Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes scored twice on the power play and once on the penalty kill en route to a 4-2 victory over the Amarillo Bulls Thursday night Ector County Coliseum. The Jackalopes (6-5-0) win was just the third all-time over Amarillo since joining the NAHL in 2011.
In the first, Amarillo came out of the gates red-hot, outshooting the Jacks at one point 13-4 to begin the first. The early Bulls flurry resulted in a 1-0 lead at 6:44 when Charlie SIngerhouse (1) beat Jacks goaltender’ Gunner Rivers top shelf. Odessa recovered after a slow start and took advantage of its first power-play. Just 12 seconds in Gray Marr crossed a pass over to Hampus Sjodahl (4) who buried the feed past Bulls ‘tender Anton Martinsson to tie the game 1-1.
Odessa didn’t wait to get it going in the second, taking its first lead at the 10-minute mark when Eric Carreras jammed home his team-leading sixth of the season. After Jacks forward Brandon Tucker received a game misconduct, double-minor penalty at 14:12, Odessa was merely hoping hold onto to its one-goal lead. That all changed when Zach Zech (4) snuck behind the Bulls defense and beat Martinsson, who couldn’t pinch the puck against his side, to give Odessa a 3-1 lead. Zech almost scored again on the penalty kill with six seconds left in second, the forward wad dragged down on another breakaway and then hit the post on his penalty shot.
In the third, Amarillo quickly cut the Jacks lead down to one at 1:22 of the third when Keenan Sabatini (2) beat Rivers on a seeing-eye wrister from the point. Odessa erased all fear at 15:58 when Marr again set up Sjodahl (5) who ripped a snapshot from the top of the far circle into the back of the net. Sjodahl’s second goal of the game was all Odessa needed to earn its third win all-time versus Amarillo, 4-2.
Gunner Rivers made 28 saves on 30 shots to move to 5-1-0. On the other end, Anton Martinsson made 34 saves on 38 shots and is now 3-5-0.
Amarillo ended its night 1-for-10 on the power play. Odessa went 2-for-6 on the man advantage.
The Odessa Jackalopes and Amarillo Bulls continue their three-game series Friday at Ector County Coliseum. The first 500 fans Friday will receive a Color Me Magnet presented by CBS 7. Oct. 22-24 is the Jackalopes Pink the Basin weekend with 100% of the proceeds going to provide woman and men over the age of 40 in the Permian Basis with free Mammograms presented by ORMC. Also, fans that wear Pink to the Rink Friday will be granted free admission to the game sponsored by Miller Lite.
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