Jacks Beat Bees for Second Straight Night, 3-1
McALLEN, TX - For the first time since October 16th the Odessa Jackalopes are back at .500 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Wednesday night at State Farm Arena. The Jackalopes have taken the first two games of their four-game set against Rio Grande Valley.
Joel Martin stopped 30 shots in the win for the Jacks, who have gone 12-5-1 in their last 17 games in order to get back to even ground at 14-14-2 on the year.
Rio Grande's Zak McClellan made things interesting late in the game when he scored a penalty shot goal with 7:27 to play to cut Odessa's lead to 2-1. Along with Martin's effort in net, the Jackalopes killed off eight Killer Bee (13-15-3) power plays to hold the home team to just McClellan's goal.
Kenny Corupe opened up the game's scoring with a shorthanded goal just 1:39 into the game. Corupe deflected Sebastien Thinel's shot from between the top of the circles for his 12th of the season.
Corupe's goal stood up as the lone tally until 9:56 into period three, when Kenny Bernard extended the Jackalopes' lead to 2-0 after banking a shot from behind the net off the back of goaltender Juliano Pagliero for his seventh of the season and the 50th of his pro career.
After McClellan's tally, Mike Ramsay scored an empty-net goal to cement the win for the Jacks in the final minute of play. It was the second straight game that Ramsay provided an insurance marker in the final minute while the Bees opted for the extra attacker.
On October 16th of this year the Jacks beat the Quad City Mallards by a 4-1 final to improve their record to 1-1-0 on the season. Wednesday's win is the first time since that date that the Jackalopes have been at a .500 win percentage in their record on the year.
The two teams continue their four-game swing on Friday at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, TX at 7:05 PM CST. The action can be heard on Classic Rock 102.1 FM.
The Odessa Jackalopes are the Central Hockey League affiliate for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team is currently in the middle of its 14th season. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.
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