November 17, 2012 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Odessa Jackalopes
AMARILLO, TX - In the fourth of 12 scheduled regular season meetings between the two teams this season, the Odessa Jackalopes were held off the scoreboard in a 3-0 loss to the Amarillo Bulls at Cal Farley Coliseum in Amarillo on Saturday night. With the loss, the Jacks' fourth in a row, Odessa fell to 4-14-2 on the season and with 10 points, remain alone in sixth place in the NAHL's South Division standings.
An early power-play goal gave the Bulls the edge at 3:16 of the first as Tyler Deresky poked a rebound chance past new Odessa netminder Phil Heinle's right pad on feeds from Matt Siekhaus and Mike Davis. After a long drought for both teams, Amarillo resumed the scoring just over one minute into the second period when, immediately following an unsuccessful man-advantage chance, Bulls captain John Rey hammered home a one-timer at even-strength for a 2-0 Amarillo lead.
With time dwindling in regulation, Bulls forward Carter Penzien tallied an empty-net marker from the neutral zone to salt away Amarillo's fourth consecutive victory. In a game light on specialty-team heroics, the Bulls' top-ten power-play connected just once on five chances, while the Jackalopes posted an 0/5 mark with the extra skater.
In his first appearance in net for the Jacks, Heinle turned in a stalwart performance, stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced to claim a new Jackalopes single-game season high for saves in his debut NAHL performance.
Next up for the Jacks, it's a six-game homestand beginning Friday at 7:05 pm as the Jackalopes play host to Amarillo 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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