Jacks (20-21-4) vs. Rays (19-22-6)
In COR: 1-1-1
One-Goal Games: 2-1-2
Overtime Games: 1-2-0
Shootout games: 1-0–0
Tonight’s Matchup: The Odessa Jackalopes and Corpus Christi IceRays wrap up their two-game set Saturday in Corpus as Odessa seeks a series sweep and sole possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in the South. Friday was Odessa’s first win in Corpus since January 17, 2014. The Jacks overtime victory Friday snapped a four-game losing streak against the Rays while moving to 17-28-6 all-time against Corpus (2011).
Jacks Last Time Out: Regan Cavanagh tied the game 2-2 just :35 seconds into the 3rd period for Corpus, but Derek Brown earned the Jacks a 3-2 victory in overtime at 4:43. Hampus Sjodahl got it started for the Jacks in the first after a feed from Brown in the high slot. Brendan Miller tied the game for Corpus in the second after a Jacks turnover, but Danny Kiraly recaptured the lead for Odessa on the power play. Jon Flakne stopped 34 shots to earn the dub while Graham Hunt took the loss stopping 33-of-36.
Dazzling Derek: Jacks forward Derek Brown extended his point streak to 13 games Friday with a goal and two assists and in doing so the Niagara (Atlantic, D1) committed winger tied Fairbanks’ Ryner Gorowsky for the longest streak of the season. Gorowsky had a 13-game point streak earlier in the year from November 20 to January 15. In overtime, Brown was the hero when snuck a nifty move past Graham Hunt just 17 seconds into the extra time. During the 13 games, Brown has 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-two rating. The Peoria, AZ native’s three-point night moved him into a four-way tie for the eighth spot in the league in points with 44 (9 goals, 35 assists).
Sjodahl Stoppa’: Despite Derek Brown’s tremendous streak, Hampus Sjodahl has been equally impressive scoring at a tremendous rate. The Stockholm, Sweden native extended his point streak to seven games with an opening period goal Friday and in doing so reached the 50-point mark for the season. Sjodahl has 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in his last seven games and a plus-two rating. The Bemidji State (WCHA, D1) committed centerman is fourth in the NAHL in points (50) and is tied for second in goals (26) with Wichita Falls Adam Goodsir and behind Fairbanks’ Todd Burgess (31).
Road Warriors: The Jacks are 4-2-0 in their last six road games after beginning the season just 4-13-1 away from home with two of those victories coming at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN. Fridays win moved Odessa to 9-3-0 in their last 12 games.
Kiraly’ Tally: Danny Kiraly (8) snapped a nine-game goalless drought with a power play goal in the second period Friday. The Alaska-Fairbanks (WCHA, D1) committed d-man leads all Jacks defenseman in goals (8) and assists (22).
Dirty South: Wichita Falls needed an empty net to secure a 5-3 victory over the Amarillo Bulls at home Friday while Alex Berardinelli scored late in the third period to break a 2-2 tie at home vs. Topeka to earn a Brahmas 3-2 victory over the Runners.
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