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Jackalopes Squeak Past IceRays 4-3 in Shootout

December 14, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays took the Odessa Jackalopes to the brink on Sunday evening in Odessa, but in the end, Jacks netminder Dan McWhinney stopped all five shooters he faced in a shootout to give the Jackalopes a 4-3 shootout win over the IceRays. Corpus Christi completed a terrific week, getting five of a possible six points, and staying at .500 with a 9-9-3 record heading into next week. The IceRays moved within one point of Rio Grande Valley for third place in the Southeast Division. The Jacks win was their 11th in a row - matching their franchise best, and improved their record to a CHL leading mark of 18-5-2 on the year. The IceRays return to Corpus Christi on Thursday on Z-95 College Night when the IceRays host the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at 7:05pm. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The Jackalopes took an early advantage with a power play goal from Colin Circelli at 1:06 of the first period. The goal was the fifth straight Jacks tally that came on the man advantage. The IceRays tried to swing the momentum back in their favor with two big fights from Jonathan Trottier and T.J. Reynolds that highlighted a physical opening frame. The Rays then tied the game 1-1 when Bob Rapoza jumped into the play and took a feed in the high slot from Mike Zbriger and uncorked a slapshot for his third goal in the last two games at 16:51. The IceRays outshot the Jackalopes 12-11 in the first period.

The IceRays took their first lead at 2:35 when Nick Bachand pegged a shot from between the circles into the top right corner of the net while being tugged to the ice. The lead, however, was short lived as the Jacks reclaimed the lead with two quick strikes. At 6:09 Sebastien Thinel poked a puck underneath Kris Tebbs on a rebound to tie the score 2-2. Just 15 seconds later Brian Swiniarski scored from the left circle at 6:24 to give the Jacks a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame. The Jacks outshot the IceRays 11-9 in the period.

The IceRays forced overtime with an early third period goal when Mark Tobin tallied 43 seconds into the period. After a scoreless overtime, Dominic Leveille was the only man to find the back of the net of ten shooters to give the Jacks their 11th straight win.

Kris Tebbs (5-5-3) took the loss making 38 saves on 41 shots, and stopping four of five in the shootout. Dan McWhinney (2-0) earned the win making 26 saves on 29 shots and stopping all five shooters. The IceRays power play went 0-6 while the Jackalopes went 1-5 on the man advantage. The IceRays were outshot by the Jacks 42-29.

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