Odessa Jackalopes (5-3-0-0, 10pts) vs. Corpus Christi IceRays (3-3-0-0, 6pts)
at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX
Time: 3:05 p.m. CDT
What You Need to Know:
Season Series: 0-0
ODA: 9pts, Duclair (5g-4a)
COR: 7pts, Kurtas (3g-4a)
One And Done:
The Jacks are only playing one game this weekend. The only other time in which they will be playing a single weekend game is when they host El Paso on New Year’s Eve. Corpus is playing Wichita Falls tonight and tomorrow evening. The game on Sunday between the Jacks and IceRays will now start at 3pm, originally having been scheduled for just after 7pm. With the game being moved up it will not allow Corpus a lot of time to recover from their second game against the Warriors, which could benefit Odessa as they look to push their win streak to three. Tying their season high from last year.
Is the last time these two teams saw one another. Due to Covid-19, the IceRays did not play last season. The last time the Jacks went to the American Bank Center was October 12, 2019. The last game between these two teams was on November 17, 2019. While the 2019-20 season was cut short the Jacks went 2-6-0-1 against the IceRays. After Sunday’s matchup, the Jacks will not see the IceRays again until the weekend of December 17th.
Don’t Look Down:
With a sweep over Shreveport last weekend, the Jacks find themselves sitting at the top the South Division. With Amarillo not in action this weekend, the only teams that would have a chance to knock Odessa from the top spot are Wichita Falls and Corpus Christi. The Jacks lead the South Division in goals with 26. Odessa also has the second-best power play in the South Division with a success rate of 35.7%. Putting them fifth overall in that category for the entire NAHL. A win on Sunday will certainly keep Odessa in the top two regardless of the outcomes between the Warriors and IceRays. It is still a long road however, as the Jacks have 52 games remaining this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Jackalopes (F: #21 – J.R. Perdion)
The native of Strongsville, OH has had a strong showing already this season. He is one of two players on the Jacks squad to have at least a point-per-game average. His eight points (4g-4a) gives him already a career high. Last season was his first year in the NAHL. He started with the Northeast Generals by playing 17 games for them (2g-1a). Then he finished out last year recording seven points (5g-2a) in 24 games for Odessa. The 18-year-old is tied with Emerson Goode for second in scoring on the team. The 5’11”/180lb. right-handed forward is currently on a three-game point streak (3g-1a).
IceRays (F: #20 – Oliver Stümpel)
The native of Torrance, CA was selected #73 overall by the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) in 2021. The 6’0”/175lb. left-handed forward is in his first season in the NAHL. Not only that but it is his first-time playing hockey in the United States. As he spent the last four years playing for various teams in Slovakia. His dad, Jozef Stümpel, played in the NHL from 1991-2008 (Boston Bruins, LA Kings, and Florida Panthers). Oliver won the Slovakia U18 Bronze Medal in 2017-18 while playing for HK Nitra. Stümpel has a total of five points in six games this season. Four of his points have come in his last three games (3g-1a).