Jacks Fall in Colorado by 8-3 Final
LOVELAND, CO - Dylan Stanley finished with a pair of goals and Scott May had a four-point night in his first game back from injury for the Colorado Eagles in their 8-3 win over the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center. Colorado scored five, unanswered goals from the midway point of the second period on, to turn a tie hockey game into a home-ice blowout.
Kyle Peto, Steve Haddon, May, Adam Chorneyko, and Matt Glasser all scored the Eagles' unanswered goals. May's, Chorneyko's, and Glasser's goals came in the third period. The offense was more than enough for Colorado goaltender, Kyle Jones, who finished with 37 saves on the night for his 10th win of the year.
The first period was an entertaining one as both teams traded a pair of goals. Daymen Rycroft opened up the scoring with 9:30 remaining when his wrist shot from the right-circle deflected off the body of an Odessa player and in the net for a 1-0, Eagles lead. Odessa then responded with two power play goals in 90 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Sebastien Thinel scored on a rebound from the right side of the net, and Kenny Corupe added a rebound goal as well from the left side of the goal. Corupe's marker came on a two-man advantage for the Jacks. Stanley added the Eagles' second goal with just eight seconds left in the period to knot the game at 2-2.
The back-and-forth battle continued in period two as the Eagles jumped out to a 3-2 with Stanley's second goal of the game on breakaway 1:29 in. Todd Robinson tied the game for Odessa 41 seconds later after finding a rebound to the left of the goal crease for his 11th of the year. Colorado added two more goals to take a 5-3 lead with a power play tally from Peto at the right point, and Haddon in front of the net in the period's final minute.
The loss drops Odessa to 9-13-1 on the season, while the Eagles stay in first place in the Turner Conference at 13-6-1.
The two teams will meet again Saturday in Loveland, CO to close out their weekend set. Game time is 8:05 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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