Odessa, TX (September 22, 2016) – Following a loss to the Coulee Region Chill, the Jackalopes looked to rebound on day two of the NAHL showcase against the Northeast Generals.
The Generals are one of two new teams entering the league this year. Without much information on how this team plays, all the Jackalopes could do was go out and play their type of hockey.
The Jackalopes came out slow to start the game, allowing a goal 6:59 into the first period. After the goal, the Jacks turned it around and score three consecutive goals by Maia (his second of the showcase), Chris Donaldson in his first game of the season, and Jaden Anderson (his second of the showcase).
Coming into the 2nd period with a 3-1 lead, the Generals pulled within one with a goal by Anthony Tzveyn. The captain, Ryan MacKellar, thought that a one goal wasn’t a good enough lead, and scored with 6:05 left in the second to lead 4-2 at the end of 2. Well after the horn, Evan Somoza took a soft shot near the net with Jon Flakne not expecting it. Assistant captain Zach Zech went to defend his goaltender, resulting in a two minute minor to start the third period.
The Jackalopes started the third on a penalty kill, but a flurry of penalties led to advantages on both sides, including one five-on-three for each side. On a four-on-three man advantage, the Jackalopes took advantage on a missile from Jake Levin with Connor Wood screening the Generals goaltender.
The Generals did not back down and scored two consecutive goals, 10 minutes apart, to bring it withing a goal again. Trailing 5-4, the Generals pulled their goaltender, Stephen Gasior for the extra attacker advantage. With the empty net, Cooper Zech took a shot that missed the net that was headed for an icing before General’s Devin Pierce blew a tire, giving Jaden Anderson the wide open net for an easy backhand goal for his second of the day, sealing the deal and giving the Jackalopes a 6-4 victory in a much needed bounce back victory.
Jon Flakne was in net for the Jackalopes, saving 38 of 42 shots in the game. Flakne won his first game of the season in his first start. The win moved the Jackalopes to 2-1-0 on the season with a big matchup coming up against the reigning Robertson Cup Champions, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
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