Preview: Jacks vs. Runners (March 20)

Jacks (23-26-4) vs. RoadRunners (31-21-1)

All-Time vs. TOP (since 2011): Jacks, 8-25-2

In Odessa: 2-2-0

In Topeka: 1-4-0

One-Goal Games: 1-2-0

 

Tonight’s Matchup: After Saturday’s dramatic 4-3 win the Jacks look to make it two in a row Sunday as they wrap up their 10-game season series with the Topeka RoadRunners. Odessa is 8-25-2 all-time versus the Runners and 3-8-0 on the year.

Last Time Out: JB Baker gave his club a 1-0 lead at 1:49 of the first period, but Brennen Miller tied the game for the Jacks with a five-hole snipe at 7:54. In the 2nd, Hampus Sjodahl gave Odessa its first lead on a Gray Marr feed at 5:44. Quinn Preston tied it at 18:38 on an odd-man rush. Less than a minute later, Marr recaptured the Jacks lead at 19:31. In the final period, Johnny Walker redirected a shot from the point on the power play to tie the game 3-3. Under a minute remaining in regulation, Pierce Pluemer snuck behind the Runner defense and lifted a perfect backhand over Juho Niku’s shoulder to earn the Jacks the 4-3 win. Jon Flakne got the victory by stopping 33 shots while Niku suffered the loss making 18 saves of 22 shots.

Sizzling Sjodahl: Jacks center-man Hampus Sjodahl scored for the third-straight game Saturday and now has six goals in his last five games. The Bemidji State (WCHA, D1) committed forward is second in the NAHL in goals (33) and tied for third in points (62) with Fairbank’s Logan Coomes. Sjodahl has points in 14 of his last 15 games (14-9-23) with a plus-eight rating.

Brown’s Town: Jacks left-wing Derek Brown had two more assists in Saturday’s game against Topeka and now has points in 19 of his last 20 games (8-22-30). Brown has 43 assist this year, which ties Kenny Hausinger’s single-season franchise record he set last year. The Peoria, AZ native is sixth in the NAHL in points (56) and his 16-game point streak he set earlier this year is both a league long and a franchise record.

Piercing Hot: Jacks left-wing Pierce Pluemer was Saturday’s hero scoring with less than a minute remaining in regulation to earn the Jacks a 4-3 win. Pluemer now has three goals in his last four games and six in 29 games.

Miller Time: Jacks right-wing Brennen Miller scored his second goal in as many nights Saturday and now has five goals and four assists in his last ten games. The Keller, TX native now has eight goals and six assists, with a plus-two rating in 27 games played with the Jacks.

Gray Day: Jacks winger Gray Marr scored for the second time in as many nights Saturday and now has points in seven of his last eight games. Marr is tied for 16th in the league in points (47).

Baked Goods: RoadRunners forward JB Baker scored Saturday again and now has six goals and two assists against the Jacks in nine games this year. Baker, who has played 208 games in the NAHL between Johnstown, Rio Grande, and Topeka, has set career highs in goals (14) and assists (15) in his final year of junior hockey.

Johnny Be Good: Runners leading goal scorer Johnny Walker returned to the Topeka lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game and the 19-year-old found the back of the net. The Arizona State (Independent, D1) committed forward has six goals and two assists in nine games with the RoadRunners since being traded from Minot where he had 17 goals and 20 assists in 36 games with the Minotauros.

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