Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (6-5-0-1) put together their best game of the season thus far while beating the Topeka RoadRunners (6-7-0-0) by a score of 3-0. This was the first home shutout for Odessa since November 9, 2012 when Blake Wojtala save all 31 shots en route to a 1-0 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Nick Wilson got on the board with his first and second goals of the season, while Peyton Frantti added an empty netter with less than a minute left to seal the deal. Alex Camarre (3-1-0-1) got the start between the pipes and played like a rockstar, turning aside all 36 shots coming his way for his first NAHL shutout, and the Jackalopes first of the season. The game would also mark head coach Greg Gatto’s 200th game behind the bench for the Jackalopes.
After a scoreless first, the Jacks got on the board first when Nick Wilson wristed one through traffic to beat the RoadRunners’ goaltender, Emil Gransoe, for Wilson’s first goal of the season. The assist would go to Chad Merrell, for his first point of the season. Six and a half minutes later, Wilson would add another when he was fed in front of the net by Evan Somoza and ripped it past Gransoe for his second of the night.
The Jacks would hold on as the extra attacker came out for Topeka. Peyton Frantti saw an open lane 150 feet away and took his shot for the empty netter. A perfect puck slid right into the back of the net for the Jackalopes 3rd goal of the night. They would hold out the rest of the way and give Camarre the shutout.
Emil Gransoe was in net for Topeka, playing a great game, saving 43 of 45 shots. It just wasn’t enough as there was no offensive support for the goaltender from Denmark. The Jackalopes penalty kill would finish the night a perfect 5-5.
The Jackalopes continue their Red Ribbon Week success tomorrow night as they take on the RoadRunners for the second match of this weekend’s three game set. Puck drop will be at 7:11 pm on Classic Rock 102.
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