NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX— The Odessa Jackalopes ended their weekend road trip against the Lone Star Brahmas with a 7-5 loss to Lone Star, their third straight loss to the Brahmas this season.
For the first period on Saturday night it was almost déjà vu. The Jackalopes had a strong start sending multiple shots on net towards Harrison Feeney but they could not convert. Then the Brahmas quickly converted on their first power play of the game to take an early lead 1-0.
About a minute later the Brahmas followed up with another goal to make it 2-0. The Jackalopes trailed by two goals going into the second period and was forced to kill of a 1:04 five-on-three penalty kill to start the second.
Lone Star quickly converted on both power plays to extend their lead to 4-0.
But unlike last night, the Jackalopes fought back, led by their defenseman and their power play.
James Crossman got the scoring started with his first of two goals off a hard shot from the far point just a few feet above the face-off circle. Crossman’s shot came off a Jackalopes power play.
Quickly thereafter the Jackalopes skated to a five-on-three advantage of their own and like the Brahmas they took full advantage. Kellen Tharaldson picked up his first goal of the season after a received a pass at the top of the slot and fired a hard wrister into the net. That split the Brahma lead in half to make it 4-2. The Jackalopes continued to apply the pressure with Crossman’s second goal of the night that also came on the power play.
As the Jacks entered the third period, trailing 4-3, they killed off another early penalty but the Brahmas stormed back. Capitalizing off of turnovers Lone Star scored twice I the early stages of the third to expand their lead to 6-3.
Zach Heintz though was able to pull Odessa within striking distance late in the third period.
Heintz’s advanced the puck off an offensive zone face-off and it slid right between the pads of Feeney and into the back of the net. Heintz’s first goal since the season opener in Topeka.
The Brahmas got a goal several minutes later to make it 7-4 but Brendan Coughlin would have the last laugh when his shot from the top of the circles sailed into the net for his first NAHL goal to finish up the scoring 7-5.
The Jackalopes fall to 3-7-1 on the year with their home opener against Shreveport coming up on Friday, October 26. Face-off is set for 7:11 pm.