Odessa Jackalopes (10-5-0-1, 21pts) vs. El Paso Rhinos (5-6-1-0, 11pts)
at El Paso County Events Center in El Paso, TX
Time: 7:00 p.m. MDT
Broadcast: (Away) HockeyTV
What You Need to Know:
Season Series: 2-0
ODA: 14pts, Goode (6g-8a)
ELP: 11pts, Krause (3g-8a)
One Last Time:
Odessa is making one final trip to El Paso to play the Rhinos. The only meeting so far between these two teams was during the Rhinos home opening weekend (Oct. 15-16). The Jacks won the first night by a score of 5-2. Game two was much closer but the Jacks were able to seal the deal in overtime, 3-2. El Paso had off last weekend, but Odessa did not. The Jacks are coming off their home opening weekend in which they earned three out of a possible six points against Lone Star. These two teams will once again meet as the first and last place teams in the South Division. This is the last road trip of 2021 for the Jacks.
Games In Hand:
The Jacks have played the most games so far out of any South Division team. Amarillo (18pts) and New Mexico (17pts) are both playing three games this weekend. With one of their three games being against each other on Sunday. While Odessa is atop the South Division, they do have other teams right on their heels. Meaning that this weekend is crucial to get points in any fashion. Odessa only has one weekend off during 2021 which is the weekend of November 19th.
New Kids On The Block:
The Jacks currently have the most rookies ranked inside the NAHL top-20 (Goode, Duclair, and Yates). Those three players have accounted for 18 (36%) of the 50 goals Odessa has scored this season. All three of them are also in the top-five on the team in shooting percentage. Rylan Yates is currently on a 10-game point streak (4g, 7a) dating back to September 24th. Chris Duclair is tied for third in goals among rookies (8).
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Jackalopes (G: #1 – Alex Proctor)
The Dallas, TX native is in his second season in the NAHL. His first was back in 2019-20 with the Springfield Jr. Blues. He had an overall record of 3-7-2 with a 3.75 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .896%. The 19-year-old has found his groove between the pipes as he is tied for the most wins in the league (8-2-0-1). The 6’2”/175lb. left-handed net minder is third overall among goalies with a 2.00 goals-against-average and is first in save percentage at .937%. The most saves he has made this season came on October 22nd against New Mexico (42). Proctor was awarded runner-up for Goalie of the Month for October after going 5-1-0-1 (12GA, 1SO). Last season Proctor played for the Philadelphia Hockey Club (NCDC) posting an 8-13-3 record (3.76GAA, .889SV%).
Rhinos (G: #1 – Lassi Lehti)
The Espoo, FIN native has played in 11 of the Rhinos 12 games this season. This is the first time that the 19-year-old is playing in the USA. He currently has a 3.00 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. He has an overall record of 5-5-1 with 31 goals against. Prior to joining the NAHL, the 6’4”/210lb. left-handed goalie played for Sport U20 (U20 SM-sarja) in Finland. Where he posted a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage. Lehti won the CISAA Best GAA (1.50) and SV% (.940) in 2019-20 while with St. Andrew’s College. The most saves he has this season is 50 and that was during game two of the Rhinos home opening weekend when they hosted the Jacks.