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Huss Named to South All-Rookie Team

Odessa, TX– After a slow start to the season, forward Eric Huss picked up his production in the second half of the season to earn himself a spot on the NAHL South All-Rookie Team.

“It was definitely a surprise as well as an honor to be named to this team. There is a ton of talent in the South Division,” says Huss. “The coaching staff really helped me develop as a player, and I owe a lot to them. Coming in as a first year guy, I didn’t know what to expect, but the veterans took the time to show me the ropes and what it takes to be successful in junior hockey. I am very grateful for that.”

The native of Dallas, TX scored the first goal of the season for the Jackalopes, but cooled off until the second half, when his production increased immensely. Through the first 30 games of the season, Huss scored three times and assisted on three more. Since coming back from the Christmas break in December, he racked up 16 of his 22 totals points in the final 30 games, becoming an everyday player for Odessa.

Huss’s work ethic was what helped propel him into the south all-rookie honors. As good of a player on the ice as he is, it all started off the ice when he got into shape to become a next-level hockey player. Huss is now one of the player’s that will go to the dirty areas of the ice and grind his way in front of the net until he his rewarded for his efforts.

“Eric was a great surprise for us,” says head coach Greg Gatto. “He started from the bottom as a fourth-line worker, and made his way to a first-line worker. He found his spot playing top-six minutes with [Blake] Bride and [Matt] Brown, and it obviously worked for him.”

Huss’s honor marks the sixth time a Jackalopes’ player has been named to the South All-Rookie Team, joining players like Connor Hellebuyck (goalie, 2011-12), Christian (defenseman, 2014-15) and Kenny Hausinger (forward, 2014-15), Cooper Zech (defenseman, 2015-16), and Nick Wilson (defenseman, 2016-17).

Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season 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.

Game-Tying Goal Waved Off for Odessa; Brahmas Take 2-0 Series Lead

 North Richland Hill, TX – A game-tying goal was waved off midway through the third as the Odessa Jackalopes (0-2-0-0) dropped the second straight game to the Lone Star Brahmas (2-0-0-0) at the Nytex Sports Centre. The Jackalopes find themselves down two games before returning home next weekend.

The Brahmas got on the board first after Michael Montambault one-timed a shot between the circles for the early lead in the second period.

Odessa would get one back early in the third as Evan Somoza sniped one past Mitchell Gibson’s glove-side for the tie game. Only 1:50 into the third period, Ricky Carballo helped to break three across the goal line before the rink-wide pass found Somoza, who found the back of the net.

Only 24 seconds later, the Brahmas’ Aiden Spellacy regained the lead for Lone Star on an open back door with no backside help. The Jackalopes tied the game midway through the third period, but the linesman would wave it off calling the play offside on a 50/50 puck.

Mitchell Gibson closed off the game with 18 saves in a win for Lone Star, while Brett Epp stopped an outstanding 33 attempts in the loss.

Odessa returns home next weekend on April 20thfor game three against the Lone Star Brahmas, looking to keep the series alive at home.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Drop Game 1 of Playoffs 3-1

North Richland Hills, TX – Despite the first goal of the night, the Odessa Jackalopes (0-1-0-0) couldn’t fend off the Lone Star Brahmas (1-0-0-0) on Friday night at the Nytex Sports Centre. The Brahmas lead the first round series 1-0 after the victory on home ice.

After about ten minute of Lone Star momentum, an undisciplined penalty from Aiden Spellacy led to the Jackalopes first power play of the night. After roughly ten shots in a 30 second span, Matt Brown is finally able to break through for Odessa, giving them the lone goal in the first 20 minutes.

The Brahmas would get one back midway through the second period on a tough angle shot as it escaped Alex Camarre to tie the game at one.

Lone Star would take the 2-1 lead just under halfway in the third period as Justin Addamo burries a backhander by going bar down on Camarre. Kyle Hallbauer iced the game with an empty netted goal with only 19 second remaining.

Alex Camarre made 25 saves in the loss, while Mitchell Gibson blocked 34 shots from Odessa in the victory. Odessa’s special teams was spectacular again, going 1/2 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill.

The Jacks return to action Saturday night in hopes of evening the series at one game a piece before heading back home for a game next Friday, April 20that the Ector County Coliseum.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Prepare For Playoffs Against Brahmas

Odessa, TX – The 2018 NAHL South Divisional Playoffs are right around the corner as the Odessa Jackalopes will travel to North Richland Hills to take on the Lone Star Brahmas in a best of five series starting this Friday and Saturday, April 13thand 14th. It will only be the third time since making the move to junior hockey in 2011 that Odessa will see postseason action.

The Jackalopes finished the regular season in 3rdplace in the south, setting single-season team records for wins (33), points (71), and win percentage (.592%). Odessa has built some momentum heading into the playoffs, winning their last three in pretty grand fashion. After shutting out the IceRays, Odessa won their first two games in regulation against the top-seeded Shreveport Mudbugs to sweep the final regular season weekend of the year.

Odessa is led by the tandem of Alex Camarre and Brett Epp in net, posting very similar numbers through 31 appearances each. Ricky Carballo finished the regular season as the points-leader for the Jackalopes with 56 points after being acquired from the Aberdeen Wings on November 20th. Ricky also gained the most assists by helping on 36 goals. Blake Bride finished the season second on the Jacks with 53 points, and also led the team in goals with 23.

Lone Star had a good run, making the finish for first closer than anyone anticipated. Thanks to a stretch that included no regulation losses in their last 15 games, and 14 of those being wins, the Brahmas finished the season at 86 points as the third-best team in the league. Mitchell Gibson has been the go-to goaltender for the Brahmas this season, appearing in over 70% of the games played and tying the single-season shutout mark (11) this past weekend. All three of their top scorers were acquired beyond the start of the season, as Jon Russell leads the way with 48 points and 31 goals.

The Jackalopes have only won one playoff game in their junior hockey history, beating Amarillo 5-1 in the inaugural junior hockey season. Lone Star, on the other hand, has faired well in the playoffs, including being the reigning Robertson Cup Champions.

On Wednesday, April 11th, the Jacks will host a sendoff for the team in the lobby of the Ector County Coliseum before they head off to take on the Brahmas. To attend the sendoff, you must be a current season ticket holder.

If you would like to sign up for season tickets for next season already, please contact the Jackalopes office at 432-552-7825. The early signup and early renewal period ends May 1st.

The Jacks will return home on April 20thfor game 3 of the playoffs. Odessa is offering a special ticket price for that game if you purchase online. When checking out, input promo code “playoffhockey” for a $5 ticket (plus service fees) in the main and prime sections.

First Round Schedule:
#2 Lone Star Brahmas vs. #3 Odessa Jackalopes
Game 1: Friday, April 13 @ Lone Star, 7:30pm
Game 2: Saturday, April 14 @ Lone Star, 7:30pm
Game 3: Friday, April 20 @ Odessa, 7:11pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 21 @ Odessa, 7:11pm*
Game 5: Monday, April 23 @ Lone Star, 7:00pm*
*if necessary

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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5 Goals and Great Goaltending Cap Off Jackalopes Regular Season Finale

Odessa, TX – Dylan Johnson netted two shorthanded goals to lead the Odessa Jackalopes (33-22-3-2) over the Shreveport Mudbugs (41-12-3-4) by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night. Saturday was the final regular season game of the season for both of these teams.

Matt Brown kicked the scoring off halfway through the second period to give the Jacks a 1-0 lead. Brown carried the puck coast-to-coast, threaded the needle between two defenders, and snapped a shot past the glove hand of Gustavs Grigals to gain the advantage.

Halfway through the second period, the Jackalopes found themselves shorthanded, but it didn’t matter. Dylan Johnson and Zac Herrmann joined forces to net two shorthanded goals, expanding the lead to three. Viktor Johansson added one on a power play to increase the lead to 4, as the three goals came within 2:22 of one another.

Shreveport would find their way on the score sheet after a questionable penalty as Cam Cook netted the only two goals for Shreveport on the night.

Cook’s goals were sandwiched by another shorthanded goal for Dylan Johnson, his second of the contest. With roughly 3 ½ minutes remaining, Shreveport headed to the man advantage where head coach Karlis Zirnis pulled his goaltender to try and give his team a chance with the extra man. Johnson blocked a shot at the blue line and skate down for the empty net goal while shorthanded, sealing the deal for Odessa.

Alex Cammare made big save after big save as he stopped 45 attempts from the Mudbugs on the night to earn his 18th win of the season, tying Jonny Hogue (‘17-‘18) for second most in a single-season. Gustavs Grigals started the game for Shreveport, but he was pulled after giving up the third goal, stopping only 11 shots to take the loss. Jaxon Castor stopped 11 of his own in relief.

The regular season may be over, but the Jackalopes don’t miss a step as they head to North Richland Hills to take on the Lone Star Brahmas in the first round of the 2018 NAHL South Divisional Playoffs. Visit the Brahmas website or call their office to buy tickets for next weekend’s contests. The Jacks return home on April 20th to take on the Brahmas in game 3 of 5 in the series.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Slide Past Mudbugs 3-2

Odessa, TX – Peyton Frantti netted the game winner for the Odessa Jackalopes (32-22-3-2) early in the third period to edge the Shreveport Mudbugs (41-11-3-4) in a seesaw game on Friday night at the Ector County Coliseum. The win was Odessa’s first over Shreveport in regulation this season, and only second win against the Mudbugs.

Shreveport netted the first goal as a Matt Weber found the open net on a misplay from the Jackalopes. Weber’s goal was his first of his NAHL career only 3:51 into the contest.

The Jacks fought back with a two-on-one breakaway with Viktor Johansson and Petr Miko. Johansson’s shot kicked back out before a beautiful kick-pass to Miko found twine off the Czech’s stick just over the halfway point in the first.

Odessa would take the lead in the second on the first power play for either squad. After a double minor for high-sticking on Shreveport, Petr Miko finessed his way to an open lane before sniping a shot past the glove hand of Shreveport’s Jaxon Castor. Miko sniped it off the far post and in to gain the lead with his second of the contest.

Weber put up his second of the game as well late in the middle frame. Alex Camarre made save after save, but the persistence of Shreveport is what did it in for Weber’s second of the night.

Entering the third, it was a dead-even heat, but an early goal from Peyton Frantti would put the Jacks ahead and never look back. Ricky Carballo made excellent plays to protect the puck before finding Frantti for the one-timer. Frantti heeled the shot, but with a screened and confused Castor, found the back of the net for the game-winner.

Alex Camarre backstopped the Jacks to victory with 29 saves in the win, while Jaxon Castor only stopped 26 attempts from Odessa. Odessa’s power play over the past five games is now 7-18 (38.8%) as it picked up another goal tonight.

The Jackalopes finish off their regular season tomorrow night against the Shreveport Mudbugs at 7:11 pm inside the Ector County Coliseum. Buy your ticket for the game to also gain entry to the Alumni Game at 3:00 pm.

All merchandise this weekend is 25% off, and if you stick around after the game, you can bid on the special warmup jerseys in honor of Rick Coe.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Finish Regular Season with Legends Weekend

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes finish off the 2017-18 regular season campaign at home against the Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday and Saturday, April 6th and 7th. The Jacks have a bunch of promotions for this final weekend to help increase fan experience.

On Friday, the team will be giving away a team poster giveaway to the first 500 patrons through the front door. Stick around after the game to meet the team and get your favorite player’s autographs.

For the second straight year, Odessa will host an alumni game on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Returning for the second straight year are Pascal Bedard, Adam Doyle, Greg Gatto, Nick Lamia, Dan Lavergne, Donnie Margettie, and Brian Swiniarski. First time alumni game players include Taylor Gatto, Mike Gorman, and Mike Rutter. Former CHL players will join the alumni to help round out the squad include Jason Chafe, Mike Hiebert, and Shawn Skiehar, as well as Odessa-native Mike Gygax. Don McKee will be back behind the bench to coach the alumni.

The alumni will be taking on alumni of the Jr. Jacks program. The Jr. Jack roster includes Julian Aranda, Quincy Childress, Mason Desilets, Keegan Kelly, Jesus Mercado, Jason Moore, DJ Pyle, Cully Reed, Cory Reynolds, Micah Rodgers, Drew Rogers, Jon Rubio, John Rhyke, Travis Seider, Jared Shatley, Michael Swinney, Johnathan Voyles, and Jordan Voyles.

Stay after the alumni game for a meet and greet with a bunch of the alumni at the Blue Line Bar & Grill on the east side of the Coliseum. Don’t forget that the Jackalopes game will take place at 7:11 both nights as well. If you stick around after Saturday’s game, the team will be auctioning off their warm up jerseys in honor of Rick Coe, with the funds being donated to a Rick Coe Scholarship Fund.

Make sure to stop by the merchandise store as well for 25% off selected items. Free entry to the alumni game is included with purchase of a ticket to the Jackalopes game Saturday night.

On Sunday, April 8th, the Jacks will host a bowling tournament for the first time ever. The tournament will being at 1:30 pm at Astro Bowling (150 E. 45th St., Odessa, TX 79762). It only costs $100 for a three-person team, or if you can’t fill a squad, it’s $35 per person and we’ll supply the remainder.

Next Wednesday, April 11th, the team will be hosting a send off in the east lobby of the Coliseum for the fans. It’s a chance for you to come wish the Jacks the best of luck as they head to face the Lone Star Brahmas in the first round of the playoffs. We will also be honoring all the 20-year olds who helped us get to this point.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game playoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Jackalopes Tender Moe

Odessa, TX – The Odessa Jackalopes, proud members of the North American Hockey League, have signed forward, Rex Moe, to a tender for the 2018-19 season. Moe is the fourth tender the Jackalopes have signed, and second in the last week.

Moe, the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, stuck to the his home state for his midget career, splitting time with the Lansing Capitals 16U and Belle Tire U18 teams, combining for 38 points over 47 games between the two years. Moe is a big forward, standing at 6-foot-1, 215-pounds.

“Odessa is a great team, and they play in a hard division,” says Moe. “They have also moved a ton of guys on to the next level which is great. I have heard nothing but good things about the coaching staff too.”

Moe left the Midwest for the Ontario Junior Hockey League, where he joined the Trenton Golden Hawks last season. In his first year of junior hockey, Moe helped lead his team to the playoffs by posting 9 goals and 20 more assists over 50 games, while also playing in 20 playoffs games as well.

Moe competed in the Dudley Hewitt Cup where his team won the championship over the Georgetown Raiders. With the victory, his team also competed in the Royal Bank Cup, but they lost out in pool play.

“Rex is a big body that puts up almost a point per game in his second season of junior hockey this year,” says associate head coach Cody Campbell. “We expect Rex to add size to our forward group as well as be a player we can rely on to produce offensively as a 20-year-old.”

Moe increased his numbers, racking up 38 points (splitting with 19 goals and 19 assists) over only 41 games this season, while also picking up 88 penalty minutes in his second year of junior hockey. Moe’s team snuck into the playoffs where Rex collected two goals and two assists over the two games for Trenton.

“The biggest difference this year I faced was playing a bigger role,” says Moe. “It has really helped me grow as a player both mentally and physically.”

Moe adds to a very physical set of tenders, but has the skill to go along with it. Moe joins Martin Pietraszek, Matt Hutton, and Cade Roberts as the other Jackalopes tenders who look to break through with the team for next season.

A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL – plus or minus any trades – which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 5, 2018.

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Jacks Pull of Victory in Rubber Match with Runners

Odessa, TX – Another three-goal third period lifted the Odessa Jackalopes (30-21-3-2) over the Topeka RoadRunners (17-34-2-2) in the rubber match of the weekend series. Odessa is now only one win away from securing third in the division.

The Jackalopes found themselves ahead in the first again thanks to Dylan Johnson. Matt Hutton received a puck at the blue line before spinning and firing one in front for Johnson. Instead of taking the shot right away, Johnson’s patience paid off as he waited out Sam Metcalf for the open net goal late in the first period.

Odessa doubled their lead in the second period on their first power play of the night. Zac Herrmann carried the puck east to west behind the goal, before threading the needle to Ricky Carballo. As everyone thought Carballo would pull the trigger, he did the unselfish thing and centered to Matt Brown who one-timed one past Metcalf for his 12th tally this year.

Topeka would turn the tables quickly on Odessa and pull themselves back within one only 27 seconds later as Dallas Tulik netted his second of the weekend.

The Jacks would regain their two-goal lead early in the third behind Brown’s second of the contest. Brown bodied down a clearing attempt from Topeka, and put it on the backhand to shovel his second of the night past Metcalf.

Topeka cut the deficit to one as Max Finner tallied his 5th of the season on a tight angle shot.

The Jacks headed to the penalty kill with only 2:42 remaining in regulation. It didn’t matter Odessa was shorthanded as Matt Brown started an odd-man rush with Blake Bride. Brown fired one off the post, but Bride cleaned up the garbage to double the lead before Viktor Johansson iced the game 20 seconds later on an empty netter.

Brett Epp stood on his head while make 40 saves in the contest, while Metcalf blocked 41 in the Topeka loss.

The jacks return to action next weekend with a chance to secure third place in the south, needing one victory to do so in Corpus Christi against the IceRays.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game palyoff tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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Three in Third Lifts Odessa Over Topeka

Odessa, TX – A three-goal third period was the difference maker as the Odessa Jackalopes (29-21-3-2) beat the Topeka RoadRunners (17-33-2-2) by a final score of 5-3 on Friday night. The game would be two of three for Shriners Weekend.

Odessa broke through early in the first period for the second straight night. Jared Christy fired a shot from the right circle that was blocked, but the rebound fell onto the tape of Matt Brown as he blasted one past Topeka’s Derek Fournier for the lead only 1:15 into the contest.

Blake Bride doubled the lead five minutes later on the Jackalopes first power play of the night. Ricky Carballo broke down the right wing and fed a puck in front for Bride who flipped one to the far post and in past Fournier.

Topeka would get two back to tie the game at the end of the first 20 minutes. Jared Christy took a hit at the end of the period, and would not return with a lower body injury.

A scoreless second period almost saw Odessa break through again as Matt Brown thought he had his second of the contest, but it was just after the horn sounded, leaving us tied with 20 left to play.

For the second straight night, Blake Bride tallied his second of the contest, and fourth on the weekend to regain the lead for Odessa. Bride was inches away from the hat trick as he hit the inside post on a power play. Luckily, he had teammates to cleanup the mess as Viktor Johansson found Carballo for the tap-in to double up the RoadRunners.

Topeka snuck a goal in with two and a half minutes left on a tough-angle shot, but Zach Heintz sealed the deal with his 11th tally of the game as the Jackalopes hopped past the RoadRunners.

Alex Camarre stopped 44 shots on the night to backstop the Jackalopes to victory while Fournier could only prevent 39. The Jackalopes power play went 2-6 while the penalty kill was perfect on six attempts as well.

The Jacks finish off Shriners Weekend against the RoadRunners tomorrow night at the Jack Shack. Make sure to come out and stick around after for the jersey auction.

The 2017-2018 Odessa Jackalopes single game tickets are on sale now! To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or hop on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

Also, be sure to follow the Jackalopes on Twitter and Facebook (@LetsGoJacks), Instagram (odessajackalopes), and add us on Snapchat (odessajacks) all year long.

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