Friday, December 27, 2013



Odessa native Jakob Nunez becomes first ever Odessan to suit up for Jacks in team’s 17-year history.


ODESSA, TX – After a plethora of injuries and a couple of traveling issues, Jacks Head Coach Matt Cressman was left scratching his head an hour before game time as to who would be his 11th forward. Derek Brown was already sidelined with a wrist injury, Lukas Laub is in Sweden with the German World Junior Team and Mathieu Briand is stuck in Canada with immigration issues. Cressman already had resorted to dressing 11 forwards and 7 defenseman tonight versus the Lone Star Brahmas. That’s when the news came out that Ian Mansfield was sick and could not dress. The coach called on Odessa High School multi-sport athlete Jakob Nunez to fill-in for the ailing Mansfield. Nunez, who plays baseball and football at OHS, is also skating with Donnie Margettie and the Odessa Jr. Jacks youth hockey program and practicing with the Jackalopes on most days. Nunez and the Jacks tried to end a two-game skid tonight at the Ector County Coliseum.


In the first, the Jacks and Brahmas exchanged opportunities in front of each other’s goal. With the shots 9-7 in the first period in favor of the Brahmas, it was Eric Hancock who was challenged with the more difficult saves. The teams played to a scoreless tie after one.


The Jacks broke the ice at 1:55 of the second period on Trace Jablin’s fifth goal of the season. He broke in behind the Brahmas defense after receiving a pass from team assist leader, Connor Thie and deposited the puck past Brahmas goalie T.J Black and into the goal. Despite the Brahmas outshooting the Jacks, 10-6 in the period, the Jacks had a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.


The Brahmas would finally solve Eric Hancock at 12:09 on the power play when Kellen Wasell popped in a rebound off a Johan Steen point shot. The game would go to overtime, tied a one.


In overtime, the Jacks and Brahmas both had chances to end the game. Liam Stirtzinger was stone-walled by Hancock on a breakaway. David Chavis II missed the net on a Jacks opportunity to end it. The game would go to a shootout.


In the shootout, Matt Lison scored the game-winning goal for the Brahmas to improve their shootout record to 4-1 on the 2013-14 campaign. The Jacks shootout loss drops them to seventh in the South Division, behind the Lone Star Brahmas.


The same two teams battle tomorrow night at the Ector County Coliseum. Tickets start as low as $8 and can be picked up at the Ector County Coliseum box office or online at http://www.jackalopes.org.


If you can’t make the game, the voice of the Jacks Joey Battaino has the call at 7:05 on Classic Rock 102.1 FM KFZX or you can watch the game on PPV http://www.nahl.fasthockey.com




In 2013-14, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their third season in the North American Hockey League and 17th in the Permian Basin. Single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.


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