ODESSA, TX — The Odessa Jackalopes (5-6-1-1) fell 2-0 to the Lone Star Brahmas (10-3-0-1) on Thursday night at the Ector County Coliseum. Despite some good play from the Jackalopes, it was ultimately puck-luck that decided the game.
The first period was arguably the best period for Lone Star as they out-shot the Jacks 14-4. Aaron Randazzo was brilliant however, taking every shot in stride and keeping the score tied. He made several big saves, and received some help from a stalwart Jackalopes defensive corps.
As the game progressed, the Jackalopes got better and better. However, Lone Star capitalized on several lucky goals that ended up being the difference.
The first one came in the second period off the stick of Eric Huss. After a face-off, Huss took a shot and the puck seemed to flutter toward the goal and change direction as it sailed into the net.
Despite being down 1-0 the Jackalopes persevered and got better as the game progressed. If the first period belonged to Lone Star and the second period was even, then the third period belonged to Odessa. The Jacks out-shot the Brahmas 13-5 in the third, but it was Lone Star who added one more on the scoreboard.
A dump in attempt took a funny hop off the end-boards and deflected out into the slot. Randazzo, who had vacated his net to stop the puck in behind, was powerless as Matt Guerra shot the puck into a wide open net to give the Brahmas a 2-0 lead.
Despite a late power play and a pulled netminder, the Jackalopes failed to score and fell 2-0 in the first of three games between the Jacks and the Brahmas this week.
Despite the loss, the Jackalopes showed great poise in getting better as the game went on, and that can certainly be used as a building block going into Friday’s contest. Friday night’s game is set for a 7:15 puck-drop at the JackShack.