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Lone Star Brahmas Return To Ice Against Jackalopes

Lone Star Brahmas Photo courtesy of Tina Reilly: The Lone Star Brahmas will play host to the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend at NYTEX Sports Centre.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Odessa Jackalopes with an 11 game win streak on the line. The Brahmas are the hottest team in the NAHL while Odessa just snapped a 22 game losing streak. Odessa has been handcuffed by players who gave up on their teammates and injuries that have left them trading players in an effort to build for next year.

With 18 games remaining on their schedule the Lone Star Brahmas have already secured an NAHL South Division Playoff spot along with the second place Amarillo Bulls.

In their six games played so far this season the Brahmas have dominated the Jackalopes outscoring Odessa 39-5.

10/24   Brahmas 2 at Jackalopes 0

10/25   Brahmas 4 at Jackalopes 0

10/26   Brahmas 7 at Jackalopes 4

01/03   Jackalopes 0 at Brahmas 9

01/04   Jackalopes 0 at Brahmas 7

01/05   Jackalopes 1 at Brahmas 10

Lone Star picked up a road sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays last weekend. Friday night Matthew Rickard (7G-18A) and Joey Baez (27G-19A) opened the scoring with goals in the first. Thomas Daskas (14G-24A) was the only one to light the lamp in the second. The IceRays finally got on the board in the third but could get no closer. Ludvig Persson (19W-3L-0OTL-0SOL)  recorded the win on 25 saves. Saturday saw Cayden Bailey (14W-5L-0OTL-1SOL) pitch his eight shutout of the season at an opportune time as Evan Googins (13G-5A) scored the only goal of the game nearing the mid-point of the first.

The Jackalopes played host to the Shreveport Mudbugs. In game one Odessa found themselves down 2-0 going into the third where Adam Kolcon (3G-19A) cut the lead in half. However, they could get no closer and Shreveport scored a late empty netter for the 3-1 win. Zach Stern (1W-16L-0OTL-0SOL) made 31 saves on the night in taking the loss. In game two the teams both scored in the first with Max Klanow (3G-6A) finding the net for the Jackalopes. In the second Klanow and Jack Rudin (5G-2A) scored to push the lead to 3-1. Odessa outscored Shreveport 3-2 in the third with Isaiah Huempfner (4G-5A) scoring twice and Rudin once to snap the extended losing streak. Newcomer Andrew Takacs (10W-11L-4OTL-0SOL) picked up the win stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

5

0 0 0

10

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0

2

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas have the 14th overall power play in the NAHL at 18.7% on 31 goals in 166 opportunities. At the Shoebox they have converted 16 of 82 opportunities or 19.5% leaving the Brahmas 13th in the NAHL. Over the past five games they have only two goals in 19power plays or 10.5%.

They will be up against an Odessa penalty kill that currently sets 21st overall in the league at 75.5%. Odessa has allowed 36 goals on 147 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes also set 21st at 74.6% on the road allowing 18 goals on 71 kills. Their numbers over the past five games have played to an 89.5% efficiency allowing 2 goals on 19 kills.

The Brahmas penalty kill has been tough all season and currently sets number one overall. They have allowed only 11 goals on 164 kills or 93.3%. At home Lone Star is just as good giving up just 7 goals on 86 kills or 91.9%. The PK has been equally stingy over the past five games at 90.9% allowing 2 goals on 22 times shorthanded.

The Jackalopes power play has struggled this season and is dead last in the league at 9.9%. They have managed 14 goals on 142 opportunities. On the road they remain at 26th at 7.0% after converting 5 of 71 opportunities. They have 3 goals in 16 opportunities or 18.8% over their last five contests.

In the six previous games played the Lone Star Brahmas have gone 6 for 21 on the power play while keeping the Jackalopes off the board on 18 opportunities.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

5

0 0 0 3 6 1.20 96

0.941

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0 0 18 3.62 224

0.926

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Eric Huss

1

6

7

Joey Baez

3

3

6

Thomas Daskas

2

2

4

Drew DeCarlo

2

1

3

Three Tied at

1

2

3

Jackalopes

G

A

Pts

Max Klanow

2

3

5

Isaiah Huempfner

2

2

4

Adam Kolcon

1

2

3

Jack Rudin

2

0

2

Brian Smith

0

2

2

 

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahmas and Amarillo Bulls have become the first teams to lock up playoff berths. Lone Star is currently 2nd in the NAHL South four points behind Amarillo but have two games in hand.  
  • Lone Star boasts arguably the top goal tending tandem in the league. Cayden Bailey is currently 1st in the league in goals against average with a 1.29 GAA. Ludvig Persson is third in the NAHL with a 1.65 GAA. Andrew Takacs is 27th with a 3.14 GAA and Zach Stern is 40th with a 5.20 GAA.
  • Cayden Bailey also leads the league in save percentage with a 0.942 SV% while Ludvig Persson is 5th with a 0.931 SV%. Andrew Takacs is 30th with a 0.899 SV% and Zach Stern is 38th with an 0.882 SV%.
  • With 8 shutouts on the season Cayden Bailey is tied for the league lead while Ludvig Persson is 3rd with 6 shutouts. Aaron Randazzo has two shutouts and Zach Stern has one.
  • On the offensive side of the puck, Joey Baez who has 14 points in his last eight games played is tied for 4th in the league with 46 points. Matt Guerra (11G-31A) is tied for 12th and Thomas Daskas is tied for 20th with 38 points.
  • Joey Baez leads the NAHL in goals scored with 27.
  • Matt Guerra is tied for third in the league in assists with 31. Eric Huss (5G-29A) is tied for 8th and Thomas Daskas is tied for 17th with 24 assists.
  • Michal Stinil (14G-18A) is tied for 8th in power play goals with 7. Evan Googins is tied for 19th with 5.
  • Joey Baez is tied for the league lead in +/- rating with a +32. Eric Huss is 3rd at +30, Patriks Ozols (3G-12A) and Thomas Daskas are tied for 6th at +24.
  • Odessa has the 3rd highest penalty minute average per game at 20.54. Lone Star is 7th with an 18.43 minute average.
  • The Brahmas average 3.50 goals per game 8th in the NAHL while allowing 1.60 goals per game which is best in the league. Odessa scores 1.49 goals per game which is 26th and allow 4.15 per game which is 25th.
  • The Annual Brahmas Golf Invitational will be held March 15, 2020 at the scenic Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club there are Sponsorship opportunities available! Players need to act quickly and decisively and execute with precision, because teams will fill this event out fast.

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