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Jackalopes Outlast IceRays 5-4 In Shootout

October 30, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

In a rematch of their opening night meeting the Corpus Christi IceRays and the Odessa Jackalopes once again played a down to the wire exciting game on Friday night. This time around it was the IceRays with the third period heroics, but it wasn't enough to change the result as Odessa edged the IceRays 5-4 in a shootout. Jereme Tendler had a hat trick to lead a three goal, third period rally for Corpus Christi to help force overtime. The loss moved the IceRays record to 1-2-2 on the season. The IceRays will return to the American Bank Center on Saturday afternoon to host the Arizona Sundogs at 3:05pm. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at

The IceRays got the only goal of the first period off of a Jackalopes turnover in the offensive zone. Jacks defenseman Garrett Gruenke lost his balance trying to keep the puck in on the point, leading to a two-on-one rush for Corpus Christi. Jereme Tendler skated into the zone and beat Joel Martin short side with a wrist shot from the left circle at 3:43 to make it 1-0. Both teams had their chances later in the period and each put up 13 shots on goal, but the goaltenders stood their ground and the IceRays took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission break.

The Jackalopes turned the tide in the second period with three unanswered goals to move into the driver's seat. Odessa got it started early in the frame with two goals 42 seconds apart to take the lead. First Philippe Plante scored from the slot at 1:38 to tie the score. Then at 2:20, Mike Ramsay scored on a wraparound to give the Jacks their first lead of the night. The Jacks added to their advantage at 16:00 of the period when Sebastien Thinel redirected a shot from the point past Kris Tebbs for a power play goal to make it 3-1. The goal was the first of the year for Thinel - last season's CHL MVP - and the 200th of his pro career.

Tendler got the rally started in the third period at 4:31 on a power play with a delfection of an R.G. Flath shot to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Jacks quickly got the goal back on a power play when Kenny Bernard scored from the top of the crease at 6:55 to make it 4-2. But the IceRays wouldn't go away. Tendler completed the hat trick with a rebound goal on a two-man advantage at 9:45, and Justin Quenneville scored on a slapshot at 11:20 for his first of the year to complete the regulation comeback. Neither team scored for the remainder of regulation or overtime.

In the shootout the Jacks went 2-3 and the IceRays went 0-4, giving the Jacks their second shootout victory over the IceRays in as many meetings this season. Ramsay was given credit for the game winning goal, giving him a two-goal night.

Kris Tebbs (1-0-2) took the OT loss making 31 saves on 35 shots and Joel Martin (2-1-1) earned the win stopping 48 of 52 shots and all four shooters in the extra session. The IceRays power play went 2-9 and the Jackalopes went 2-7. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 52-36 in the game, posting a CHL high for shots in a game this season.

The IceRays return to the American Bank Center on Saturday afternoon at 3:05pm for a Halloween meeting with the Arizona Sundogs. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free IceRays Halloween Jersey, courtesy of Radiology & Imaging. Plus, all kids 14 and under who dress up in a costume will get into the game free. Fans can also get a Caller-Times Family Four Pack of tickets for just $34. Additionally, there are tickets in an all you can eat section for $18 for adults and $14 for children. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at

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