Last night the Jacks and Ice Wolves took the ice for the second meeting of the season. Game one resulted in a 2-1 victory for New Mexico extending their win streak to five. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Odessa. The Jacks entered game two on the verge of being swept for the first time this season.
In the opening period the Jacks came out firing on all cylinders as they put up 15 shots on Ben Behrens. Behrens has only played one game this season and it was back on Sep. 17th against Minot. While Odessa kept findings ways to get the puck towards net, none of their shots were able to find the back of it. As for New Mexico, they put up 11 shots with one of them beating Noah Rupprecht. He is playing in his first game since Oct. 10th versus Corpus Christi. William Howard (5) beat Rupprecht from the left circle to give the Ice Wolves a 1-0 with just over seven minutes left in the period. The score would remain 1-0 as both teams headed to their locker room to prepare for the middle period.
In the second period things started to heat up on the ice. There was a total of seven minors assessed in the period. While the physicality was picking up so was the Jacks offensive pressure. Chris Duclair (7) was able to beat Behrens just 3:45 into the period. Odessa finished the middle frame with 12 shots. New Mexico registered 16 shots on Rupprecht. All of which he was able to save. Resulting in a 1-1 game to start the final period.
In the third there was a total of four goals scored. It started off with Dillan Bentley (5) scoring just over five minutes into the period. Not only did he give the Ice Wolves the lead once again, but he also was not done scoring. At the 9:18 mark of the final period Bentley (6) registered his second of the night and it now put the Jacks down by a pair. With under five minutes left in regulation, the Jacks found themselves going on the powerplay. J.R. Perdion (5) wasted little time while his team was on the man-advantage as his power-play goal came just :20 seconds into it. The Jacks used that momentum to tie the game just a minute later. The tying goal came off the stick of Emerson Goode (5), who scored his first goal since Sep. 17th versus Maryland. He received a fantastic pass from Rylan Yates, who is now on a team high seven-game point streak (3g-5a). The score remained tied at 3-3 when the final horn sounded. Resulting in extra hockey. For the Ice Wolves it was the third time in four games they would have to go beyond regulation. The Ice Wolves outshot the Jacks 14-11 in the third period.
Both teams were 2-0 in overtime this season. The 3v3 overtime had everybody at the Outpost Ice Arenas on the edge of their seat. Both teams had their fair share of opportunities in overtime. Although, with exactly two minutes gone into the extra period, it was Chris Duclair (8) picking up his second of the night. He let a shot go from above the circles that beat Behrens glove side. Resulting in a split weekend series. While Odessa did snap the Ice Wolves win streak, they do still have a four-game point streak. The Jacks get back in the win column after scoring three unanswered goals. Shots finished 41-40 in favor of New Mexico.
The 38 save victory for Rupprecht moves his record to 2-1. It is the most saves he has had this season. The Jacks will now get set for their home opening weekend against the Lone Star Brahmas on Oct. 28-30. They are tied for first place with the Amarillo Wranglers at 18 points. Head Coach Scot Deur had this to say regarding closing out the road trip with a win, “We are fortunate to get through this one and we are excited to get back home. Since the beginning of the year, we have basically been on the road.” Scott went on to add, “We got to make sure we are ready to come play Thursday.” All three home games are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CDT at the Ector County Coliseum.