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Lone Star Brahmas – Corpus Christi IceRays On Tap

Lone Star Brahmas - CJ Walker Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: CJ Walker and his Lone Star Brahmas teammates celebrate his goal against the Corpus Christi IceRays during the Brahmas 3-2 win on September 27.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will be back on the road this weekend as they travel to the Gulf Coast to face the Corpus Christi IceRays. Lone Star currently sets first in the NAHL South with 43 points while Corpus Christi is one spot out of a playoff position in fifth with 29 points.

The teams met previously in a two-game series at NYTEX Sports Centre in late September with the Brahmas coming out on top in both contests.

09/27   IceRays 2 at Brahmas 3

09/28   IceRays 0 at Brahmas 1

Lone Star was at home last week for three games in four days. On Wednesday they took on the Shreveport Mudbugs in a pre-Thanksgiving battle. It took until the 21:21 mark in the contest for Dylan Smith (1G-2A) to record his first NAHL goal and put the Brahmas up 1-0. The Mudbugs tied it up early in the third on a lone man rush, but the Brahmas were not to be denied this night. Thomas Daskas (10G-15A) converted on the power play with about six minutes to play for the eventual game winner and Matt Guerra (6G-24A) added a late empty netter. Ludvig Persson (14W-2L-0OTL-0SOL) logged the win on 27 saves. Friday the Brahmas dropped another one goal game to the Amarillo Bulls marking the fifth time in six games against Amarillo that they have come up one short. The Bulls held a 2-0 lead until late in the third when Joey Baez (15G-12A) got Lone Star on the board with an extra attacker goal. Unfortunately, that was the only goal the Brahmas could muster as the last three minutes ticked off the clock with a lot of offensive pressure but not goals. Cayden Bailey (7W-4L-0OTL-1SOL) took the loss on 20 saves. Saturday saw the Brahmas come out with a purpose and they carried that through 60 minutes of play to shake the Amarillo monkey off their backs. Will Stromp (3G-3A) got them started in the first followed by a goal from Thomas Daskas (10G-15A) as Lone Star took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Evan Googins (9G-5A) added a tally in the second before Amarillo scored two of their own with one coming on the power play. Drew DeCarlo (3G-4A) added an insurance goal early in the third to close out the scoring. Persson recorded his second win of the week on 28 saves.

 

The IceRays played host to the resurgent New Mexico Ice Wolves last weekend and had their hands full in game one. New Mexico held a 1-0 lead going into the second when Tod Philibert (2G-6A) got Corpus Christi started. Erik Bargholtz (8G-12A) added a goal just over three minutes later as the IceRays took the lead. However, the Ice Wolves came right back to knot the score at 2-2. In the third the teams traded goals with Ryan Coughlin (12G-11A) accounting for the IceRays tally. After a scoreless overtime, Jeremy Forman (5W-4L-1OTL-1SOL) stopped all four shooters he faced in the shootout and Justin Thompson (2G-5A) scored the lone goal in the fourth round for the win. Forman was credited with 26 saves on the night. Game two was pretty much all Ice Wolves. New Mexico held a 2-0 lead going into the second where Shane Bull (9G-7A) scored to get the IceRays on the board. New Mexico would find the back of the net again to retake the two-goal lead. In the third Coughlin scored early to cut the lead in half, but New Mexico scored three unanswered for the 6-2 win. Forman got the start but was gone after allowing two goals on six shots faced. Cal Sandquist (7W-8L-1OTL-1SOL) came on in relief and surrendered four on 26 shots faced.

 

Last 5 games

W L OTL SOL Pts
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 8
Icerays 2 3 0 0 4

Special Teams

Lone Star has been on a bit of a slow slide lately with the power play and now reside at 9th overall in the league. The Brahmas have recorded 22 goals on 95 opportunities or 23.2%. When away from the Shoebox they trail off even more to 21.6% which has them 11th in the league. They have managed 11 goals on 51 road power plays. In their last five games played they are four of 21 or 19.1%. On the penalty kill, the Brahmas are the class of the league at 91.8% after killing off all but eight of their 98 times shorthanded. Their numbers tick up slightly on the road to 93.8% even though they drop to 2nd in the league. Lone Star has allowed only three goals on 48 road kills. Over their last five contests the Brahmas have given up one goal on 23 kills or 95.7%.

Corpus Christi’s man advantage comes into the series ranked 19th overall at 15.3%. The IceRays have scored 15 goals on 98 opportunities. At American Bank Center they tend to do a bit better and move up to 13th in the NAHL and 20.0% on 11 goals in 55 chances. Their last five games have fallen in line with their overall average at 15.8% on three goals in 19 opportunities. The IceRays penalty kill has been strong this season and currently sets just two spots behind Lone Star at 3rd overall. They have allowed eight goals on 85 opponent power play opportunities or 90.6%. At home they set atop the league standings at 96.2% surrendering only two goals in 52 kills on home ice. In their last five games they have killed off 17 of their 18 times shorthanded.

In their two games played head-to-head there has been just one power play goal scored with the Brahmas going 1-4 and the IceRays 0-3.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
Brahmas 4 1 0 0 1 6 1.22 119 0.952
Icerays 2 3 0 0 0 17 3.36 141 0.892
 

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas G A Pts
Joey Baez 3 4 7
Matt Guerra 2 3 5
Thomas Daskas 3 1 4
Evan Googins 3 1 4
Eric Huss 1 3 4
Icerays G A Pts
Ryan Coughlin 2 4 6
Erik Bargholtz 3 1 4
Jeffrey Bertrand 1 1 2
Tod Philibert 1 1 2
Justin Thompson 1 1 2

 

Inside the Game

  • Matt Guerra is currently tied for 6th in the NAHL in scoring with 30 points on the season. He is joined among league leaders by Joey Baez tied at 10th with 27 points and Thomas Daskas tied for 14th with 25 points.
  • Joey Baez is tied for 2nd in the league in goals scored with 15. Michal Stinil (12G-10A) and Ryan Coughlin are tied for 15th with 12 apiece.
  • Matt Guerra is 2nd overall in assists with 24 and Eric Huss (2G-18A) is tied for 6th.
  • Matthew Rickard (5G-15A) is tied for the league lead in defenseman scoring with 20 points. Sam Brennan (6G-8A) is tied for 11th with 14 points.
  • Sam Brennan’s six goals has him tied for 2nd among blueliners while Matthew Rickard is tied for 6th with five.
  • Joey Baez is riding a seven-game point streak registering 10 points over that stretch.
  • Lone Star has six skaters in the top 20 in the league in +/- rating. Joey Baez in 2nd with a +20, Thomas Daskas is tied for 6th at +17, Malcolm Palmer (0G-4A) and Eric Huss are tied for 8th at +16, Patriks Ozols (2G-5A) is tied for 10th with a +15 and Josh Martin (1G-5A) is tied for 14th at a +14.
  • Ludvig Persson and Cayden Bailey are tied for 3rd in goals against average with a 1.54 GAA. Cal Sandquist is 10th with a 1.99 GAA and Jeremy Forman is 20th with a 2.73 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson are tied again in save percentage this time at 4th overall with a 0.935 SV%. Cal Sandquist is 9th with a 0.925 SV% and Jeremy Forman is tied for 29th with a 0.906 SV%.
  • The Brahmas netminders are in a three-way tie for shutouts on the season with both Ludvig Persson and Cayden Bailey having four apiece to lead the league.
  • Ludvig Persson’s 14 wins are tied for 2nd best in the NAHL.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas are the 9th most penalized team in the league averaging 17.93 minutes per game while Corpus Christi is 25th with an average of 10.38 minutes per game.
  • Lone Star is 12-3-0-0 on the road while Corpus Christi is 5-5-1-2 at American Bank Center.
  • Scoring first is a big indicator for the Brahmas as they are 15-2-0-0 when lighting the lamp first compared to the IceRays who are 6-4-1-3 when they score first.
  • The Brahmas have outscored their opponents 36-10 in the second period so far this season.
  • Offensively the Brahmas are 11th in the league averaging 3.21 goals per game and are 2nd on defense allowing 1.68 goals per game for a +1.53 goal differential. The IceRays are averaging 2.03 goals per game which is 24th in the NAHL and allow 2.45 goals per game to log in at 8th for a -0.42 goal differential.
  • The Brahmas are on a six-game road win streak.

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