Odessa scored first, six minutes into the game, and never looked back. The Jackalopes built a two goal lead in the second period when Brahmas forward Brandon Benedict cut the Odessa lead to one.
Odessa proved too much, as the Jackalopes out shot the Brahmas 30-36 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.
The Brahmas' loss was their first loss of the post season.
Game two is Saturday night at the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills.