Jacks Split Weekend Series

Yesterday the Jacks took the ice for game two against Amarillo. Their comeback attempt in game one fell just short as the Wranglers won 8-6. These two teams will not see each other until Dec. 2-3 in Odessa.


The Jacks set the tone early by scoring 6:23 into the opening period. The goal was scored by John Wojciechowski (1) after he let a wrist shot go from the right circle. It was the first time this weekend that the Jacks had the lead. Less than a minute later, Trevor Mitchell (1) fired a laser from the point that went straight to the back of the net. After letting up two goals in just over seven minutes, the Wranglers pulled Carter Cafton, and replacing him was Luca Ganz. Amarillo put up 16 shots in the first period, but Greg Orosz was able to stop them all. The Jacks finished the period with 10 shots. It was the first time this season that Amarillo went into the intermission trailing an opponent.


Odessa once again scored two goals in a period. It started with Ryan Mansfield (6) getting a fantastic no-look pass from Ryan Kelly at 9:45 into the middle frame. The Jacks added their fourth-straight goal after Emerson Goode (8) went top-shelf on Ganz. Giving him six-straight games with a goal. However, 21 seconds later there was a mad scramble at the top of Orosz’s crease and Connor McNaughton (1) managed to deposit the loose puck into the back of the net. Pulling Amarillo within three of Odessa. Even with the Wranglers trying to gain some momentum, they were unable to register another goal in the period. Odessa had 16 shots through 40 minutes and Amarillo had 26.


The Jacks kept their foot on the gas and would score their fifth goal just past the halfway point of the period. It was scored by Ryan Mansfield (7) for his second of the game. Even with a 5-1 lead Amarillo was throwing everything they had at Odessa, but the Jacks not only stood tall in the net but also defensively. The Wranglers put up 14 shots in the final period and were unable to get on the scoresheet. Resulting in a 5-1 win for Odessa and a split weekend series. The Wranglers outshot the Jacks 40-24. Both teams went 0/3 on the powerplay.


The win moves Odessa into sixth place with a 5-6-0-1 (11pts) record. Head Coach Scott Deur had this to say following the win, “It feels good. I wish we would have played like that in game one, but we will take the win today. I thought Greg had a phenomenal night in net for us and a good bounce-back game for him.” The Jacks will now turn their attention to first-place Lone Star for their first weekend series of the season. The Brahmas are 12-1 (24pts) and are riding a 10-game win streak. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 pm CDT.


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