Jackals Weekly Release - Feb. 27, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 21

Last Week 

Thu., Feb. 23 - Jackals vs. Alaska - L, 4-3
Fri., Feb. 24 - Jackals vs. Florida - W, 3-1
Sat., Feb. 25 - Jackals vs. Florida - OTL, 3-2

This Week
Tue., Feb. 28 - Jackals vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Wed., Mar. 1 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Fri., Mar. 3 - Jackals at Norfolk - 7:30 p.m. - Norfolk Scope
Sat., Mar. 4 - Jackals at Norfolk - 7:15 p.m. - Norfolk Scope

Transactions 

02/25/2017 Eddie Palmieri (G) ADD Added as emergency backup

02/25/2017 Jason Kasdorf (G)  DEL Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) to Rochester (AHL)  

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals have played a league-high 31 road games and have just two road trips, consisting of five total games, remaining on their schedule.

  • Elmira has also played a league-low 23 home games, giving them 13 remaining on their schedule.

  • The Jackals will resume their Feb. 17 game against Reading on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena.

  • The Jackals picked up five of a possible 10 points against the Eastern Conference leading Florida Everblades this season, going 2-2-1-0 in five games.

  • The Jackals snapped a 16-game winless streak, which was tied for the second-longest winless drought in ECHL history, with their win over Florida Friday night. 

  • Elmira Fire Department's Eddie Palmieri served as the Jackals emergency backup goalie after Jason Kasdorf was recalled to Rochester Saturday afternoon.

  • The Jackals announced they will host a Domestive Violence Awareness Night and wear a special jersey, with the proceeds going to the family of Kelley Stage.

Upcoming Promotions

Two Buck Tuesday - Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals resume their suspended game against the Reading Royals in a DeMet's Candy Cup Challenge matchup. Those with tickets to the original game (Feb. 17) get in for free to the rescheduled game, plus another game of their choice. For everyone else, tickets are just $2 anywhere in the bowl and hot dogs, popcorn, fountain drinks and beer are all just $2 each.

$1 Beer Night - Wednesday, Mar. 1 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

If $2 draft beer was too expensive on Tuesday, then come out for $1 Bud Light and Labatt Blue as the Jackals host the Manchester Monarchs.

Week in Review

Welcome to the team  
When Jason Kasdorf was recalled to the Rochester Americans late Saturday afternoon, the Jackals added Elmira Fire Department's Eddie Palmieri as the team's emergency backup goalie for their game against the Everblades Saturday night.

Earlier that afternoon, in the Battle of the Badges, Palmieri pitched a shutout against the Elmira Police Department, leading the Fire Department to a 5-0 victory.

Suspended game

The Jackals and Reading Royals began a game at First Arena on Friday, Feb. 17, but the game was not completed due to ice conditions. With 6:07 remaining in the first period a large chip in the ice surface halted play. Attempts to repair the surface could not be completed in a timely manner and the Rec Rink surface was not at an ECHL caliber level, so the game was suspended.

The remaining 46:07 will be completed Tuesday night at First Arena with the game picking up where it left off, with Reading leading the Jackals 2-0. 

Ticket stubs from the game can be exchanged for a ticket to the make up game AND any future Jackals home game the remainder of the season. Turn the stub in for a ticket at the First Arena Box Office. Jackals season ticket holders tickets will be accepted at the make up game.

Home and Away
The Jackals have played more road games (31) and fewer home games (23) than every team in the ECHL heading into the week. That means over the final 18 games of the season, the Jackals have 13 home games and five road games remaining on their schedule. 

The Jackals are winless in their last 11 road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-23-4-1 away from First Arena. The winless over 11 games has tied the Indy Fuel for the longest winless streak on the road this season. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 52 goals for as opposed to 127 goals against in 31 road matches.

In 23 home games, the Jackals are 7-13-3-0, including points in back-to-back games (1-0-1-0), and have a -15 goal differential, with 65 goals for and 80 goals against. Despite playing eight fewer home games, the Jackals have scored 13 more goals on home ice.

At long last
By scoring the first goal Friday against Florida, the Jackals took their first lead since Feb. 4 against the Brampton Beast, a span of seven games. The lead broke a stretch of 476:42 consecutive minutes that they were either tied or trailing, including 13:53 from the Feb. 17 game against Reading that is currently suspended.      

  
Game 52: Jackals fall in tight game against Alaska   
The Alaska Aces scored a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded goal to down the Jackals, 4-3, in their only match of the season Feb. 23 at First Arena.

Alaska opened the scoring at 10:27 of the first period on a wrist shot from Danny Moynihan from between the circles following a Jackals turnover. Tim Wallace increased the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal 2:39 into the second period. From there the teams alternated goals the rest of the way. Justin Kea brought the Jackals within one on a breakaway goal at 5:54.

After an Alaska shorthanded goal at 10:30, Davis Vandane struck on a 5-on-3 power play just over a minute later to again make it a one goal game, 3-2. In the first Steven Tarasuk scored with the man advantage at 12:30, but again the Jackals answered with a Kenton Miller power-play goal. Despite a late flurry, the Jackals failed to tie the game, falling 4-3 to the Aces.

Game 53: Jackals end skid with solid 3-1 win over conference-leading Florida
Davis Vandane broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period and the Jackals defeated the Florida Everblades, 3-1, Feb. 24 at First Arena.

The Jackals opened their first lead since Feb. 4 11:49 into the first period on Matt Lane's 10th goal of the season. He passed the puck to Brycen Martin at the left circle then got a return pass in the slot and snapped home the goal to put Elmira up 1-0. Florida tied the game late in the second period on a deflection goal by Dalton Smith at 16:09.

The Jackals broke the tie 6:26 into the third period. Charlie Mosey fed Vandane in the offensive zone. Vandane had a lot of room and fired a shot past Anthony Peters to give the Jackals a 2-1 lead. Kenton Miller sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 18:02, giving the Jackals a 3-1 victory.

Game 54: Jackals force overtime, but lose to Everblades

Mike Ferrantino scored 2:03 into overtime and the Florida Everblades squeezed past the Jackals, 3-2, in overtime Feb. 25 at First Arena.

The Everblades opened an early 1-0 lead just 2:53 into the game on a Stephen MacAulay shot from the right wing circle. Elmira answered midway through the first, cashing in on a terrific rush. Kenton Miller passed to Casey Thrush at the left circle, where he quickly tapped it over to Brycen Martin joining the rush. Martin fired home his second goal of the season at 9:05 to even the score at one. Florida regained the lead 7:07 into the second period on a point shot from Kevin Raine following a Florida faceoff win.
 

The Jackals rallied in the third to force overtime. On just their second power play of the game, Miller snapped home a shot from the left circle, which was initially not called a goal, but the officials discussed at the next whistle and ruled the puck was in the net, tying the game at two. In overtime, Ferrantino made a strong move at the left circle to beat Andy Iles and win the game for the Everblades, 3-2.

Week Ahead 

Game 55: Tue., Feb. 28 vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m.  

The  Jackals and Reading Royals resume their suspended game from Friday, Feb. 17 on Tuesday night at First Arena. The game will resume with the Royals ahead 2-0 and 6:07 remaining in the first period. It is the ninth of 10 meetings in the DeMet's Candy Cup challenge, with Reading winning seven of the first eight.


After a three-game winning streak, which included two wins over the Jackals, Reading has dropped three in a row, falling to 31-20-1-2 on the season with a 4-6-0-0 record over their last 10 games. At 65 points, the Royals in fourth place in the tight North Division race, five points ahead of Wheeling for the final playoff spot in the division.  
 

Robbie Czarnik (19g, 28a) and Chris McCarthy (19g, 28a) are tied for the team lead with 47 points, although McCarthy has done that in just 43 games as he is currently on recall in Lehigh Valley. Justin Crandall is right behind with 46 points (16g, 30a). Both Czarnik and Crandall lead the season series with Elmira with 13 points.

In net Martin Ouellette and Mark Dekanich have split time for Reading with Ouellette appearing in 25 games and Dekanich in 28. Ouellette is 12-10-0-1 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Dekanich is 14-10-1-1 with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage, including a shutout against the Jackals Feb. 19.   

Game 56: Wed., Mar. 1 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m.

The Manchester Monarchs return to Elmira for the first time since Christmas and the first of four times in March to face the Jackals Wednesday night at First Arena. It is the ninth of 14 head-to-head meetings between the clubs this season and the fourth played in Elmira. Manchester has wins in five of the eight previous matches.

Manchester's lead in the North Division has shrunk to just one point on the Brampton Beast, who also have a game in hand on the Monarchs, because of a 3-4-3-0 record over the last 10 games. They have lost six of their last seven games (1-4-2-0) since Feb. 12 and are 30-15-6-4 on the season. They are in first because of their excellent home record (20-6-3-1), but they are just 10-9-3-3 away from SNHU Arena.

The Monarchs rank fourth in the league with 3.85 goals per game with Matt Leitner leading the way with 49 points (12g, 37a) in 44 games. Daniel Doremus is second with 40 points (8g, 32a) and Quentin Shore is third with 38 points (16g, 22a). Joe Diamond is first on the team with 18 goals and 10 players have scored at least 10 goals for the Monarchs this season.

In goal, Sam Brittain has seen the majority of the action, with 35 appearances and a 20-8-4-1 record. He has a 3.32 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage. Jonah Imoo is 7-4-2-2 with a 3.33 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage in 18 appearances.

Game 57: Fri., Mar. 3 at Norfolk Admirals, 7:30 p.m.
Game 58: Sat., Mar. 4 at Norfolk Admirals, 7:17 p.m.

The Jackals set sail on their penultimate road trip of the season as they visit the Norfolk Admirals for two games Friday and Saturday night in their second trip to Virginia this season. It is the first half of what will be two straight games against the Admirals, as the teams square off next week at First Arena for two more. The teams have played five times this season, with Norfolk winning three and the Jackals winning two.

The Admirals enter the week with five wins over their last 10 games (5-5-0-0) to move to 20-30-4-0 on the season. At 44 points, Norfolk has closed the gap to six points behind Atlanta, but remain in seventh place in the South Division. When the Jackals arrive for Friday's game at the Norfolk Scope, the Admirals will have been off since Feb. 25 while the Jackals will have already played the first two games of a four game in five night stretch.

The Admirals, who were in the cellar offensively the first few months of the season, have risen to 22nd in the league with 2.83 goals per game. T.J. Foster, acquired from Orlando, has helped boost their offense with 33 points (14g, 19a) in 32 games with Norfolk. Overall he has 38 points (16g, 22a) in 44 games between the Admirals and Solar Bears. John Dunbar is second with 31 points (14g, 17a) in 44 games. 

Brandon Anderson and Philippe Desrosiers are Norfolk's two goalies entering the week. Anderson is 11-8-0 with a 3.59 goals-against average and an .887 save percentage. He has three shutouts, which came in three straight games at the beginning of 2017, including one over Elmira. Desrosiers has played in seven games with Norfolk and is 4-2-0 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Mix in his 13 appearances with Idaho and he is 9-5-0-2 with a 3.51 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

Jackals Force Overtime But Lose to Everblades

Kenton Miller's Late Goal Earns Jackals a Point in 3-2 Overtime Loss

Mike Ferrantino completed a three-point night with the game-winning goal 2:03 into overtime as the Florida Everblades (36-11-2-3) slipped past the Elmira Jackals (10-36-7-1), 3-2, in overtime Saturday night at First Arena.

In the rubber match of the five-game season series, the teams played a back-and-forth first period that resulted in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes. Florida struck first just 2:53 into the game on a transition goal from Stephen MacAulay. He snapped a shot from the right circle over the shoulder of Andy Iles to give Florida a 1-0 lead.

The Jackals responded later in the first with a terrific end-to-end rush. Kenton Miller stepped into the offensive zone on a 3-on-2 with Casey Thrush and Charlie Mosey. Miller passed to Thrush at the left circle and he quickly tapped it back to Brycen Martin, who jumped up into the rush. Martin fired home his second goal of the season from the slot to tie the game 1-1 at 9:05 with Miller and Thrush picking up the assists.

Florida wrestled control in the second period to the tune of an 18-7 shots advantage, but all of that turned into just a one-goal lead for the Everblades after 40 minutes. The only goal of the period came on a faceoff win in the Jackals zone. The puck was tapped back to the right point where Kevin Raine took a shot. Iles got his right arm on it, but the puck trickled over the line to give the Everblades a 2-1 lead at 7:07 of the second.

Facing that one-goal deficit to begin the third, the Jackals rallied to force overtime late in regulation. On just their second power play of the game, Miller got the puck down near the bottom of the left circle. He snapped a wrist shot under the crossbar that pinged off the water bottle. Although initially not called a goal, the officials came together and determined that the puck was in, which tied the game 2-2 with 3:20 left in regulation. Matt Lane and Davis Vandane picked up assists on Miller's 19th goal of the season, which forced overtime.

In the extra period, Miller opened with a breakaway chance, which was stopped by goalie Steve Racine. A few moments later, Matt Berry had a breakaway for Florida, but he missed wide on the backhand. Finally it was Ferrantino who finished the game on a strong move from the left circle to send the Everblades to a 3-2 overtime win at 2:03 of overtime.

The Jackals dropped to 2-7 in games decided in the five-minute 3-on-3 overtime period while the Everblades improved to 5-2.             

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Upcoming Games:  
 
   

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)
 

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.
 

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.

Jason Kasdorf Called Up by Rochester

Elmira Fire Department's Eddie Palmieri to Serve as Jackals Emergency Backup

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, proudly celebrating our 10th season in the ECHL, announced today that goaltender Jason Kasdorf has been recalled to the Amerks from the Jackals. 

Elmira Fire Department's Eddie Palmieri will serve as the Jackals emergency back up goalie for Andy Iles for tonight's game. Tonight is the Battle of the Badges and the Elmira Fire Department is playing Elmira Police Department before the Jackals host the Everblades. 

 
Kasdorf, 24, has appeared in 20 games for the Jackals, posting a 2-14-1 record with a 4.18 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage. A sixth-round selection (157th overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Kasdorf was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres and made his NHL debut with the Sabres last spring.        


The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has appeared in three games with the Amerks this season. He earned his first professional victory with the Jackals Nov. 27 against the Manchester Monarchs.  


Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call (607) 734-7825 or visit http://www.jackalshockey.com/groups/.               

Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets! Call (607) 734-7825 or visit jackalshockey.com to order your season tickets today!
 

Follow the Jackals at www.jackalshockey.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@JackalsHockey) and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
 

Officially licensed Elmira Jackals replica team jerseys, apparel and headwear can be purchased online at: http://www.jackalshockey.com/
 

Upcoming Games:      

Saturday, February 25th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m.
 

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)
 

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.
 

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Go For Series Win Against Everblades

Game 54: Elmira Jackals (10-36-6-1) vs. Florida Everblades (35-11-2-3)

7:05 p.m., First Arena, Elmira, New York

The Jackals play the final game of their sixth consecutive three-in-three, hosting the Florida Everblades tonight at First Arena as part of the Battle of the Badges. It's the final game of the five game season series with both teams at two wins.

Florida is in the midst of a six-game road trip, holding a 2-2-0-0 record in the first four games. The Everblades have points in eight of their last 10 games, posting a 7-2-0-1 record to move to 35-11-2-3 on the season. They lead the South Division and are tops in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of Manchester for the top spot in the conference.

The Jackals snapped their 16-game winless streak (0-14-1-1) with a 3-1 win over Florida last night. They are now 10-36-6-1 on the season and have 27 points, which puts them in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

Broadcast Coverage

Jackals Pregame at 6:50 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

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TICKETS

Battle of the Badges

First Arena hosts the Battle of the Badges this afternoon before the Jackals and Everblades square off tonight. The on-ice rivalry between the Elmira Police Department and the Elmira Fire Department resumes at 4 p.m. as the teams play a full 60-minute, running clock game. 

Admission to the Battle of the Badges match is free, but donations to Elmira Police and Fire Departments are encouraged and will be accepted at the door. Fans can also purchase a Battle of the Badges ticket for the Jackals game, with a portion of the ticket going to the Elmira Police and Fire Departments. 

During the Jackals game, Elmira Animal Shelter will also be collecting donation items.

Last time out

Davis Vandane broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period and the Jackals defeated the Florida Everblades, 3-1, last night at First Arena.

The Jackals opened their first lead since Feb. 4 11:49 into the first period on Matt Lane's 10th goal of the season. He passed the puck to Brycen Martin at the left circle then got a return pass in the slot and snapped home the goal to put Elmira up 1-0. Florida tied the game late in the second period on a deflection goal by Dalton Smith at 16:09.

The Jackals broke the tie 6:26 into the third period. Charlie Mosey fed Vandane in the offensive zone. Vandane had a lot of room and fired a shot past Anthony Peters to give the Jackals a 2-1 lead. Kenton Miller sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 18:02, giving the Jackals a 3-1 victory.

Home and away

The Jackals have played more road games (31) and fewer home games (22) than every team in the ECHL. That means over the final 19 games of the season, the Jackals have 14 home games and five road games remaining on their schedule. 

In 22 home games, the Jackals are 7-13-2-0 and have a -14 goal differential, with 63 goals for and 77 goals against. Despite playing 9 fewer home games, the Jackals have scored 11 more goals on home ice.

The Jackals are winless in their last 11 road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-23-4-1 away from First Arena. The winless over 11 games has tied the Indy Fuel for the longest winless streak on the road this season. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 52 goals for as opposed to 127 goals against in 31 road matches.

Looking for two


The Jackals are aiming for their second consecutive win over the Everblades on home ice, which would be just the second time all season the Jackals have won back-to-back games. The last time Elmira won two in a row came Nov. 26-27 when the Jackals topped Manchester on back-to-back nights at First Arena.

Head-to-head

Tonight is fifth and final meeting between the Jackals and Everblades this season. Florida won two of the three when the Jackals visited Germain Arena in early December, but the Jackals won the last one, handing the Everblades their first regulation home loss of the season. With last night's win, the Jackals have two straight wins against the Everblades and can win the season series against the conference-leading Everblades with a win tonight. Elmira is one of just three teams to hand Florida more than one regulation loss this season.

Brant Harris leads Florida in scoring with six points (1g, 5a) in the four games. For the Jackals, Davis Vandane leads the way with five points (1g, 4a), including the game-winning goal last night. He's followed by Matt Lane's four points (2g, 2a). 

In net, Anthony Peters has started two games against the Jackals, going 1-1-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage. Andy Iles has started three games for the Jackals and is 2-1-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage.


Scouting the Everblades

The Everblades lead the South Division and the Eastern Conference with 75 points at 35-11-2-3. Florida has a 12 point lead in the division on Greenville and Orlando and are seven points clear of Manchester for the conference's top record. They have points in eight of the last 10 games (7-2-0-1) and are in the midst of a six-game road trip, which concludes Sunday in Brampton.

Florida enters fifth in the league offensively with 3.73 goals-per game and fourth at 2.90 goals-against per game. Brant Harris is the top scorer for Florida with 61 points (24g, 37a) in 51 games, including five game-winning goals. Michael Kirkpatrick is next among active players with 48 points (17g, 31a) over 47 games.

Anthony Peters has seen the majority of the ice time in net for the Everblades, appearing in 38 games. He is 25-10-1-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.


Special teams

Despite their prowess offensively, the Everblades power play ranks 21st in the ECHL at 14.9%, going 29-for-194 with the man advantage. After last night's 0-for-5, Florida is 1-for-17 (5.9%) in the series against the Jackals.

The Jackals were 0-for-5 on the power play last night, moving to 26-for-178 (14.6%) on the season, ranking 22nd in the ECHL. They are also just 1-for-17 (5.9%) in the season series with the Everblades.

Florida's penalty kill ranks eighth in the ECHL by allowing 33 power-play goals in 208 shorthanded chances, an 84.1% penalty kill rate. The Everblades are second in the league with 13 shorthanded goals. 

The Jackals were a perfect 5-for-5 on the PK last night, jumping to 79.6% on the penalty kill this season, which is 24th in the ECHL. They are better at home, stopping 84.7% of opposition power plays, which ranks 10th in the league on home ice.

Jackals Down First Place Everblades

Elmira Snaps Winless Skid With Crisp 3-1 Win at First Arena

Davis Vandane broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period and the Elmira Jackals (10-36-6-1) handled the first place Florida Everblades (35-11-2-3), 3-1, Friday night at First Arena. The win snapped the Jackals 16-game winless streak and tied the season series with the Everblades at two wins apiece.
 

In the fourth of five meetings between the two teams, the Jackals prevailed in a competitive first period with a 1-0 lead. Matt Lane opened the scoring at 11:49, finishing off a shift where he created two or three opportunities all over the ice. He passed the puck from the right circle to Brycen Martin at the left circle. Martin faked a shot then slid wide before passing back to Lane in the slot, where he fired home his 10th goal of the season for a 1-0 lead.

Florida pulled even after another tight period in the second. With the teams skating four aside, the Everblades won a right circle offensive zone faceoff to set up the tying goal. Zack Kamrass fired a point shot, which was tipped by Dalton Smith to tie the game 1-1 at 16:09 of the second period. The game would remain even 1-1 heading into the final period.

The Jackals controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Everblades 13-4 over the final 20 minutes. They got the eventual game-winning goal 6:26 into the period when Davis Vandane converted on a rush for the Jackals. Kenton Miller found Charlie Mosey down the right wing. Mosey pulled up along the right wall and then fed Vandane in the slot. He had all sorts of room and zipped a wrist shot through Anthony Peters to put Elmira ahead for good, 2-1.

Elmira played well with the lead the rest of the third and then Miller iced the game with an empty-net goal at 18:02, scoring his team-leading 18th goal of the season on a pass from Mosey. Miller's goal put the Jackals up 3-1, which would stand as the final score. Andy Iles stopped 22 Florida shots to earn his second win against his former club this season.

       

Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets! Call (607) 734-7825 or visit jackalshockey.com to order your season tickets today!
 

Follow the Jackals at www.jackalshockey.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@JackalsHockey) and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
 

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call (607) 734-7825 or visit http://www.jackalshockey.com/groups/.
 

Officially licensed Elmira Jackals replica team jerseys, apparel and headwear can be purchased online at: http://www.jackalshockey.com/

Upcoming Games:  
 
  

Saturday, February 25th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Prepare for Visit From Everblades

Game 53: Elmira Jackals (9-36-6-1) vs. Florida Everblades (35-10-2-3)

7:05 p.m., First Arena, Elmira, New York

The Jackals play the middle game of a three-in-three at home and open a two-game series with the Florida Everblades tonight at First Arena. It's the fourth game of the five game season series and the first match since the Jackals played three games in four nights in Florida in early December.

Florida is in the midst of a six-game road trip, holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the first three games against Greenville and Norfolk. The Everblades have points in nine of their last 10 games, posting a 7-1-1-1 record to improve to 35-10-2-3 on the season. They lead the South Division and are tops in the Eastern Conference, eight points ahead of Manchester for the top spot in the conference.

The Jackals are winless over the last 16 games (0-14-1-1) and are now 9-36-6-1 on the season. Elmira is in the midst of what is now a five-game homestand, including the resumption of the suspended game with Reading Feb. 28. With 25 points, the Jackals are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.  
   

Broadcast Coverage

Jackals Pregame at 6:50 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

Follow us on twitter @JackalsHockey and use #JackalsHockey for live coverage.
 

TICKETS

Last time out

The Alaska Aces scored a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded goal to down the Jackals, 4-3, in their only match of the season last night at First Arena.

Alaska opened the scoring at 10:27 of the first period on a wrist shot from Danny Moynihan from between the circles following a Jackals turnover. Tim Wallace increased the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal 2:39 into the second period. From there the teams alternated goals the rest of the way. Justin Kea brought the Jackals within one on a breakaway goal at 5:54.

After an Alaska shorthanded goal at 10:30, Davis Vandane struck on a 5-on-3 power play just over a minute later to again make it a one goal game, 3-2. In the first Steven Tarasuk scored with the man advantage at 12:30, but again the Jackals answered with a Kenton Miller power-play goal. Despite a late flurry, the Jackals failed to tie the game, falling 4-3 to the Aces.

Home and away

The Jackals have played more road games (31) and fewer home games (21) than every team in the ECHL. That means over the final 20 games of the season, the Jackals have 15 home games and five road games remaining on their schedule. 

The Jackals are winless in their last 11 road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-23-4-1 away from First Arena. The winless over 11 games has tied the Indy Fuel for the longest winless streak on the road this season. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 52 goals for as opposed to 127 goals against in 31 road matches.

In 21 home games, the Jackals are 6-13-2-0, with five straight home losses, and have a -16 goal differential, with 60 goals for and 76 goals against. Despite playing 10 fewer home games, the Jackals have scored eight more goals on home ice.

Opposites converge

Tonight, the Jackals will become the first team since 2004 to play host to the Alaska Aces and Florida Everblades on back-to-back nights. It's the fourth time in ECHL history that the rare double has taken place and the first time that it has occurred on the east coast.

The last instance was Nov. 3-4, 2004 when the San Diego Gulls played host to both teams. It also happened Nov. 8-9, 2003 at Bakersfield and Nov. 4-5, 2003 in Las Vegas.

It's been a while

Over the last seven games, during which the Jackals are 0-5-1-1, the Jackals have never held a lead. Their last lead came Feb. 4 at home late in the second period against Brampton. The Beast scored three goals in three minutes to erase that Jackals lead and Elmira hasn't led since.

Not including Friday's suspended game against Reading, another game Elmira didn't hold a lead, the Jackals have played 451:00 consecutive minutes without holding a lead. If you add the 13:53 from Friday, that swells to 464:53 of on-ice time that the Jackals have either been tied or trailing since they led a game.

Head-to-head

Tonight is fourth of five meetings between the Jackals and Everblades this season. Florida won two of the three when the Jackals visited Germain Arena in early December, but the Jackals won the last one and handed the Everblades their first regulation home loss of the season.

The Everblades scored 10 goals in the three games and are led by Brant Harris, who had six points (1g, 5a) in the three games. Michael Kirkpatrick is next with five points, including a team-high three goals. For the Jackals, Davis Vandane led the way down south with four assists over the three games, followed by Matt Lane's three points (1g, 2a).

In net, Anthony Peters started just one of the three for Florida, allowing four goals in a win to open the series. Andy Iles started two games for the Jackals and went 1-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.


Scouting the Everblades

The Everblades enter the weekend leading the South Division and the Eastern Conference with 75 points at 35-10-2-3. Florida has a 12 point lead in the division on Greenville and Orlando and are eight points clear of Manchester for the conference's top record. They have points in nine of the last 10 games (7-1-1-1) and are in the midst of a six-game road trip, which concludes Sunday in Brampton.

Florida enters fourth in the league offensively with 3.78 goals-per game and fifth at 2.90 goals-against per game. Brant Harris is the top scorer for Florida with 61 points (24g, 37a) in 50 games, including five game-winning goals. Michael Kirkpatrick is next among active players with 48 points (17g, 31a) over 47 games.

Anthony Peters has seen the majority of the ice time in net for the Everblades, appearing in 37 games. He is 25-9-1-1 with a 3.03 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. He made just one of the three starts against the Jackals in Florida in December, allowing four goals, but earning the win.

Special teams

Despite their prowess offensively, the Everblades power play ranks 20th in the ECHL at 15.3%, going 29-for-189 with the man advantage. On the road, Florida's unit jumps to 10th in the league at 19.2%.

The Jackals went 2-for-8 on the power play last night, moving to 26-for-173 (15.0%) on the season, ranking 21st in the ECHL. At First Arena, the Jackals are in the top 10 in the league, converting on 19.7% of their chances. They allowed their eighth shorthanded goal against last night.

Florida's penalty kill ranks 12th in the ECHL by allowing 33 power-play goals in 203 shorthanded chances, an 83.7% penalty kill rate. The Everblades are tied with Colorado for the most shorthanded goals with 13. 

The Jackals allowed two power-play goals in eight chances last night, falling to 79.1% on the penalty kill this season, which is 24th in the ECHL. They are better at home, stopping 83.6% of opposition power plays.

Jackals Announce Domestic Violence Awareness Night March 18

Jackals Will Wear Special Jersey to Raise Money for the Family of Kelley Stage

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, have announced they will host a Domestic Violence Awareness Night when they host the Brampton Beast on Saturday, March 18 at First Arena.      
   
The Jackals will wear special grey and purple jerseys, pictured below, to show support for victims of domestic violence and the jerseys will be auctioned post game, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the family of Kelley Stage. The jerseys are presented by Dr. Susan Minchin and Evolution Edges.

Fans can purchase a special fundraising ticket to the game for $15, with $5 going directly to the family. Fundraising tickets can be purchased by visiting this dedicated ticket link.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call (607) 734-7825 or visit http://www.jackalshockey.com/groups/.               

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Officially licensed Elmira Jackals replica team jerseys, apparel and headwear can be purchased online at: http://www.jackalshockey.com/

Upcoming Games:      

Friday, February 24th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, February 25th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.

Jackals Lose Tight Game to Aces

Elmira Drops 4-3 Decision in Only Match With Alaska

The Alaska Aces (26-18-1-6) scored two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal to down the Elmira Jackals (9-36-6-1), 4-3, at First Arena Thursday night. It was the first game between the Jackals and Aces since November 2010 and the only time the teams play this season.
 

The Aces raced out to a 1-0 lead in a physical first period, taking advantage of a failed clear by the Jackals halfway through the first period. Danny Moynihan ended up with the puck in the slot before he turned a fired a wrist shot past Jason Kasdorf for a 1-0 Aces lead at 10:27 of the first.

Both teams pumped home a pair of goals in the second period, which kept the Aces ahead by one through 40 minutes. Just 2:39 into the second period, on their second consecutive power play, Tim Wallace converted on a rebound to give the Aces a 2-0 lead. He tipped the initial shot, but Kasdorf made the left pad save before he pounced on the loose puck to bury his 15th goal of the year.

Elmira responded a few minutes later when Justin Kea received a breakaway pass from Kenton Miller. Kea skated between the circles before firing home his sixth goal of the season at 5:54 to get the Jackals back within one. 

Halfway through the second period Alaska reclaimed that two-goal lead with a shorthanded goal by Yan-Pavel Laplante just 12 seconds into a Jackals man advantage. The goal came on a breakaway at 10:30, but the Jackals again pulled within one just over a minute later. After Mackenze was issued a five-minute major for kneeing, the Jackals struck on a 5-on-3 power play on a perfect wrist shot from near the top of the left circle by Davis Vandane, his fifth goal of the season to cut the Aces lead to 3-2.

The teams continued alternating goals in the third as the Jackals were bidding for a comeback win. The Aces built another two-goal lead at 12:30 of the final period on a power-play goal by Steven Tarasuk from the top of the right circle.

The Jackals had another answer, which came at 16:41. Just moments after a brief 5-on-3 expired, Miller, skating in his 300th professional game, received a pass from Sebastien Sylvestre and skated to the left circle. He snapped a shot, which may have grazed the stick of an Aces defenseman, and went inside the near post for his team-leading 17th goal of the season, cutting the deficit again to one, 4-3. The Jackals had a flurry of chances with an extra attacker, but they couldn't find the equalizer, as Alaska held on for a 4-3 win.                 

Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets! Call (607) 734-7825 or visit jackalshockey.com to order your season tickets today!
 

Follow the Jackals at www.jackalshockey.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@JackalsHockey) and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
 

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call (607) 734-7825 or visit http://www.jackalshockey.com/groups/.
 

Officially licensed Elmira Jackals replica team jerseys, apparel and headwear can be purchased online at: http://www.jackalshockey.com/
 

Upcoming Games:  
 
 

Friday, February 24th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m.
 

Saturday, February 25th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m. 
 

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)
 

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.
 

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.
 

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Alaska Visits Elmira for Second Time Ever

Game 52: Elmira Jackals (9-35-6-1) vs. Alaska Aces (25-18-1-6)

7:05 p.m., First Arena, Elmira, New York

The Alaska Aces make a rare appearance at First Arena Thursday night as the Jackals open their sixth consecutive three-in-three. It's the first time since Nov. 24-26, 2010 that the Aces visit the Jackals and will be the third all-time meeting between the clubs.

Alaska is opening a 10-game road trip, which continues in Manchester Saturday and Sunday. The Aces have just one win in their last nine games (1-6-0-2), falling to 25-18-1-6 on the season and barely holding on to the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division with 57 points.

The Jackals are winless over the last 15 games (0-13-1-1) and are now 9-35-6-1 on the season. Tonight begins what is now a five-game homestand, including the resumption of their suspended game with Reading Feb. 28. With 25 points, the Jackals are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

Broadcast Coverage

Jackals Pregame at 6:50 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

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TICKETS

Save-A-Lot Thursday

Tonight is the Jackals second Save-A-Lot Thursday of the season. The Elmira Save-A-Lot location has vouchers for a free kids ticket to tonight's game (good with the purchase of an adult ticket). 

In addition, there are special concessions deals tonight. Hot dogs and Miller Lite Pounders are on sale for just $2 each and tonight's special item of the night is a Chicago Style Hot Dog, which is also just $2. There is a limited supply of "Chicago Dogs" which are all-beef hot dogs on a poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.

Last time out

Mark Dekanich stopped all 33 Jackals shots and the Reading Royals shut out Elmira, 2-0, Sunday Feb. 19 for their second shutout win against the Jackals this season.

The Jackals had their opportunities throughout the game, but they couldn't solve Dekanich, who recorded his first shutout of the season. The eventual game-winning goal came 11:06 into the first period as Tyrell Goulbourne buried a rebound from near the left circle to give Reading a 1-0 lead. A would-be tying goal later in the period for the Jackals was negated due to an incidental contact on the goalie call, which kept the Royals lead at one.

Elmira controlled play in the second, but couldn't find an equalizer and then Reading opened a 2-0 lead 48 seconds into the third period on a Ryan Penny power-play goal from the right circle. That would hold up as the final score as the Royals swept a weekend set against the Jackals.

Shut out

The Jackals were shut out by the Reading Royals Feb. 19, 2-0, which was the ninth time in 2016-17 that Elmira has been held scoreless. By comparison, last year's Jackals team was shut out just four times all season.

Since joining the ECHL prior to the 2007-08 season, this year's nine shutouts match the 2013-14 Jackals team for the most in a single-season in team history.

Seven of the nine shutouts have come on the road, including one in each of the last two weeks.
  
Home and away

The Jackals have played more road games (31) and fewer home games (20) than every team in the ECHL heading into the week. That means over the final 21 games of the season, the Jackals have 16 home games and five road games remaining on their schedule. 

The Jackals are winless in their last 11 road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-23-4-1 away from First Arena. The winless over 11 games has tied the Indy Fuel for the longest winless streak on the road this season. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 52 goals for as opposed to 127 goals against in 31 road matches.

In 20 home games, the Jackals are 6-12-2-0, with four straight home losses, and have a -14 goal differential, with 57 goals for and 72 goals against. Despite playing 11 fewer home games, the Jackals have scored five more goals on home ice.

It's been a while

Over the last six games, all away from home during which the Jackals are 0-4-1-1, the Jackals have never held a lead. Their last lead came Feb. 4 at home late in the second period against Brampton. The Beast scored three goals in three minutes to erase that Jackals lead and Elmira hasn't led since.

Not including Friday's suspended game against Reading, another game Elmira didn't hold a lead, the Jackals have played 391:00 consecutive minutes without holding a lead. If you add the 13:53 from Friday, that swells to 404:53 of on-ice time that the Jackals have either been tied or trailing since they led a game.

Head-to-head

Tonight is just Alaska's second trip to First Arena ever and the first since Nov. 24-26, 2010. It will be the third match between the clubs, with each team earning a win in that 2010 series.

The Jackals opened up the series Nov. 24, 2010 with a 2-1 victory, but the Aces came back with a 5-3 win in Elmira two days later. 


Scouting the Aces

The Aces enter the week winless over their last five games (0-4-0-1) and with just two wins over their last 10 games. At 25-18-1-6, Alaska has 57 points and is fourth place in the Mountain Division. Their hold over the final playoff spot in the Mountain is tenuous, with just a one-point cushion on Utah and a two-point lead on Missouri although they do have a game in hand on both teams.  

Alaska has two prolific scorers leading the team this season, with Stephen Perfetto tops with 61 points (25g, 36a) in just 44 games. He ranks sixth in the ECHL in scoring and his teammate, Peter Sivak is ninth in the league with 59 points (32g, 27a), including a league-high 32 goals in just 42 games. Sivak is tops on the team with seven game-winning goals and seven power-play goals.

In net Kevin Carr has appeared in 29 games for the Aces, posting a 12-12-1-2 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. He has one shutout as does rookie Michael Garteig, who is 10-6-0-2 in 20 appearances. Garteig has a 3.01 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. 


Special teams

The Aces are 25th in the ECHL on the power play at 12.6%, going 24-for-191 on the season, but they are last on the road at 10.2% (9-for-88).

The Jackals went 0-for-6 on the power play last week, falling to 24-for-165 (14.5%) on the season, ranking 22nd in the ECHL. At First Arena, the Jackals are in the top 10 in the league, converting on 18.9% of their chances.

Alaska's penalty kill is in the middle of the pack in the ECHL, ranking 13th at 82.7% by allowing 36 power-play goals in 208 chances. They are tops in the league on the road at 87.4%, giving up just 12 road power-play goals in 95 shorthanded situations.

The Jackals went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill in both games against Reading last weekend. Overall, Elmira is 24th in the ECHL on the kill at 79.2%, although they are significantly better at home, stopping 84.7% of opposition power plays.

Jackals Announce Resumption of Suspended Game

Jackals and Royals Will Resume Game Feb. 28 on a Two Buck Tuesday

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, in conjunction with the ECHL and the Reading Royals have announced that they will complete the suspended game against the Royals on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena.
 

It will be a special Two Buck Tuesday where seating will be general admission and all tickets are just $2. Hot dogs, fountain sodas, popcorn and draft beer are also just $2 the entire night.

 

As was previously announced, anyone with tickets to the original game on Feb. 17 will receive free admission to the make up game. In addition, anyone with tickets to the original game is entitled to a free ticket to any remaining Jackals home game. Bring the ticket stub from Feb. 17 to the First Arena Box Office to receive your ticket to the make up game and the other game of your choice. 

Season ticket holders will have their seats reserved and just need to show their Feb. 17 ticket for entry into the rescheduled game on Feb. 28.  
 

The game began last Friday, Feb. 17, but play was suspended because of an issue with the ice surface that could not be repaired in a timely manner. Play was halted with 6:07 remaining in the first period and the Royals leading 2-0.
 

The game will resume at that time and the teams will complete the remaining 46:07 of regulation time left on the clock.
 

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call (607) 734-7825 or visit http://www.jackalshockey.com/groups/. 
            

Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets! Call (607) 734-7825 or visit jackalshockey.com to order your season tickets today!
 

Follow the Jackals at www.jackalshockey.com, on Facebook, Twitter (@JackalsHockey) and Instagram for all the latest news and updates.
 

Officially licensed Elmira Jackals replica team jerseys, apparel and headwear can be purchased online at: http://www.jackalshockey.com/

Upcoming Games:      

Thursday, February 23rd: Elmira Jackals vs. Alaska Aces - 7:05 p.m.

Friday, February 24th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, February 25th: Elmira Jackals vs. Florida Everblades - 7:05 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 28th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. *Resumption of Suspended game (Feb. 17)

Wednesday, March 1st: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th: Elmira Jackals at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m.