The Colorado Eagles started with Kyle Jones in net and peppered the opposing goalie, Michel Robinson, with shots without finding the back of the net. Adam Hogg hit a slapshot from the top of the left circle with one minute six seconds left in the first period to attain an unassisted goal. Although the Eagles spent six minutes in the penalty box for the first period, they still outshot the Jackalopes 15-8.
Second period started with a bang when Adam Hogg gained control of the puck to make a shorthanded top-shelf goal at barely over a minute. Hogg has been hot on the ice this season and he continues to shine making fans say, “Ed who?” The penalties more than doubled during this period with Jason Beatty receiving a five minute fighting penalty for a little sparing match against Morgan MacLean.
Odessa was able to cut the Eagles’ lead in half with a goal at five minutes into the second period, which was soon answered by Matt Glasser with a powerplay goal. Shots on goal increased for the Jackalopes to 18 to the Eagles’ 12, but Jones was able to maintain control of the net for 17 of those shots.
Third period both teams were fighting hard with their shots on goal and receiving fewer penalties to gain points on the scoreboard. Daymon Rycroft captured the puck at nine minutes into the period to set up Adam Hogg for his third goal of the game and his first professional hat trick. Sebastian Thinel soon answered this goal with one of his own to once again cut the Eagles’ lead in half.
Daymon Rycroft ruined any last minute hopes for the Jackalopes with his breakaway and unassisted goal with just two and a half minutes left in the game. The Colorado Eagles won 5-2 and added another hat trick to their franchise history.
Adam Hogg has been playing quite well for his third season with the Colorado Eagles. He has eight goals and six assists this season and has become a fan favorite. Adam Hogg received first star of the game. Daymon Rycroft received second star. Kyle Jones adds another notch to his win belt to achieve a nine game win record in regulation play.
Both teams ended with 39 shots on goal and 23 penalty minutes on 10 infractions. The Colorado Eagles remain in first place with 25 points in the Turner Conference, while the Odessa Jackalopes are in seventh place with 15 points in the Berry Conference.
The Colorado Eagles will continue their road trip by heading back to Wichita¸ Kansas for Friday night’s game against the Wichita Thunder. The Eagles may have a small score to settle in that rink so make sure you tune in for the results.