Teams head to Odessa for games three and four
Phil Plante scored two goals and Joel Martin stopped 37 shots for the Odessa Jackalopes in their 5-2 win over the Texas Brahmas on Saturday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre. With the win, the Jacks knotted their Opening Round series against Texas at 1-1 with the next two games headed for their barn.
Wayne Savage gave up the second shot faced when Kenny Corupe when glove-side for an early Odessa lead.
Forward Dylan Stanley buried a puck at the 13:03 mark for his second of the post-season to tie the game.
With this series being the third consecutive post-season match between the two clubs, tempers were bound to erupt and bad blood mix, and it all went down with five minutes remaining in the first beginning with a matching double minor call to both Calin Wild and Sebastien Thinel. 28 penalty minutes were served in the opening period.
When a four-on-four broke out, Odessa’s Philippe Plante took a feed from Jean Bourbeau from behind the net for a 2-1 lead.
Following an outbreak of Jacks’ penalties, Texas found themselves with a two-man advantage and went to work. Within seconds of the power play the puck found sniper Greg Hogeboom’s stick to take the game to a 2-2 score into the first intermission.
It was a calmer middle frame, but it was the Jacks’ offense that flared when they netted a pair of unanswered goals within 47 seconds of each other to take a 4-2 lead. Goals were by Mark Ehl and Mike Ramsay, both their second of the series.
Texas was put in a three-goal hole in the third when Plante planted his second goal of the game at the 1:17 marker.
Game Three in the best-of-five series moves to Odessa for a 7:05 pm face off on Tuesday night.
Photo Credit: Robert Keith