Bucks Comeback in Third, Lose in Overtime
ODESSA, TX- The Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League fell to the Odessa Jackalopes 4-3 in overtime Friday night at Ector County Coliseum. The Bucks picked up a point in the loss to fall to 31-20-12 (74 points).
Phillip Plante scored a power-play goal just 47 seconds into overtime to give the Jackalopes thier franchise record tying 47th win of the season. The tally was Plante's 15th of the season.
Juha Toivonen stopped 25 shots for Odessa while Kevin Desfosses set aside 43 of 47 shots he faced to suffer the loss.
The Bucks trailed 3-1 halfway through the third period but scored two goals in one minute to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
Todd Griffith scored his 11th of the season on a rebound from the right circle at the 11:39 mark of the third period to tie the game at 3-3.
One minute earlier Darryl Smith cut the Odessa lead to 3-2 at the 10:39 mark of the third period when he scored after speeding by the defense at center ice. Smith leads the team with 34 goals.
Laredo was outshot 47-28 in the game.
The Bucks fall to 1-1-5 against Odessa this season but earned points in six of seven meetings with the Jackalopes during the year.
Odessa took the early lead when they went up 1-0 just 3:46 into the contest. Troy Ofukany slipped in a shot from the top of the slot to pick up his eighth marker of the season.
Laredo tied the game at 1-1 with just one second left in the first period when Sylvain Deschatelets scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle off of a pass from Jeff Bes. The strike was Deschatelets' eighth in 12 games for the Bucks as he extends his goal streak to five games.
The Bucks were outshot 16-6 in the first period.
The Jackalopes took a 2-1 lead 12:09 into the second period when they struck on the power-play. Colin Circelli jammed in his team-leading 36 goal of the season right in front of the Bucks net to put Odessa on top.
Laredo was outshot 15-10 in the second period.
Alex Dunn made it 3-1 Odessa just 2:22 into the third period when he scored his 16th of the season.
Jarred Mohr was scratched for the fourth straight game with an upper-body injury.
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