The Odessa Jackalopes entered Saturday night’s matchup trailing the Corpus Christi IceRays by 10 points for the final playoff spot. With time winding down on the season, they know how important this game is to continuing their season.
Needing to play more physical and set the tone, the Jacks were able to do so with big hit after big hit, including Christian Hausinger knocking Corpus Christi’s Griffin Loughran into the net for an extended period of time.
The Jacks would get on the board first as Connor Wood found Rowan Savidant at the left point. Savidant wrists one on net and banks it off the defenseman skate for the goal. Jacks ended the first period leading 1-0 as Jon Flakne saved all 15 shots he saw.
The second period would change the game as the IceRays started to get more physical, turning the tides. It would result in a Corpus Christi goal as Brad Power outraced Connor Wood for the puck and snapped one off quickly for the game-tying goal through two periods
IceRays would add a couple more as Logan Gestro found open ice to beat Flakne for his 2nd goal on the year. David Thomson would add one more after Flakne makes the save, but the puck squirts through the jersey and slowly slides across the goal line for the 2-goal lead.
Odessa would pull their goaltender with two minutes remaining. After a bunch of great chances, Cody Fleckenstein spun in a circle and just tried to clear the puck for an icing, surprising himself and the fans as it found the back of the net for the empty net goal.
The time would run out on Odessa as the Jacks drop the game 4-1 on the road. Jon Flakne saved 36 of 39 shots in the loss. Emergency backup goaltender, Chad Veltri, saved 25 of 26 shots for Corpus Christi in his 2nd win of the season.
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