Odessa, TX – Evan Somoza recorded two goals while the Odessa Jackalopes (10-10-1-1) hopped past the Corpus Christi IceRays (9-10-2-2) by a score of 5-4 in overtime. The victory tied the Jackalopes and IceRays in the standings with 22 points a piece in 4th place in the tight South Division.
Odessa began the scoring only 1:01 into the first period when Evan Somoza collected a puck on the left circle, spun, shot flung one between the wickets of Corpus Christi’s Jake Acton for the early lead.
Corpus Christi had a power play goal waved off three minutes later due to the net being off, but it didn’t thwart their efforts as they battled back and would score a minute after that to tie the game at 1 thanks to Angus Scott.
The Jackalopes would take the lead for a second time with just over 7 minutes remaining in the first period. Nick Wilson’s shot bounced off the far post, collected by Peyton Frantti who buries one top shelf from a knee.
The IceRays tied it up midway in the second before Evan Somoza sniped one for his second of the night. Frantti won a faceoff cleanly to Somoza who sent a drive between the legs of the defense and past a screened Acton for the 3-2 lead.
Odessa would get one more 1:18 into the third period. Nick Wilson found Zach Heintz who fed a beautiful rink-wide pass to Matt Brown. Brown threw a stiff-arm to the defense, pulled it back to the forehand and slid it past Acton for the two-goal lead. It was a good thing Brown’s skill gave the Jacks the breathing room.
Brendan Miller threw one off the stick of the Jackalopes defense to bring Corpus within one only seconds later, and then the hottest player in the league currently, Larry Jungwirth, slapped one through traffic to beat a screen Alex Camarre with 7.6 seconds remaining and tie the game up at 4.
This led to overtime where the newcomer, Ricky Carballo, made his presence known in Odessa. Zac Herrmann pestered the puck away from C.J. Regula, leading to a 2-on-0 breakaway in the offensive zone. With all momentum in his favor, Carabllo buried one top shelf past Acton for the game winner.
Alex Camarre stonewalled 36 shots on the night, while his counterpart, Acton, made 40 of his own saves.
The Jackalopes return to action tomorrow night as they finish off the weekend against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7:11pm.
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