Jacks (14-19-4) vs. Brahmas (25-8-7)
Tonight’s Matchup: The Odessa Jackalopes and Lone Star Brahmas match-up for the sixth time this season and the sixth time in the month of January. After taking the first matchup, Odessa has lost four in a row to the Brahmas including last night’s defeat, 4-2. Since 2013-14, Odessa is 5-16-3 against the Brahmas all-time.
Last Time Out: The Odessa Jackalopes trailed 3-0 after a pair of Brahmas first period goals (Berardinelli, Mellberg) and an early third period tally (Estes). However, Gray Marr’s power play goal and Taylor Gatto’s first goal of the season pulled the Jacks within one. All comeback hopes were squandered when the Jacks allowed an open netter to Berardinelli to seal the 4-2 loss. The Jacks ended the game 1-for-4 on the man advantage while the Brahmas failed to score on the power play in five chances. Dean Shatzer made 28 saves on 31 shots in the defeat, while Conor O’Brien earned the win making 28 saves on 30 shots.
Gray Day: Jacks forward Gray Marr, 21, scored his 11th goal of the season Friday. The Twin Butte, AB, CAN native now has seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and even rating in his last 10 games. Marr is third on the Jacks in points (28) and third in plus/minus (+6).
Chateau Gatto: Jacks winger Taylor Gatto, 18, poke home his first goal of the season Friday and his third of his Jacks Career. In addition, Gatto dropped the gloves in the second period for his third boat of the season. Gatto has points in his last two games and now has 55 PIM in 13 games played. The Lethbridge, AB, CAN native missed over a month and a half after suffering a concussion in practice.
Sparkling Special Teams: After Friday’s power play goal, the Odessa Jackalopes have scored four power play goals in their last three games against the Brahmas. Odessa’s 124 power play chances are the least amount in the NAHL. The Jacks have the 12th best man advantage in the NAHL (16.9%).
Berardinelli Buckets: First year Brahma’ and former Michigan Warrior Alex Berardinelli, 20, has paced Lone Star offensively this season. Leading the team in goals (22), points (35) and plus-minus (+16). On Friday, the Pittsburg, PA native scored a pair of goals and tacked on an assist. Berardinelli now has eight points against the Jacks (4 goals, 4 assists) in five games with a +5 rating.
Clarke Kent: Brahmas defenseman Cameron Clarke, 19, was held off the score sheet Friday, but the Michigan native is fifth in the NAHL in assists (28) and is second on the Brahmas in points (33). The Ferris State commit (NCAA, D1) has four points (0 goals, 4 assists) in five games vs. Odessa this season.
Southern Twang: The only other game in the Southern Division Friday night was between the Wichita Falls Wildcats and the Topeka RoadRunners. The ‘Cats topped the Runners 6-2 at Kansas ExpoCentre in Topeka, KS despite being on the PK ten times. Adam Goodsir netted his eighth power play goal of the year and league-tying 25th while Ben Lown had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the win. Julian Sime (9-2-2) earned the victory making 26 saves on 28 shots. On the other end, Tyler Johnson (16-9-0) made 26 saves on 31 shots in defeat.
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