Jackalopes Spoil IceRays Home Opener

The Odessa Jackalopes traveled to Corpus Christi to take on the IceRays for game nine of this 13 game road trip to start the season. Jacks came out on top 2-1, thanks to a goal in the final minute of regulation by Ryan MacKellar.

The first period went the way of the Jackalopes, outshooting the IceRays seven to three in the period. 13:05 into the period, Rowan Savidant missiled a shot from the point, taking it wide but Connor Stuart was there for the rebound. He was able to get the puck and toss it out for Nick Klishko who finessed his way in front of the net and wristed one past IceRays goaltender Tomáš Vomáčka for the 1-0 lead.

The Jackalopes limited the IceRays to only three shot in the first period with Jonny Hogue able to save all three of them. Usually if you don’t see a lot of shot, a goalie may be cold, but Hogue didn’t show signs of rust. Unfortunately, a neutral zone turnover by the Jackalopes led to a breakaway opportunity where Corpus Christi’s Brad Powers beat Hogue through the wickets, tying the game at one a piece.

The third period was a hard hitting, vicious period. The IceRays started the third with a two-minute power play that the Jackalopes were able to kill off. They were unluckily without one of their core defensemen, Christian Hausinger, for twelve minutes. There was a period of about three minutes that the IceRays had the puck cycling in the offensive zone, wearing out the Jackalopes defensive efforts.

Needing Hausinger back soon, the Jacks killed off the power play and the extra 10 minutes, allowing Hausinger back on the ice and he made the best of it. With 58.8 seconds remaining on the clock, Hausinger flung a shot towards the net hoping for a redirect, and he got his wish. Ryan MacKellar lifted his left leg and redirected the shot off his knee and past Vomáčka for the 2-1 lead, and eventually the game-winning goal.

Jacks netminder Jonny Hogue played great in net, stopping 18 quality shots of 19 total thrown at the net. IceRays goaltender played very well as well, stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced on the night.

The Jackalopes head back to American Bank Center Saturday night for a 7:05 puck drop to finish off the weekend series against the IceRays, hoping for their first series sweep of the season and game 10 of 13 on the opening road trip.

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