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IceRays fall to Jackalopes in 7-5 in wild game

March 12, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

A wild, nine-goal second period highlighted action on Thursday night at the Ector County Coliseum, but a Corpus Christi IceRays comeback effort fell just short as the Odessa Jackalopes beat the IceRays 7-5. Corpus Christi cut a 5-1 deficit to a one-goal game in the second period, but couldn't pull even with the Jacks as they wrapped up their season-long, five game road trip. The loss dropped Corpus Christi's record to 25-29-5 on the season, and kept them tied with the Arizona Sundogs with a game in hand and four points ahead of the New Mexico Scorpions with one more game played. The three teams are in a tight race for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. The IceRays will return home for a three-game home stand beginning Friday night at 7pm vs. Rio Grande Valley. There are just three home games left. Make your plans to see the IceRays before time runs out. For more information on the IceRays, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at www.ccrayz.com.

The Jackalopes controlled the tempo of the first period and took the first lead with the only goal of the frame. Defenseman Robby Spalding scored from the slot for his first pro goal at 13:34. The Jacks outshot the IceRays 19-1 in the period.

The second period was one for the ages. The teams combined for nine goals and each club had a short three-goal flurry. Russ Moyer got it started on a power play at 3:40 on a nifty setup form Kory Karlander. 69 seconds later at 4:49 Adam Powell got the IceRays on the board to make it 2-1 Odessa. Then the Jacks struck for three straight. Paul Kelly scored on a breakaway at 5:56 to make it 3-1. Colin Circelli made it 4-1 on an end to end rush at 6:41. Kris Tebbs was pulled for Isaac Reichmuth after the goal. Then Sebastien Thinel scored on a power play at 8:46 to make it 5-1 Odessa. With the IceRays seemingly done, Corpus Christi erupted for three straight of their own. Nick Romano scored in his Rays debut with a turn-around shot from the left circle at 10:13. Just over a minute later, Nick Bachand deflected a puck into the net on a delayed Odessa penalty at 11:20. With another delayed call coming, John Halverson brought the IceRays within one at 16:27 to make it 5-4. Odessa capped the unbelievable period with a Jeff Pierce power play goal at 17:42 to make it 6-4 Jacks after two period. Odessa outshot Corpus Christi 17-16 in the frame.

Both teams added goals in the third with Pierce scoring his second at 12:51 and Mark Tobin scoring for the IceRays at 13:54. The Jacks hung on for a 7-5 win.

Reichmuth (0-2) took the loss making 18 saves on 21 shots. Alexandre Vincent (14-3-3) earned the win making 22 saves on 27 shots. Tebbs made 19 saves on 23 shots and didn't figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 0-4 and the Jacks went 3-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Jackalopes 44-27. The IceRays return home to host Rio Grande Valley on Friday and Saturday night. There are only three more home games. Don't miss your chance to catch all the action before the season ends. For more information, please call the Rays at 361.814.PUCK.

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