Shreveport Mudbugs (5-9-1-3, 14pts) vs. Odessa Jackalopes (12-7-0-1, 25pts)
at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, TX
Time: 7:15 p.m. CDT
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What You Need to Know:
Season Series: 2-0
SHV: 13pts, Brimmer (6g-7a)
ODA: 16pts, Perdion (6g-10a)
The Jacks are officially one-third of the way through their 2021-22 season. They have played 20 games and are in third place in the South. They also have already tied their win total from last season (12-36-4-4). Odessa is 7-4-0-1 against teams from Texas. They have a combined record of 3-1 versus New Mexico and Shreveport. Amarillo, New Mexico, and El Paso all picked up sweeps last weekend while the Jacks had a bye week. With the Jacks still playing one more game than most teams from the South, this weekend is crucial to try and regain first place.
The Mudbugs currently find themselves in uncharted territory, as they sit in last place in the division. This is their sixth season in the NAHL. Their worst finish was fourth during the Covid-19 season which was never finished. Out of their four completed seasons, the Mudbugs have won the Robertson Cup twice (2018, 2021). Not only is this their worst start to a season but, they are also on their longest losing streak in franchise history (0-4-0-2). They are also 1-6-0-3 in their last ten games. Their last win came back on Oct. 30th versus Corpus Christi (4-1). Shreveport also has scored the fewest goals in the league (40). This weekend will also end their 12-game road trip. They have scored 19 goals and allowed 34 during their current road trip.
The Jacks are tied with New Mexico for the second-most goals in the South Division (62). Amarillo and Wichita Falls are tied for first with 63. Shreveport has only 40 goals so far and they have allowed 61. Their minus-21 goal differential is the worst in the South and fourth-worst in the NAHL. The fewest goals that Shreveport has scored in a season were back in 2018-19 when they registered 163. As for Odessa, their fewest was 73 which was just two years ago. The most goals the Jacks have ever scored in a season were in 2017-18 (192). Shreveport recorded their most franchise goals in a season last year with 205.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Mudbugs (F: #18 – Garrett Steele)
The native of Chelsea, MI is in his third season in the NAHL. All of which have been with the Mudbugs. The 6’0”/190lb. right-handed forward is currently tied for the team lead in assists (8). He is also second on the team in points with 11. The 19-year-old was drafted #136 overall in 2018 by the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and #83 in 2021 by the Fargo Force (USHL). Last season, Steele finished sixth in scoring for the Mudbugs. He was awarded South Division Star of the Week for October 4-10, 2021, after putting up three goals in two games. Steele is currently on a three-game point streak (4a).
Jackalopes (F: #21 – J.R. Perdion)
The 18-year-old is currently in his second season in the NAHL. Last season, Perdion split time with the Northeast Generals and the Odessa Jackalopes. The native of Strongsville, OH is the leading scorer for the Jacks right now and is tied for the lead in assists (10). Out of the six goals, Perdion has scored this season, four have been on the power play (team-high). The 5’11/180lb. right-handed forward played 24 games for the Jacks last season (5g, 2a). Prior to reaching the NAHL, Perdion played 46 games in 2019-20, for the Cleveland Barons 16U AAA in which he recorded 49 points (30g, 19a). That season he led his team in goals and finished second in points.
Photo credit: Danne Braden