Friday, November 07, 2014



Jackalopes struggle to dig out of first period hole.


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Jackalopes came into action Friday night taking three of four points from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees at home on October 30th and November 1st. The IceRays had only lost twice at the American Bank Center (7-2-0) coming into action tonight. Former IceRay Forbes Ploszaj was given the challenge of stopping his former team between the pipes for the Jacks.


The Jacks were playing shorthanded again in this game without the services of Jake Hamilton, Rhys Phelps, and Andreas Soje on defense and Matt Beranek, Hampus Sjodahl, Ryan MacKellar, and Corey Hoffman up front. The IceRays took full advantage in the first period. The IceRays put 16 shots on the Jacks in the first and finally broke through at 16:02 of the first period. Wes Michaud scored on a rebound on a shot from the point by Anthony Cortese. Michaud added another at 19:03 off a Jacks neutral zone turnover. The IceRays lead 2-0 after one and outshot the Jacks, 16-3.


In the second, the Jacks mounted their best offensive effort of the contest, holding the IceRays in their own zone for the better part of the first ten minutes of the period. Unfortunately for them, it went unrewarded. The IceRays took a three-goal lead at 11:07 on a power play goal by Ryan Cusin. The ‘Rays scored again at 13:18 on a goal by Nic Laburn. The IceRays lead 4-0 after 40 minutes.


In the third, the IceRays continued the offensive onslaught 12:50 on a nice individual effort by Nathan Bryer. He stepped away from the Jacks defense and put a backhand behind Ploszaj. The Jacks finally broke through at 15:56 of the third. Jesse Junttila scored on a flip from his own side of the redline. It took a bad bounce on ‘Rays netminder Luke Pickar and went in behind him. That was the only blemish on Pickar’s record tonight as the Jacks took a 5-1 loss to the IceRays.


The Jacks last road win came on September 26th in Wenatchee. Since then, the Jacks have dropped seven straight away from the Ector County Coliseum. The Jacks try to break the streak tomorrow night at 7:05 when they finish this two-game set with the ‘Rays. Voice of the Jacks, Joey Battaino has the call at 6:05 CST on FASTHockey and Classic Rock 102.1 FM.   



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