Odessa Sweeps Weekend Set with Shootout Win
RAPID CITY, SD - Alex Dunn scored the shootout winner in round seven and Sebastien Thinel tallied a pair of goals in a 3-2 victory for the Odessa Jackalopes on Saturday over the Rapid City Rush at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Odessa won both of their games against Rapid City over the weekend.
The Jackalopes (7-10-1) have won five of their last six games, and Thinel's two goals extended his point streak to a season-high, eight games. Michel Robinson put together a 32-save performance in net for Odessa, and stopped seven of Rapid City's eight shooters in the shootout.
The Rush (8-7-2) opened up the game's scoring just 1:26 into the game when Andrew Martin buried a rebound between the circles on the man-advantage. Martin's goal stopped a Rapid City scoreless streak of 121:37 that stretched over their last two games. Thinel tied the game up less than four minutes later after Kenny Corupe fed a pass from the Odessa zone to set up a breakaway rush for CHL's leading scorer.
The teams stayed tied until 6:07 into the second period when Thinel struck again for his 14th of the season. Fresh out of the penalty box, Thinel drove the net through the left circle and tapped in a rebound after Todd Robinson's shot from the left-wing boards. Odessa held a 2-1 advantage.
Ryan Menei forced overtime for the Rush with the third period's only goal midway through. Menei snapped a wrist-shot from the right circle past Michel Robinson for his team-leading 13th goal of the year and a 2-2 score that would hold up through the end of regulation and the overtime period.
Dominic Leveille scored in round one of the shootout for Odessa, and Andrew Martin answered for Rapid City in round three, before Dunn potted the game winner. Rapid City's Jamie VanderVeeken missed the net on his seventh round effort to try and extend the shootout.
The win was Michel Robinson's second straight in net for the Jackalopes. He has been the netminder in both of Odessa's shootout decisions this season, going 1-1.
The Jackalopes now return to West Texas to begin a four-game homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Eagles. Tuesday's game will be the first meeting between the two clubs since their preseason brawl that left Odessa defenseman injured for a two-month timeframe, and Colorado forward Brad MacMillan suspended for 22 games. Game time is set for 7:05 PM CST.
The game can be heard on Classic Rock 102.1 FM.
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