Game Preview: Jacks vs. Brahmas (FEB 20)

Jacks (18-21-4) vs. Brahmas (30-10-7)

Head-to-head matchup:

2015-16: 2-5-0

Odessa: 2-2-0, Lone Star: 0-3-0

One-goal games: 1-0-0

Overtime Games: 0-0-0 Shootout: 0-0-0

All-Time: 5-17-3 Home: 4-6-2 Road: 1-11-1

Tonight’s Matchup: The Jacks and Brahmas continue their two-game weekend set Saturday night at NYTEX Sports Centre. A win Saturday would earn Odessa a series split and its first win in North Richland Hills since October 26, 2013. Odessa is 1-11-1 all-time at NYTEX and 5-17-3 against the Brahmas since their inception into the NAHL (2013).

Last Time Out: The Odessa Jackalopes struck first Friday night just one minute and 27 seconds into the opening period on a goal by Hampus Sjodahl. Odessa went on the power play twice in the first frame, but the score stayed the same after 20 minutes. In the second, Jakob Romo notched his first as a Brahma’ just 43 seconds into the period to tie the game 1-1. Neither team would break through until that until Joey Fallon scored at the 1:59 mark of the third to give Lone Star its first lead of the game. Alex Berardinelli put the game out of reach when his shot deflected shot off Jacks d-man Ben DiMaio and into the net to make it 3-1 at 12:40. Shatzer took the loss making 24 saves on 27 shots while Corbin Kaczperski made 23 saves on 27 shots to earn the victory.

Dishin’ Derek: Jacks forward Derek Brown, 19, extended his point streak to 11 games Friday (4 goals, 11 assists) when he set up Hampus Sjodahl on Odessa’s lone goal. Brown now has 40 points  (8 goals, 32 assists) on the season through 43 games with a plus-two rating. The Niagara committed winger has points in 16 of his last 17 games (4 goals, 17 assists). In 59 games last season, Brown had 21 goals and 29 assists, in his second year with the Jacks.

Beaver’ Buckets: Jacks centerman Hampus Sjodahl, 20, netted his team-leading 23rd goal of the season Friday night just one minute and 27 seconds into the first period. The Bemidji State committed forward has points in his last five games (4 goals, 4 assists) and now has 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) on the season with a plus-13 rating in 43 games played.

Jakob vs. the Jacks: Arizona State committed centerman Jakob Romo hasn’t produced at the level the Brahmas hoped for when they traded for him from Janesville in January but the Fullerton, CA native netted his first goal as a Brahma Friday night. In 12 games with Lone Star, Romo has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and plus-three rating. The future Sun Devil has scored all his points against Odessa in three games against he Jacks with a plus-three rating.

Hard Wood: Due to league rules, Odessa center Connor Wood, 19, was be suspended for Friday’s game against Lone Star after taking his third stand-alone misconduct of the season last Saturday at Amarillo for abuse of the official. Wood will return to the Jacks lineup Saturday night as he faces the Brahmas for the first time since March 3, 2014 as a member of the Rio Grande Killer Bees. Wood had one goal one assist in 12 games versus Lone Star last season with two PIM and a minus-two rating. Wood took his previous two misconduct penalties as a member of the Aston Rebels. Wood has six points in five games with the Jacks (0 goals, 6 assists) and a plus-four rating. The Alabama-Huntsville committed forward has a combined 174 penalty minutes between Odessa and Aston which is good for the second most in the league only behind Logan Hudson (190) of Johnstown.

Dirty South: The Corpus Christi IceRays (19-21-5) win over Amarillo (10-31-4), 4-2, Friday night at the Amarillo Civic Center was the only other game in the South Division since Topeka and Wichita Falls have the weekend off. The Rays win, and Jacks loss moved Corpus three points ahead of Odessa for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South Division.

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