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Odessa, New Jersey pick up one-goal wins on Sunday

November 23, 2015

Jack Berry made 26 saves to lift New Jersey to a 3-2 shootout win in Johnstown on Sunday.

Odessa 2 @ Amarillo 1 - On the day, the only goalie in Jacks history to beat the Bulls in Amarillo was called up to the NHL, Connor Hellebuyck, Odessa again topped the Bulls in Amarillo. Zach Zech’s late tally proved to be the difference in the 2-1 victory over the Bulls Sunday night at Amarillo Civic Center. The win for Odessa (10-7-1) was the first regular-season win in Amarillo in team history and the first since Helleybuck backstopped Odessa to a 5-1 postseason win on April 7, 2011. In the opening frame, Odessa struck first when Gray Marr crossed a 3-on-1 pass over to Hampus Sjodahl, who beat Anton Martinsson on the short side to pick up his team-leading tenth goal of the season. Both teams were unable to take advantage of their lone power play chance and Odessa ended the period up 1-0. Amarillo pumped 26 shots on net in the second and broke through to tie the game at 10:53, when Joey Molinaro picked up his team-leading tenth of the season, and his fifth against Jacks, when he tipped a Tyler Hall shot past Jacks ‘tender Dean Shatzer. On the other end, Odessa threw 14 shots on Martinsson but failed to break through. After both teams shared chances in the final frame, Zach Zech (7) redirected a Drew McLean shot past Martinsson at 17:15 to give the Jacks a 2-1 lead they would not surrender. Dean Shatzer (4-5-0-1) was sensational, earning his fourth win of the year, stopping 42 of the 43 shots faced. On the other end, Anton Martinsson was also good in the loss (5-11-2-1), making 41 of 43 saves. Boxscore
New Jersey 3 @ Johnstown 2 (SO) – The New Jersey Titans were able to pick up two wins in three games over the weekend as they defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks, 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Dalton Hunter cracked the scoreless tie early in the first period when his wrist shot found a home past Titans goalie Jack Berry. Alex Alger and Adam Pilewicz registered assists on the goal. Both Johnstown and New Jersey peppered shots at their respective goalies but the first period came to a close with Johnstown leading 1-0. After a hard-working shift, the Tomahawks struck again. Hunter stole a puck in the corner and backhanded a puck through Berry’s five hole to give Johnstown a 2-0 lead. New Jersey’s Bruno Birzitis would get New Jersey on the board with his power play goal late in the middle frame.The Tomahawks defense went to work in the third period keeping New Jersey away from the net until Darren Brady fired a puck past Tomahawks goalie Andrew Lindgren to tie it late and send the game into overtime. Overtime was scoreless so the teams decided the game in the shootout. Titans forward Andrew Durham scored the shootout’s only goal gave earned New Jersey the extra point. Lindgren stopped 26 of 29 in the loss which brings his record with the Tomahawks to 0-2-1. Jack Berry picked up the victory, his tenth of the season, for a record of 10-5-1. Boxscore
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