Friday, 12.09.2016 / 10:26 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell
For the second straight night, the Wildcats defeated the Jackalopes in overtime despite being outshot. Recent DI commit CJ Walker scored the game winning overtime goal to give the Cats the 5-4 road victory.
In the middle game of their first three-game road series of the season, the Wildcats scored another early goal to jump out to a 1-0 lead.
After serving a six-game suspension, Ricky Carballo was raring to go and to get back into a groove. He opened the scoring after Karim Del Ponte spotted him for a tap-in goal at the side of the Odessa net.
Joe Kinsella would respond 11:19 into the game, which initiated a seesaw performance for the next four minutes.
Nick Rosa and Chase Thudium each scored just 99 seconds apart from one another, and the teams went into the first intermission with the score tied 2-2.
Odessa’s leading scorer Thudium would score his second unanswered as he was left uncontested between the circles and ripped a shot just inside the right post to beat Evan Moyse and give the Jackalopes their first lead of the game.
The Wildcats would score their first power play goal of the series late in period two after Jonathan Bendorf sniped a shot over Jon Flakne. Just a minute and five seconds later Jaden Anderson scored his first goal since September 23rd by flying over the blue line and rifling a shot through Moyse from the top of the right circle.
The lone goal in period three was scored by Seamus Donohue on a power play. The Wildcats Captain cleaned up a loose puck in front of Flakne to score his fourth goal of the season.
For the tenth time of the season, the Wildcats went to overtime. After a controversial non-call in the Wildcats zone, Nick Rosa pushed the puck out to center to start a 3-on-0 to the net. Flakne pokechecked Rosa, denied the shot from Donohue, but future Minnesota State Maverick CJ Walker buried it on the third chance to give the Cats the 5-4 victory in extra time.
Moyse was 47 of 51 in his 10th victory of the season, while Flakne stopped 30 of 35 in his second overtime defeat. The Wildcats and Jackalopes will close out the three-game series on Saturday, December 10th at Ector County Coliseum. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm CT.