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It Is A Threefer For Lone Star Brahmas In Odessa

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas will go on the road to Odessa looking to get back on track after losing four of their last five.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will be at the Ector County Coliseum to take on the Odessa Jackalopes in a three game set starting Thursday. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season. During the 2018/19 season the Brahmas ran up an 8-4-0-0 record against Odessa but were just 3-3-0-0 on the road. Lone Star’s worst loss of the season came in a 7-0 shutout in Odessa on January 25.

After starting the season with an eight game win streak the Lone Star Brahmas have dropped four of their last five including a pair of games last weekend to the visiting Amarillo Bulls. In game one the Brahmas were facing a two goal deficit going into the final five minutes of the second period. That is when Noah Roofe (2G-4A) picked off a pass in neutral ice and scored on an odd man rush to cut the lead in half. Thomas Daskas (4G-6A) scored on a redirect with just over two minutes left in regulation to force overtime and an eventual shootout. Cayden Bailey (3W-2L-0OTL-1SOL) was in net for the Brahmas stopping 28 of 30 through regulation including a highlight reel diving save following a defensive zone turnover. He stopped one of the two shooters in the shootout while the Brahmas shooters were unable to score to suffer the loss. In game two there was not much to write home about with the Brahmas generating no offensive attack to speak of managing only nine shots on goal in the contest. The defense and Ludvig Persson (6W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) did their best to keep the team in the game with Persson turning aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced to take the 1-0 loss.

The Jackalopes were at home last weekend as well hosting the expansion New Mexico Ice Wolves who entered the series with an 0-10-0-1 record. Friday night Odessa got goals from Matt Hutton (2G-1A) and Connor Scahill (2G-1A) in the first and Aaron Randazzo (3W-2L-1OTL-1SOL) made it stand up stopping all 27 shots that came his way. On Saturday the Jackalopes once again jumped out to a two goal lead in the first on goals from Kam Ottenbreit (2G-1A) and Hutton. New Mexico scored the only two goals of the middle frame to go into the third tied 2-2. John Serafin (1G-5A) scored early in the third to give the home team the lead once again. However, the Ice Wolves scored twice in the span of 33 seconds with the second being a shorthanded goal to grab their first win of the season in 13 games played. Max Miller (1W-1L-0OTL-0SOL) was in net for the Jackalopes taking the loss on 21 saves.

 

Last 5 Games

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

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas have the 3rd best overall power play in the NAHL at 36.4% on 12 goals in 33 opportunities. However most of that scoring has come at home as the road unit falls to 18th in the league. Away from NYTEX they have converted only two of 11 opportunities or 18.2%. The number do not look good over the past five games where they have only two goals in 13 power plays or 15.4%. They will be up against an Odessa penalty kill that currently sets 13th overall in the league at 82.1%. Odessa has allowed 7 goals on 39 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes have been better at the Ector County Coliseum moving up to 10th at 88.2% allowing 2 goals on 17 kills. Their numbers over the past five games have fallen in line with the season numbers so far as they have allowed four goals on 24 kills or 83.3%

The Brahmas penalty kill has been tough all season and currently is ranked 3rd overall. They have allowed 3 goals on 43 kills or 93.0%. When you look at the road numbers Lone Star is 4th in the league giving up just 1 goal on 18 kills or 94.4%. The PK has been equally stingy over the past five games at 93.8% allowing a single goal on 16 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes power play has struggled this season and is 25th in the league at 9.1%. They have managed 4 goals on 44 opportunities. At home they improve to 14.3% good for a 13th place tie after converting three of 23 opportunities. They have just two goals on 27 power plays in their last five games played or 7.41%.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 1 3 0 1 0 11 2.19 154 0.933
Jackalopes 2 3 0 0 1 12 2.43 131 0.916

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Michal Stinil 2 2 4
Thomas Daskas 1 2 3
Noah Roofe 1 2 3
Joey Baez 2 0 2
Sam Brennan 1 1 2
Jackalopes G A Pts
John Serafin 1 4 5
Vilho Saariluoma 1 2 3
Michael Sacco 0 3 3
Matt Hutton 2 0 2
Aeden Drossos 1 1 2

 

Inside the Game

  • Despite their recent skid the Lone Star Brahmas are still 3rd in the league with 19 points and have the 5th best winning percentage at 0.731.
  • Michal Stinil (8G-6A) and Matt Guerra (1G-13A) are tied for 12th in the league in scoring.
  • Michal Stinil’s eight goals is tied for 5th in the league in goals scored. Joey Baez (7G-2A) is tied for 8th.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 2nd in the league with 13 assists.
  • Michal Stinil is tied for 3rd in the NAHL with seven power play points. CJ Walker (3G-7A) and Matthew Rickard (3G-7A) are tied for 8th with six.
  • Malcolm Palmer (0G-4A) is tied for 2nd in +/- with a +13.
  • Sam Brennan (5G-5A) and Matthew Rickard are tied for 2nd in scoring among defensemen.
  • Sam Brennan’s five goals scored leads all defensemen in that category.
  • Cayden Bailey is currently 4th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 1.21 GAA. Aaron Randazzo is 5th with a 1.25 GAA while Ludvig Persson is 11th with a 1.78 GAA. The Jackalopes’ Zach Stern (1W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) has a 2.70 GAA and Max Miller has a 3.00 GAA but neither qualify among league leaders.
  • Cayden Bailey is also 4th in the league in save percentage at 0.954 SV%. Once again Aaron Randazzo is right behind in 5th with a 0.953 SV%. Ludvig Persson is 17th with a 0.920 SV%. Zach Stern has a 0.919 SV% and Max Miller has a 0.872 SV%.
  • Ludvig Persson is tied for 3rd in the NAHL with six wins on the season.
  • Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson are tied for 2nd in the league with two shutouts apiece.
  • The Brahmas are averaging 13.85 penalty minutes per game compared to the Jackalopes 13.08 per game.
  • Odessa has allowed three shorthanded goals against in 12 games played.
  • Lone Star has a +4 / +13 / +1 per period goal differential. Odessa has a +3 / 0 / -6 differential. The Jackalopes have scored only one third period goal this season.
  • Offensively the Brahmas are averaging 3.15 goals per game and tied for 8th in the league. On defense they allow 1.69 goals per game which is 3rd best in the league. Odessa is next to last in scoring with a 1.67 goals per game average and are 7th in defense allowing 2.00 goals per game.

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