Odessa Jackalopes (22-15-1-3, 48pts) vs. Corpus Christi IceRays (20-19-2, 42pts)
at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX
Time: 7:05 p.m. CDT
Broadcast: HockeyTV | Listen Live Here
What You Need to Know:
Season Series: 2-2-1
ODA: 29pts, Duclair (16g-13a)
COR: 30pts, Butler (14g-16a)
The Jacks and IceRays are separated by only six points in the standings. Tomorrow they will play each other for three-straight games. They also split a weekend series against each other last weekend. The season series between Odessa and Corpus Christi will come to an end this Saturday. So far, the Jacks are 2-2-1 against the IceRays this season. Both teams have played the greatest number of games in the South Division (41). With six points on the line during this 3-in-3 series, the Jacks have an opportunity to try and distance themselves from the IceRays. The Jacks have a combined record of 3-4-0-2 throughout their 3-in-3 series this season.
This weekend will also start a long road trip for the Jacks. As they will not be back at the Ector County Coliseum until March 11-12. This weekend will conclude five-straight games against Corpus Christi and then the Jacks will head to Lone Star to close out their season series with the Brahmas. Odessa will be off the final weekend of February and will start the month of March in Shreveport. The Jacks are 10-8-0-1 as the away team. They have the third-most wins on the road by a South team.
Odessa is tied with Wichita Falls for the most goals in the South (136). The Jacks have scored 18 goals and allowed 17 during their season series with Corpus Christi. The Jacks have allowed the third-most goals in their division (124). The New Mexico Ice Wolves are the only team in the South that has yet to allow 100 goals (96). Odessa is the only team from the South that has scored a goal in every game this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Jackalopes (F: #28 – Tanyon Bajzer)
The native of Cleveland, OH is in his first season in the NAHL. The 19-year-old is eighth on the team points with 17. His ten goals are the fourth-most on the team. The 6’1”/170lb. right-handed forward has had two multi-goal games already in his rookie season. In his last five games, he has scored two goals and has helped on three. Bajzer has played the IceRays four times this season and has recorded three points (1g, 2a). Bajzer spent 2017-19 playing 70 games (62g, 61a) for St. Edward High (USHS-OH). He was first on the team in points both seasons and was their assistant captain in 2018-19. He then spent 2019-21 playing 98 games (48g, 58a) for Gilmour Academy (USHS-Prep). He finished second in points during both those seasons.
IceRays (D: #26 – Braden Rourke)
The native of Des Moines, IA is in his first season in the NAHL. His seven goals and ten assists put him fifth on the team in points. His two power-play goals are tied for the second-most on the team. His four power-play assists are tied for first among IceRays players. The 17-year-old won NAHL Defenseman of the Month – December 2021. The 6’1”/175lb. right-handed defenseman was drafted #96 overall by Corpus Christi in 2021. Rourke has played three games in the USHL this season with the Des Moines Buccaneers. He also played one game for them last season. Rourke has three assists in four games played against Odessa this season. He also had a hat trick this season against Wichita Falls on December 4th.
Photo credit: Danne Braden