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Brahmas Headed To Coast To Face Icerays

Photo courtesy of REbekah Bing Photography: Jake Suede and the Lone Star Brahmas will travel to Corpus Christi to face the Icerays in a pair of games this weekend. Suede has come on of late with six points on 3G-3A in his last four games played.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will travel to the Gulf Coast to close out their season series with the Corpus Christi Icerays this weekend. Both teams are currently setting in NAHL playoff contention so a post season meeting between the teams is not out of the question.

So far this season the Brahmas are 5-3-1-1 against the Icerays going 2-1-1-0 at American Bank Center. Of the 10 games played so far only two games have been decided by more than one goal with Lone Star winning both of those.

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

11/23   Icerays 2 at Brahmas 3

11/24   Icerays 3 at Brahmas 2

12/21   Icerays 2 at Brahmas 1

12/22   Icerays 3 at Brahmas 2 SO

01/18   Icerays 1 at Brahmas 5

01/19   Icerays 2 at Brahmas 3

The Brahmas are coming off a home split against the NAHL South Division leading Amarillo Bulls. On Friday night the teams skated to a scoreless first before Zach Heintz (15G-24A) broke through with the only goal of the second. Amarillo tied it up shorthanded early in the third, but Jake Suede (6G-14A) responded just 26 seconds later and Joey Baez (11G-5A) added another at 6:39. The Bulls would score off the draw with five seconds left. Seth Eisele (14W-7L-1OTL-0SOL) picked up the win making 35 saves. Things did not go the Brahmas way on Saturday. Amarillo scored twice in the first before Baez got Lone Star on the board in the second. Amarillo scored the next three on the power play with two third period goals coming just 23 seconds apart on a five minute major man advantage. Eisele took the loss in game two stopping 15 of the 20 shots he faced.

Corpus Christi was on the road in Topeka where they came away with three of a possible four points in a couple of barn burners with a combined total of 27 goals scored in the two games. The Icerays picked up a 7-5 win on Friday night with Santeri Hartikainen (22G-29A) and Kyle Moore (17G-22A) scoring in the fist for a 2-1 lead. Corpus Christi outscored Topeka 3-2 in the second with Mitchell Walinski (15G-11A), Nicholas Seitz (15G-25A) and Jake Stella (20G-14A) recording goals. The Pilots were able to tie it up, but Seitz and Moore would come through for Corpus Christi to ice it away. Brian George (7W-4L-1OTL-0SOL) was in net for the win stopping 23 along the way. There were nine goals scored in the first period on Saturday night with the Icerays getting four of them. Stella, Hartikainen with two goals and Austin Koss (7G-4A) did the scoring. Stella would add another in the second along with Blake Bennett (20G-34A) while Topeka managed a single goal to send it to the third tied 6-6. Moore found the back of the net in the third, but a late goal from Topeka would force overtime where the Pilots would net the game winner. Samuel Vyletelka (1W-14L-0OTL-0SOL) got the start, but was gone after giving up four goals on 10 shots faced. George came on in relief and took the overtime loss despite making 26 saves.

 

Last 5 games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

1 1 0

7

Icerays

2

3 0 0

4

Special Teams

The Brahmas are currently 10th in the league on the power play at 20.2%. They have converted 37 of 1843 opportunities. On the road Lone Star is in the 12th spot with 17 goals on 86 chances or 19.8%. Over the last five games they are two for 17 and 11.8%. They will be skating against an Icerays penalty kill that sets at 14th overall. Corpus Christi has given up 35 goals on 176 opponent power plays or 80.1%. At American Bank Center they have allowed 15 goals on 96 kills or 84.4% which has them at 6th in the league. They are at 84.6% in the last five games allowing two goals on 13 opponent power plays.

Lone Star is setting 6th in the NAHL on the penalty kill at 83.9% after killing off 167 of 199 time shorthanded. On the road they fall to 81.9% and 13th in the league. The Brahmas have given up 15 goal on 83 kills. Over the past five games they have played pretty much in line with their season numbers at 83.3% killing 15 of 18 times shorthanded. Lone Star will be tested by an Icerays’ power play that is currently 6th in the league. Corpus Christi has scored 49 times on 219 opportunities or 22.4%. At home they are not nearly as proficient at 18.9% on 20 goals in 106 chances. In their last five games however, they have five goals in 19 man advantages at 26.3%.

In their ten previous head-to-head meetings the Brahmas are seven for 27 on the power play or 25.9% and have held the Icerays to six goals on a whopping 43 power plays or 14.0%.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

1 1 0 0 14 2.78 121

0.896

Icerays

2

3 0 0 0 25 5.05 154

0.860

 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Jake Suede

3

3

6

Matt Guerra

0

6

6

Zach Heintz

2

3

5

Michal Stinil

3

1

4

Andrew DeCarlo

1

3

4

Icerays G A Pts
Santeri Hartikainen

5

4

9

Nicholas Seitz

3

6

9

Blake Bennett

2

7

9

Anthony Firriolo

0

7

7

Jake Stella

4

2

6

Inside the Game

  • Matt Guerra leads all scorers in the season series by a wide margin with 12 points to date on 2G-10A. Blake Evennou (11G-21A) is next in line with eight points followed by Frank Trazzera (7G-17A) with seven points. Corpus Christi has four skaters with six points each against Lone Star in Jake Stella, Santeri Hartikainen, Kyle Moore and Blake Bennett.
  • With 54 points on the season, Blake Bennett if tied for 11th overall in scoring in the league and Santeri Hartikainen is 18th with 51 points.
  • Santeri Hartikainen’s 22 goals is tied for 15th on the season while Blake Bennett and Jake Stella are tied for 20th with 20 goals each.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 12th in assists with 35 while Blake Bennett is one behind with 36 good for 14th.
  • Santeri Hartikainen is tied for 5th in power play goals scored with 10 while Nicholas Seitz and Blake Evennou are tied for 8th with nine apiece.
  • Kyle Moore is tied for 9th in the league with 124 penalty minutes.
  • Anthony Firriolo (5G-29A) is tied for 8th in defenseman scoring Blake Evennou is tied for 10th with 32 points.
  • Blake Evennou’s 11 goals ranks 5th among blueliners.
  • Seth Eisele comes in with the 10th best goals against average in the league at 2.32 GAA. He will be the only goaltender in the series that has played the required 1,020 minutes to qualify among league leaders. Brian George has a 2.89 GAA, Matt Sankner has a 3.51 GAA and Samuel Vyletelka has a 3.95 GAA
  • Seth Eisele is tied for 7th with a 0.927 SV%. Brian George has a0.912 SV%, Samuel Vyletelka has a 0.898 SV% and Matt Sankner has a 0.843 SV%.
  • Seth Eisele is tied for 3rd in the league in shootout wins with 3. He has not allowed a goal in five shootout attempts this season.
  • The Icerays are the most penalized team in the league averaging 24.04 minutes per game. The Brahmas come in at 9th with an 18.02 minute average. However, Corpus Christi has only two more minor penalties than the Brahmas. The Icerays have 34 major penalties on the year which is nine more than the next highest total in the league.
  • Despite the Icerays leading the league in penalty minutes, their opponents have been whistled for 72 more penalty minutes this season than they have.
  • Corpus Christi is 12-12-1-0 at home while Lone Star is 11-12-2-1 on the road.

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