Jacks (12-18-4) vs. Bulls (8-26-3)
All-Time vs. AMA (Since 2011): 6-34-3
Postseason: 1-2-1 (W, at AMA)
Home: 3-17-1 Road: 2-18-2
Power Play: ODA 16.4% (13), AMA 14.1% (17) Penalty Kill: ODA 81.6% (14), AMA 78.0% (20)
Tonight’s Matchup: The Odessa Jackalopes and Amarillo Bulls drop the puck on game two of the two-game weekend series Saturday night at the Amarillo Civic Center. The Jacks will look for its first sweep against Amarillo in team history (2011) and third straight win at the ACC. Coming into this season Odessa was just 2-33-2 all-time against their long-time rival, but this season the Jacks are now 4-1-1 and winners of two straight against the Bulls.
About Friday: On Friday, the Odessa Jackalopes put together their most complete win of the season, blanking the Bulls 5-0 to earn just their fourth road win of the year. After Odessa had outshot the Bulls 18-10 in the first 19:00 minutes of action, the Jacks had nothing to show for it until Hampus Sjodahl, and Brennen Miller lit the lamp just 27 seconds apart at 19:13 and then 19:40. In the second, Zach Zech sniped his 11th at 3:57 and Miller netted his second of the game and season with a top-circle snipe at 8:21. Gray Marr added the cherry on top with a late tally in the third at 19:42. Shatzer made 37 saves en route to the shutout, and the Jacks killed off all four Amarillo power plays.
Hungry Hampus: Jacks forward Hampus Sjodahl, 20, continues to pace the Jacks on the offensive end. The 6’2” 201 lb centerman netted a pair of goals against the Topeka RoadRunners last weekend and got the scoring started for the Jacks Friday in the first period against Amarillo. Sjodahl has six goals in six games against the Bulls and now has 18 goals, 35 points, and a +10 rating on the year in 34 games. The Stockholm, Sweden native has 11 points in his last 10 games (5 goals, 6 assists) including two power play goals and four power play assists.
Glazed Donuts: Odessa’s 5-0 win Friday night was the Jacks first shutout since Nov. 9, 2012, a 1-0 win against the Wichita Falls Wildcats (GWG: Josh Racek). Since 2011, Odessa has just five shutouts in team history. Three of the five occurred in 2011 with all three shutouts credited to current Winnipeg Jets (NHL) goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Of the 29 times, Odessa has been shutout since 2011, eight have been at the hands of the Amarillo Bulls.
Miller Time: Jacks forward Brennen Miller, 20, snapped home his first two goals as a Jack Friday night. The 6’3” 210 lb power forward has appeared in eight games for the Jacks after being traded from the Melville Millionaire’s (SJHL) in mid-November. The Keller, TX native didn’t debut with Odessa until Jan. 1 due to a partially torn ACL earlier in the year.
Bummed Bulls: Friday’s 5-0 loss for Amarillo was the club's second consecutive shutout defeat. The Bulls who sit at the bottom of the South Division standings have scored just one goal in their last three games, a total of 176 minutes 49 seconds of playing time and scoring differential of 17-to-1.
What Can Brown Do For You? Jacks winger Derek Brown, 19, hasn’t scored as much this season as he did in his sophomore campaign last year (19 goals) but it hasn’t stopped the Niagara (NCAA, D1) committed forward from filling the score sheet. The Peoria, AZ native collected a pair of assists Friday and now leads the team in assists (24) and is second in points (28). Brown has already eclipsed his assist total from last year despite playing in 25 fewer games. Brown's 92 points are the Jacks junior franchise record.
Zach Attack: Zach Zech continues to produce for Odessa this season. On Friday, the South Lyon, Michigan native sniped home his 11th goal of the season and is now fourth on the team in points (24) and third in goals. Zech has six points in his last ten games (3 goals, 3 assists) and four goals in five games against the Bulls.
All-Day Gray: Gray Marr’s shooting touch has been red-hot lately. The Twin Butte, AB, CAN native netted his third goal in his last four games Friday and is now fourth on the team in scoring (10) and second in points (24). Marr has six points in his last 10 games (3 goals, 3 assists).
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