Odessa suffers its first regulation-home loss Tuesday vs. the first place ‘Cats
Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes had trouble filling out its roster Tuesday night after multiple players were suffering from flu-like symptoms. Despite the bug going through the locker room, Odessa had no choice but to put its best foot forward with the first place Wichita Falls Wildcats coming into Ector County Coliseum. After scoring the first goal in the first but having it disallowed, the Jacks found themselves down 1-0 when Garret VanWhye scored on a Jacks turnover in the opening frame. In the Second, Odessa was able to tie the game on a Derek Brown tally at 16:51. After the Cats regained its lead less than a minute and a half later, Odessa again tied it up, this time Danny Kiraly scored on a long-distance wrister. In the third, tied 2-2, Wichita Falls took the lead at 10:32 and would go on to win 3-2.
Jacks hit the road Saturday and Sunday
The Odessa Jackalopes will enjoy a rare Saturday off in-between a Friday tilt with the Wichita Falls Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum and Sunday duel with the Amarillo Bulls at the Amarillo Civic Center. Odessa is 0-4-0 against first-place Wildcats with its latest defeat coming this past Tuesday, but Odessa will have three more cracks at the ‘Cats this month before not facing them for all of December and January. Sunday’s battle with Bulls is Odessa’s first visit to Amarillo since opening the season back on September 12, a game in which the Jacks lost, 6-3. Odessa is 2-1-1 versus Amarillo after earning five of the possible six points at home on October 22-24 against he Bulls. A win Sunday at Amarillo Civic Center would be the first regular-season win at Amarillo in team history (2011). Odessa beat the Bulls in Amarillo in a 2011-12 postseason game, 5-1.
Sjodahl selected as the 2nd Star of the Week in the South for his 3-points vs. COR
Jackalopes forward Hampus Sjodahl has been named the second star of the week in the NAHL South Division for his three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in two games versus the Corpus Christi IceRays, with a +3 rating. Jacks forward Oliver Celec was named an honorable mention for the first time, posting four points (1 goal, 3 assists). Thus far this season, Sjodahl is tied for the team lead in goals (9) and is tied for the team lead in points (15). Sjodahl becomes the fourth Jack this season to be named the Second Star of the Week in the South Division (Eric Carreras, Brandon Tucker, Gunner Rivers). Last year in Odessa, Sjodahl had 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) in 55 games. Oliver Celec’s honorable mention is the first such honor this season for the Jacks forward from Gothenburg, Sweden. Through 15 games, Celec has 13 points (6 goals, 7 goals) with a +4 rating. Celec is the third Jack this year to be named a South Division Honorable Mention (Gunner Rivers, (2x) Hampus Sjodahl).
The Jacks to Wear Prostate Cancer Awareness ‘Movember’ Jerseys to Raise Money for Charity
The Odessa Jackalopes are proud to support prostate cancer awareness in the Month of November. This year the Jacks will wear specialty Movember jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the month, with all proceeds going to charity. Players and staff are also growing out beards and facial hair to show support for the cause (some better than others). Call 432.552.7825 to learn more about the Jacks specialty jersey auctions, silent auctions and online auctions.
Listen live to the Jacks on Classic Rock 102.1 FM and watch on Fasthockey.com
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