Corpus Christi, TX (FEB 25, 2016) – Noah Poindexter and Jon Russell each scored for Odessa (24-27-4) in the 1st period Friday and Jackalopes held on for a huge 3-1 victory over the Corpus Chrisit IceRays (23-26-6) at AmericanBank Center. Jon Flakne (7-3-0) was tremendous in the win stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced. The two points evens both clubs at 52 with Odessa holding the tiebreaker because of the additional win.
The Jacks took the opening period lead when Poindexter (1) jammed home his first career NAHL goal at 5:14, after Brandon Tucker’s initial shot was stopped by Corpus’s Dryden McKay. Russell (4) added to the Odessa lead by sneaking behind the Rays defense and beating McKay on a nifty breakaway move to make it 2-0 at 15:28.
In the 2nd, Odessa went on the power play three times but failed to extend their lead. Each team put 13 shots on net in the 2nd frame but failed to break through.
The IceRays made it interesting when Brendan Miller (6) snuck home his teams first goal of the game at 7:22 of the 3rd. But, the Jacks ruined Corpus’s comeback hopes when Derek Brown (13) buried the empty netter at 19:07. Dryden McKay (13-12-2) suffered the loss stopping 41 of 43 shots faced.
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