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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:29 pm

In what was the lowest-scoring game of the season for Odessa, the Jackalopes came up empty handed, losing to the Lone Star Brahmas 1-0, Saturday night at Ector County Coliseum.

The loss was the second in as many days for the Jackalopes against the Brahmas as Lone Star swept the series to close the month of December and the calendar year.

“We always say if you can’t score goals, you can’t win the game. It was kind of a boring hockey game tonight,” said Odessa head coach Greg Gatto. “They outfought us in the third period and we missed a couple of chances. In reality, we just haven’t been good enough. Our big guys haven’t been able to score goals. I thought our defense played well though.”

With the loss, the Jackalopes fell to a 13-15-6 overall record while the Brahmas improved to 14-14-2.

Andrew DeCarlo’s goal halfway through the third period was the difference-maker for the Brahmas.

Lone Star outshot Odessa 33-30.

Lone Star goalie Harrison Feeney got the shutout, finishing the night with 24 saves while Kade Phipps had 26 saves total for the Jackalopes.

“We shifted up the pairings a little bit,” Gatto said of his defense. “I thought we played pretty well and it worked out well. But I feel like our defense didn’t generate a lot of shots but they played well when they needed to.”

The Jackalopes nearly got on the scoreboard six eight minutes in when Connor Smith drove in from the right, with a firing shot that went just wide of the net.

Jan Blasko had an opportunity halfway through the first period for the Jackalopes but he was denied by Feeney.

Bu neither side could get much of an attack going in the opening period and both teams went into the first intermission deadlocked at 0-0.

The Jackalopes had 12 shots in the first total in the first period while the Brahmas had nine.

The second period wasn’t much different as both teams continued to struggle to score and both teams were still tied at 0-0 by the start of the second intermission.

Both teams put up 10 shots on the net apiece in the second period.

But what was different in the second period from the opening frame was in discipline. A penalty on Odessa’s Ricky Boysen for slashing was the only penalty in the first period. However the second period featured five total penalties with the Jackalopes collecting two while Lone Star had three in that period which included two on Matt Guerra (one for slashing and the other for roughing).

It wasn’t until there was 10:33 left to play in the third period when the first goal of the night came after DeCarlo was able to get the puck past Phipps with an assist by Blake Evennou and Thomas Daskas for the 1-0 lead.

With time ticking away, the Jackalopes had numerous scoring opportunities but couldn’t finish.

Odessa will now go on a two-week break, with their next game at 7:05 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Amarillo.

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