Jacks Force Game 7 with an Overtime Win
(Odessa, TX) - Garrett Gruenke's one-timer in the left circle gave the Odessa Jackalopes a 4-3 overtime win over the Allen Americans on Monday night at the Ector County Coliseum to tie the Southern Conference Finals and force a deciding game seven in Odessa on Wednesday night.
The overtime win was Odessa's second of the series, and the winning goal was Gruenke's second in the postseason.
Sebastien Thinel put a pass from behind the net onto Gruenke's stick before the defenseman placed it inside the right post.
After skating to a scoreless first period, both teams traded a pair of goals in the second period. Dominic Leveille opened up the scoring at 3:41 wristing a power play goal past Chris Whitley from the top of the right circle. Jeff Pierce picked up an assist on the goal to extend his point streak to 11 games. Allen then took a 2-1 lead on goals from Matt Radoslovich and Bruce Graham. Sebastien Thinel knotted the game at 2-2 on a breakaway from a Dave Van Drunen assist.
Allen took a 3-2 lead in period three when Nino Musitelli tapped a rebound out of the air and in the net at 15:02. Odessa's Phil Plante tied the game back up at 17:04 on a feed from Dominic Leveille from behind the net to force overtime and set up Gruenke's heroics.
Game seven will be on Wednesday at 7:05 PM at the Ector County Coliseum. The action can be heard on Classic Rock 102.1.
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