Odessa, TX (September 21, 2016) – In the late match on day one of the showcase, the Jackalopes dropped the opener to the Coulee Region Chill, 4-3.
Heading into the game, the Jackalopes were 1-0 on the season after a victory over the division rival, Amarillo Bulls. The Jacks beat Amarillo 6-2 in a shootout. Starting goaltender for Odessa, Jonny Hogue, was able to save 33 of 35 shots on his way to his first victory of the year.
The Jackalopes got to Blaine early Wednesday morning and didn’t have much to do until their 8pm start that night.
“A long trip, and obviously, I don’t think sitting in the hotel for, how many ever hours, helped us with the late game. We came out kind of flat, and didn’t have our best game, that’s for sure,” says Assistant Coach Mitch MacLeod.
Hogue got the start in game two of the season for the Jackalopes as well. A great first period by Hogue saw him save all five of the shots he faced. A handful of chances for Odessa went unfinished, as they weren’t able to net any of their nine total shots.
Playing with two veterans, Justin Bofshever and 2nd year Jackalope, Connor Wood, has helped Jaden Anderson assert himself and score his first goal of the game to put the Jackalopes up 1-0.
The lead wasn’t built to last, as the Chill went on to score two goals in the period. A couple of poor turnovers in their own defensive end, led to shots from point blank range, giving the Chill a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd period.
The Jackalopes weren’t going to go out laying down. Halfway through the third, Chill newcomer, Lukas Motloch, took an interference penalty, and the Jackalopes capitalized. Trevor Zenas snapped one off that found the twine to tie the game at two a piece.
Only 59 seconds later, Bastien Maia scored his second goal of the season to give the Jacks a one goal lead. Unfortunately, the lead wansn’t enough as the Chill’s Joey Sofo spun in the slot and wristed one past a screened Hogue.
A penalty by Rowan Savidant with 1:36 remaining led to a powerplay opportunity for the Chill, and they took advantage. With 32 second left, Marshall Plunkett fired a shot at the net that Kevin Dineen redirected from ice to top post in a blink of an eye to give the Chill the lead and eventual victory.
Hogue wasn’t able to take home the victory in this one. The Jackalopes and Hogue moved to 1-1-0 on the season hoping to rebound the following day, as they take on the Northeast Generals.
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