Yesterday the Jacks faced the Brahmas for the second game of the 3-in-3 series. The Brahmas entered the game in fifth place after winning game one, 2-1, in a shootout. Odessa went 2-9-0-1 against the Brahmas last season. After tonight’s game the Jacks will not see the Brahmas until Jan. 14-15. Odessa also only has one more road trip for this calendar year and it is next weekend in El Paso.
The Jacks got on the board first not even five minutes into the period. Trevor Taulien (2) ripped a wrist shot from the slot that beat Jan Skorpik. Towards the tail end of the period the Brahmas tied the game off the stick of Aidan Torres (1). Noah Rupprecht ended the first period with 10 saves and Skorpik had 11.
Lone Star came out aggressive to start the middle period and were rewarded with a goal by Tanner Daniels (1). Odessa managed to get six shots during the second period, but Skorpik stopped them all. The Brahmas totaled 12 shots giving them 23 to start the final period.
Odessa had a lot of pressure in the third period. They also had two separate 5-on-3 power plays but were unable to convert on either of them. Towards the end of the period the Jacks pulled Rupprecht but even with the extra attacker they were unable to tie things up. The Brahmas only recorded five shots on Rupprecht during the final 20 minutes. Resulting in the same final from Thursday this time the game ended in regulation. The 2-1 victory for Lone Star improved their record to 6-5-2-1 (15pts). As for the Jacks their record is now 9-5-0-1. Odessa outshot Lone Star, 29-28.
It was the first time this season that Odessa lost back-to-back games. It was also the first time this season that the Brahmas had won two games against the same team. Odessa went 0/7 on the power play and Lone Star went 0/3. Tonight, the Jacks look to avoid being swept for the first time this season. While the Brahmas look for their first sweep. The Brahmas are now in fourth place while the Jacks still sit in first. It is also Odessa Jackalopes Day, and the Mayor of Odessa will be dropping the puck tonight at 7:15pm. Following the conclusion of the game there will be a post-game skate.
Photo credit: Danne Braden