Jacks tame Cats, 3-2

Odessa, Texas (FEB 4, 2016) – Jon Flakne stopped 31-of-33 shots faced and the Odessa Jackalopes (15-19-4) earned their first win against the Wichita Falls Wildcats (32-8-3), 3-2, Thursday night at Ector County Coliseum.

After an early Gray Marr penalty gave Wichita Falls early momentum, Trent Dillinger (1) poked home an even strength goal at 14:48 to give the Cats an opening period lead. The Jacks settled into the period and found the equalizer when Derek Brown (6) snuck a backhand shot past Justin Kapelmaster at 17:46.

In the second, Odessa used back-to-back slashing penalties against Wichita Falls to seize the second period momentum and took its first lead when Cooper Zech feathered a back-door pass from the point to his brother Zach (13) who snipped it in the open cage on the far side just before the Cats penalty kill expired at 7:34.

The Jacks extended their lead to 3-2 in the third when Dakoda Menslage sniped a shot from the point on the power play past Kapelmaster at 7:07. The final period was littered with penalties but Ben Lown (8) got the Cats within one at 17:14. After Kapelmaster left his net with a minute 1:11 the Jacks weathered the Wildcats final flurry and held on for the win. Kapelmaster (23-5-1) took the loss making 24 saves on 27 shots.

In 2015-16, the Odessa Jackalopes will embark upon their fifth season in the North American Hockey League and 19th in the Permian Basin. Season tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

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