Odessa, TX (October 22, 2016) – The Jackalopes closed out their 13-game road trip to start the season on Saturday night in Shreveport. Looking to rebound from a 4-2 loss on Friday night, head coach Greg Gatto changed up the lines, and his goaltender.
First period went quickly to the Mudbugs as Tomass Zeile received a puck and skated into the slot to beat Jon Flakne from point blank range. Later in the period, Frankie Melton added a wraparound goal with Flakne not able to get back into position after his initial save. Down 2-0, Chase Thudium passed it to Connor Wood across the attacking zone who found a speedy Zach Heintz, deking the goaltender, and backhanded it into the open net.
Into the second period hoping to keep the momentum going, the Jacks fired off 25 shots. Unfortunately, none of them went in and instead, Shreveport was able to add two more goals for a 4-1 lead.
Down 4-1, the Jackalopes were looking to get something going. Hoping the game wouldn’t get too out of hand, they tried to hit more and be more aggressive which led to multiple opportunities where the puck just didn’t fall. Frankie Melton swatted one out of Jonny Hogue’s glove and into the net for his second of the game. A minute and a half later, Brandon VanSweden received a puck in the slot where he beat Hogue through the five-hole for his second of the game. This made the game 6-1, Mudbugs advantage.
This is where the game started to get out of hand. First faceoff after the goal, Connor Wood lost the faceoff and pushed the opposing centerman down to the ice, resulting in a 2-minute minor for cross checking. On the same scrum, Rowan Savidant and Tomass Zeile got into a shoving match, sending both of them to the penalty box as well.
The Jacks had some great chances with the new lines in the third period, but none of them had good enough bounces to beat the goaltender. After the horn blew, Nick Klishko and Nick Wilson got into a scrum with two different Mudbugs before being separated by the officials.
The Jackalopes are now 7-6 (14 points) on the season, above the .500 for this 13-game road trip. The Mudbugs jump the Jacks into 2nd place with a 7-3-1 record for 15 points on the season.
Jon Flakne takes the loss after saving 20 of 24 shots he faced. The Mudbugs John Roberts improves his record after saving 40 of 41 shots fired his way.
The Jacks look forward to coming home for the Home opener Thursday, October 27, as they take on the Lone Star Bahamas for the first of a 3 game weekend set at the Ector County Coliseum.
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