Last night the Odessa Jackalopes faced the Aberdeen Wings for their second game of the season. Both teams entered the game with a 1-0 record after winning their first game of the NAHL Showcase. Last night’s game marked the first time both franchises played one another.
The Jacks came out the gate hot by scoring :23 seconds into the opening period. The goal was scored by Dayne Hoyord (1) off a deflection from John Wojciechowski’s shot from the top of the point. The score would stay in favor of Odessa until there was less than two minutes remaining in the period. Ronan Walsh (1) was able to beat Kameron Ragon making it a 1-1 game after 20 minutes of play. The Wings outshot the Jacks 15-9 heading into the first intermission.
In the middle frame the Wings were able to get their first lead of the game after converting on a power play opportunity. The goal scorer was Nikolai Tishkevich (1) at the 9:42 mark of the second period. It was the first time that Odessa has allowed a power-play goal this season. Towards the end of the period, Ryan Mansfield sprung free for a very short breakaway and made the most of it by registering his first goal of the season. Resulting in both teams once again going back to their locker rooms with a tied game at hand. After 40 minutes of play the Wings had 24 shots and the Jacks had 22.
The game remained tied for much of the third period until Barron Stibbe (1) scored the third goal of the game for Aberdeen with less than five minutes remaining. Odessa continued to throw everything they had at Cole Moore. Even with the net empty for the Jacks, they were unable to do so. Zachary Reim (1) and Alexander Gullichsen (2) both scored empty-net goals to give Aberdeen a 5-2 victory. Shots finished favoring Aberdeen, 39-28. Odessa went 0/6 on the powerplay and Aberdeen went 1/5.
Head Coach Scott Deur had this to say about his team’s first loss on the season, “I thought overall we competed well. There were about five or six games in front of us, so the ice was pretty bad. We had our fair share of opportunities to score but we will look at some video on this one and come back ready tomorrow.” The Jacks will now get ready for their third-straight game in a row. It will be against another team from the Central Division, the North Iowa Bulls. The Bulls enter tonight’s contest with a record of 2-0 and have won both games in shutout fashion. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm CDT.