Wildcats pounce on Jacks, 6-2



Jan. 31, 2013



Montemurro, Haydon score in first game of “Pink in the Rink” weekend.


ODESSA, TX– In the first game of a three-game weekend series, the Odessa Jackalopes were defeated for the fourth time in their past five head-to-head meetings by the Wichita Falls Wildcats Thursday at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa. With the loss, the Jacks fell to 6-33-2 overall this season and with 14 points, remain alone in sixth place in the NAHL’s South Division standings.

Odessa started the scoring at 5:12 of the opening period when Jackalopes defenseman Matt Montemurro crept in from the left point and tapped his third goal of the season past Wildcat netminder Evan Cowley on feeds from Corey Hoffman and Zane Popilock. The response from Wichita Falls was swift, as Matt Robinson netted the first of his two goals on the night less than two minutes later to tie the game at one.

In the second period, goals from Ben Kucera and Tyler Ledford stretched the Wildcats lead to 3-1 before Steven Haydon scored his first goal since September 13th, a one-time strike at 8:09 of the second, to draw the Jacks within a goal at 3-2. In the third period, Wichita Falls pulled away as Robinson’s second goal of the night led to a Colin Staub tally and Ledford’s second marker of the contest pushed the game out of reach for Odessa at 6-2 Wildcats.

In his first start in net for Odessa, Cottage Grove, Minnesota native Erick Majerle surrendered six goals on 33 shots faced to fall to 5-4-0 overall on the season.

Next up for the Jacks, it’s the second leg of “Pink in the Rink” weekend 2013, a Friday clash with Wichita Falls set to begin at 7:05 pm at Ector County Coliseum.

In 2012-13, the Odessa Jackalopes drop the puck on their second season as a member of the North American Hockey League. Season ticket packages for the Jacks’ sophomore campaign are available now starting at just $179. To reserve your seats, contact the Jackalopes’ ticket office today at 432-552-7825 or log on to www.jackalopes.org for more information.

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