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Odessa Jackalopes at Texas Tornado Preview

The Texas Tornado will look to add to their current four game winning streak as they host the Odessa Jackalopes for a weekend series on Dec 14th and 15th. Texas started the streak with a sweep of Odessa at the Ector County Coliseum followed by a sweep of the Corpus Christi Icerays on the road last weekend.

Odessa has struggled all season with a wicked schedule loaded with 20 of their last 22 games against Texas, Amarillo and Topeka. As a result the Jackalopes are buried in a 10 game losing streak. Odessa has been showing some life lately and played Amarillo tough last weekend. Texas has dominated Odessa on the season running up a 6 – 0 – 0 record while outscoring Odessa 38 – 12.

Last 5 Games   W   L   OTL   Pts
Texas

4

1

0

8

Odessa

0

5

0

0

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After hitting the skids and failing to convert on 19 straight opportunities the Tornado powerplay has started to show signs of breaking out of their funk scoring in three of their last four games. Texas’ home powerplay still ranks first in the league at 28.6% converting 16 of 56 opportunities. They will be facing an Odessa road penalty kill that is 17th in the league at 81.5% allowing 10 goals on 54 times short handed. The Tornado will have a good opportunity to improve their home penalty kill percentage against a Jackalopes road powerplay that is ranked 23rd in the league at just 8.9% notching only 5 goals on 56 opportunities. The Texas home penalty kill is currently tied for 11th in the league at 83.6% allowing 9 goals on 55 penalty kills.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas

5

4

1

0

0

11

2.20

142

.928

Odessa

5

0

5

0

0

27

5.40

219

.890

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Texas   G     A     Pts
Justin Greenberg   5   4   9
Scott Conway   3   4   7
Louie Row   4   2   6
Jackson Leef   0   6   6
Odessa
Lawrence  Cornellier   2   3   5
Jalen Krogman   1   3   4
Ryan Doucet   1   2   3
Anthony Olguin   1   1   2
Zane Popilock   1   1   2

For the second week in a row a member of the Tornado has been named South Division Star of the Week. Louie Rowe took the honor on 5 points (3G – 2A). Last week it was Justin Greenberg who took the honor after putting up 6 points (3G – 3A).

Odessa’s Lawrence Cornellier is tied for second in the league in powerplay goals with 7, his 24 points (14G – 10A) leads the Jackalopes in scoring.

The Tornado have five players ranking among the top 20 scorers in the league. Brandon Hawkins 36 points (24G – 12A), Jackson Leef 35 points (5G – 30A), Justin Greenberg 32 points (14G – 18A), Scott Conway 29 points (9G – 20A) and CJ Reuschlein 27 points (13G – 14A).

The Jackalopes are 3 – 8 – 1 on the road while only 1 – 12 – 1 at home.

Hunter Leisner leads the league in Wins with 17, Minutes Played with 1510:56 and Saves with 678.

Odessa has a -66 goal differential and have been outscored 47 – 16 in the third period. Texas on the other hand has a +34 goal differential with the second period being their best outscoring their opponents 45 – 27 in the period.

Odessa averages the fewest shots on goal in the league with just 23.42 per game while allowing the most shots per game at 37.85 per game. Texas ranks 4th in shots on goal with 33.52 per game and 5th in shots against at 28.39 per game.

Odessa made a roster move bringing in G Nick Derry from the Brookings Blizzard. Derry is a 94 birth year and the Lacrosse, WI native put up a 2 – 2 – 0 record with a 2.25 GAA and .924SV% in four games with the Blizzard this season.

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