Jackalopes home finale ends in 3-2 OT loss

ODESSA, TX — You could say it was deja vu for the Jackalopes on Saturday night. Two goals were scored in short order in the third period to tie the game 2-2, and the Wichita Falls Warriors again flexed their overtime prowess. The Jackalopes ultimately falling 3-2 in overtime at the Ector County Coliseum on Saturday night.

The contest started off well for the Jackalopes as they sent plenty of pucks and bodies towards the net. They were eventually rewarded by a goal on the doorstep as Gabe Bennett was able to stuff the puck into the back of the net, putting Odessa up 1-0.

In the second period, the Jackalopes continued to out-play the Warriors as they got had all kinds of great chances in front, but goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz was square to the task in robbing the Jackalopes at nearly every opportunity.

However, Odessa kept pressing the attack in the second period and eventually they were rewarded. Joey Musa received a cross-ice pass from the right side that hit him in stride on the left face-off circle. Musa took another stride before rifling a shot past the Wichita Falls netminder and into the back of the net. Musa’s second goal in as many nights put Odessa up 2-0 going into the third period.

In the third, the Jackalopes successfully killed off several penalties  and, as the game came down to the critical few minutes, the Jackalopes looked to be on the verge of securing  their final win on home ice. Sadly, a missed opportunity to score on the empty net turned into a Wichita Falls rush up ice. The Warriors were able to score on a net-front scramble before scoring again on a shot from the right point, less than 30 seconds later.

Once again, the Jackalopes went to overtime in a tied 2-2 game. The Jackalopes had a brief power play to start overtime but failed to score. Odessa was then called for too-many-men on the ice, opening the door for the Warriors. As the four-on-three advantage nearly expired, another net-front scramble saw William Lawson-Body shoot a rebound top-shelf to secure the second straight victory in overtime for Wichita Falls,  their sixth on the season.

There were several positives to take away from the game, however. Odessa dominated for most of the evening and, had it not been for the heroics of the Wichita Falls netminder, Odessa could’ve very easily  scored two or even three goals in the second period. Once again, Joey Musa was an offensive spark-plug, with his seventh point in the last eight games. He will continue to be relied upon down the stretch as the Jackalopes embark on five straight road games to close out the final two weeks of the 2020-21 season.


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