Odessa, TX (October 1, 2016) – The Jackalopes weren’t able to put together consecutives goals as they dropped game one of the weekend series to the Wichita Falls Wildcats, four to two.
Both teams started the game looking a little slow, with a slight shot advantage to the Wildcats. Early in the game, Jaden Anderson went down with a lower body injury. After some assistance to the bench, he tried to return to the game, but wasn’t able to return for the second or third period.
The Jackalopes were able to get on the board first, as Noah Poindexter earned himself his first goal of the year. Driving down the ice with a man advantage, Wildcats goaltender Evan Moyse made a good save on an initial shot, but after a couple of rebounds, Poindexter was able to find an open five-hole and make the game one-to-nothing.
The lead didn’t last long for the Jacks, as just under three minutes later, the Wildcats tied the game. Wichita Falls went on to score another goal, giving themselves the first lead of the game. At the end of the first, Wildcats were leading two to one.
Just over halfway into the second period, Rowan Savidant put his first goal of the season past Moyse to tie the game at two a piece. Savidant got the puck in the neutral zone and with a two-on-two into the attacking zone, faked a defender onto his knees, and with patience, wristed one that beat Moyse to his glove-side, tying the game at two a side.
Hoping to keep the momentum going, the Jacks fired a couple more shots at Moyse, but he was able to save them all. The Wildcats tried to net one more of their own and they were able to, as captain Seamus Donohue netted the game-winning goal.
Into the third, Connor Wood and Donohue had offsetting minor and misconduct penalties, leaving them out for the first 12 minutes of the period. Without Wood and Anderson, it was going to be tough for the Jackalopes to get back on the board.
Pulling goaltender Jonny Hogue with just under 2 minutes remaining, the Jacks tried to use the extra attacker for the tying goal, but it worked against them as the Wildcats put in one more empty netter to win the game 4-3. Hogue finished the game saving 27 of the 30 shots he faced.
The Jacks look to rebound on Sunday as they take on the Wildcats for the final game of this weekend’s series. Puck drop is 7:05pm.
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