Lev Bure Lifts Odessa in Shootout Win
Monday February 4, 2019
Amarillo 3 @ Odessa 4 (SO) - In just his third NAHL game, Lev Bure was the hero as his goal in the shootout won the game for the Odessa Jackalopes over the Amarillo Bulls, 4-3 Saturday night. Joe Winkelmann scored twice in his second game with the club. Kellen Tharaldson also scored for Odessa in regulation. Alex Camarre bounced back after a tough night to make 43 saves in 65 minutes and stopping four out of five players in the shootout. Trey Bagwell, Jake Willets and Matt Allen all scored for the Bulls. Justin Evenson took the loss, he made 34 saves.
Bure who is currently with the Colorado Springs Tigers in the NAPHL and tendered with Odessa in November received his second call up of the season Saturday night. The Jackalopes coaching staff like the progression in his game. "Lev has made some great strides in his game in the last few months. His compete level and consistency have become two of his best qualities" stated associate head coach Cody Campbell. "Saturday night he used his speed to create offense and obviously to execute in a high pressure situation like a shootout after a very emotional game was impressive. We are excited to have him as part of our group for the future."
Bure has posted 35 points (18 goals and 17 assists) in 40 games for the Tigers as they prepare for the stretch run and NAPHL finals in Troy, MI Feb 15-17. Bure reflected on his time with the Tigers and the opportunity this past weekend "My time with the Tigers has helped me improve tremendously on and off the ice with their outstanding resources and facilities.. The entire atmosphere within the Tigers organization has made me a better player overall and ultimately prepared me for my time with Odessa."
On Saturday nights game that went to a shootout and Bure ending the game he had these comments " As soon as the overtime ended I was more nervous that coach Gatto wouldn't pick me than I was to actually shoot! I wanted to shoot so much that when it was my time and he asked if I wanted it, I shouted Yes with pure excitement! I knew the Lord had blessed me with such a amazing opportunity and I made sure to make the best of it.
The Tigers (26-17-1) return to action this weekend with a home and home series with the Colorado Thunderbirds. The team travels to Denver for a 7:40pm Saturday game and returns home Sunday with a 2:45pm start at Sertich Ice Center to wrap up the regular season.