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Odessa Falls Short to Killer Bees, 4-1

November 6, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Odessa Jackalopes News Release

McALLEN, TX - Aaron Lee's goal with just over a minute remaining in the game closed the door on the Odessa Jackalopes as they fell to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Saturday night at State Farm Arena. The final was 4-1.

Lee's effort from the slot was the result of an Odessa turnover along the right-wing boards in their own zone, and extended Rio Grande Valley's lead to 3-1. Aaron Lewicki then added an empty-net goal with 35 seconds remaining in the game to pad the Killer Bee's lead.

Rio Grande Valley opened up the game's scoring with a power play goal by Tomas Klempa at 4:23 of the first period. Klempa tapped in a rebound after Sean Muncy's shot from the right circle was turned aside. It was Klempa's sixth of the year and his second straight game against Odessa with a goal.

The Jackalopes tied the contest four minutes later on a man-advantage of their own. Todd Robinson deflected Sebastien Thinel's shot along the right-wing boards past Juliano Pagliero for his third of the season and a 1-1 score. The tally also extended Robinson's and Thinel's point streaks to four games each.

The contest remained tied until 9:34 of the second period when the Killer Bees took a 2-1 lead with a goal by Greg Holt. Holt lead a two-on-one rush into the left circle before snapping a wrist shot into the top, right corner for his first of the season. The second period closed with the 2-1 score, but was highlighted by a fight between Odessa's Alex Dunn and the Bees' Kyle Radke after the buzzer sounded the end the frame.

The Jackalopes had chances in the third period, outshooting the Bees 14-8, but Pagliero strung together a strong performance in net for the Bees. He finished with 36 saves on the night.

Odessa's Joel Martin took the loss despite a 35 save performance of his own.

The loss drops Odessa's record to 2-6-1 on the season and leaves them in a three-game losing skid. Rio Grande Valley picks up their fifth win of the season to improve to 5-2-2, two points behind Bossier-Shreveport for second place in the CHL's Berry Conference.

Odessa finishes up their road trip next Friday when they visit the Texas Brahmas. Game time is slated for 7:30 PM CST and 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 will begin its 14th season in the Permian Basin in October 2010. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.

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