Jackalopes Earn a Special First Victory

Blaine, MN – The Odessa Jackalopes (1-2-0-0) whaled on the Kenai River Brown Bears (0-2-0-0) Thursday, 5-2, to cap off the final game of day 2 at the 2017 NAHL Showcase. Odessa netted four goals via special teams during the game.

Odessa scored two power play goals thanks to Evan Rochowiak and Zac Herrmann, while shorthanded goals came via Evan Somoza and Peyton Frantti only eight seconds apart. Somoza would an even strength goal as well on the night.

Odessa came out the hottest they have in two seasons, when Somoza netted the first goal of the night at the 4:42 mark of the first thanks to great passing from Lucas Herrmann and Noah Poindexter. The first added two more power play goals as Rochowiak blasted one from the point, followed by Zach Herrmann’s snipe only a minute and a half apart from one another. All three goals were scored against Gavin Ernright, but his night ended early.

The Jackalopes would keep it up in the second after a Kenai River goalie change, bringing in Artur Pavliukov. After a good start for Pavliukov, the Jacks broke through while on the penalty kill as Somoza put in a Rochowiak rebound, followed by a Peyton Frantti solo-show only eight seconds later to finish the 2nd up by five.

Kenai would retaliate in the 3rd with a power play goal from Luke Radetic, before Michael Spethmann’s shorthanded goal brought the Bears within three later on.

The Jackalopes lead would be too much as they finished it off behind Alex Camarre’s 26 save effort. Odessa pumped 50 shots on net between the two goalies from Kenai River.

The Jacks will be back at it tomorrow afternoon when they take on the Janesville Jets for a 4:15 pm matchup on Classic Rock 102 and HockeyTV.

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