Jackals Weekly Release 2/23-3/1

 

ELMIRA, NY - February 23, 2015 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, host the Greenville Road Warriors on Wednesday before embarking on a four-game road trip to Wheeling, West Virginia and Reading, Pennsylvania.


Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 27-20-5; t-fourth place in East Division, t-sixth place in Eastern Conference

Leaders:
Goals: Mike Seidel (15)
Assists: Justin Daniels (19)
Points: Mike Seidel, Taylor Stefishen & Steven Shamanski (28)
+/-: Matt Tassone (+14)
PIMs: Justin Sawyer (136)
PPG: Steven Shamanski (5)
SHG: Matt Tassone, Taylor Stefishen, Ryan Rashid, Mike Seidel & Zach Tolkinen (1)
Wins: Travis Fullerton (17)
GAA: Sam Marotta (2.55)
SVP: Sam Marotta & Travis Fullerton (.912)

Previewing the Upcoming Week:

2/25 vs. Greenville Road Warriors - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. GRN 0-0-0, Away vs. GRN
0-0-1
On Wednesday, the Jackals host the Greenville Road Warriors for the second of two meetings this season, and the only matchup at First Arena. The lone previous meeting this season occurred on January 4th in Greenville, South Carolina. Matt Tassone opened the scoring in the first period and Colin Jacobs added a marker in the third frame, but the Road Warriors tied the game late in regulation and sent it to a shootout. Two Jackals shooters scored and Travis Fullerton stopped five of eight shooters in the skills competition, but Greenville came away victorious, 3-2. The last time these two teams met at First Arena came on November 1, 2013. Artem Demkov, Philip-Michael Devos and Rob Bellamy scored and Scott Greenham stopped all 31 shots faced in the 3-0 Jackals win. Elmira is 7-3-2 all-time against the Road Warriors.

2/27 at Wheeling Nailers - 7:35 p.m. EST
Home vs. WHL 1-1-0, Away vs. WHL 0-2-1
On Friday, the Jackals travel to Wheeling, West Virginia to face the Nailers for the sixth of 13 meetings and the fourth of seven at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling has not been a friendly destination for the Jackals this season, who enter Friday's game with a 0-2-1 mark this season at WesBanco Arena. In the last meeting, Mike Seidel scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season, but Josh Archibald recorded two goals and paced the Nailers past the Jackals 3-1. In the previous two matchups at WesBanco Arena, the Jackals held two-goal leads, but saw them evaporate in the third period. The last time the Jackals defeated the Nailers on the road was December 12th, 2013. The pack scored four unanswered goals to open the game and cruised to a 5-2 victory. Elmira holds a 38-28-9 all-time record against Wheeling.

3/1 at Reading Royals - 5:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. REA 2-2-2, Away vs. REA 3-3-0
On Sunday, the Jackals pay visit to Santander Arena for the 13th of 15 meetings this season, and the seventh of eight at Reading. In their previous meeting, on Valentine's Day, the Jackals received no love from their East Division rival and fell 7-3, setting a new season-high in goals allowed. The last meeting at Santander Arena occurred on January 19th. Thomas Nesbitt gave the Jackals an early lead, but they eventually fell 4-2 in the Monday matinee affair. In the previous two meetings at First Arena, the Jackals earned three out of a possible four points with a decisive 4-2 win on January 16th and a 4-3 shootout loss the next night. In the Jackals' last win at Reading, Sam Marotta earned his first professional shutout with 25 saves as the Jackals stormed past the Royals 4-0. Elmira is 49-48-12 all-time against Reading.
 

Recapping Last Week:

2/20 vs. Indy Fuel: W 2-1
Box Score, Recap
In the first meeting between these two teams the Jackals out-shot Indy 41-18, but were shutout by Mac Carruth and the Fuel, 3-0. Similarly, the Jackals came out firing in the first period, but this time they would not be shutout. Ryan Rashid moved the puck from the right wing corner over to Matt Tassone, who found Kevin Hart pinching into the slot. Hart's first attempt was saved by Shane Owen, but his rebound effort would not be denied. Rashid extended his point streak to four games and Tassone pushed his assist streak to three games with the helpers on Hart's second goal of the season. Before the first frame came to a close, Justin Sawyer and Garrett Klotz drop the gloves and exchanged some heavy blows in their heavyweight bout. Despite out-shooting the Fuel 14-4 in the second period, the Jackals were unable to build upon their one goal lead. In the third period, the Jackals continued to control the play and dominate the shot chart, but Shane Owen stood tall and turned aside each shot the Jackals threw his way. At 17:16, Pete Massar carried the puck across the Jackals blueline and fired a wrist shot through the legs of a defender and past Travis Fullerton to tie the game 1-1. After regulation, the game moved to overtime, but 65 minutes would not be enough to settle the score. Colin Jacobs went first in the shootout and scored with a silky set of moves. Evan Vossen's attempt in the first round of the shootout was stopped by Fullerton. In the second round, Matt Tassone's shot trickled through Owen and on the other end Fullerton stoned Lindberg to give the Jackals a 2-0 advantage after two rounds. Kevin Sundher went third for the Jackals and made no mistake with a quick wrist shot into the lower left corner of the cage. Kyle Stroh had to score to keep the game going, but Fullerton stopped him for a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout. Fullerton made 22 saves and all three in the shootout to earn his 17th win of the season.

2/21 vs. Indy Fuel: L 2-5
Box Score, Recap

The Jackals fired 45 shots on goal, but ended up on the wrong end of Saturday 's 5-2 decision against the Indy Fuel. Mac Carruth turned aside 43 shots and has saved 84 of 86 shots faced in two games against the Jackals this season. In the first period, the Fuel fired the opening salvo as Kyle Stroh blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle past Sam Marotta at 2:22 of the first frame. The Jackals continued to pepper Carruth and finally broke through as Carruth misplayed a dump-in by Ryan Rashid at 19:06 of the period. Kevin Hart and Taylor Stefishen assisted Rashid's 11th goal of the season. Hart extended his point streak to three games and Rashid pushed his point streak to five games. The Jackals out-shot the Fuel 20-8 in the opening 20 minutes. In the second period, Indy would capitalize on two power-play opportunities. Zach Tolkinen was whistled for holding and Matt Tassone joined him in the penalty box 1:03 later with a hooking minor. Nicklas Lindberg notched the first power-play goal with 23 seconds remaining on the minor to Tolkinen. Just 45 seconds later Nick Jones walked into a one-time blast for his second goal of the season. The Jackals came out pressing in the third period, but their comeback bid was thwarted by Carruth. Sam Marotta was pulled for the extra attacker with just under three minutes remaining, but Pete Massar added the empty-net tally at 17:32. Riley Wetmore answered less than a minute later with a rebound tap-in off of Nick Tuzzolino's cross-ice feed. Mike Seidel also assisted Wetmore's sixth goal of the season. However, time was against the Jackals and Vincent Arseneau's empty-net goal with nine seconds left sealed the Fuel's victory.

Quick Hits:

* Steven Shamanski leads all rookie defensemen with 11 goals.

* Ryan Rashid is currently riding a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists). The rookie forward has recorded 22 of his 27 points since December 26th.

* Elmira is the only team that has not allowed a shorthanded goal.

* Elmira leads the Eastern Conference with 1,119 penalty minutes.

* Fourteen rookies have recorded at least one point with the Jackals this season.

* Sam Marotta leads all rookie goaltenders with a 2.55 goals-against-average and ranks third with a .912 save percentage.

 

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Upcoming Events:

 

Wednesday, February 25: Elmira Jackals vs. Greenville Road Warriors, 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, February 27: Elmira Jackals at Wheeling Nailers, 7:35 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.     

 

Sunday, March 1: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals, 5:05 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.     

 

Monday, March 2: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals, 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.     

 

Tuesday, March 3: Elmira Jackals at Wheeling Nailers, 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.