Jacks Win a Wild One Over Bees, 5-3
McALLEN, TX - On a wild night that saw two disallowed goals in less than a minute, and five goals scored in the third period, the Odessa Jackalopes topped the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Tuesday night by a 5-3 final at State Farm Arena. The Jacks scored two goals in the final 90 seconds of the game to secure the win.
David McKee stopped 32 shots in his debut for the Jackalopes. Dominic Leveille finished with two goals in the final frame and Todd Robinson added three assists to take over the CHL lead in scoring with 48 points.
Leveille's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner as the forward slapped a bouncing puck in front of the net past Juliano Pagliero with just 1:22 remaining in the game. The forward also extended his point streak to seven games with the tallies.
Kenny Corupe opened the game's scoring with 5:53 remaining in the first period after finding Sebastien Thinel's rebound in front of the net. Odessa skated into the first break with a 1-0 lead, but not with out some controversy as the Bees had two goals disallowed in the final minutes of the period. Tomas Klempa's shot from the right circle hit the far post and bounced out, but the goal light was turned on during the play. Less than a minute later a save by McKee deflected into the air, and was batted into the net by Brett Wilson's hand causing the goal to be waved off.
Alex Dunn made it a 2-0 lead for Odessa with a power play goal from the right circle midway through. Dan Gendur put the Bees on the board with a power play at the end of the period under puzzling circumstances again. Gendur's shot from the left wing boards entered an open net as Odessa's McKee was pinned to the ice at the right side of the crease with a Bees player on top of him.
Gendur struck again just 26 seconds into the third period to knot the game at 2-2. Leveille made it a 3-2 game with his first of the contest three minutes later from the front of the net. Robinson picked up assists on each of Leveille's markers. Kyle Radke added a third power play goal for the Bees midway through the period to tie the game again at 3-3 before Leveille and Ramsay added the final scores of the contest.
The Jacks and Bees continue their four-game swing with game two on Wednesday at 7:00 PM CST. The action can be heard live 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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