Sunday Wrap-Up: Jackalopes open season with weekend sweep
Odessa 4 @ Wichita Falls 0 - In their eight previous seasons, the Odessa Jackalopes had never started off a season with two straight wins. That changed on Sunday. Unlike Saturday’s thriller were the Jackalopes had to fight back and tie the contest in the final minute, Sunday’s game was almost the opposite. The Odessa Jackalopes defeated the Wichita Falls Warriors 4-0 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Sunday night to record their first sweep of the season and their first 2-0 start in program history. After a scoreless 1st period, the Odessa offense came alive in the 2nd period as Ben Doherty deflected a pass into the back of the net less then four minutes into the period. The Jackalopes extended their lead again in the second as Mike Manzo scored to give Odessa a 2-0 lead. In the third period, the Jackalopes continued to apply the pressure. Odessa broke though on their third power play of the game thanks to a quick release from Fletcher Anderson from the base of the right circle. The puck found its way in over the left shoulder of Warrior netminder Owen Bartoszkiewicz. Manzo picked up his second goal of the game and third of the weekend after he broke through into the neutral zone and scored off of a shot from center ice on an empty net. Connor Hasley made 29 saves to earn his first career NAHL shutout in just his second start.
New Jersey 3 @ Maine 4 – The Maine Nordiques widened their lead in the East Division and improved to 6-1 on the season thanks to a 4-3 home win on Sunday over New Jersey, completing a three-game weekend sweep of the Titans. The Nordiques started strong, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the 1st period with goals from Tristan Fasig, Isaiah Fox, and Caden Pattison, while Evan Werner had the lone Titans goal. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Nordiques lead swelled to 4-1 on what was the eventual game-winning goal scored by recent University of Maine commit Tyler Gaulin. Werner then tried single-handedly to get the Titans back in the game as he recorded two more goals for the hat-trick to bring the Titans to within 4-3, but in the end they could not find the equalizer. Maine goalie Tyriq Outen made 33 svaes in the win, while Berk Berkeliev made 31 saves in the loss.