The Odessa Jackalopes looked to rebound from last night’s overtime loss against the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Game two of three on the weekend for the Jacks and the Wildcats.
In a high-scoring affair, the Wildcats struck first with a goal from Ricky Carballo in his first game since coming back from suspension. The Jackalopes Joe Kinsella answered the call, as he was the only Jackalope on the ice during a change. Kinsella stopped the puck in the neutral zone and raced towards the net, fooling Moyse and tying the game.
Later in the period, Wichita Falls scored again as Nick Rosa scored his 2nd goal since coming back to the Wildcats 11 games ago. Once again, it was Odessa who retaliated. Chase Thudium scored his 9th goal of the season as he cut into the slot to snipe a shot past Moyse to tie the game at 2.
Into the second tied at 2, Thudium gets his 2nd goal of the game, and his team-leading 10th goal on the year. This time, it was the Wildcats who reciprocated the favor with a goal of their own by Jonathan Bendorf. Under a minute later, the Jacks struck again as Jaden Anderson scored his first goal since the September 23rd game against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs when Jared Dempsey was in net.
A scoreless 3rd period for Odessa wasn’t scoreless for the Wildcats as Seamus Donohue scored in his first shift since coming out of the penalty box, knotting the game at 3 a piece.
Into overtime, the officials decided to let every penalty call go, and unfortunately, it went against the Jackalopes. In Odessa’s first chance in the offensive ice with the puck, Thudium gets ripped down to the ice from behind, only to have Levi Wunder get tripped from behind 5 seconds later. The two terrible “mom” calls, cost the Jacks the game as Wichita Falls raced the other way for a 3-on-nothing breakaway.
Flakne dove to stick away the first attempt, butterflied a second one away, but the third shot came with Flakne trying to regroup. The goal was scored by CJ Walker in overtime, tossing the Jacks aside once again.
Nobody was happy with the call as fans, players, and coaches alike were trying to ask the officials how you miss a call that costs them the game. Even opposing coach, Josh Nelson, agreed that it was a couple of missed calls.
The Jackalopes finish off Superhero weekend, wearing their Superman-designed jerseys. Tomorrow night is the Jacks’ 3rd annual Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a teddy bear to the game and receive a free entry. After the Jacks score their first goal, everybody will toss their teddies onto the ice, witch all teddy bears being donated to local kids in need.
Also, after tomorrow night’s game concludes, the Jackalopes will be auctioning off some of these jerseys to raise money and awareness of Raxton Jones, a two-year old with mylotubular myopathy (MTM): a rare and fatal muscle disease.
As well, all local heroes, including fire fighters, nurses, teachers, police and doctors will receive free admission to the games all weekend long with the proper ID.
This weekend could not be possible if it weren’t for the Jackalopes sponsors: Neighbors Hospital, EOG Resources, and CBS 7.
You can make a donation to the Joshua Frase Foundation at anytime by going to http://www.joshuafrase.org.
Tickets can still be bought at the Jackalopes office, or by calling 432-552-PUCK(7825). Be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter @LetsGoJacks all year long and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the official “Odessa Jackalopes” fan page on Facebook.
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