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Jackalopes Shut Out For First Time This Season

Shreveport, LA – A four-goal second period by the Shreveport Mudbugs (14-4-1-1) was too much for the Odessa Jackalopes (9-10-1-1) to overcome as the Jacks dropped their third straight game by a score of 5-0 on Saturday night. This was the first time Odessa has been held scoreless this season.

The Mudbugs opened the floodgates in the second as Jack Clement wrists one through traffic to beat Brett Epp and start the scoring at the 5:53 mark of the middle frame.

Within the next 4 minutes and 22 second, the Mudbugs got three more goals for the 4-0 lead. Cameron Cook gets his 7th of the season on a power play snipe, before Jake Transit found twine on a back door shot for his fourth tally of the year 30 seconds after. Kieran Durgan finished it off with his 6th goal of the year in his 8th game since returning from the USHL for the 4-0 Shreveport lead.

Brett Epp made four highlight reel plays in the game, but was relieved after Durgan’s goal, making 30 saves before allowing all four goals. Alex Camarre came on in relief, saving 16 chances of his own, but it was too little too late. The Mudbugs’ netminder, James Durham, posted his third shutout of the season, saving only 20 shots from Odessa.

Cook added one more in the third period just as power play time expired to take the 5-0 lead, and eventual victory.

The Jackalopes return to action as they welcome the Corpus Christi IceRays to the Jack Shack for the first time this regular season next Friday and Saturday to finish off the month of November.

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.

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Mudbugs Edge Jackalopes, 4-2

Shreveport, LA – Kieran Durgan’s power play goal halfway through the third period turned out to be the decider as the Odessa Jackalopes (9-9-1-1) were edged out by the Shreveport Mudbugs (13-4-1-1) at the Hirsch Coliseum, 4-2, on Friday night. This was the first game between the two squads in Shreveport this season.

The Mudbugs got off to a quick start as Zachary Faremouth knuckled one past Brett Epp on the high glove side for the 1-0 lead only 2:40 into the game. It was the quickest goal Odessa has given up this season.

Shreveport would net one more after starting the second period on a power play. Gueorgui Feduolov planted himself on the back door and tipped a pass from Dominick Procopio past Epp for the 2-0 advantage.

The Mudbugs received a double minor for a high sticking that led to a Jackalopes power play goal. Lucas Andersson blasted a drive towards through traffic to beat Gustavs Grigals and claw the Jacks back within 1.

Blake Bride was able to tie the game up for Odessa after a Mudbugs shot was blocked by Zach Heintz 7:52 into the third period. Heintz stopped a Mudbugs drive and was off to the races with Bride coming in on the far side for a tap in on a beautiful 2-on-0 breakaway for the Jackalopes.

Almost five minutes later, Shreveport took the lead once again, and for the final time. Kieran Durgan shot a one-timer from right in front of the net on the left side of the crease as the Mudbugs netted their eventual game-winner on the power play. Jacob Holmers added an empty netter to seal the deal with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Brett Epp made 38 saves on the night, while his counterpart stonewalled 38 of his own. The Mudbugs take over control of first in the South, while the Jackalopes are now tied with the Corpus Christi IceRays for fourth.

Jackalopes and Mudbugs finish off the weekend Saturday night at 7:11 pm as Odessa looks for redemption in Shreveport.

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.

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Jackalopes Acquire Brown from USHL

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes have acquired Matt Brown from the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL on Wednesday. The move was made to fill the open spot on the Jackalopes roster following a trade on Tuesday that sent Chad Merrell back to his former team, the Kanata Lasers of the CCHL.

“After speaking with Coach Gatto a few times, I can tell that he is very enthusiastic about the game,” states Brown. “I look forward to learning from him.”

Brown, a native of Wood Ridge, New Jersey was drafted by the Jackalopes in the fourth round of the 2017 NAHL Draft. He was also drafted in the 10th round of the USHL Draft by Dubuque and made the team out of camp.

Last season, Brown played for the New Jersey Rockets in the EHL, racking up 31 goals and adding 20 assists (31-20-51) in only 44 games last season. This year, Brown only dressed for five games and didn’t get a point in Dubuque.

“Being in Dubuque reinforced the importance of having a consistent work ethic,” says Brown. “You play how you practice”

After a terrific 2016-17 season, the ’99 birth year committed to University of Massachusetts – Lowell, where the Jackalopes have sent greats like Connor Hellebuyck and Kenny Hausinger before.

Brown will jump right into the lineup and should have an immediate impact for the Jackalopes this weekend in Shreveport.

“He’s lightning fast. He’s got a really high-end hockey sense and should be able to consistently make plays at this level,” says Associate Head Coach Cody Campbell. “As well, he has a knack for scoring goals his entire life. We look forward to him having a good offensive presence for us.”

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.

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Jacks Hop Past Bugs in OT Thriller

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (8-7-1-1) outplayed the Shreveport Mudbugs (12-4-0-1) in the final game of the weekend by a score of 2-1. The victory was the Jacks first against a divisional-foe over .500 on the season.

Odessa got on the board first when Petr Miko buried his fifth of the season at the 4:05 mark of the second period. The Jacks power play spread the ice well, leading to Miko’s snipe from the right circle to beat Shreveport’s Gustavs Grigals for the 1-0 lead.

The Mudbugs were able to get one back on their own power play just over eight and a half minutes later. Jordan Fader tipped a beautiful shot over the shoulder of the Jackalopes’ netminder, Alex Camarre, to tie the game at 1 in the second.

A scoreless third left the Mudbugs seeing stars after multiple hits leaving the Shreveport players a little slow.

It worked in the Jacks favor as Peyton Frantti secured the victory in overtime. Frantti skated the puck coast to coast before feeding a puck in front of the net that went off the stick of the Mudbugs’ defender, Jack Clement, and past Grigals for the game-winner 3:23 into the overtime period.

Camarre stonewalled 27 shots during the victory, while his counterpart saved 43 shots.

The Jackalopes power play finished 2-6 on the weekend and the penalty kill was just as good at a great 6-7 in the two games.

The Jackalopes return to the Ector County Coliseum on Tuesday night to take on the Amarillo Bulls for one game as part of the Freeway Series.

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.

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Mudbugs Claw Their Way Past The Jacks

Odessa, TX – Kieran Durgan tallied his fourth goal of the season 12:02 into the second period in what proved to be the game-deciding goal to help the Shreveport Mudbugs (12-4-0-1) best the hometown Odessa Jackalopes (8-7-1-1) 5-3 at the Ector County Coliseum on Friday night. Durgan netted two goals in the game to help the Mudbugs onto victory.

Nick Wilson, Zach Heintz, and Blake Bride all netted their third goals of the season in the first period to take the lead before the Jacks lost it in the second and couldn’t overcome the final deficit. Brett Epp (4-5-1-0) turned back 27 shots in the loss.

The Mudbugs found the score sheet first at the 8:20 mark of the first period, when Cameron Cook netted his 6th of the season on a 4-on-4 rebound to beat Epp.

The Jacks would fight back as Nick Wilson tied the game just over a minute later on a power play goal for his third tally of the year. Zach Heintz gave the Jacks the lead with only 2:43 remaining in the first period as he picked and deked his way into a breakaway to beat the Mudbugs’ James Durham for the 2-1 lead.

Shreveport’s resilience paid off in the second when Jake Transit netted his third goal of the season only 30 seconds in to tie it up before Kieran Durgan’s 3rd of the season redirected through the five-hole of Epp for the 3-2 lead.

Early on in the third, Blake Bride sniped his third goal of the season past Durham to tie the game at 3-3 before another Durgan goal (his 4th) gave the Mudbugs yet another lead, but this time, for good. A late empty netter by Cole Quisenberry sealed the deal for Shreveport.

Durham stopped 28 shots during his first victory in his last three attempts.

The Jackalopes and Mudbugs return to the ice tomorrow night to finish off the weekend at 7:11 pm inside the Ector County Coliseum.

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.

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Jacks Drop Second Straight Decision to Brahmas

North Richland Hills, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (8-6-0-2) dropped their second straight game to the Lone Star Brahmas (9-4-1-2) on Saturday night at the Nytex Sports Centre by a score of 4-1. The defending champs were able to create a three-point lead over the Jackalopes for second place in the south with their victory.

Odessa received their offense from Lucas Herrmann as he scored the lone goal in the second period. Alex Camarre (4-2-0-1) was able to turn back only 36 shots while taking the loss.

The Brahmas got on the board first as Austin O’Rourke netted his 6th of the season only 8:27 into the first period on a 5-on-3 power play. They would get one more later as Aiden Spellacy stuffed one home in the crease for the 2-0 lead.

Nick Wilson was ejected from the game for a brawl with the Brahmas’ Kyle Hallbauer late in the first after he was ran into the board from Lone Star’s Justin Addamo. Wilson is not one to shy away from a fight, but Addamo did so Hallbauer stepped in, sending Wilson off the ice.

Odessa got a spark early in the second as Lucas Herrmann brought the Jacks back within one only 2:05 into the second period. Brandon Osmundson shoots one right onto the Brahmas logo of goaltender Mitchell Gibson with the rebound finding the stick of Lucas Herrmann, and subsequently, the eventual goal.

The Brahmas would get one back later in the third as O’Rouke scored his second of the game in tough fashion, diving on the ice to poke it in for another power play goal.

Lone Star would net one more in the third for their third power play of the night to take the game 4-1 in the end. Gibson (8-2-0-2) made 26 saves en route to the victory.

The Jackalopes will get a week off to rest and get healthy before returning home for a two-game weekend with the first-place Shreveport Mudbugs at the Ector County Coliseum on November 10th and 11th.

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.

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Jackalopes Fall to Brahmas in Overtime

North Richland Hills, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (8-5-0-2) and the Lone Star Brahmas (8-4-0-1) began the weekend tied for second place in the south division. It was the Brahmas who came out on top in this game by a score of 2-1 in an overtime game.

Evan Rochowiak netted his seventh goal of the season for the Jacks midway through the third on the power play for the only goal of the night for Odessa. Brett Epp was great in net, turning back 19 shots during the loss.

The offense got started in the second period when the Brahmas’ Ryan Orgel took a slapshot from the right circle that hit off the Jackalopes defense and slide past Epp for the 1-0 lead.

The Jacks would mount their comeback in the third as they headed to the power play for the fifth time on the night. After a sloppy, loose puck in front of the net, Evan Somoza popped the puck in the air. It hit off of Rochowiak and bounced in past Lone Star’s Harrison Feeney to tie the game with 9:44 remaining in regulation.

The Jackalopes would head to another overtime period, but lose as a two-on-one breakaway would lead to another Brahmas victory.

Feeney made 30 saves en route to the victory for Lone Star. The Jackalopes penalty kill was perfect again on the night, while the power play netted one. With the victory, the Brahmas move into second place in the south division with a point lead over the 3rd place Odessa Jackalopes.

The teams will conclude the weekend tomorrow night at the Nytex Sports Centre in North Richland Hills with puck drop coming at 7:30.

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.

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Jacks Finish Sweep with a Comeback Victory

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (8-5-0-1) were mount a comeback to defeat the Topeka RoadRunners (6-9-0-0) for the third straight night. The matchup was the final of three to finish off Red Ribbon Week with ECISD and the Education Foundation.

The Jackalopes were able to get the offense started from Peyton Frantti. Evan Rochowiak would tie the game and Zach Heintz netted the game-winner. Evan Somoza added one last empty-netter late to seal the deal. Alex Camarre was in net for the second time this series, making 39 saves on the night.

The RoadRunners got off to a hot start with two goals in the first 1:50. Topeka got the first one from Dylan Rauh as he beat a diving Camarre for the 1-0 lead. Chad Hillebrand added another 38 seconds later on a two-on-one breakaway to beat the Jacks goaltender.

Camarre really settled down after the first two minutes and left it in the hands of the offense. Peyton Frantti came to the rescue with 27 seconds left in the first. Evan Rochowiak saucered a pass to James Crossman whose shot was rebounded to Frantti, who was able to bury his fourth of the season.

A scoreless second had some action as Nick Wilson was involved in a scrum to protect his goaltender, but received a game misconduct as a result, losing him for the entire third period.

The penalty fired up the Jackalopes offense who brought the pain with three goals in the third period. It started as a shot from James Crossman was saved by Topeka netminder, Connor Murphy, before Evan Rochowiak lifted a backhand up and in for the tie game only 1:38 into the period.

Zach Heintz would continue the pressure with only 4:24 remaining in regulation when his shot hit off a defenseman’s stick, knuckled end-over-end, and ended up going bar-down for the game-winning goal.

Odessa would finish it off as Joey Rosa stole the puck on a big hit, and Evan Somoza spun and slid one down the ice, about 175 feet, for the empty netter to seal the deal and finish off the Jacks sweep.

Connor Murphy turned back 28 shots during the RoadRunners loss. The Jackalopes penalty kill was 4-4, and a perfect 11-for-11 on the weekend.

The Jackalopes carry their momentum into a rematch with the Lone Star Brahmas next weekend in North Richland Hills. The two teams are tied for second in the south, and look to have a very physical matchup.

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.

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Jacks Post 2nd Straight Shutout

Odessa, TX – A day after the best all around performance of the year, the Odessa Jackalopes (7-5-0-1) beat the Topeka RoadRunners (6-8-0-0) in another great performance. The matchup was the second night of three to kick off Red Ribbon Week with ECISD and the Education Foundation.

The Jackalopes onslaught continued as newcomers Eric Huss, Blake Bride, and Brandon Osmundson all scored their second goals of the season in the second period, before Evan Rochowiak and Lucas Herrmann added one of their own in the third. Brett Epp (4-4-0-0) turned aside 31 shots on the night en route to the victory and his first NAHL shutout.

After a scoreless first period, the Jacks turned the pressure up on Topeka to net three goals in the second period. It started as power play time expired, but the pressure was too much as Eric Huss tapped in the first goal of the game for either squad.

Blake Bride would add another at the 16:47 mark on the first power play of a double minor. Viktor Johansson tossed one towards the net and found the stick of Bride who makes a slick move to beat Topeka’s Emil Gransoe into the back of the net.

Another newcomer would get a goal on the second power play of the double minor when Brandon Osmundson did some of the same as Bride. Again, Johnasson fired one towards the net that Gransoe saved, only to find the stick of Osmundson. Brandon was able to collect the rebound and score the Jacks third goal of the night.

Topeka pulled their goaltender with 4 and a half minutes remaining, allowing the Jackalopes’ Evan Rochowiak to beat the defense for an empty netter and the 4-0 lead. With 10 seconds left, the Jacks would head to a power play when Lucas Herrmann found his first goal of the season. The 2000 birth year, stripped the defense, spun and fired a rocket past Gransoe for the Jacks’ fifth goal of the game.

Gransoe took on 44 shots, still able to save 40 of them, with the one empty netter on top of it. The Jacks penalty kill was perfect again, going 3-3 on the night while the power play netted three goals in the win.

The victory for Odessa was their second straight shutout of the season. The final game of the weekend between these two teams takes place tomorrow night at the Ector County Coliseum, with puck drop at 7:11 pm.

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.

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Jackalopes Shutout Runners Behind Camarre’s Masterpiece

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes (6-5-0-1) put together their best game of the season thus far while beating the Topeka RoadRunners (6-7-0-0) by a score of 3-0. This was the first home shutout for Odessa since November 9, 2012 when Blake Wojtala save all 31 shots en route to a 1-0 win over the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

Nick Wilson got on the board with his first and second goals of the season, while Peyton Frantti added an empty netter with less than a minute left to seal the deal. Alex Camarre (3-1-0-1) got the start between the pipes and played like a rockstar, turning aside all 36 shots coming his way for his first NAHL shutout, and the Jackalopes first of the season.  The game would also mark head coach Greg Gatto’s 200th game behind the bench for the Jackalopes.

After a scoreless first, the Jacks got on the board first when Nick Wilson wristed one through traffic to beat the RoadRunners’ goaltender, Emil Gransoe, for Wilson’s first goal of the season. The assist would go to Chad Merrell, for his first point of the season. Six and a half minutes later, Wilson would add another when he was fed in front of the net by Evan Somoza and ripped it past Gransoe for his second of the night.

The Jacks would hold on as the extra attacker came out for Topeka. Peyton Frantti saw an open lane 150 feet away and took his shot for the empty netter. A perfect puck slid right into the back of the net for the Jackalopes 3rd goal of the night. They would hold out the rest of the way and give Camarre the shutout.

Emil Gransoe was in net for Topeka, playing a great game, saving 43 of 45 shots. It just wasn’t enough as there was no offensive support for the goaltender from Denmark. The Jackalopes penalty kill would finish the night a perfect 5-5.

The Jackalopes continue their Red Ribbon Week success tomorrow night as they take on the RoadRunners for the second match of this weekend’s three game set. Puck drop will be at 7:11 pm 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.

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