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Lone Star Brahmas – IceRays Start Four Game Stretch

Lone Star Brahmas - Daskas Photo courtesy of Rebekah Bing Photography: Thomas Daskas and the Lone Star Brahmas will welcome the Corpus Christi IceRays into NYTEX Sports Centre this weekend. Daskas is currently third on the Brahmas in scoring with 40 points in 45 games played.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Corpus Christi this weekend to start a four game home and home portion of their schedule. The teams have hit the ice eight times so far this season with Lone Star coming out on top in all but one of those contests.

09/27   IceRays 2 at Brahmas 3

09/28   IceRays 0 at Brahmas 1

12/06   Brahmas 1 at IceRays 3

12/07   Brahmas 2 at IceRays 0

01/17   IceRays 5 at Brahmas 6

01/18   IceRays 0 at Brahmas 4

01/24   Brahmas 3 at IceRays 1

01/25   Brahmas 1 at IceRays 0

Last weekend the Brahmas played a three game set against the Odessa Jackalopes at NYTEX Sports Centre. Friday the Brahmas jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first with Drew DeCarlo (8G-12A), Mitchell Digby (6G-13A) and CJ Walker (9G-17A) accounting for the Lone Star goals. Michal Stinil (18G-19A) added a pair of goals in the second before a scoreless third. Ludvig Persson (20W-3L-0OTL-0SOL) allowed a single goal on 10 shots against for the win. Saturday saw Cayden Bailey (16W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) pitch his league leading ninth shutout. While Bailey was stopping all 17 shots on goal Matt Guerra (12G-34A) and Digby were scoring in the first followed by goals from Stinil, Joey Baez (28G-20A) and Evan Googins (15G-6A) in the second. Sunday afternoon was a much more competitive contest. Stefan Miklakos (5G-1A) opened the scoring late in the first. Matthew Rickard (8G-19A) and Stinil found the back of the net in the middle frame. The teams traded goals in the third with Sam Brennan (9G-16A) and Googins scoring for Lone Star. Bailey was in net again and despite picking up the win he saw his 334 plus minute scoreless streak come to an end.

 

The IceRays were at home against the New Mexico Ice Wolves and played a pair of games that ended in shootouts. Game one the teams skated to a scoreless first with New Mexico scoring the only goal of the second. Logan Ommen (2G-7A) knotted the score in the third. In the six round shootout Ryan Coughlin (13G-15A), Evan Burkle (0G-1A) and Evan Carroll (8G-4A) scored for Corpus Christi while Jeremy Forman (6W-10L-2OTL-1SOL) stopped four of the six shooters he faced on top of the 30 saves he made through overtime. Game two Coughlin opened the scoring then Ethan Benz (7G-5A) scored between two New Mexico tallies. The IceWolves held a one goal lead going into the third where Carroll scored to force overtime and a shootout. Corpus Christi failed to score in the shootout while both New Mexico shooters found the back of the net. Cal Sandquist (8W-16L-1OTL-2SOL) took the loss on 33 shots faced.

 

Last 5 games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Icerays

1

3 0 1

3

 

Special Teams

The Brahma’s power play has been floating around mid-pack in the NAHL and currently set 15th overall. Lone Star has managed 33 goals on 176 opportunities and 18.8%. At home they have been slightly better at 19.6% good for 12th in the league with 18 goals on 92 opportunities. In their last five games the Brahmas have three goals on 17 opportunities and 17.6%. Corpus Christi’s penalty kill has been fairly strong and is currently 7th in the league. The IceRays have allowed 21 goals on 147 times shorthanded or 85.7%. On the road they are 11th at 83.1% giving up 10 goals on 59 kills. They have allowed two goals on 14 kills over their last five games which is 85.7%.

Lone Star’s penalty kill is one of the reasons for their success this season. The unit is leading the league at 93.8% giving up only 11 goals on 177 kills. At home they are also tops in the league at 92.9%. The Shoebox has seen the Brahmas allow seven goals on 98 kills. In their last five contests the IceRays have killed 12 of 14 times shorthanded or 85.7%.

In their six games played head-to-head the Brahmas hold the advantage going four for 29 on the power play and allowing two goals on 33 kills.

 

Goaltending Comparison (Last 5 Games)

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 2 4 0.80 76

0.950

Icerays

1

3 0 1 0 12 2.34 166

0.933

                   

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Michal Stinil

4

1

5

Mitchell Digby

2

3

5

Drew DeCarlo

1

4

5

CJ Walker

1

4

5

Evan Googins

3

1

4

Icerays

G

A

Pts

Logan Ommen

1

2

3

Erik Bargholtz

0

3

3

Kyle Schroeder

0

3

3

Stephen Kyrkostas

2

0

2

Three Tied at

1

1

2

       

 

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahmas have the best winning percentage in the league despite trailing Amarillo by one point in both the NAHL overall and South Division standings.
  • Lone Star is one of three teams who have already clinched playoff berths. The others are Amarillo and Fairbanks.
  • The Brahmas come into the weekend series riding a 14 game win streak which is the longest streak in the league this season.
  • Corpus Christi has lost eight straight road games.
  • Cayden Bailey and Ludvig Persson have combined to form the top goaltending tandem in the NAHL. Bailey currently leads the league in goals against average with a 1.26 GAA and Persson is 3rd with a 1.63 GAA. Cal Sandquist comes in at 19th with a 2.79 GAA and Jeremy Forman is tied for 21st with a 2.84 GAA.
  • When it comes to save percentage Cayden Bailey is leading the way once again with a 0.943 SV%. Ludvig Persson is 5th with a 0.930 SV%, Cal Sandquist and Jeremy Forman are 27th and 28th with 0.903 SV% and 0.902 SV% respectively.
  • Ludvig Persson is 4th in wins with 20 in 25 games played. Cayden Bailey is tied for 8th with 16 wins.
  • Brahmas’ fans have seen plenty of goose eggs on the scoreboard this season as Cayden Bailey is leading the league with nine shutouts while Ludvig Persson is 3rd with six. They also combined for one other shutout.
  • Joey Baez is currently tied for 6th in the league in scoring with 48 points. Matt Guerra is tied for 9th with 46.
  • With 28 goals on the season Joey Baez is pacing the league in the category while Michal Stinil is tied for 15th with 18.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for 4th in assists with 34. Eric Huss (5G-29A) has pitched in 29 assists good for a tie for 11th and Thomas Daskas (14G-26A) is tied for 20th with 26.
  • Joey Baez is tied for the league lead in game winning goals with six while Evan Googins and Thomas Daskas are tied for 4th with five.
  • Matthew Rickard is tied for 7th in defenseman scoring with 27 points and Sam Brennan is 15th with 25 points.
  • Sam Brennan is 5th in goals scored by a defenseman with Matthew Rickard tied for 6th with eight goals and Mitchell Digby tied for 16th with six.
  • The Lone Star Brahmas have several players in the top 20 in +/- ranking with Joey Baez 2nd with a +31, Eric Huss tied for 3rd with a +30, Patriks Ozols (3G-14A) is 7th with a +27, Thomas Daskas tied for 10th with a +24, Malcolm Palmer (1G-9A) and Josh Martin (1G-11A) are tied for 16th with +22 each.
  • Michal Stinil has goals in three straight games.
  • Lone Star has the 7th highest penalty minute per game average at 18.47 compared to Corpus Christi at 20th with a 12.57 minute average.
  • The IceRays have played in nine shootout games this season the most in the league. They are 5-4 in those games.
  • Corpus Christi is 6-6-1-4 when scoring first while Lone Star is 29-3-0-0.
  • The Brahmas best period so far this season has been the second where they have outscored their opponents 57-18, the IceRays on the other hand have struggled in the second where they have a -25 goals differential.
  • Lone Star is 7th overall on offense averaging 3.60 goals per game and 1st on defense allowing just 1.56 goals per game. Corpus Christi is 25th on offense with a 1.87 goals per game average and 10th on defense with a 2.96 goals against average.
  • The Brahmas have yet to lose a game when leading after two periods compiling a 32-0-0-0 record in those situations.

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