Texas Tops Odessa in See-Saw Battle, 8-6
ODESSA, TX - The Texas Brahmas converted three of their four power play chances in the third period on Tuesday night to top the Odessa Jackalopes by an 8-6 final at the Ector County Coliseum. Texas scored the last four goals of the game in that third period, with three of those goals benefiting from the man-advantage.
The four penalties against Odessa were the only penalties called in the third as Texas finished 4-for-9 with the extra skater. Odessa was 1-for-5.
Texas' eighth goal in the contest to pull away came off an awkward situation where the Jackalopes were bringing the puck out of their own zone along the right-wing boards, only to have the referee interfere with the play. Chad Woollard picked up the resulting loose puck and took it in to score his third of the game, giving him a hat trick.
Until the third period, both teams traded goals back-and-forth starting with Alex Dunn less than three minutes into the game for Odessa and Greg Hogeboom with a power play goal for Texas midway through the opening frame.
In period two the offensive exchange continued as Odessa received tallies from Kenny Bernard, Todd Robinson and Mike Lesperance. Jason Deitch and Mick Lawrence each scored for Texas, and the Jackalopes held a 4-3 advantage through forty minutes of play.
After Woollard tied the game back up 1:24 into the third period, Mike Ramsay and Robinson each scored for the Jackalopes to make it 6-4. From that point on is when the Brahmas' enjoyed their four straight power play chances in order to take the lead permanently.
Deitch cut the Odessa lead to one, Woollard tied the game, and Nathan Saunders delivered the go-ahead blow, with five minutes remaining in the game, to make it three straight man-advantage markers for Texas.
Joel Martin stopped 37 shots for the second straight game in the losing effort for the Jacks. Kevin Beech had a 30-save night in net for Texas.
Deitch, Woollard, and Jason Krischuk all finished with four-point games for the Brahmas to lead all skaters. Sebastien Thinel added three assists to lead the Jacks.
The night began on an emotional note for the Jackalopes as defenseman, and team captain, Dave Van Drunen returned to the ice for his first game of the season. Van Drunen was injured in a third-period brawl during a preseason game against the Colorado Eagles and spent the first part of the season on the 30-day IR.
The Jackalopes will travel to Rapid City, SD this weekend for a pair of road games against the Rush, who are the CHL's defending Presidents' Cup Champions. Friday's game is at 8:05 PM CST and 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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