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Game Preview: Jacks vs. Brahmas (March 12)

Head to head Info

All-Time vs. LSB (Since 2-13-14):

5-18-3

4-6-2

2-12-1

2015-16: 3-6-0

Tonight’s Matchup: The Jacks finish up their six-game season series at NYTEX Sports Centre Saturday night as they look for the weekend split. Both Odessa and Lone Star are trending in opposite directions as the Jacks have now lost three in a row while the Brahmas are winners of their last three. The Jacks are 2-12-1 versus the Lone Star in North Richland Hills since 2012 and 5-19-3 overall.

Last Time Out: The Lone Star Brahmas scored five unanswered goals Friday night in the 2nd period and held on for a 6-4 win. Both Hampus Sjodahl for the Jacks and Alex Berardinelli for the Brahmas netted hat trick's but Lone Star’s big 2nd proved too much as the Brahmas earned the win.

Trick or Treat: Jacks center-man Hampus Sjodahl, 21, potted his first career hat trick Friday night and now has five goals in his last two games against the Brahmas and eight goals and four assist in total versus Lone Star in nine games this season. Sjodahl is on a career high 11 game point streak (10-7-17) and is tied for second in the NAHL in goals (29) and fourth in points (56).

Brown’s Town: Jackalopes left-wing Derek Brown, 19, extended his point streak to franchise-record and NAHL-season long 16 games with a pair of assist's Friday. The Niagara (Atlantic, D1) committed forward has six goals and 17 assists during the streak with two game winners and an even rating.

Alexander The Great: Brahmas forward Alex Berardinelli, 20, netted his second hat trick of the year Friday and now has five goals in his last four games and a five-game point streak. The Pittsburg, PA native has 12 points (7g, 5a) in his last 10 games and a plus-two rating and 13 points (8 g, 5a) in nine games versus Odessa this season. Berardinelli is tied with Odessa’s Hampus Sjodahl for the second most goals in the NAHL (29) and only behind Fairbanks’ Todd Burgess.

Clarke Kent: Brahmas defenseman Cam Clarke, 19, has been an assist machine for Lone Star this year, but the Ferris State committed d-man scored his eighth goal of the season on the power play for the Brahmas Friday night. Clarke now has eight goals, 35 assists through 50 games. The future Bulldog represented the NAHL Selects team for the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament; he scored a goal and added an assist in two games.

Missing McLean: Jackalopes defenseman Drew McLean, 21, has been suspended for both games this weekend after a kneeing penalty he took on Corpus’s Jimmy O’Brien during the 1st period of Last Friday’s game. McLean missed last Saturday’s contest after the penalty left O’Brien injured for the remainder of the weekend series. The Waterford, MI native will be missed, he has four points in eight games (2g, 2a) against Lone Star this year.

Down South: The Wichita Falls Wildcats did the Jacks a favor by beating the Corpus Christi IceRay in Corpus 3-1 Friday night. The IceRays defeat and Jacks loss keeps the Rays just two points ahead of Odessa for the final playoff spot in the South. The Topeka RoadRunners needed some Luka Maver heroics with four seconds left in regulation to avoid overtime and earn a 2-1 victory over Amarillo at the Amarillo Civic Center.

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