The Odessa Jackalopes looked to get on a roll, and it could spark a fire if they could sweep the Lone Star Brahmas on the road. Lone Star was looking to break their 3-game losing streak and clinch a playoff spot in this matchup.
The first period was a scoreless one as lots of hits were coming in from each side. Head coach, Greg Gatto, stuck with the same lineup with defenseman, Rowan Savidant, playing up front and Rune Kirby, fresh off the injured reserved, back on defense.
The hits came and it seemed to wear out the Jacks a little bit, but not before an early goal in the second period put the Jackalopes ahead 1-0. Fresh off a penalty kill, Zac Herrmann and Zach Zech went two-on-one with a defender as Herrmann saucer one to Zech for a shot through the five-hole of Lone Star’s Alec Calvaruso for the lead.
The Brahmas countered as the teams were even on a 4-on-4 later in the period. Nick Wilson’s pass was picked off by Carson Kelley from Lone Star. Kelley saw open ice and fired off a shot off the back bar in the net for the tie game, the first breakaway in 10 chances for Lone Star this season against Hogue.
A very aggressive third period saw three more penalties total as Odessa lone power play in the third was neutralized by an elbowing call on Tyler Pietrowski. Great chances from both teams, but the goaltenders and defense lived up to the challenge, and both teams went scoreless again.
The first overtime game for Odessa since three-straight in December against the Wichita Falls Wildcats, the Jacks looked to improve their 1-4 record in OT. Jacks had the puck for the first minute of the period, not being able to get any shots through to Calvaruso.
Lone Star’s second unit saw a not-so-offensive defenseman, Blake Evennou, come up along the right boards and snap a shot on net. Hogue thought he was going to shoot far post and cheated just a little, supplier the tiniest sliver for the puck to fall through along the near post and win the game for the Brahmas.
Going into overtime, Lone Star already clinched playoff position, just needing one point. With the two points, they inched closer to claiming first place in the south. The Jackalopes grabbed three points this weekend against one of the toughest teams in the league, and are still fighting for the final playoff spot.
Jacks return to action against the Mudbugs next weekend as they travel to Shreveport for a two-game series.
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