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Brahmas Will Host Jackalopes

Brahmas Photo courtesy of Candice Bryan: The Brahmas huddle around head coach Dan Wildfong during a timeout at NYTEX Sports Centre. Lone Star will host the Odessa Jackalopes for a pair of games this weekend with puck drop at 7:30 both Friday and Saturday nights.

 

The Lone Star Brahmas will host the Odessa Jackalopes this weekend hoping for a better outcome than the last time they met. In mid-December Lone Star traveled to Odessa for a three game series and came away with only three points pulling their single win out of the last game of the series.

12/17   Brahmas 1 at Jackalopes 2 OT

12/18   Brahmas 0 at Jackalopes 2

12/19   Brahmas 2 at Jackalopes 1

The Brahmas have not swept a series since December 11 and 12 against New Mexico. Since then, they have gone 3-3-1-0 in their seven games played.

Last weekend they were on the road in Amarillo where they played one of the more unusual series you will see. Friday night the series started off as many others have with the teams skating to a scoreless tie in the first. Between periods the ice crew paid special attention to a section of the playing surface just inside what would be Lone Star’s zone in the second. Eventually the surface was deemed playable and the game continued with Amarillo scoring to take a 1-0 lead. The problem spot on the ice reared its head once more and after over 40 minutes of focus from the ice crew it was determined that it was not safe to continue play suspending the third period to the following day. Once play resumed roughly 16 hours later, Luke Johnson (8G-6A) scored to pull the Brahmas even. However, the Bulls would find the back of the net with just under three minutes to play to grab the win. Graham Burke (11W-4L-0OTL-0SOL) took the tough luck loss on 24 shots faced. The teams took a 25 minute break before starting the regularly scheduled Saturday contest which played out much better for Lone Star. Andrew DeCarlo (9G-21A) scored at just 1:23 into the game followed by Johnson’s second of the day to stake the Brahmas to a two goal lead after one. Lone Star would push the lead to four in the second on goals from Mitchell Digby (5G-9A) and Ryan Sorkin (1G-3A) before Amarillo would get their first. The Bulls would score again in the third but could get no closer. Rico DiMatteo (5W-2L-1OTL-0SOL) picked up the win on 26 saves.

Odessa played as the visiting team in their own barn over the weekend due to Covid-19 restrictions in New Mexico. The Ice Wolves took a 1-0 lead into the second period in game one before Fletcher Anderson (6G-7A) go the Jackalopes going. However, it was the only goal Odessa would score in the series. New Mexico added the game winner later in the frame to take a 2-1 win. Connor Hasley (6W-6L-2OTL-0SOL) faced 22 shots on the night in the loss. Game two saw the Jackalopes shutout in a 1-0 loss with Hasley once again in net making 14 saves.

 

Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL

Pts

Brahmas

3

2 0 0

6

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0

2

 

 

Special Teams

The Lone Star Brahmas have the 4th best power play unit in the NAHL at 24.3% despite some recent struggles. They have recorded 18 goals in 74 opportunities. On the road they have converted eight of 11 of 41 opportunities or 26.8% good for 5th in the NAHL. Over the past five games they have converted only three of 20 opportunities 15.0%.

They will be up against an Odessa penalty kill that currently sets 16th overall in the league at 79.4%. Odessa has allowed 13 goals on 63 times shorthanded. The Jackalopes move up two spots to 14th on home ice at 77.5%. They have allowed nine goals on 40 kills. Their numbers over the past five games have played to a 77.8% efficiency allowing 4 goals on 18 kills.

The Brahmas penalty kill is only slightly better than the Jackalopes coming in at 15th overall. They have allowed 15 goals on 74 kills or 79.7%. On the road Lone Star is a bit better surrendering eight goals on 41 kills or 80.5%. The PK over the past five games has been strong at 94.1% allowing a single goal on 17 times shorthanded.

The Jackalopes power play is holding down the 14th overall spot in the league at 17.0%. Odessa has managed nine goals on 53 opportunities. At home they are at 18.8% on six goals in 32 opportunities good for 9th in the league. Over their last five they are only two for 16 or 12.5%.

In their three head-to-head matchups the Jackalopes have held the clear advantage scoring a power play goal in all three games to go three for 11. The Brahmas on the other hand are just one for 11.

 

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV

SV%

Brahmas

3

2 0 0 0 10 2.01 127

0.927

Jackalopes

1

4 0 0 0 15 3.03 126

0.894

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Brahmas

G

A

Pts

Luke Johnson

4

2

6

Mitchell Digby

2

4

6

Andrew DeCarlo

1

5

6

Nicholas Niemo

1

3

4

Cole Bielke

0

3

3

Jackalopes

G

A

Pts

Fletcher Anderson

2

2

4

Lucas Coon

2

2

4

Eamon Doheny

0

4

4

Mike Manzo

2

1

3

Two tied at

1

2

3

 

Inside the Game

  • The Lone Star Brahmas will enter play as the number two team in the league and atop the NAHL South with 33 points. Odessa is tied for 11th overall and is 4th in the South with 16 points.
  • Lone Star boasts three of the top 14 in scoring with Andrew DeCarlo leading the league with 30 points. Nicholas Niemo (10G-16A) is 3rd and Joey Baez (8G-10A) is tied for 14th.
  • Nicholas Niemo’s ten goals are tied for 5th in the NAHL with Andrew DeCarlo tied for 7th with nine, Joey Baez and Luke Johnson are tied for 10th with eight apiece.
  • Andrew DeCarlo 2nd overall with 21 assists while Nicholas Niemo is tied for 3rd with 16.
  • Luke Johnson’s four game winning goals has him tied for the league lead.
  • Mitchell Digby is tied for the league lead in defenseman scoring with 14 points. Alex Murray (2G-8A) is tied for 7th, Malcolm Palmer (1G-8A) is tied for 10th while Cole Bielke (1G-7A) and Evan Orr (1G-7A) are tied for 15th.
  • Rico DiMatteo is currently 4th in the NAHL in goals against average with a 2.10GAA. Graham Burke in not far behind in 7th with a 2.20GAA. Connor Hasley is in 11th with a 2.60GAA. They are the only three goalies who have played the required 240 minutes to qualify among league leaders.
  • Graham Burke leads the trio in in save percentage at a 0.921SV% and is 10th in the league. Rico DiMatteo is 14th overall with a 0.918SV% and Connor Hasley is 19th with a 0.905SV%.
  • Graham Burke has 11 wins on the season good for 2nd in the NAHL.
  • The Brahmas are ranked 11th overall on offense averaging 3.04 goals per game and 2nd overall on defense allowing 2.30 goals per game. The Jackalopes are 19th on offense with a 2.42 goals scored average and 9th on defense surrendering 3.05 goals per game.
  • Odessa is winless in their last four games.

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