Game Preview: Jacks vs. Bulls (FEB 13)

Jacks (17-20-4) vs. Bulls (10-29-4)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 — 7:05 PM

Amarillo Civic Center — Amarillo, Texas

All-Time vs. AMA: 7-35-3

All-Time @ ACC: 3-19-2

All-Time @ ECC: 3-19-2

Tonight’s Matchup: The Odessa Jackalopes four-game winning streak and three-game roll against the Bulls was snapped Friday night. Odessa will look for a series split in the final regular season game between the two clubs at the Amarillo Civic Center Saturday while staying in pace for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South. The Jacks are 3-2-0 against the Bulls in their barn this year and 3-19-2 all-time at the ACC. 

Last Time Out: The Odessa Jackalopes didn’t trail until the third period Friday but nine lead changes and four ties proved two much as Amarillo pulled out an 8-5 win Friday night at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Odessa Jackalopes used a pair of Hampus Sjodahl’ goals to take an early 2-0 lead Friday but two late Amarillo tallies, first, by Mykyta Sheptytsky and then Jake Houston in the opening frame tied it 2-2 after one. In the second, the Jacks were called for eight penalties including a game ejection to Brandon Tucker for spearing. Despite being on the PK for a majority of the second, Derek Brown managed to give Odessa a 3-2 lead at full strength. Coale Norris potted Amarillo’s lone power play goal (1-10) to tie it 3-3. The seesaw battle continued less than a minute later when Cooper Zech ripped home the Jacks fourth goal of the game to make 4-3. Just like before, Amarillo mustered a response when Charlie Singer Singerhouse netted a late second-period tally to tie it 4-4 after two. In the third, Singerhouse gave the Bulls their first lead on a breakaway. Nate Werhane tied it two minutes later, but Liam Ferguson regained the lead for the Bulls at 13:48. Joey Molinaro and Norris secured the win with empty netters.

Mr. Hockey: Jacks forward Hampus Sjodahl, 20, potted his team-leading 21st and 22nd goals of the season Friday night and also tacked on an assist. Sjodahl now has 12 points in 8 games against Amarillo this season (8 goals, 4 assists). The Bemidji State (WCHA, D1) committed centerman has 14 points in his last 10 games (6 goals, 8 assists). Sjodahl, who is in his final year of junior, leads the team in goals (22), points (46), plus-minus (+14), power-play goals (8) and shorthanded goals.

Brown’s Town: Niagara (Atlantic Hockey, D1) committed winger Derek Brown, 19, potted his seventh goal of the season Friday and now has eight points in his last five games (3 goals, 5 assists). Brown has 10 points (1 goal, nine assists) in eight games with a plus-five rating against Amarillo this season.

Crafty Cooper: Alaska-Fairbanks (WCHA, D1) committed defenseman Cooper Zech, 17, scored his fifth goal of the season Friday. The tally was Coop’s second shorthanded goal of the season and the Jacks league leading 10th shorty. The South Lyon, MI native has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last five games and a even-rating.

Nate the Great: With the departure of Dakoda Menslage, 20-year-old Nate Werhane is expected to get a lot more playing time. The Arvado, CO native took advantage of his opportunity Friday scoring his second goal of the season. Werhane now has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 25 games played this year with a plus-two rating.

Charlie Strong: Bulls forward Charlies Singerhouse, 19, potted his eighth and ninth goals of the season Friday. The New Jersey native now has five goals, zero assists in eight games against Odessa. Singerhouse is fourth on the Bulls in points (19) through 42 games and a minus-seven rating.

Down South: The Corpus IceRays earned a point Friday in 4-3 shootout loss to the Lone Star Brahmas. With the Rays win Thursday and point Friday, Corpus Christi is now three points ahead the Jacks for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Brahmas and Rays wrap up their three-game series Saturday at the AmericanBank Centre. In other South action, Wichita Falls snapped a four-game skid with a 6-2 win over Topeka at the KYC. After tonight’s rubber match the Runners won’t play until Feb. 26-27 at Lone Star.

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