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Odessa vanquishes Corpus Christi in shootout, 3-2 (3-1 SO)

Ector County Coliseum    Fri, Nov 15, 2013

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Odessa Jackalopes defeated the Corpus Christi IceRays in a shootout 3-2 (3-1 SO).

The two teams needed eight turns to complete the shootout. Corpus Christi got a shootout goal from Connor Kelly. Odessa also got shootout goals from Lukas Laub and Alex Alger.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 5:59 into the third period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

The Jackalopes excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Odessa's offense was clicking better than usual and put 33 shots on goal during the game, better than the 21.5 shots per game it averages.

The Jackalopes were helped by Derek Brown, who had one goal. Brown scored 2:26 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Odessa. Connor Thie assisted on the tally. Odessa also got a goal from Razmuz Waxin-Engback as well. In addition, Odessa received assists from Trace Jablin, Andrew McLean, and Connor Chambers, who each chipped in one.

The IceRays forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up five minors and three majors for 35 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game Corpus Christi had been spending in the box. The 28 shots that the IceRays put on net surpassed Corpus Christi's average of 23.8 shots per game this season.

The IceRays were helped by Nick Felan, who tallied one goal. Felan scored 10:28 into the third period to make the score 2-2. Lucas Bennett picked up the assist. Corpus Christi also got points from Bennett, who also registered one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Corpus Christi were Jake McNamara, who had one and Lucas McDiarmid, who had two.

Odessa's Eric Hancock stopped 26 shots out of the 28 that he faced. The Jackalopes totaled 31 minutes in penalty time with three minors and three majors and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Odessa ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Matt Beranek was ejected from the game. Ben Myers made 30 saves for Corpus Christi on 32 shots. For the IceRays, Caleb OBrien was ejected from the game.