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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:53 pm

The Corpus Christi IceRays continue to have the Odessa Jackalopes’ number.

Corpus Christi, after spotting the Jackalopes a pair of leads, roared back with five consecutive power-play goals en route to 7-3 victory in North American Hockey League action Thursday at the Ector County Coliseum.

Nicholas Seitz had a hat trick and Santeri Hartikainen finished with four assists for the IceRays, who defeated the Jackalopes for a third straight meeting.

Corpus Christi (13-11-1) outshot the Jackalopes 49-35.

IceRays’ netminder Sam Best stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faces on the night, while Jackalopes’ goaltender Kade Phipps finished with 42 saves.

“We played decent for 40 minutes but then we gave them way too many opportunities on the power play,” said Odessa assistant head coach Cody Campbell who was filling in for head coach Greg Gatto who was serving a one-game suspension. “They were able to capitalize and we need to do a better job of killing it.”

Odessa (11-14-1) started off fast, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period but couldn’t hang on.

Odessa’s Zach Heintz opened the scoring eight minutes into the contest, taking a pass from Matt Hutton before beating Best for the 1-0 lead.

It wasn’t long before Rex Moe doubled the Jackalopes’ lead, with James Crossman and Jared Christy getting the assists at the 13:48 mark of the first period.

But it didn’t take the IceRays long to get back on their feet, scoring two quick goals at the start of the second period to pull even with the Jackalopes.

Nocholas Seitz’s goal, with an assist from Santeri Hartikainen, put Corpus Christi on the board, just 1:39 into the second period.

Just 18 seconds later, the IceRays equalized with a goal by Tyler Love.

Christy put the home team back in front four minutes later, with Moe getting the helper for the 3-2 lead.

It was then that the IceRays’ began to take advantage of the Jackalopes’ parade to the penalty box.

Seitz’s second goal of the game with 5:35 remaining in the second period got Corpus Christi back level before the end of the period.

The IceRays’ Brian Kramer put his team in front for good just 2:59 into the third period, with Haretikainen getting his third assist of the night on the marker.

Odessa’s Carl Skarstrom then watched his equalizing attempt miss wide of the right post and just moments later the IceRays had a two-goal cushion on Jake Stella’s power-play tally with 14:29 to play in the game.

Jack Smiley and Seitz added power-play goals to cap the offensive outburst.

“They did a good job of jumping into play and finding guys and we ended up giving up wide open shots. We have to be better,” Campbell said.

 

 

 

 

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