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Cats claw Jacks, 8-3

Odessa, Texas (NOV 20, 2015) – The Odessa Jackalopes allowed three goals in the opening period and never were able to recover, falling to the Wichita Falls Wildcats, 8-3, Friday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The fast start Odessa (9-7-1) envisioned in their final regular-season game of the season at Key Yeager Coliseum seemed to come true instead for the home team Wildcats. Wichita Falls (16-3-2) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a high-slot shot by Jonathan Lazarus that snuck under the right arm of Gunner Rivers at 3:22. After Odessa had taken back-to-back penalties, Wichita Falls proved why they have the second best power play in the League. Jeff Baum’s long distance shot beat a screened Rivers to give Wichita Falls a 2-0 lead at 7:08. The Cats capped off its three-goal period at 12:46 when Austin Beulieu scored on a short-side top-shelf toe drag.

The Jacks struck first in the second frame when Derek Brown (4) tipped a shot from the point through Justin Kapelmaster’s five-hole. Wichita Falls countered with two more goals from Adam Goodsir and Nick Rosa to make it 5-1 and officially ended Gunner Rivers evening. Odessa salvaged the period at 17:16 when Gray Marr (4) poked home a puck that had snuck past Kapelmaster.

After falling down 6-2 on a Erich Jaeger goal at 5:57 of the third, Odessa continued to stick around when Cooper Zech (2) buried a 2-on-1 feed from Derek Brown. Wichita Falls put the game out of reach when Goodsir scored his second of the game on a high slot rebound, and Nick Rosa finished off his sixth of the season to make it 8-3.

Gunner Rivers (6-2-0) took the loss, lasting parts of the first and second before ending his night with 13 saves on 18 shots. Dean Shatzer played parts of the first, second and all of the third. Making 20 saves on 23 shots. Justin Kapelmaster moved to an impressive 11-0-1 record with his 29 saves on 32 shots.

In 2015-16, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their fifth season in the North American Hockey League and 19th in the Permian Basin. Season tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

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