Odessa, Texas (FEB 5, 2016) – Zach Zech tied the game with two seconds left in regulation, and Hampus Sjodahl won it in a shootout as the Jacks (16-19-4) earned an improbable 4-3 win against the Wichita Falls Wildcats (32-8-4) Friday night at Ector County Coliseum. Jon Flakne stopped 33 Wildcat saves en route to his third win as a Jack in as many games.
In the opening frame, Odessa failed to score on either power play chance despite outshooting Wichita Falls in the opening period, 12-9. At 19:51 Nick Rosa looked like he had given the Cats a late first-period lead when he deflected a shot from the point through the five hole of Jon Flakne. But after a lengthy discussion between the officials, it was ruled that Rosa had touched the puck above the cross bar, and the goal was disallowed.
In the second, Drew McLean rifled a shot from the point just as the power play expired and Gray Marr tipped it through the five hole of Justin Kapelmaster to give the Jacks a 1-0 lead at 5:49. The Wildcats would respond on the penalty kill when Adam Goodsir centered a two-on-one pass to Jeff Baum (7) who redirected the knee-high feed past Flakne at 11:32. The Jacks regained its lead less than a minute and a half later when Hampus Sjodahl (20) ripped a power play shot past Kap’ just below the far hash at 11:32 to make it 2-1.
Eric Jaeger (5,6) notched a pair of power-play goals in the third period to give Wichita Falls a 3-2 lead. With 8 seconds left Odessa seemed destined to lose 3-2 but after an offensive zone draw by Connor Wood and a shot by Danny Kiraly from the point, Zach Zech collected the loose puck and wrapped it around the far side at 19:48 tying the game 3-3.
After both clubs failed to score in overtime, Sjodahl snuck a nifty move through Kapelmaster’s (23-7-2) five hole and Flakne (3-0) denied all three Cat’ shooters including Ryan Burnett at the end to earn his third straight win.
The Jacks and Cats wrap up their three-game series Saturday at Ector County Coliseum. Saturday is Old School Wrestling night featuring a meet-and-greet with hall of fame Wrestler Scott Hall starting at 4 Pm and live wrestling matches from 6-7. Meet-and-greet tickets are just $20 and include both the game and pre-game wrestling action. Following the Jacks games their will be a specialty Military Appreciation helmet auction to benefit the Honor Flight.
In 2015-16, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their fifth season in the North American Hockey League and 19th in the Permian Basin. Season tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.
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