Jacks Fall to Wranglers, 5-3. Split Weekend Series

On Saturday, the Jacks entered game two against Amarillo in search of another victory. The Wranglers on the other hand were looking to split the weekend series and pick up three out of a possible four points. In-game one Odessa had to battle back on two separate occasions from being down two goals. They completed the comeback after J.R. Perdion scored 38 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime. The win kept Odessa in sole possession of second place as they entered Saturday’s game just two points ahead of the Wranglers.


The beginning of game two was much different than how the weekend started for the Jacks. As the Wranglers were able to put up two goals on 10 shots. Their first goal came shortly past the halfway point of the period after Glebs Prohorenkovs (11) scored a power-play goal. Four minutes later, Ben Biester (5) made it 2-0. The Wranglers ended the opening period with a two-goal lead and were outshooting Odessa, 10-7.


The Wranglers extended their lead after Aidan Carney (3) scored 7:57 into the middle frame. His goal marked the largest lead of the weekend. A few minutes later, Jayden Price (1) made it four-unanswered goals by Amarillo. The Jacks were finally able to beat Max Gutjahr after Ty Neckar fired a slapshot from the top of the left point. That was his first NAHL goal. The second period ended 4-1 with the Wranglers still outshooting the Jacks, 22-16.


In the final period, the Jacks continued to pressure Gutjahr and were rewarded with two goals. Ryan Mansfield (6) scored exactly nine minutes into the third. Odessa would not score again until there were less than two minutes left in regulation. Shortly before their goal, penalties were taken by both sides resulting in 4-on-4 hockey. Head Coach Scott Deur pulled Noah Rupprecht as the Jacks attempted to make their second comeback of the weekend. Evan Orr (3) fired the frozen rubber from the blue line, and it went flying right past Gutjahr. Orr’s goal made it three-straight for Odessa and put them one goal away from tying the game. Unfortunately, the Jacks would pull Rupprecht again, but this time Amarillo would capitalize on the empty net. Drayton Todoroff (2) scored the fifth and final goal for the Wranglers with just under 20 seconds left in the game. Giving Amarillo a 5-3 victory and moving them into a tie with Odessa for second place. The Wranglers outshot the Jacks, 31-28. Odessa went 0/4 on the power play and Amarillo went 1/1.


Odessa will remain on the road as they travel to North Richland Hills to face the Lone Star Brahmas. The Brahmas are 16-9-4-2 so far this season and their 38 points put them in fourth place. The Jacks last saw the Brahmas during Odessa’s home-opening weekend. All three games between the Brahmas and Jacks have been separated by one goal. With two of the games needing more than 60 minutes to declare a winner. The Jacks are 1-1-0-1 versus Lone Star. Both games against the Brahmas are scheduled for 7:30 pm CDT.


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