Jackals Power Past Wheeling, 2-1

 

ELMIRA, NY - March 21, 2015 - Trevor Gerling scored his first professional goal tonight as the Jackals powered past the Wheeling Nailers, 2-1. Taylor Stefishen scored the game-winning-goal and Travis Fullerton stopped 35 of 36 shots faced for his 19th win of the season.

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The first period resembled last night's contest as we saw two separate fights and a rash of penalty minutes in the early going. First, Pat McGrath hit Mike Seidel from behind and Taylor Stefishen came in to protect his teammate. Then, Paul Cianfrini popped Mike Bergin from behind and Bergin returned to his feet to challenge the Nailer. However, unlike last night, the Jackals would bury in the opening stanza and take the momentum into the first intermission. Keith Buehler intercepted a lazy pass across the Jackals blue line and fed Trevor Gerling for a breakaway with just 43 seconds left in the period. Gerling made a silky move to the backhand and buried his first professional goal past Franky Palazzese to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead.

The Jackals carried their momentum over from the late first period goal into the second frame and added to their lead just 3:31 into the middle stanza. Ryan Rashid passed the puck to Nick Tuzzolino, who stretched it ahead to Taylor Stefishen and the North Vancouver, British Columbia native fished the play with a quick wrist-shot past Palazzese for his 14th goal of the season. Late in the period, Steven Shamanski hammered Jarrett Burton in the corner and obliged the Nailer to a fight which was easily won by the Carberry, Manitoba native.

In the third period, the Jackals controlled the play and held their two-goal lead until a late power-play and an extra attacker provided Chaz Johnson with his 14th goal of the season. Zack Torquato and Mike Ratchuk earned the assists. However, that would be as close as the Nailers would get as Travis Fullerton shut the door and powered the Jackals to victory.

Travis Fullerton stopped 35 of 36 shots faced to earn his 19th win of the season. Franky Palazzese stopped 28 of 30 shots faced, but was handed his 18th loss of the year. The Jackals went 0-for-4 on the power-play and the Nailers finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

  

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 Wednesday, March 25: Elmira Jackals vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 7:05 p.m. EST. All Elmira Jackals broadcasts are carried on WNGZ 104.9 FM and 93.5 FM in Elmira. Neulion provides pay-per-view internet TV broadcasts of all Jackals games as well. Check out how you can watch the Jackals on Neulion by clicking here. All Jackals broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to faceoff with the Pregame Show. Visit jackalshockey.com for tickets.
 

Friday, March 27: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. EST. All Elmira Jackals broadcasts are carried on WNGZ 104.9 FM and 93.5 FM in Elmira. Neulion provides pay-per-view internet TV broadcasts of all Jackals games as well. Check out how you can watch the Jackals on Neulion by clicking here. All Jackals broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to faceoff with the Pregame Show. Visit jackalshockey.com for tickets.

 

Saturday, March 28: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m. EST. All Elmira Jackals broadcasts are carried on WNGZ 104.9 FM and 93.5 FM in Elmira. Neulion provides pay-per-view internet TV broadcasts of all Jackals games as well. Check out how you can watch the Jackals on Neulion by clicking here. All Jackals broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to faceoff with the Pregame Show. Visit jackalshockey.com for tickets.