ODESSA, TX — You should place this night into the “weird” category. There was a broken pane of glass and an eight minute delay, there was a brief power outage, there were three goals called back, and there was too many “nets getting knocked off the moorings” to count.
Yes a weird night indeed as the Jackalopes fell 5-2 in the Corpus Christi IceRays on Wednesday night at the Ector County Coliseum.
Odessa struck first against the IceRays, who were playing just their third road game of the season and were 0-2 away from Corpus Christi. James Crossman took a point shot that found it’s way past goaltender Florian Mnich to give the Jacks a 1-0 lead early.
Then, one chattered pane of glass and three overturned goals later, the IceRays capitalized on a defensive miscue to score with less then a minute to play in the first period.
This would start a series of four goals for the IceRays that only ended when Vaclav Zidek forced a turnover in the offensive zone and scored on a mini-breakaway in the third period. By then though the deficit was already 4-2.
Kade Phipps was replaced by Alex Camarre to start the second period.
Though the Jackalopes flirted with a comeback, down two goals in the third, the IceRays were able to put away a 5th goal to seal their first road victory of the season.
With the loss the Jacks fall to 8-10-1 on the season and slip back to sixth place in the NAHL South division.
The Jackalopes will have Thanksgiving off before welcoming the Amarillo Bulls to the Jackshack as they resume the I-27 Rivalry.
Face-off for both Friday and Saturday’s game is set for 7:11 pm.