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Jackalopes Blank Icerays, 4-0

November 27, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

Sebastien Thinel scored twice and Juha Toivonen made 19 saves for his first professional shutout as the Odessa Jackalopes beat the Corpus Christi IceRays 4-0 at the American Bank Center on Saturday Night. The IceRays loss was their first in three games on their six-game home stand and dropped their season record to 5-7-1. The Jackalopes improved their record to 9-5-2 and a remarkable 9-1 record on the road. The IceRays are home on Friday and Saturday Night to host the Mississippi RiverKings at the American Bank Center. .

The Jacks got the only goal of the first period when Thinel took a centering feed and redirected it past Kris Tebbs tallied at 11:03 of the opening frame. The Jacks outshot IceRays 17-9 in the period.

In the second period the Jacks padded their lead with a pair of goals. At 2:37 the Jackalopes made it 2-0 when Jean Bourbeau raced behind the IceRays defense and caught up to a loose puck then converted a shot from the outside edge of the slot for a shorthanded goal. Later in the frame Thinel took a centering feed and buried his second goal of the game at 12:19. The Jacks outshot the IceRays 11-3 in the middle frame of period.

The Jacks got the only goal of the frame as Mike Lesperance scored the second shorthanded goal for Odessa when he was sprung on a breakaway and tallied for his third point of the game at 4:26. Toivonen and the Jackalopes held on to complete the shutout effort and win their second straight game.

Tebbs (4-4-1) took the loss making 33 saves on 37 shots while Toivonen (7-3-1) earned the win with 19 saves on as many shots. The IceRays power play went 0-8 while the Jackalopes went 0-6 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Jacks 37-19.

The IceRays remain at the American Bank Center to continue their six-game home stand, continuing on Friday and Saturday Night when the IceRays host the Mississippi RiverKings for a pair of games, both at 7:05pm. On Friday it's Champion Ford Night on Frosty Friday's when fans can get half-priced 24 oz. beers. Then on Saturday it's Caller-Times Family Day with family four-packs of tickets in most sections for just $32. Tickets to all IceRays games are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets or the American Bank Center Box Office. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or online at

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