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Jackalopes Drop Finale in Shootout

Amarillo, TX – Another shootout contest ended in favor of the Amarillo Bulls (14-15-4-3) as they beat the Odessa Jackalopes (22-13-2-2) with the final shooter for a 2-1 win. This was the last contest between these teams at the Amarillo Civic Center this season.

Amarillo scored the first goal of the night for the first time this weekend late in the first period. The fifth Russian brought in this year, Egor Kurbatov sees a loose puck inside the left circle as he winds up and fires one past Alex Camarre for the 1-0 lead.

Early in the second period, Lucas Andersson avoids a hit from Austin O’Rourke, and gets an accidental head contact call. After a weekend of trying to draw the Jacks into a fight, Josh DeLuca got what he wanted as Andersson dropped the gloves and pummeled him 12 straight times before ripping him down to the ice, while not even feeling the wind of a swipe.

The Andersson domination fired his team up, as the Jacks would tie the game four minutes later. Peyton Frantti one-touched a pass to Evan Somoza who broke in on the left wing before feeding one in front of the net for a Ricky Carballo tap-in through the five-hole of Jason Grande for the tie game 8:33 into the second period.

Not too much after, Camarre made a save, and with the puck skyrocketing into the air, Kurbatov gloved it and threw it in past the goal line. The officials initially called it a good goal, but after deliberating with his linesmen, they waved it off and we would remain tied at one.

No more goals were scored until we headed into a shootout for the second time this season with Amarillo. Neither team could net one until the final shooter on the Bulls beat Camarre through the five-hole for the game-winner.

Camarre turned back 31 shots on the night, while Jason Grande stood on his head, stonewalling 40 shots for the win.

Jackalopes return home next weekend when the host the Corpus Christi IceRays for the last time this season at the Ector County Coliseum. If you can’t make it out to the games, make sure to tune into Classic Rock 102.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jacks Dominate Offensively; Hapward Earns First Win

Amarillo, TX – Another offensive outburst results in a 6-3 win for the Odessa Jackalopes (22-13-2-1) as they beat out the Amarillo Bulls (13-15-4-3) on the road. C.J. Hapward started in net for the Jackalopes for his first career junior hockey appearance.

For the second straight night, the Jackalopes got the first lead of the contest 11:32 into the first period. Joey Rosa’s shot was blocked by a body in front, but the rebound found Blake Bride and Bride flung one past Amarillo’s Trevor Micucci for the first goal of the night.

Amarillo’s Trey Bagwell tied it up late in the first as he beat C.J. Hapward with a snipe. Bagwell used Odessa’s own defenseman as a screen to tie the game at one.

Jacks would head to a power play early in the first period and it only took 30 seconds for Zach Heintz to wrist one past Micucci on the short side for the lead once again. The Bulls would net one five and a half minutes later, but the Jacks sandwiched Amarillo’s lone goal with one more from James Crossman who beat Micucci through the five-hole for the 3-2 lead.

Odessa began the third period with a quick goal for the second straight night, by the same exact person. Jared Christy found a lose puck and placed it perfectly past Micucci for his third goal of the weekend for the two-goal advantage only 1:49 into the final regulation period.

Three minutes later, Evan Somoza forced an defensive turnover by Amarillo, and Ricky Carballo collected and fired off his 11th tally of the season. The Bulls would get one back later on a rink-wide, back-door goal for Brancheau’s second in as many games.

Odessa would net one more later with 2:12 remaining in the contest while at 4-on-4 action. Bride found a bouncing puck and punched it over Micucci for the final goal of the night, and his second of the contest.

C.J. Hapward made 34 saves in his first career junior hockey start and win, while Micucci blocked 34 chances from Odessa for the loss.

The Jacks return to action tomorrow night for the weekend finale in Amarillo. If you can’t make it out to the Panhandle, make sure to tune in on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Edged in Offensive Battle; Christy Impresses

Amarillo, TX – The Amarillo Bulls (13-14-4-3) netted the game-winner with only 1:15 remaining in regulation to take out the Odessa Jackalopes (21-13-2-1) by a score of 5-4 on Thursday night. The matchup was the first of a three-game set in Amarillo this weekend.

The first period was one of the most offensive battles the Jackalopes have had all season, and the first time in a while Odessa scored first in a match. Only 4:11 into the opening frame, it was the newcomer, Jared Christy, who nets his first as a member of the Jackalopes. Christy received a great pass from Lucas Herrmann and fought through a tie-up with the Bulls defense to lift the puck in for the early lead.

Amarillo would get three breakaways the over the span of six and a half minutes and net all three of them past Brett Epp for a 3-1 lead with just under four minutes remaining.

The Jacks would get some life back once again as Zac Herrmann nets his first goal since September 29th in Corpus Christi. A power play was set up and allowed Herrmann to wind up for a one-timer with 3:30 remaining in the first period to bring Odessa back within one.

Petr Miko tied the game at three at the 11:32 mark of the second period thanks to some quick passing from his linemates. Viktor Johansson dropped a pass for Zach Heintz who one-timed it to Miko for the backhanded lift to beat Amarillo’s Jason Grande for the tie game.

Odessa would take an early lead again in the third as Jared Christy netted his second of the contest. Evan Somoza began a breakaway on a power play before feeding Jared Christy to fakeout Grande for the 4-3 lead only 1:39 into the final frame.

Amarillo would tie the contest up five minutes later on a one-timer in the slot, but would put the final dagger in Odessa with 1:15 left in the contest. Amarillo took a couple Jacks out behind the play, prompting a breakaway for the Bulls. The initial shot was saved by Epp, but as he had players on top of him, Brett Abdelnour netted his second of the contest to give Amarillo the win.

Odessa’s Brett Epp made 30 saves in the contest while his counterpart, Jason Grande, earned the win on 38 saves.

The Jackalopes return to action tomorrow night for game two of three one the weekend in Amarillo. Make sure to catch all the action on Classic Rock 102.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Shutout in Weekend Finale

Topeka, KS – The Odessa Jackalopes (21-12-2-1) five-game win streak came to an end on Saturday as the Topeka RoadRunners (12-22-1-2) shutout the Jacks 3-0 in Topeka. This was the second time this season Odessa has been shutout.

Topeka got off to a lead at the 12:07 mark of the first period. The Jacks defense lost the puck and turned it over to Jakub Urbanek in the slot, as he turned and beat Alex Camarre through the five-hole for the first goal of the night.

Topeka would get one more just under four minutes later with the RoadRunners on a power play. Dallas Tulik centerd a pass from the left circle and Mason Vukonich tapped it in for the redirection and the two-goal lead.

One more goal in the third was courtesy of Nick Schultze as he skated down to the right circle and sniped one off the far post past Camarre, making it 3-0 for Topeka.

Alex Camarre made 23 saves on the night, but the star was Sam Metcalf for Topeka has he stonewalled the Jacks 38 attempts for the win.

The Jacks have a week off, but return to action January 18-20 when they take to the road to take on the Amarillo Bulls in the Texas Panhandle.

If you can’t make it out to the games, make sure to catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Camarre Ties Hellebuyck; Poindexter Plays 100

Topeka, KS – Zach Heintz netted the game-winner in the second period as the Odessa Jackalopes (21-11-2-1) edged out the Topeka RoadRunners (11-22-1-2) 3-0 for the second game of the weekend. Alex Camarre played outstanding as he earned his 3rd shutout of the season.

Heintz started the scoring off with the eventual game-winner at the 9:18 mark of the second period. Ricky Carballo forced a turnover that Heintz carried right to left and fired off a wrister past the glove-side of Ryan O’Toole in his NAHL debut.

Two minutes later, James Crossman would add one more as he scored his third tally of the season. It only took 10 seconds on a power play for Peyton Frantti and Evan Somoza to find Crossman at the point. Crossman’s initial shot was blocked, but the second effort beats O’Toole.

Late in the third period with the Jacks on a power play, Peyton Frantti nets another, but the officials wave it off saying it was kicked in, keeping us at 2-0 after the first 40 minutes.

Nick Wilson tallied his fourth goal of the season as he took a slapshot off the board, and an odd bounce on a misplay from O’Toole ended up changing trajectory and went in for the three-goal lead. The miscue also ended the night for O’Toole as Sam Metcalf came on in relief.

On only the Jacks second shot at Metcalf on the night, Petr Miko tipped in his 9th of the year, leading to the eventual final goal of the night. Viktor Johansson fed one in front as Miko skated by and beat Metcalf 6:18 into the 3rd period.

Alex Camarre (12-4-0-1) earned his 3rd shutout of the year, making all 29 saves, as O’Toole finished with 18 stops, and Metcalf with nine more.

Noah Poindexter appeared in his 100th career NAHL and Jackalopes game as well. Poindexter is only the 10th played in the Jacks organization to surpass 100 games played in the red, white, and black.

The Jackalopes finish the weekend tomorrow night in Topeka with their 6th game in the past nine days. Catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockey TV.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Overcome Three-Goal Deficit for 2018 Victory

Topeka, KS – The Odessa Jackalopes (20-11-2-1) overcame a three-goal deficit with a three-goal third to beat the Topeka RoadRunners (11-21-1-2) 5-4 in a shootout. The Jackalopes have now won four games in a row with two more to go this weekend in Topeka.

The Jackalopes got the first lead of the game for the first time in three weeks as a couple shots funneled towards the net. Topeka’s Sam Metcalf made a save, but as Peyton Frantti gets pushed by a RoadRunners from behind, Metcalf falls on his behind and Frantti nets it through the five-hole of Metcalf.

The RoadRunners wouldn’t let that last, as Dallas Tulik extended his point-streak to three straight games after sniping a goal past Brett Epp to tie the game at 1. The goal came with only 1:39 remaining in the first period.

Topeka came out guns a-blazing in the second period as the tallied two more in the first 5:35. It would Tulik who starts the rush this time for a two-on-one breakaway before the feed and tip-in goal from Zeke Zeier for the lead. 2:20 later, it would be Matt Barnes from the slot who snaps one past Epp for the two-goal lead.

The goal from Barnes prompted a goalie change for the Jackalopes as Alex Camarre took over, but still needed some offense from his teammates.

Odessa started the third period on a power play, but after killing it off, Topeka would get their fourth of the game as Chad Hillebrand nets his fourth goal of the season and a three-goal lead.

The Jackalopes fought their way back as they got their first power play goal in the last 18 attempts. Zac Herrmann passed one in front and it went off the stick of Topeka’s defender, Branden Rons, and in to cut the deficit in half.

From that point forward, it was Blake Bride who would net two more in the final seven minutes to tie the game up at four. A scoreless overtime brought about a six-person shootout, finally won by Ricky Carballo who flung one through the five-hole of Metcalf.

The Jackalopes and RoadRunners return to action tomorrow night in Topeka with puck drop at 7:15 pm.

If you can’t make it out to the games, make sure to catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Finish 2017 with Scoring Party

Amarillo, TX – The New Year’s Eve party got rolling a little early as the Odessa Jackalopes (19-11-2-1) offense came to play in a 5-2 outing over the Amarillo Bulls (11-13-4-3). The Jackalopes finished off a three-game sweep on Sunday night to kick off their six-games in nine-night road trip.

Amarillo got on the board first as they netted a shorthanded goal off of a 2-on-1 breakaway. An Odessa shot got blocked and rocketed down the ice where Brett Abdelnour fed Alex Borowiec 7:24 into the first period. Amarillo has now taken the first lead in all five games in the season series.

In a period that mimicked Saturday night, Matt Brown netted the tying goal with 56 seconds remaining in the first period. Tic-Tac-Toe passing after Eric Huss’s hard forecheck paid off. Huss found Blake Bride as Bride passed to the slot for Brown’s one-timer.

A scoreless second period made sure everyone was in for a good third period. The Jacks would go on to outscore the Bulls in the final 20 minutes of play. Ricky Carballo netted the go-ahead goal only 1:01 into the first period as he took a shot while getting knocked to the ice.

Just under three minutes later, Evan Somoza found a hole through Trevor Micucci and buried it for his team-leading 14th goal of the season, and third in the last three games. Matt Brown would net one more for his fourth on the weekend two minutes later as well.

After Brown’s goal, tensions started to bubble as we had six players ejected throughout the rest of the match. Evan Somoza and Nikita Sokolov squared off right after Brown’s goal before being sent off. Later on, Noah Poindexter tied up with Alex Borowiec, and Joey Rosa went protecting Petr Miko after a dirty cross-check from Steven Ipri, sending Rosa and Ipri to the showers early.

Amarillo netted a power play goal late in the period, but Viktor Johansson would silence the critiques with a tip-in past Micucci to seal the deal with only 95 ticks of the clock remaining.

Camarre stood on his head, making 45 saves in the win, while Micucci made 25 stops in his south debut. The Jackalopes penalty kill was 6-7 on the night as well.

Odessa will take a couple days to rest before returning to game action in Topeka on January 4-6 against the Roadrunners, looking to stay perfect through the six games in nine-day span.

If you can’t make it out to the games, make sure to catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Miko Lifts Jacks Past Bulls with Late Goal

Amarillo, TX – Petr Miko netted the game-winning goal for the Odessa Jackalopes (18-11-2-1) with only 3:01 remaining in regulation to life Odessa to a 3-2 victory over the Amarillo Bulls (11-12-4-3) on Saturday night. The win was Odessa’s first regulation win against Amarillo this season

Amarillo kicked the scoring off with 5:44 remaining in the first period as Brendan Michaelian snuck a shot in under the crossbar through traffic past Odessa’s Brett Epp.

The Jacks would get one back only 47 seconds later when Eric Huss will a puck away from Amarillo, finding Matt Brown. Brown took a wristshot through heavy traffic that beat Jason Grande through a sliver for a short-side goal to tie it up at 1.

Amarillo would head to their fourth power play of the night halfway through the second period after an interference call, leading Gleb Murtazin to give Amarillo a 2-1 lead as he beat Epp through the five-hole.

The Jackalopes began the third period shorthanded, but after killing it off, Evan Somoza performed his magic again, netting his 13th tally of the season to tie the game at 2. Peyton Frantti swatted a Ricky Carballo pass out of the air before feeding Somoza for the tie game 1:45 into the 3rd period.

The game winner from Miko came late in the third as Zach Heintz fed a beautiful pass in the slot before the Czech Sniper lifted one past Grande for his 8th goal of the year, and the eventual winning goal.

Brett Epp stood on his head, making 37 saves in the win while Grande’s 22 wasn’t enough.

The Jacks finish off their three game weekend Sunday night in Amarillo with a 7:05 puck drop at the Amarillo Civic Center. If you can’t make it out to the game, make sure to catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Bullrush Amarillo Late

Odessa, TX – A two-goal deficit means nothing to the Odessa Jackalopes (17-11-2-1) as they clawed their way back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Amarillo Bulls (11-11-4-3) in a shootout 3-2 on Friday night at the Ector County Coliseum. The win was the Jacks first against Amarillo on the season.

Amarillo got the scoring off 1:26 into the opening frame as Aaron Swanson netting the opening goal for the lead. Nick Wilson laid a monster hit into Steven Ipri, as Jonny Russell jumped Wilson from behind, prompting a fight. Wilson provided the majority of punches, but Russell ended up falling onto Wilson, sending Wilson to the penalty box.

Later in the frame, Lucas Andersson cleared a puck and turned to protect himself by knocking down the aggressor, but the official blew the whistle as Blake Bride was in the midst of a breakaway, sending Joey Rosa to the box for elbowing. This would lead to a power play goal for Amarillo as a give-and-go on a 2-on-1 breakaway was scored through the five-hole of Brett Epp by Alex Peterson.

The Jackalopes clawed their way back from a 2-goal deficit that got kicked off by Evan Somoza. In an odd series of events that had us at four straight minute of power play time, the Jacks took advantage. Somoza was fed a pass from James Crossman, and took it coast to coast before burying it past Jason Grande for the first Odessa goal of the night.

Halfway through the 3rd period, we saw another set of penalty after penalty, leaving the Jacks shorthanded for 10 seconds. It wouldn’t matter as James Crossman broke into the offensive zone and the duo of Blake Bride and Matt Brown wore down Grande to his stomach, before Brown fluttered one past Grande for the equalizer.

A scoreless overtime brought us to a shootout for the second time in three games for Odessa, as the first five shooters missed. Somoza wouldn’t be denied however, showing off his best Patrick Kane stickhandling abilities, before shoveling one more past Grande for the game-winner.

Brett Epp played outstanding tonight, making 31 saves in the win while Grande made 40 of his own, but took the loss.

The Jacks and Bulls will swap places, with the series taking place at the Amarillo Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday night. Make sure to catch all the action live on Classic Rock 102 and Hockeytv.com.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Tender Hutton

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League, have signed forward Matthew Hutton to a tender for the 2018-19 season. Hutton is the second tender the Jackalopes have signed, following Martin Pietraszek last month.

Hutton, the native of Carmel, Indiana, played two seasons for the TPH Thunder U16 before flashing his skills as a scorer the following season for Carmel High. In one hear at Carmel High, Matt was over two points per game, posting 51 points (24-27-51) over only 24 games.

“It feels great having signed on with the Jackalopes for next year,” says Hutton. “It’s always nice being wanted and it helps even more being wanted by such a great organization that has such great culture and success.

Hutton began this season with the Austin Bruins for two games at the NAHL Showcase, but didn’t post any points. Following the showcase, Hutton made his way south where he now plays for the Mid Cities Jr. Stars of the NA3HL. Through only 20 games this season, Hutton has racked up 27 points (15-12-27).

“Matt is a forward with a really good frame and high skill set,” explains associate head coach Cody Campbell. “He’s a very good skater with an extremely high compete level. He has a good pedigree on top of skill, as his brother is currently playing college hockey.”

Matt is the younger brother of defenseman Grant Hutton who split parts of three seasons with three different USHL teams, as well as the Corpus Christi IceRays and Janesville Jets of the NAHL. Grant currently plays hockey for the University of Miami and is in his third season.

“My brother Grant has been a huge help to me,” boasts Matt. “He has been a role model and someone I have looked up too since day one. It’s nice having someone like him to pick up the phone and call for advice or guidance.”

Matt is a ’99 birth year, standing at 5-foot-11, 183-pounds, and has become an offensive weapon for any team.

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL – plus or minus any trades – which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 5, 2018.

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