Yesterday the Jacks hosted the Brahmas for the third-straight game. The Brahmas were coming off another 2-1 victory over the Jacks. With two consecutive wins the Brahmas entered last night’s game in fourth place. As for Odessa, they were still in first place but only by one point over Amarillo.
Jan Skorpik was once again the starting goalie for the Brahmas. As for Odessa, they started Alex Proctor. The Jacks scored the first goal of the game thanks to Dayne Hoyord (7). It would also be the only goal scored during the first 20 minutes of play. Lone Star put up 12 shots and Odessa registered seven. It was the first-time during home opening weekend in which the Jacks headed into the locker room with a lead.
In the middle period the Brahmas would find the back of the net twice. Frankie Ireland (4) tied the game at 1-1 with just over six minutes left in the period. Jack Collins (5) scored a power-play goal within the final two minutes of the second period to put Lone Star up 2-1. Shots finished 24-16 in favor of Lone Star.
The Jacks made quick work of the final period by scoring :40 seconds into to. This time it was Emerson Goode (6) getting the game-tying goal. It was the first-time during home opening weekend in which the Jacks scored a goal in the final period. However, :17 seconds later and Tyler Nasca (1) put the Brahmas back up by one. About eight minutes later and Ryan Kelly (3) was able to beat Skorpik to now tie the game at 3-3. For the second time in the series the game would have to extend past 60 minutes. The Jacks had an abbreviated power play that carried over into the overtime. Ryan Kelly (4) capitalized on the man-advantage just 1:03 into the extra period. Giving him his first multi-goal game of his career and the Jacks first win on home ice this season. “It felt great and kind of took the monkey off our back. We just have to keep working and stick to our systems,” said Kelly about what it meant to win on home ice. Shots finished in favor of Lone Star, 34-27.
The win made Odessa the first South team to reach double-digit wins. It is also the fastest the Jacks have won 10 games in their NAHL history. The Jacks now have an overall record of 10-5-0-1 (21) as they head to play last place El Paso (5-6-1-0) next weekend. It will also be the final road trip of 2021 for the Jacks. The South Division is the only one to have every team with at least 10 points. Head Coach Scott Deur had this to say regarding what it meant to win one of the home opening weekend games, “It feels good and I’m glad our team was able to compete and comeback from a deficit. Also, just glad we could pull that out in front of our fans.” The Jacks have the most goals out of any South Division team with 50.