Jackalopes Edge IceRays 3-2 In Shootout
Colin Circelli emerged as the opening night hero on Friday as he had the game-tying and game-winning goals to lead the Odessa Jackalopes to a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays in the season opener. The IceRays never trailed in the game, but surrendered a goal to Circelli with 33 seconds left in regulation, and then were edged in a six-round shootout to close the game. The IceRays picked up a point with the extra session loss and will now look ahead to the Caller-Times Best of the Best Home Opener vs. the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
The IceRays and Jacks played a back and forth opening frame, that featured great scoring chances at both ends, but no goals until late in the frame when Adam Powell jabbed a loose puck in the crease past Joel Martin for the first goal of the season. The goal came assisted by Justin Quenneville and Kyle Peto and gave the IceRays a 1-0 lead after one period. Corpus Christi outshot Odessa 9-8 in the frame.
In the second period, the IceRays increased their lead to 2-0 when Jereme Tendler beat Martin high glove side from the right circle at 4:01. The Jacks got on the board to make it 2-1 when Paul Kelly scored a power play goal on a wraparound at 8:47. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 11-4.
In the third period, both teams had power play chances, but it wasn't until the final minute that the score changed. The IceRays killed off a controversial five-minute major and another penalty before finally allowing the equalizer at 19:27. The goal came on a rebound after Jeff Peirce hit the post on a six-on-four advantage for the Jacks who had pulled their goaltender. After a scoreless overtime, the Jacks scored four times in six rounds of a shootout, and the IceRays scored three times.
Kris Tebbs took the overtime loss (0-0-1) making 21 saves on 23 shots and stopping two of six in the extra session. Joel Martin earned the win (1-0) stopping 25 of 27 and three of six in the shootout.
The IceRays returns for the Caller-Times Best of the Best Home Opener on Saturday night, 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. Great ticket specials are available for children and adults, and the first 1,000 fans will receive complimentary IceRays magnet schedules courtesy of Janet's Cakery. It's also the first installment of the Fine Jewelry Outlet Great Diamond Giveaway. Make sure you're there for the first home game of the regular season as the IceRays host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. For ticket information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK (7825) or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.
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