Saturday, November 16, 2014



Robin Johansson makes 35 saves in 2-1 overtime loss.


AMARILLO, TEXAS – It had been since September 26th since the Odessa Jackalopes last enjoyed a win away from the Ector County Coliseum. The Jacks were looking to break that streak in a building that has not been very kind to them. In the over three seasons since the Jacks joined the NAHL, Odessa has never won a game at the Amarillo Civic Center in the regular season, with a record of 0-14-1 over that span. Trying to break that streak was Robin Johnasson, who got the call in goal after giving way to Forbes Ploszaj in both contests last weekend versus Corpus Christi.


The Jacks would score first in this contest at 6:42 on a point shot by Lane Valimont that hit the post and bounced in off of Amarillo goaltender Anton Martinsson. The play began with an Amarillo turnover. Matt Beranek stole the puck and got two shots off on Martinsson. When the puck came back to the point, Lane Valimont fired the puck towards the goal. His fourth goal of the year put the Jacks up 1-0. Soon after, the game would go under delay because of a divot in the ice. The intermission was called early and the two teams would play 29:26 in the second period. 25 seconds after play resumed, Amarillo’s leading scorer Cody Gylling scored by tucking the puck in the short-side glove of Robin Johansson. After the 9:36 seconds was played, the two teams were tied at one goal apiece.


In the second period, the Jacks outshot the Bulls 9-7, but could not crack Martinsson. Both goaltenders stood strong in the middle frame and the two teams headed to the third, tied at 1-1.


In the third, both teams enjoyed two power play chances, but could not convert. The Bulls outshot the Jacks 13-12 in the third. The Bulls got a huge break going into overtime when Jacks forward Derek Brown pulled down Bulls player Joey DiBenedetto in the dying seconds. This put the Bulls up a man to start the extra session.


In overtime, Cody Gylling notched his second of the game and ninth of the season 1:26 into overtime to give the Bulls the extra point. The Jacks dropped their ninth straight away from home, but stayed within two points of Amarillo for seventh place in the division.


The Jacks finish up this two-game set with the Bulls tomorrow at 6:05 from the Amarillo Civic Center. Catch all the action on Classic Rock 102.1 FM and FASTHockey.com.




In 2014-15, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their fourth season in the North American Hockey League and 18th in the Permian Basin. Season 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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