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Lone Star Brahmas – Corpus Christi Icerays Preview

Lone Star Brahmas

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will open the home portion of their 2019/20 schedule as the Corpus Christi Icerays visit NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend.

Both teams are off to a good start to the season and are tied for second in the NAHL South however, the Brahmas have two games in hand.

After splitting a season opening series on the road in Topeka the Icerays went 1-2-0-1 at the NAHL Showcase and have seen four of their six games extend beyond regulation. Three of those four have gone to a shootout with Corpus Christi coming up short in two of the three.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas kicked off the season at the Showcase where they were the only team to go 4-0-0-0 in the tournament. In game one the pulled off a 5-4 victory against the defending Robertson Cup Champion Aberdeen Wings. They followed that up with a 3-2 OT win against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first shutout of the season came in a 4-0 win over the Bismarck Bobcats and they closed out the tournament downing the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Knights 4-1.

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 0 0 0 8
Icerays 2 1 0 2 6

Special Teams

While still early in the season, the Brahmas special teams have been strong. The power play is currently leading the league at 66.7% with six goals in nine power play opportunities. The penalty kill has comes in allowing only two goals on 18 times shorthanded or 88.9% good for 11th in the NAHL.

Corpus Christi’s man advantage is now 10th in the league at an even 19.0% scoring four goals on 21 opportunities. When shorthanded they have been perfect killing off all 15 opponent power plays for a four way share of the league lead.

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 0 0 0 1 7 1.73 78 0.918
Icerays 2 1 0 2 0 9 1.75 100 0.917
 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Michal Stinil 3 3 6
Matthew Rickard 2 4 6
CJ Walker 2 3 5
Matt Guerra 0 5 5
Thomas Daskas 2 2 4
Icerays G A Pts
Ryan Coughlin 4 1 5
Erik Bargholtz 0 4 4
Kyle Schroeder 1 2 3
Four Tied 1 1 2
Jake Stella 4 2 6

Inside the Game

  • Matthew Rickard (4G-2A) was named Bauer Hockey NAHL South Division Player of the Week after putting up six points including a game winning goal in four games played during the NAHL Showcase.
  • Michal Stinil (3G-3A), Matthew Rickard and Shane Bull (4G-2A) are tied for 17th in the league in scoring. Stinil and Rickard are at this point despite the fact all but one player ahead of them have played a minimum of two games more than they have.
  • Shane Bull and Ryan Coughlin (4G-1A) are tied for 6th in the league with four goals scored. Michal Stinil is tied for 15th with three goals.
  • Matt Guerra (0G-5A) is tied for 7th in the NAHL in assists. Matthew Rickard, Erik Bargholtz (0G-4A) are tied for 14th with four apiece.
  • Michal Stinil, CJ Walker (2G-3A) and Ryan Coughlin have two power play goals each good for a 3rd place tie.
  • Thomas Daskas (2G-2A) is tied for the league lead in game winning goals with two.
  • Arthur Turansky (1G-1A) is tied for 2nd in the NAHL with 25 PIMs. Michal Stinil is 6th with 18 PIMs and Matt Guerra is tied for 8th with 16.
  • Cayden Bailey (1W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) is tied for 7th with a 1.00 GAA. Cal Sandquist (1W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) also comes in with a 1.00 GAA. Ludvig Persson (3W-0L-0OTL-0SOL) is tied for 21st with a 1.97 GAA while Jeremy Forman (2W-1Ll-0OTL-1SOL) is 30th with a 2.38 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the group in save percentage with a 0.933 SV% good for 15th in the league. Cal Sandquist is tied for 23rd with a 0.923 SV%, Ludvig Persson is tied for 30th with a 0.914 SV% and Jeremy Forman is 37th with a 0.905 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for 2nd in the league in wins with three.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas will need to limit their penalty minutes as they currently lead the league averaging 18.50 minutes per game. Corpus Christi is 12th with an average of 11.17 minutes per game.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 4.00 goals per game which is 2nd in the league while allowing just 1.75 goals per game which is 4th. The Icerays offense is tied for 17th averaging 2.50 goals scored, and the defense is tied for 11th allowing 2.33 goals per game.

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