Yesterday the Jacks faced second-place Lone Star to start their 3-in-3 series. Both teams were playing three-straight games however, only game one was against each other. The Jacks play the other two games against Corpus Christi. As for the Brahmas, they will finish the weekend in El Paso. Last weekend the Brahmas were swept by Shreveport and shut out in game two. Odessa is coming off a weekend split with the Wichita Falls Warriors. Yesterday was the sixth meeting of the season between Lone Star and Odessa. The Jacks were 1-2-0-2 against the Brahmas going into last night’s matchup.
The first period saw a lot of shots from both ends of the ice. The Jacks did a fantastic job of getting the frozen rubber onto Arthur Smith from as many different angles as possible. The results were 12 shots for the Jacks in the first period. As for Lone Star, they too applied a lot of pressure onto Alex Proctor and were able to score the first goal of the game. Nicholas Niemo (23) fired a one-timer past Proctor with just over a minute left to go in the period. The Brahmas took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but were trailing in shots, 12-11.
Odessa came out for the middle period with a lot of urgency as they were able to tie the game within the first two minutes. Nick Ahern (3) was able to put it past Smith at the side of his crease. While the Jacks only had seven registered shots in the second period, they were able to put another one past Smith. This time it was John Wojciechowski scoring on a wrap-around for his first NAHL goal. His goal would put the Jacks up 2-1 and that is how the score would read after 40 minutes of play. Lone Star was outshooting Odessa, 28-19.
The Jacks made it three straight goals after Dayne Hoyord (13) scored at the 5:11 mark of the final period. The Jacks were now up by two with less than 15 minutes left in regulation. However, only a few minutes after Hoyord’s goal and Lone Star found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play. Matt McQuade (1) scored early into the two-man advantage to pull his team within one. The Jacks were almost able to kill off the second penalty, but Dylan Smith (12) had other plans as he scored the tying goal with only two seconds left on it. The score would remain 3-3 when the horn sounded to end regulation. Shots after 60 minutes favored Lone Star, 42-25. It marked the fourth time this season that a game between these two teams exceeded regulation play. The only time the Jacks won was in overtime. Odessa is the best team in the NAHL in 3-on-3 overtime with a record of 6-1. As for Lone Star, they have one of the worst records at 1-5.
While Lone Star managed much of the puck possession during the extra period, they were unable to beat Proctor. The Jacks could also not find an answer for Smith. Meaning that the game would be decided in a shootout. Prior to yesterday’s game, Odessa had only been to a shootout three times this season (1-2). The Brahmas were 4-2 in shootouts prior to yesterday. This was now the third time these two teams had to go beyond 65 minutes against one another. There was only one goal scorer in the entire shootout and that was Logan Tobias in the third round.
His game-winning goal improved Lone Star’s record to 21-10-5-2 (49pts). As for Odessa their record now sits at 21-14-1-3 (46pts). All six meetings between Odessa and Lone Star have been decided by one goal. Odessa went 0/2 on the power play and Lone Star went 2/2. Proctor ended the night with 43 saves and Smith had 23. The Jacks will now turn their attention to Corpus Christi as they host the IceRays tonight and tomorrow. The IceRays are tied with Amarillo for fifth place (40pts). They are only one point back on Wichita Falls, who hold the final playoff spot. Puck drop for both games is scheduled at 7:15 pm CDT.
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