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Odessa Prepares for Conference Semifinal Matchup vs. Allen

April 11, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Odessa Jackalopes News Release

ODESSA, TX - After dispatching the Texas Brahmas out of the playoffs last week the Odessa Jackalopes now look ahead to the start of their playoff rematch against the top-seeded Allen Americans on Thursday.

Opening Round: Odessa defeats Texas, 3-1

Season Record: 31-28-7

Game 3 - Tuesday vs. Texas, 4-3 Win

Sebastien Thinel scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and the Jackalopes scored three goals in the third period for a comeback win against Texas to take a 2-1 series lead. Joel Martin made 27 saves for Odessa.

Game 4 - Thursday vs. Texas, 5-0 Win

Mike Ramsay and Sebastien Thinel each recorded three points in the game as the Jackalopes blew out the Brahmas, 5-0, to win their Opening Round series, 3-1. Joel Martin stopped 26 shots in the shutout as Odessa eliminated Texas for the second straight season.

-- UPCOMING GAMES --

Game 1 - Thursday at Allen, 7:30 PM CST

Game 2 - Sunday at Allen, 6:00 PM CST

It's a playoff rematch between the Jackalopes and Americans as the two teams hook up in a best-of-five, Conference Semifinal series. Odessa was 2-5 against Allen during the regular season. Last season the Allen Americans eliminated a top-seeded Odessa Jackalopes squad from the postseason. This year, Allen is the top overall seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 47-16-3 record. Allen swept Rio Grande Valley in the Opening Round.

NOTES FOR THE WEEK

Sebastien Thinel is second in overall playoff scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists)...Todd Robinson (seven assists) and Mike Ramsay (two goals, five assists) are tied for fourth in playoff scoring with seven points...Joel Martin's 1.67 GAA and .947 SV% are each third among the CHL's postseason goalkeepers...The Odessa Jackalopes have advanced to the second round of the postseason in each of Paul Gillis' four seasons as head coach of the team.

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) 552-7825 or visiting jackalopes.org.

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