Ramsay Beats Oilers in Overtime, 3-2
ODESSA, TX - Mike Ramsay's game-winner with 2:19 left in overtime capped off a 3-2, comeback win for the Odessa Jackalopes on Saturday night over the Tulsa Oilers at the Ector County Coliseum. With the win, the Jacks maintain their hold on fifth place in the Central Hockey League's Berry Conference - two points ahead of the Mississippi RiverKings.
Ramsay's winner came in unusual fashion as the forward's wrist shot from center ice was pulled out of the air by the glove of Oilers' goaltender, Ian Keserich. Keserich dropped the puck on the ice to keep play moving, but Ramsay drove the net and jabbed the puck in before Keserich could cover the puck and force a faceoff. It was Ramsay's 33rd goal of the season.
Despite the loss, the Oilers guarantee themselves home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. Odessa can finish no higher than fifth in the conference with three games remaining in the regular season.
Kevin Seibel broke a scoreless tie with 8:33 remaining in the second period on a power play goal at the top of the goal crease. Todd Robinson and Mike Ramsay added the assists. Tulsa answered back to take a 2-1 lead as Evan Kotsopoulos scored less than two minutes later. Sean Erickson then converted a breakaway chance with 49 seconds left in the period after exiting the penalty box.
Seibel struck again for his first multi-goal game of the season in the third period at 7:33 from Robinson and Alex Dunn.
David McKee stopped 32 shots in the win for the Jacks, who swept their three-in-three weekend. Keserich put together a 43-save night for Tulsa.
Sebastien Thinel failed to register a point in the game, bringing his point streak to an end at 17 games. Tulsa's Chad Costello also saw his 21-game point streak end in the contest.
The Jackalopes take to the road as they will close out their season series with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST. 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 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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