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Jacks Pull Away from IceRays for 5-3 Win

December 23, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Odessa Jackalopes used their power play to pass the Corpus Christi IceRays 5-3 on Tuesday night from the American Bank Center. Sebastien Thinel had two goals and two assists to lead Odessa to the victory. The loss marked the first time the IceRays lost consecutive games in regulation since Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st. Corpus Christi's record dropped to 10-12-3 on the year. The IceRays will resume the week following Christmas with a Friday night visit to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, and then return home on Saturday night to face them again at 7:05pm. Please note the time change from its original starting hour. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please contact the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK.

The Jackalopes got the only goal of the opening period on a power play. Dominic Leveille smacked home a rebound in the crease at 10:58 to convert one of five Odessa power plays in the first period. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 11-9 in the period, but trailed heading into the locker rooms 1-0.

The Jackalopes scored on another power play in the second period on a gorgeous shot from Sebastien Thinel. Thinel got his 18th goal of the year on a sharp-angle wrist shot from low in the right circle at 6:14. The IceRays answered on a power play of their own in the final minute of the period. Corpus Christi got on the board when Justin Quenneville scored on a one-timer from the left point that trickled through Jeremy Symington at 19:10 to make the score 2-1 Jackalopes after two periods of play. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 12-10 in the frame.

In the third period, the Jackalopes extended their lead back to two goals when Colin Circelli poked a pass past Kris Tebbs at 2:59 to make the score 3-1. The IceRays began their comeback effort at 5:29 when Adam Powell scored with a snapshot off a face-off win to bring the IceRays within a goal. Powell then got his second of the game to tie the score when Chris Richards fed Powell on a two-on-one rush for the game-tying goal. But the tie-game was short lived, as the Jacks power play again struck to retake the lead. Russ Moyer floated a one-timer past Tebbs at 11:26 for the game winning goal and Thinel added an empty net at 18:40 to close the scoring.

Kris Tebbs (6-6-3) took the loss making 28 saves on 32 shots and Jeremy Symington (1-0) earned the win in his Jackalopes debut making 33 saves on 36 shots. The IceRays power play went 1-5 while the Jackalopes went 3-8 on the man advantage. The IceRays outshot the Jacks 36-33.

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