Jacks Earn Franchise Record 48th Win
(Odessa, TX) - On the final night of the Central Hockey League's regular season the Odessa Jackalopes topped the Rapid City Rush in a 4-2 win at the Ector County Coliseum in front of their largest crowd of the season of 4,808. The win was Odessa's 48th of the season, setting a new franchise record, and makes them the CHL's first 100-point team since the 2003-04 Laredo Bucks.
Odessa carried a 3-2 lead into the third period before Collin Circelli made it a two-goal cushion with his team leading 37th goal of the season at 6:24 on the power play.
The win finalizes Odessa's record at 48-11-5 this season -- one win better than the 2001-02 team that went 47-11-6.
Dominic Leveille opened up the game's scoring at 4:21 of the first period on a loose puck in front of the net. Rapid City tied the game as Colt King put a spinning, forehand pass through the crease and onto the stick of Rich Hansen, who tapped it in at 11:00. The Jackalopes took a 2-1 lead on Mike Lesperance's slap shot between the top of the circles for a power play goal at 15:24.
Rapid City tied the game at 2-2 in the second period on a goal from Scott Wray at 8:41. Leveille then regained the one-goal lead for Odessa with his second goal of the game at 10:28. Leveille deflected a Phil Plante shot from the point for his 22nd of the year on a 5-on-3 power play.
Joel Martin stopped 22 shots to earn his 27th win of the season. Martin's record of 27-6-2 gives him an .800 win percentage on the year, eclipsing Mike Gorman's record of .798 when he went 32-7-3 in 2001-02.
Leveille led all skaters with three points (two goals, one assist) for his 19th multi-point game of the season.
With the Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs beginning on Monday, the Jackalopes now await the winner of the Texas-Corpus Christi opening round series before they start their postseason run. Odessa's Conference Semifinal series will begin on either Friday, March 26th or Saturday, March 27th depending on how long the three-game series between the Brahmas and IceRays lasts.
The most update information on Odessa's playoff schedule can be found at http://www.jackalopes.org. All playoff games 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 in the middle of their 13th season in the Permian Basin. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.
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