Evennou is tied for 7th in the league in defenseman scoring. His 11 goals is 4th best among blueliners.
  • Blake Evennou is the reigning Bauer Hockey NAHL South Division Star of the Week.
  • Connor Fedorek is tied for 19th is goals scored by a defenseman.
  • Seth Eisele is currently 8th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 2.24 GAA. Kade Phipps is 32st with a 3.52 GAA and Alex Camarre is 34th with a 3.65 GAA. Matt Sankner has a 5.00 GAA after his lone game against division leading Amarillo.
  • Seth Eisele leads the group in save percentage as well and is 6th in the league with a 0.930 SV%. Alex Camarre is tied for 28th with a 0.901 SV% and Kade Phipps is 31st with a 8.98 SV%. Matt Sankner comes in with a 0.815 SV%.
  • Alex Camarre has two of the three shutouts posted by the four goalies with both of those coming against the Brahmas. Seth Eisele has he other in a win over Topeka.
  • Seth Eisele and Alex Camarre have both won all three of the shootout games they have participated in while Kade Phipps picked up the win in his only shootout contest. In fact the three netminders have allowed only one goal on 15 attempts in a shoo

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