Jacks Come up Short to Oklahoma, 5-3

Yesterday Odessa took the ice for the fourth-straight game against Oklahoma. The Warriors have scored 14 unanswered goals on Odessa going into last night’s contest. They also have scored at least four goals in every game against Odessa this season.


Odessa was able to do something against Oklahoma for the first time in their season series and that is having the lead. They scored the game’s first goal just 52 seconds into the opening period. The goal was scored by Ryan Kelly (3) from the top of the crease. It was also the first goal they scored on Daniel Duris this season. The Jackalopes pressured the first-place Warriors throughout the first period and were up 9-1 in shots at one point. Oklahoma however was not going down without a fight. They would tie the game after Cole Terleki (2) scored with just under nine minutes remaining. The first period ended with both teams tied at one and even at shots with 11.


In the second period the Warriors put up their most shots in the game at 18 but all were stopped by Greg Orosz. The Jackalopes had their fewest shots in the game with seven. They were also unable to regain the lead. Resulting in a 1-1 score going into the second-period intermission. It was the first time this season that Oklahoma was tied with a team after 40 minutes of play.


In the third period, the Warriors got their first lead of the game after scoring 63 seconds into the period. Their second goal of the night came from Blaise Miller (6). The Jackalopes would answer right back after J.R. Perdion (6) sent a wrist shot right past Duris. It would not remain tied for long as Kaden Nelson (5) once again put the Warriors back in the lead. However, the scoring frenzy continued as Emerson Goode (12) notched a 5-on-3 power-play goal shortly before the halfway point. With just over five minutes left in regulation, Brendan Williams (11) found the puck right after an offensive zone draw and was able to snap it past Orosz. With very little time left in the game and only down by one, the Jacks pulled Orosz but the Warriors would convert. The empty-net goal was scored by Max Dronen (4). Giving the Warriors a 5-3 win. Oklahoma finished with 43 shots and Odessa had 28. The Jacks went 1/4 on the powerplay and the Warriors went 0/4.


With the win Duris remains the only unbeaten goalie in the NAHL (9-0). It was the most goals the Jacks have scored against Oklahoma this season. The Jackalopes will now turn their attention towards Amarillo for another set of home games at the JackShack. Both games next weekend is scheduled for 7:15 pm CDT.