JACKS WEEKLY: 12-7-12
JACKS SNAP SKID WITH HUGE WIN OVER TORNADO
FRISCO, TX – With a league-wide season-long 11-game regulation losing streak hanging over their heads, the Odessa Jackalopes righted the ship Saturday, earning their first win since early November in a 3-2 victory over the defending Robertson Cup champion Texas Tornado at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
In his first appearance as a Jackalope, new Odessa netminder Nick Deery, acquired last week from the NAHL Central Division’s Brookings Blizzard, stole the show, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced, helping the Jacks improve to 5-21-2 overall this season.
Taylor Portner started the scoring for Odessa Saturday, staking the Jacks to a 1-0 lead with his third goal of the season just 15 seconds into the second period. Josh Racek doubled the Odessa lead in the final minute of the second and early in the third, Jimmy Peplinski wired the eventual game-winner high to the glove side past Tornado netminder Jerry Kaukinen.
Texas responded in the final stanza, netting a pair of goals from Louie Rowe and Brandon Hawkins and despite a furious Texas rally in the closing moments, the Jackalopes held on for a signiture win.
Next up for the Jacks, it’s a two-game weekend homestand with the Jacks taking on the Corpus Christi IceRays for the first time this season. Friday’s game at Ector County Coliseum will be just the third South Division clash for the Jacks this year not vs. the NAHL’s top three teams, Topeka, Amarillo and Texas.
JACKS 2012 HOLIDAY TOUR SET FOR DECEMBER 20TH
Long a staple of the Jackalopes’ annual community calendar, the 2012 Jacks Holiday Tour will take place Thursday, December 20th and feature stops at Medical Center Hospital, Wal Mart East in Odessa, the West Texas Food Bank and Music City Mall.
Jacks players will visit patients at MCH’s pediatric ward from 1-2 pm, then pitch in to help the Salvation Army raise money at Wal Mart East from 2-3 before dropping off a donation to the West Texas Food Bank at 3 pm and wrap up the tour by meeting fans, handing out prizes, ticket vouchers and taking photos with mall patrons at Music City Mall in Odessa starting at 4 pm.
For more information on the Jacks 2012 Holiday Tour, contact the Jackalopes front office at 432-552-7825.
HELP THE JACKS AND THE WEST TEXAS FOOD BANK
As part of the Jackalopes 2012 Holiday Tour, the Jacks will be making a donation of non-perishable food to the West Texas Food Bank in Odessa, but the team needs your help!
Bring a non-perishable food item to the Jacks’ main office at 4201 Andrews Hwy. in Odessa by Wednesday, December 19th and receive a special gift from the Jackalopes!
Get into the spirit of giving with the Odessa Jackalopes and the West Texas Food Bank and Happy Holidays from the Jacks!
NEXT HOME GAME/PROMOTION:
Be one of the first 1,000 fans through the gates on Friday, December 21st and take home your very own Jackalopes team poster! Then, on Saturday, don’t miss out on Jackalopes team pennant giveaway night, proudly presented by Salisbury Industries.
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