The NAHL Southern Division battle heated up last night seeing your Amarillo Bulls victorious in overtime 4-3 over the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum.

For the third consecutive game, the Jacks scored first, when Tyler Cayemberg won a footrace to a loose puck deep in the right corner of the Amarillo zone at 11:55, swatting a wild shot over Amarillo goaltender Mike Taffe’s shoulder from an impossible angle.  With just over one minute remaining in regulation and with the net empty, Bulls defenseman Karl Beckman clapped a stinging slap-shot into a mass of bodies in front of the Odessa cage that ticked off Omar Mullan’s stick and past Jacks goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to tie the game at three and force a sudden-death overtime period. Just 2:59 into the extra session, a similar, high-traffic play in front of the Odessa net yielded Amarillo’s game-winning tally, as John Gustafsson swatted and backhanded home a loose puck on a rebound play to deliver the Bulls a 4-3 win and a 2-1 series edge.

The next game is tonight, also in Odessa.

For more see this full wrap up.