Tonight’s Matchup: The Jacks look for the series split Saturday night in the final regular-season matchup between Odessa and Lone Star. After Friday’s loss, the are Jacks 3-8-0 against the Brahmas on the year and 6-20-3 all-time.
Last Time Out: The Lone Star Brahmas used 38 saves from Corbin Kaczperski to beat the Odessa Jackalopes 4-1 Friday night at Ector County Coliseum. The Brahmas took an opening period lead on an Alex Berardinelli power play tally at 8:09. The Jacks tied it late in the 1st on a Derek Brown strike at 18:05. In the 2nd, Cam Clarke recaptured the Brahmas advantage on a high-slot shot at 2:57. In 3rd, Martin Mellberg made it 3-1 at 5:15 and Hogan Davidson put the game away with an empty-netter at 19:01.
Sjodahl Star: Jacks center-man Hampus Sjodahl extended his point streak to seven games with an assist Friday (6-5-11). The Bemidji State (WCHA, D1) committed forward is second in the NAHL in goals (35), only behind Fairbanks’s Todd Burgess (35), and is tied for third in points (67). Sjodahl has points in 18 of his last 19 games (16-12-27) with a plus-six rating. The Stockholm, Sweden, native had nine goals and six assists in 10 games in March including a hat-trick against Lone Star on March 11.
What Can Brown Do For You?: Jacks left-wing Derek Brown’s goal Friday extended his current point streak to seven games (3-9-12), and he now has points in 23 of his last 24 games (10-25-34). The Peoria, AZ native is 5th in the NAHL in points (61) and his 16-game point streak he set earlier this year is both a league long and a franchise record.
Berardinelli Buckets: Brahmas winger and Colorado College commit Alex Berardinelli potted his team-leading 33rd goal Friday and now has nine goals in 11 games against the Jacks. Berardinelli is 13th in the NAHL in points (54) and third in goals in his final junior season.
Clarke Kent: Lone Star d-man and Ferris State commit Cam Clarke had the game-winning goal and also had an assist Friday and now has points in four straight games. Clarke has two goals and eight assists in 11 games against the Jacks this season. Clarke is tied for 19th in the NAHL in points (49) and is first among blueliners in assists (40) and points.
Amazing Race: The Jacks (25-28-4) loss and IceRays (24-27-6) 3-2 overtime win against Wichita Falls Friday has both clubs tied for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 64 points, but Odessa currently holds the tie-breaker with the additional win.
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