BLAINE, MN—For the second time in two games, the Jackalopes attempted a third period comeback down 3-1 entering the final period.
But instead of ending in celebration, as had been the case against New Jersey, this comeback ended in controversy as a last second goal by James Crossman was waved off by the officials on the basis that the puck had not completely crossed the line before the final horn.
Because there was no video replay of the goal at the Schwan Super Rink, the officials were forced to make a judgement call on a critical moment of the game.
Adding another layer of frustration for the Jackalopes was the fact that the clock may bled a precious second after a penalty was called against Springfield before the final scramble and Crossman’s shot. The official game clock read 11 seconds to play once the penalty was assessed but the penalty clock only showed that ten seconds had expired once the final horn sounded.
Regardless, the ruling on the ice was upheld and the Springfield Jr. Blues escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Jackalopes.
The Jacks found themselves down early in the contest 1-0, but quickly answered with a Jared Christy power-play goal.
They were then countered with back-to-back Springfield power-play goals, one coming later in the first and the other in the second period.
Alex Camarre, who started the game, left midway through the second with an undisclosed issue, he was replaced by CJ Hapward who made several big saves in the second and third periods to keep the Jackalopes in the game.
In the Third period, Odessa started their comeback in earnest when Rex Moe took a shot from a short angle. The wrister was mishandled by Jr. Blues net minder Jack Williams and somehow wound up in the back of the net.
Despite several good chances to score the Jackalopes could not find the back of the net, until Crossman did as time expired.
The loss drops Odessa down to 2-3-1 on the season. They will close out their road trip tomorrow morning when they play the Minnesota Magicians, face-off is set for 9:00 am.