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Game Preview: Jacks vs. Bulls (Feb. 12)

Jacks (17-19-4) vs. Bulls (9-29-4)

Jacks All-Time vs. AMA: 7-34-3

Postseason vs. AMA: 1-2-1

All-Time at ACC: 3-18-2

All-Time at ECC: 3-17-1

Tonight’s Matchup: The Odessa Jackalopes four-game winning streak is the longest of the season and second longest in team history (7, 2012). The Jacks three-game series sweep against Wichita Falls last weekend pinned the Jacks in a tied for the fourth and final playoff spot before Corpus defeated Lone Star 3-0 Thursday night. The Jacks have won three straight against Amarillo including a series sweep at the Amarillo Civic Center on January 22nd and 23rd. Odessa is 7-34-3 all-time (2011) against Amarillo and 3-18-2 at the ACC.

Last Time Out: The Odessa Jackalopes headed into the third period of last Saturday’s games against Wichita Falls down 4-1, but a miraculous four-goal third earned the Jacks their first three-game sweep in team history (2011). Just 41 second into the third Zach Zech notched his 15th of the season on a 2-on-1. Brandon Tucker then wrapped around his first goal in his last 16 games to get the Jacks within one. Drew McLean netted his second power play goal of the game to the tie it 4-4 and then Tucker shocked the Cats by scoring from the red line to give Odessa its first lead of the game which proved to be the winner. Dean Shatzer stopped 30 of 31 shots faced to earn a relief win.

Heat Check: Zach Zech, 19, collected his 15th goal of the season Saturday just 41 seconds into the third period. The South Lyon, MI native has goals in four-straight games and is now fourth on the team in points (29) and second in goals. Zech enters the two games series against Amarillo with six points in seven games (4 goals, 2 assists), a plus-seven rating and two game-winning goals.

Tuck’s Luck: Jacks forward Brandon Tucker, 19, scored his two biggest goals of his Jacks career last Saturday and doing so he snapped a 16-game goalless drought. Tucker’s second goal secured the Colorado Springs, CO native's second career multi-goal game and third game-winning goal. Tucker has five assists, zero goals in six games against the Bulls.

Marvelous McLean: Jacks d-man Drew McLean, 21, netted a pair of power goals last Saturday and now has 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) on the year and a minus-three rating. The Waterford, MI native has scored all five of his goals this season on the power play and has four points in his last five games (2 goals, 2 assists). McLean has three assists, zero goals in seven games against Amarillo this season.

Running With The Bulls: Bulls forward Tyler Gernhofer, 21, has been red-hot since joining the Amarillo Bulls from the University of Vermont (Hockey East, D1) where he played just one game this season with the Catamounts. The Grapevine, TX native has five goals, one assist in 10 games with the Bulls including a hat trick against the Jacks on January 23 and a pair of goals against Topeka on February 5.

Dirty South: After the Corpus Christi IceRays defeated Lone Star Brahmas, 3-0, Thursday night the Jacks are now two points behind the Rays for the fourth and final playoff spot with two games in hand. The Brahmas and IceRays play two more times this weekend at AmericanBank Center to wrap up their five consecutive matchups. The other South Division action this weekend pins the Wichita Falls Wildcats and the Topeka RoadRunners at the KYC in Wichita Falls. The Cats are looking to snap a four-game skid while the Runners are in search of their fourth straight win and second straight against the Wildcats.

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