Brown Bears drop OT contest to Jackalopes

The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped to 0-1-2 on the season by losing 5-4 in overtime to the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes on Friday at the North American Hockey League Showcase at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

 

Odessa's Lawrence Cornellier ended a back-and-forth game just 22 seconds into the extra period when he scored for the victory. Cornellier had two goals and an assist in the game.


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Kenai River took the lead in the game on a goal by Eric Shand 3:55 into the contest, but Ryan Doucet answered for Odessa less than a minute later. Kirk Van Arkel scored a power-play goal for the Bears before the end of the period.

The Jackalopes again drew even just 1:58 into the second period when Pat Thompson scored, but just 36 second later, Chris Nuth gave the Brown Bears a 3-2 lead. However, Cornellier scored on the power play with just 1:18 left in the second to knot the score.

Anthony Olguin gave Odessa a 4-3 lead 2:30 into the final frame. With 7:33 left in the game, Carson Vance tied the game for the Brown Bears.

Kenai River enjoyed a 34-26 advantage on shots, but Blake Wojtala stood tall for Odessa in net, making 30 saves. Gustaf Johansson made 14 saves on 15 shots in 21:57 of play for the Bears, while Sean Healy relieved and made seven saves on 11 shots.

Kenai River finishes up play at the showcase Saturday at 6:15 a.m. ADT against the Jamestown (N.Y.) Ironmen. Jamestown is 2-1 at the showcase thus far.

 

Friday

Jackalopes 5, Brown Bears 4, OT

Odessa1211—5

Kenai River2110—4

First period — 1. Kenai River, Shand (Karlsson), 3:55; 2. Odessa, Doucet (Portner, Mezzano), 4:38; 3. Kenai River, Van Arkel (Walker, Kohls), pp, 13:12. Penalties — Odessa 1 for 2:00; Kenai River 2 for 12:00.

Second period — 4. Odessa, Thompson (Olguin), 1:58; 5. Kenai River, Nuth (Lazzaro, Meier), 2:34; 6. Odessa, Cornellier (Doucet, Minx), pp, 18:42. Penalties — Odessa 5 for 10:00; Kenai River 3 for 6:00.

Third period — 7. Odessa, Olguin (Minx, Cornellier), 2:30; 8. Kenai River, Vance (Nuth, Lazzaro), 12:27. Penalties — Odessa 3 for 6:00; Kenai River 2 for 4:00.

Overtime — 9. Odessa, Cornellier (Minx, Slocum), 0:22. Penalties — none.

Shots on goal — Odessa 9-8-8-1—26; Kenai River 11-15-8-0—34.

Goalies — Odessa, Wojtala (34 shots, 30 saves); Kenai River, Johansson (15 shots, 14 saves), Healy (11 shots, 7 saves).

Power plays — Odessa 1 for 3; Kenai River 1 for 6.

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