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IceRays lose 7-2 to Jackalopes

January 27, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night with a 7-2 loss to the Odessa Jackalopes at the Ector County Coliseum. The IceRays completed their four-game trip with a 3-1 record and dropped their record to 17-19-4 on the season. The IceRays remained in fifth place in the Southern Conference with one point and game in hand over Arizona. The Jacks win was their fifth straight as they increased their lead to three points for first place in the South. Corpus Christi returns home on Thursday night at 7:05pm for their only home game of the week as they welcome in the Texas Brahmas. For more information on the IceRays, please call 361-814-PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.

The Odessa Jackalopes took control in the first period, exploding onto the scoreboard. Kory Karlander tallied from the left circle at 6:30 to open the scoring. Then at 8:18 Jean Bourbeau scored from the top of the right circle when his shot trickled through the right arm and body of Kris Tebbs. 31 seconds later Dominic Leveille scored a power play goal to complete a three-goal flurry in 2:19. The Jacks added another power play goal at 14:39 when Colin Circelli scored to cap the first period. The IceRays did not go without their chances in the opening frame and outshot the Jacks 17-11, but trailed 4-0 heading into the second period.

In the middle period the IceRays looked to light a spark when Chris Richards scored a shorthanded goal 33 seconds into the frame for a season-high sixth straight game with a point. But the momentum was recaptured by the Jackalopes. Later on their power play, Brian Swiniarski picked off a failed clearing attempt and beat Tebbs through the legs from the top of the slot at 1:29 to make the score 5-1. The IceRays again outshot the Jacks in the second period 10-7.

The Jacks added two goals in the third period. Karlander got his second of the game at 10:46, spelling the end of the night for Tebbs. DJ Delbuono entered the game to make his pro debut in relief and finished the game. Leveille got a shorthanded goal on a wrap around effort at 14:19. The IceRays scored a power play goal from Matt Smyth to complete the scoring at 18:48.

Kris Tebbs (13-11-3) took the loss making 15 saves on 21 shots. Jeremy Symington (5-1-1) earned the win making 32 saves on 34 shots. Delbuono made seven saves on eight shots and didn't figure into the decision. The IceRays power play went 1-10 while the Jackalopes went 4-7 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 34-29.

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