Jackals Blanked By Thunder in Final Game

Jackals Drop Final Game in Franchise History

Drew Fielding stopped 32 shots and the Adirondack Thunder (41-20-7-4) shut out the Elmira Jackals (17-47-7-1), 5-0, in front of 3,601 fans at First Arena Saturday night. The game marks an end of a 17-year run of Jackals hockey in Elmira.

The Jackals played a strong first period, but wound up trailing by two on the strength of two odd-man rush goals for the Thunder. Dennis Kravchenko opened the scoring 3:02 into the first period, striking on a 2-on-1 with a shot from the left circle. 

Later in the period, the Thunder took advantage of another 2-on-1 rush at 16:50 for a 2-0 lead. This time is was Austin Orszulak who carried the puck to the right circle, gave a head fake, then slid the puck past Jason Kasdorf for a 2-0 Thunder lead. 

A 5-on-3 power play carried over into the second period and the Thunder wasted no time capitalizing for a 3-0 lead. Immediately after a neutral zone faceoff, Orszulak escaped up the middle and buried his second of the night just nine seconds into the second period. Three minutes later and shortly after a Thunder penalty kill, Gunnar Hughes took advantage of another odd-man chance, with a quick stick goal from the slot for a 4-0 Adirondack lead at 3:28. 

The Thunder capped the scoring in the first minute of the third period, getting a goal from Brian Ward on a cross-ice pass just 50 seconds into the final period, giving Adirondack a 5-0 lead. That would hold as the final score as Drew Fielding earned his second shutout of the season against the Jackals. 
 

 

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Reflect on 17 Seasons With Fan Appreciation Night in Elmira

Game 72: Elmira Jackals (17-46-7-1) vs. Adirondack Thunder (40-20-7-4)

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

The Jackals play their final game in franchise history tonight on Fan Appreciation night at First Arena. They host the Adirondack Thunder for the final time in what is the 10th match of the season series. Adirondack has won eight in a row in the series and holds an 8-0-0-1 record against Elmira.

The Thunder are red hot, going 9-0-1-0 in their last 10 games, clinching the North Division title with last night's win over the Jackals. On the season, Adirondack is 40-20-7-4 and they have 91 points, sewing up the division title with a five point lead on Reading and Brampton on the final day of the season.


The Jackals approach the final game in Jackals history on a four-game losing streak, with two losses to Adirondack and two losses to Manchester. Overall, the Jackals are 17-46-7-1 on the season and with 42 points, they are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

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Last time out
 

The Adirondack Thunder scored three in the first and three in the third to run away with a 7-1 win over the Jackals last night at First Arena, clinching the North Division title.

The Thunder stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Patch Alber at 4:15, Dennis Kravchenko at 13:59 and Brock Montgomery at 18:12. The Jackals came out with a better second period and pulled within two on a wrist shot from Kenton Miller at 2:29, making it 3-1. The Thunder responded with a power-play goal from Brett Pollock at 9:33 open a 4-1 lead entering the third period.

Adirondack cruised in the final frame, with three straight goals. James Henry got the first at 2:54 of the final period and that was followed with power-play goals from Brett Pollock at 9:02 and Christopher Dienes at 10:34 to give the Thunder a 7-1 victory.

The end of an era

Tonight marks the final game in franchise history for the Elmira Jackals, bringing to an end a tremendous 17-year run of professional hockey in downtown Elmira. The Jackals franchise began play in the UHL in 2000 and remained in the league for seven seasons, making two appearances in the Colonial Cup Final. They finished with a 232-254-46 record in the UHL

The Jackals moved to the ECHL prior to the 2007 season, beginning a run of 10 years in the premier "AA" hockey league. The Jackals qualified for the playoffs in their first six seasons in the league, advancing to the second round twice. Heading into their final game in franchise history, the Jackals ECHL record stands at 344-302-33-40. Combined with their UHL run, their franchise mark is 576-556-119.

Rolling at home

Jackals forward Kenton Miller has played his best hockey on home ice and he is riding a seven-game goal scoring streak at First Arena, netting nine goals in that stretch. By extending his streak last night, Miller is now tied with three players for the longest home goal streak in the ECHL this season, but his is the only one that is active heading into the final game of the year.

Miller, who has 28 points (19g, 9a) over his last 24 games, has dominated opposition in Elmira. In 32 home games with the Jackals, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native has 33 points (22g, 11a). Overall with the Jackals he has 45 points (30g, 15a) and, including his time with Wheeling to begin the season, he has reached 30 goals for the first time in his ECHL career. Last night's goal was also the 100th goal of his pro career, with 70 in the ECHL and 30 in the CHL.

Head-to-head

Tonight is the final game of the 10-game season series between the Jackals and Thunder. Adirondack has points in all nine games thus far, posting a 8-0-0-1 record and winning eight straight after the Jackals opened the season series with a shootout win Oct. 25 in Glens Falls.

Brian Ward leads active players in the series with 10 points (5g, 5a) in eight games with the Jackals, trailing only Mikkel Aagaard (2g, 10a) who is on recall with AHL-Stockton. For the Jackals, Mark Bennett is tops among active players with four points in five games.

In net, J.P. Anderson has four wins in four starts against the Jackals, allowing just six goals (1.50 goals-against average) and posting a .934 save percentage. No active Jackals goalie has a win over Adirondack yet this season.


Scouting the Thunder

With points in their last 10 games (9-0-1-0), the Thunder clinched the North Division title with last night's win, improving to 40-20-7-4 record. At 91 points, the Thunder have a five point lead over Reading and Brampton heading into the final day of the regular season. They are four points behind Florida for the best record in the Eastern Conference.  

Adirondack's offense ranks fifth in the ECHL at 3.68 goals per game. Captain Peter MacArthur leads the team with 63 points (24g, 39a) in 62 games, with 26 points coming on the power play. James Henry is second with 54 points (20g, 34a) and rookie Brian Ward is third with 47 points (26g, 21a). 

In net, J.P. Anderson has appeared in each of the last 11 Thunder games, posting a 9-0-1-0 record in those games and he was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts. On the season he has appeared in 30 games and is 19-4-4 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He is 15-3-3 in 21 games with the Thunder.


Special teams

The Thunder torched the Jackals with three power-play goals in five chances last night, 71-for-293 on the season, a 24.2% rating, which is fourth in the ECHL. Against the Jackals, the Thunder are 10-for-32 (31.3%) in nine games.

After being stopped in their only two chances last night, the Jackals have scored power-play goals in eight of the last 10 games (10-for-36). At 41-for-238 the Jackals are 14th in the league with the power play at 17.2%. At home, they are ninth with a 21.4% power play.

Adirondack's penalty kill is 7-for-7 in two games this week, improving their overall penalty kill to 21st in the ECHL at 80.4%. They've given up 49 power-play goals in 250 chances, although only four have come against the Jackals, stopping 85.2% of Elmira's power plays. 

The Jackals penalty kill struggled with the Thunder's power play last night, dropping to 23rd in the ECHL at 79.6% after giving up three power-play goals.

Jackals Blasted By Thunder

Thunder Clinch Division With 7-1 Win in Elmira

The Adirondack Thunder (40-20-7-4) scored three unanswered goals in the first period and three unanswered in the third to run away with a 7-1 win over the Elmira Jackals (17-46-7-1) at First Arena Friday night. With the win, the Thunder clinched the North Division and the teams will square off again tomorrow in the final game in Jackals history.

The Thunder dominated the first period, cruising to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Former Jackal Patch Alber opened the scoring 4:15 into the first, scoring from in close on Andy Iles for a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Dennis Kravchenko made it 2-0 on a wrist shot from the slot at 12:42. Brock Montgomery capped the first period scoring, netting a goal on a scramble near the crease at 18:12 for a 3-0 lead, chasing Iles from the Jackals crease. 

The Jackals bit back in a second period that saw a pair of fights and countless post-whistle scrums. Kenton Miller made it a 3-1 game 2:29 into the second period, snapping a shot from the right circle to extend his home goal-scoring streak to seven games. 

Adirondack went ahead by three again later in the period on a left circle shot from Brett Pollock, wrisiting a power-play goal at 9:33 to give the Thunder a 4-1 lead. 

 The Thunder took control again in the third period, pulling away with a three-goal third period. Dennis Kravchenko scored his second of the night at 2:54 of the third for a 5-1 lead. Then back-to-back power-play goals, including a 5-on-3 goal and the Thunder ran away with a 7-1 victory to clinch the North Division.

There are only one more chances to see the Elmira Jackals in action at First Arena! Get your tickets today by calling (607) 734-7825.

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GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Final Home Weekend Begins Against Adirondack

Game 71: Elmira Jackals (17-45-7-1) vs. Adirondack Thunder (39-20-7-4)

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

The Jackals begin their final weekend with the first game of a two-game set against the Adirondack Thunder on Superhero Night at First Arena. It's the ninth game of the 10-game season series, which the Thunder have controlled with seven wins through the first eight games.

The Thunder are red hot, going 8-0-1-0 in their last nine games to charge into first place in the North Division and they can wrap up the division title this weekend. On the season, Adirondack is 39-20-7-4 and they lead the division with 89 points, three ahead of Brampton with just two games left this weekend.


The Jackals were swept in three straight road games last weekend at Adirondack and Manchester in the final three road games in Jackals history. Overall, the Jackals are 17-45-7-1 on the season and with 42 points, they are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

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Last time out
 

The Manchester Monarchs scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and edge the Jackals, 4-2, Apr. 2 at SNHU Arena in Manchester. With the win, Manchester took the season series 8-6 in 14 games.

The Jackals took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Anthony Stefano's first professional goal at 12:10. He took a pass from Nathan Moon to spring a breakaway, which he deposited despite being hooked, to give the Jackals an early lead. Manchester responded with two goals in the second period. Kevin Morris banged home a rebound near the crease to tie the game at 10:04. Then Mario Puskarich wristed a shot from the slot to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 14:24.

Elmira tied the game 3:54 into the third period on a power-play goal from Davis Vandane, whp ripped a one-timer from the left circle. The game remained tied for nearly 10 minutes, until Zac Lynch scored from the slot at 12:50 to put Manchester ahead for good, 3-2. Joe Diamond sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 19:23 to make it a 4-2 final.

Blue line blasts

Davis Vandane had a strong week for the Jackals this past weekend, potting three goals in three games. He blasted a power-play goal in each game, ripping a one-timer from the left circle in each instance. The second-year pro is riding a six-game point streak (4g, 4a) heading into the final weekend and he has points in eight of his last nine games (4g, 7a).

The righty-shooting defenseman is fourth on the Jackals with 36 points (11g, 25a), all of which are career highs. His six power-play goals are second on the team behind Kenton Miller's 10 power-play goals.

Rolling at home

Jackals forward Kenton Miller has played his best hockey on home ice and he is riding a six-game goal scoring streak at First Arena, netting eight goals in that stretch. The longest home streak in the league this year is shared by three players at seven games, but Miller's is the longest active streak in the ECHL.

Miller, who has 27 points (18g, 9a) over his last 23 games, has dominated opposition in Elmira. In 31 home games with the Jackals, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native has 32 points (21g, 11a). Overall with the Jackals he has 44 points (29g, 15a) and, including his time with Wheeling to begin the season, he has reached 30 goals for the first time in his ECHL career.

Head-to-head

Tonight is the ninth game of the 10-game season series between the Jackals and Thunder. Adirondack has points in all eight games thus far, posting a 7-0-0-1 record and winning seven straight after the Jackals opened the season series with a shootout win Oct. 25 in Glens Falls.

Three active players--Patch Alber, Brian Ward and Peter MacArthur--lead the series in scoring with eight points, trailing only Mikkel Aagaard (2g, 10a) who is on recall with AHL-Stockton. For the Jackals, is tops among active players with four points in five games.

In net, both J.P. Anderson has three wins in three starts and Mason McDonald has two wins in two starts over the Jackals. Anderson has allowed just five goals and has a .931 save percentage while McDonald has given up five goals with an .898 save percentage. No active Jackals goalie has a win over Adirondack yet this season.


Scouting the Thunder

With points in their last nine games (8-0-1-0), the Thunder are closing in on the North Division title with a 39-20-7-4 record. At 89 points, the Thunder lead Brampton by three points for the division lead with two games to play. With just one win or a Brampton loss this weekend and the Thunder will clinch their first division title since joining the ECHL prior to last season.  

Adirondack's offense ranks eighth in the ECHL at 3.62 goals per game. Captain Peter MacArthur leads the team with 63 points (24g, 39a) in 62 games, with 26 points coming on the power play. James Henry is second with 51 points (20g, 31a) and rookie Brian Ward is third with 45 points (26g, 19a). 

In net, J.P. Anderson has appeared in each of the last 10 Thunder games, posting a 8-0-1-0 record in those games and he was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts. On the season he has appeared in 29 games and is 18-4-4 with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He is 14-3-3 in 20 games with the Thunder. Rookie Mason McDonald is 13-9-5 in 29 games with a 2.72 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.


Special teams

The Thunder opened the week with a 1-for-2 effort on the power play Tuesday against Manchester and they rank fourth in the ECHL at 23.6% (68-for-288). Against the Jackals, the Thunder are 7-for-27 (25.9%) in eight games.

The Jackals have scored power-play goals in eight of the last nine games (10-for-34). At 41-for-236 the Jackals are 13th in the league with the power play at 17.4%. At home, they are eighth with a 21-8% power play.

Adirondack's penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 in Tuesday's win over the Monarchs, improving their overall penalty kill to 22nd in the ECHL at 80.2%. They've given up 49 power-play goals in 248 chances, although only four have come against the Jackals, stopping 84.0% of Elmira's power plays. 


The Jackals penalty kill surrendered three power-play goals, albeit one into an empty net, in the two games in Manchester over the weekend. The Jackals are 21st in the ECHL at 80.4% on the kill.

Jackals Sign Anthony Stefano to SPC

Rookie Scored Two Points in Three Games on an ATO With Elmira

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, have signed forward Anthony Stefano to a standard player contract following the conclusion of his amateur tryout (ATO).

Stefano, 21, joined the Jackals on an ATO on Mar. 26 and has played in all three games this past weekend. He recorded his first professional goal Apr. 2 against the Manchester Monarchs, logging his first multi-point game (1g, 1a) that afternoon. In three games, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has two points for the Jackals.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward finished his junior career with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, potting a career-high 22 goals and 56 points in his overage season. He spent four seasons in the OHL with Barrie, Windsor and Peterborough, totaling 249 games and notching 165 points (69g, 96a).            

There are only two more chances to see the Elmira Jackals in action at First Arena! Get your tickets today by calling (607) 734-7825.
 

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, April 7th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m

Sunday, April 8th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m.

Jackals Weekly Release - Apr. 4, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 26

Last Week 

Fri., Mar. 31 - Jackals at Adirondack - L, 3-2
Sat., Apr. 1 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 5-2
Sun., Apr. 2 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 4-2

This Week

Fri., Apr. 7 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Sat., Apr. 8 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

03/31/2017Stephen Pietrobon (F)ADD Signed to ATO

03/31/2017Perry D'Arrisso (F)ADD Signed to SPC

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals will play their final two games ever this weekend against the Adirondack Thunder.

  • Two players--Perry D'Arrisso and Anthony Stefano--netted their first pro goals over the weekend in Manchester.

  • Davis Vandane is on a career-high six game point streak (4g, 4a) heading into the final weekend of the season.

  • Kenton Miller has goals in six straight home games and he has 32 points in 31 games at First Arena this season.

  • The Jackals have just two home games remaining, including fan appreciation night on April 8, as we reflect on 17 seasons in Elmira.

  • The Jackals will have their final specialty jersey night Friday as the team wears Superhero jerseys, which will be auctioned after the game to benefit Donate Life.

Upcoming Promotions
 

Superhero Night - Friday, Apr. 7 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals hold their final ever specialty jersey night as they open the last weekend of Jackals hockey in Elmira with Superhero inspired jerseys. Superhero characters will be present and fans are encouraged to attend in costume as well. The jerseys will be auctioned following the game to benefit Donate Life.

Fan Appreciation Night - Saturday, Apr. 8 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

We reflect on 17 seasons of Jackals hockey in Elmira and say thanks to the ones who made it all possible, our loyal fans and supporters. It's the last chance to see Jackals hockey and say farewell to the team with a postgame autograph session with the entire team.


Week in Review

Welcome to the pros

Two Jackals forwards netted their first professional goals this weekend in Manchester. On Saturday, Perry D'Arrisso, skating in his fifth pro game, scored on a tip in the slot for his first pro goal. The Clarkson University product has skated in six games for the Jackals and has two points to begin his pro career.

The next day, rookie Anthony Stefano made his presence felt with his first professional goal and his first pro assist, giving him a multi-point game. He opened the scoring with a goal on breakaway, then picked up an assist on the only other Jackals goal. The OHL product has two points in his first three games with the Jackals.

Blue line blasts 

Davis Vandane had a strong week for the Jackals this past weekend, potting three goals in three games. He blasted a power-play goal in each game, ripping a one-timer from the left circle in each instance. The second-year pro is riding a six-game point streak (4g, 4a) heading into the final weekend and he has points in eight of his last nine games (4g, 7a).

The righty-shooting defenseman is fourth on the Jackals with 36 points (11g, 25a), all of which are career highs. His six power-play goals are second on the team behind Kenton Miller's 10 power-play goals.

Rolling at home 

Jackals forward Kenton Miller has played his best hockey on home ice and he is riding a six-game goal scoring streak at First Arena, netting eight goals in that stretch. The longest home streak in the league this year is shared by three players at seven games, but Miller's is the longest active streak in the ECHL.

Miller, who has 27 points (18g, 9a) over his last 23 games, has dominated opposition in Elmira. In 31 home games with the Jackals, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native has 32 points (21g, 11a). Overall with the Jackals he has 44 points (29g, 15a) and, including his time with Wheeling to begin the season, he has reached 30 goals for the first time in his ECHL career.

  
Game 68: Jackals fall short at Adirondack to begin three-in-three weekend   

The Adirondack Thunder built up a pair of two-goal leads and held off a late flurry by the Jackals in a 3-2 decision at the Glens Falls Civic Center Mar. 31.


The Thunder opened the scoring 8:56 into the first period when Brian Ward received a pass near the crease and cut across to deposit a backhand shot past Jason Kasdorf for a 1-0 lead. They extended the lead early in the second period as Peter MacArthur potted a loose puck rebound near the left circle to make it 2-0 at 4:02. THe Jackals finally responded over halfway through the second, striking on the power play. Davis Vandane ripped a one-timer from the left circle at 13:39. 


Adirondack built another two-goal lead at 8:54 of the third period as MacArthur buried a one-timer from the right circle, converting on a 2-on-1 rush for a 3-1 Thunder lead. Matt Stanisz answered for the Jackals less than four minutes later, blasting a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2, but the Jackals couldn't find a tying goal as Adirondack held on for a 3-2 win.


Game 69: Monarchs pull away in third to open weekend series

The Manchester Monarchs peppered the Jackals net with 43 shots and pulled away with two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Jackals, 5-2, Apr. 1 at SNHU Arena.


The Monarchs grabbed a 1-0 lead 8:29 into the first when Mario Puskarich pounced on a rebound near the crease, which was created off a hard bounce off the glass on a Colton Saucerman shot. The Jackals evened the score with a Davis Vandane power-play goal at 15:37, ripping a one-timer from the left circle to tie the game 1-1. Manchester controlled play in the second period and ended up with a 3-2 lead. Daniel Doremus made it 2-1 at 6:29, potting a rebound that squirted behind Andy Iles. Then Cory Ward jammed in another rebound off the end wall at 11:34 to make it 3-1. Despite a significant shots disadvantage in the period, Perry D'Arrisso got Elmira within one again with his first professional goal at 16:45, deflecting a pass in the slot. 


The Jackals played their best territorial period in the third, but the Monarchs still pulled away. Saucerman made it a 4-2 game at 5:34 with a one-timer from the slot. Zac Lynch sealed the game away with an empty-net goal with 1:01 left for a 5-2 Monarchs win.

Game 70: Monarchs rally past Jackals in final frame to earn series win

The Manchester Monarchs scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and edge the Jackals, 4-2, Apr. 2 at SNHU Arena in Manchester. With the win, Manchester took the season series 8-6 in 14 games.

The Jackals took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Anthony Stefano's first professional goal at 12:10. He took a pass from Nathan Moon to spring a breakaway, which he deposited despite being hooked, to give the Jackals an early lead. Manchester responded with two goals in the second period. Kevin Morris banged home a rebound near the crease to tie the game at 10:04. Then Mario Puskarich wristed a shot from the slot to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 14:24.

Elmira tied the game 3:54 into the third period on a power-play goal from Davis Vandane, whp ripped a one-timer from the left circle. The game remained tied for nearly 10 minutes, until Zac Lynch scored from the slot at 12:50 to put Manchester ahead for good, 3-2. Joe Diamond sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 19:23 to make it a 4-2 final.

Week Ahead 

Game 71: Fri., Apr. 7 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 7:05 p.m.
Game 72: Sat., Apr. 8 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 7:05 p.m.

The Jackals play their final two games as a franchise with a pair of games against the Adirondack Thunder Friday and Saturday night at First Arena. They are the ninth and 10th games of the season series, with Adirondack winning seven of the first eight matches.

With points in their last eight games (7-0-1-0) entering the week, the Thunder have surged to first place in the North Division with a 38-20-7-4 record. At 87 points, the Thunder lead Brampton by three points for the division lead with three games to play. They can clinch their first division title since joining the ECHL prior to last season.  

Adirondack's offense ranks ninth in the ECHL at 3.62 goals per game. Captain Peter MacArthur leads the team with 62 points (24g, 38a) in 61 games, with 25 points coming on the power play. James Henry is second with 51 points (20g, 31a) and rookie Brian Ward is third with 44 points (25g, 19a). They have 32 goals in eight matches against Elmira, a 4.00 goals per game average. 

In net, J.P. Anderson has appeared in each of the last nine Thunder games, posting a 7-0-1-0 record in those games and he was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts. On the season he has appeared in 28 games and is 17-4-4 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He is 13-3-3 in 19 games with the Thunder. Rookie Mason McDonald is 13-9-5 in 29 games with a 2.72 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.

Jackals Edged Out in Series Finale By Monarchs

Jackals Lose 4-2 In Last Ever Road Game

The Elmira Jackals (17-45-7-1) finished the road portion of their schedule with 4-2 loss against the Manchester Monarchs (36-22-7-4) at SNHU Arena Sunday afternoon. The Jackals will play their final two games at home next weekend against the Adirondack Thunder.

The Jackals played a strong first period and carried a 1-0 lead over the Monarchs into the second period with the help of 16 first period saves by Jason Kasdorf. Elmira opened the scoring at 12:10 of the first on Anthony Stefano's first professional goal. Nathan Moon filtered a pass to Stefano, who was streaking in behind the Manchester defense. Despite being hooked, Stefano managed to slide the puck through Charles Williams' five hole to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead. 

Manchester responded with two goals in the second period to go ahead 2-1 after 40 minutes. The Jackals held a 1-0 lead halfway through the second until the Monarchs struck on a power play. Kevin Morris tied the game 1-1 at 10:04, burying a rebound just 11 seconds into a power play. Later in the period, Tyler Sikura sent a pass to Mario Puskarich in the slot and he fired home a wrister to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 14:24. 

The third period was filled with penalties and the Jackals took advantage early as Davis Vandane blasted a 4-on-3 power-play goal from the left circle, giving him a power-play goal in three straight games. Vandane's 11th goal of the season tied the game 2-2 and Matt Stanisz and Stefano picked up the assists.

The game remained tied for the next nine minutes, but the Monarchs broke the tie at 12:50 on a broken play. Daniel Doremus got the puck at the right wing circle and attempted to shoot, but the puck rolled off his stick at the last moment. It rolled right into the slot where Zac Lynch fired it into an open net for a 3-2 Manchester lead. The Jackals comeback bid was foiled by three consecutive penalties late in regulation and the Monarchs sealed the win with an empty-net power-play goal by Joe Diamond at 19:23, giving Manchester a 4-2 win. 

With the win, the Monarchs secured a playoff berth for the eighth straight season.

There are only two more chances to see the Elmira Jackals in action at First Arena! Get your tickets today by calling (607) 734-7825.

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, April 7th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Play Last Ever Road Game

Game 70: Elmira Jackals (17-44-7-1) at Manchester Monarchs (35-22-7-4)

3:00 p.m., SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire

The Jackals and Manchester Monarchs wrap up their 14-game season series this afternoon with the second game of a back-to-back at SNHU Arena in Manchester. It's the final road game in Jackals history and the 14th game of the head-to-head series. The Monarchs lead the series with seven wins to the Jackals six.

With a win over the Jackals last night, the Monarchs are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games and 35-22-7-4 on the season. With 81 points, Manchester is on the verge of clinching a playoff berth for the eighth straight year and the 15th time in 16 years of existence. They are currently third in the North Division and can clinch with a win or Wheeling loss against Reading.


The Jackals have opened the week with two losses on the road, dropping to 4-26-4-1 away from First Arena entering their final ever road game. Overall, the Jackals are coming off their first month with a winning record and they are 7-7-0-0 in their last 14 games. Elmira is now 17-44-7-1 on the season and with 42 points, the Jackals are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

Broadcast Coverage
 

Jackals Pregame at 2:45 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

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

 

Last time out
 

The Manchester Monarchs peppered the Jackals net with 43 shots and pulled away with two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Jackals, 5-2, last night at SNHU Arena.


The Monarchs grabbed a 1-0 lead 8:29 into the first when Mario Puskarich pounced on a rebound near the crease, which was created off a hard bounce off the glass on a Colton Saucerman shot. The Jackals evened the score with a Davis Vandane power-play goal at 15:37, ripping a one-timer from the left circle to tie the game 1-1. Manchester controlled play in the second period and ended up with a 3-2 lead. Daniel Doremus made it 2-1 at 6:29, potting a rebound that squirted behind Andy Iles. Then Cory Ward jammed in another rebound off the end wall at 11:34 to make it 3-1. Despite a significant shots disadvantage in the period, Perry D'Arrisso got Elmira within one again with his first professional goal at 16:45, deflecting a pass in the slot. 


The Jackals played their best territorial period in the third, but the Monarchs still pulled away. Saucerman made it a 4-2 game at 5:34 with a one-timer from the slot. Zac Lynch sealed the game away with an empty-net goal with 1:01 left for a 5-2 Monarchs win.

Head-to-head

Tonight is the final game of the 14-game season series between the Jackals and Monarchs. Through the first 13 games, the Monarchs have seven victories (7-4-2-0) and the Jackals have six wins (6-7-0-0). Elmira went 5-2 in the seven games at First Arena against the Monarchs, including three wins in March.


With two assists last night, Rihards Bukarts has nine points (1g, 8a) in 10 games against the Jackals, which is tied with Teddy Doherty (1g, 8a) for the series lead among active Monarchs players. For the Jackals, two players-Kenton Miller (8g, 3a) and Davis Vandane (2g, 9a)-lead the way with 11 points in the series.


In net, Jack Flinn earned his first win over the Jackals, improving to 1-2-0 while Charles Williams won last Saturday night in his professional debut. Andy Iles is 4-4-0 in eight games against the Monarchs with a 3.60 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Jason Kasdorf is 2-2-0 with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage, including his first professional shutout last Sunday.


Scouting the Monarchs

The Monarchs 4-6-0-0 over their last 10 games, but are back in third place in the North Division with a chance to clinch an eighth straight playoff berth with a win or a Wheeling regulation loss today. At 35-22-7-4, the Monarchs have 81 points, one ahead of Reading's 80 and three behind Brampton, with a game in hand

Among active players, Joe Diamond, who returned from a two-game suspension with three assists last night, leads the team with 47 points (22g, 25a). Daniel Doremus, who missed last weekend due to personal reasons, has 45 points (10g, 35a) after scoring a goal last night. Leading scorer Matt Leitner, who had 53 points in 51 games, is on loan to the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds.

In net, Jack Flinn has started four of their last five games last week and has appeared in 11 games this season, posting a 4-4-1 record with a 3.52 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. Charles Williams made his pro debut and defeated the Jackals Saturday night.


Special teams

The Monarchs power play was 1-for-4 last night, moving to 49-for-216 this season. Their 22.7% conversion rate ranks fifth in the league and their 25.5% rate on home ice is fourth.

The Jackals have scored power-play goals in seven of the last eight games (9-for-28). At 40-for-230 the Jackals are 12th in the league with the power play at 17.4%.

Manchester's penalty kill has surrendered goals in eight of the last 10 game and 12 of the last 15 games, including six power-play goals against in 16 shorthanded chances against the Jackals over the last four games. The Monarchs have dropped to 19th in the ECHL on the kill at 81.3%. 


The Jackals penalty kill surrendered a power-play goal in four chances last night against the Monarchs, slipping to 21st in the ECHL on the kill at 80.5%, allowing 52 power-play goals in 267 chances.

Jackals Road Trip Continues With 5-2 Loss

Monarchs Pull Away With Two Unanswered Goals In The Third

The Manchester Monarchs (35-22-7-4) got two unanswered goals in the third period and pulled away from the Elmira Jackals (17-44-7-1), 5-2, at the SNHU Arena Saturday night.

With an extra day off between games, the Monarchs came out of the gates flying to grab an early 1-0 lead. On their second power-play in the first half of the period, Mario Puskarich potted a power-play goal at 8:28, depositing a lively rebound that came off the glass following a missed shot by Colton Saucerman. 

The Jackals pulled even later in the period on a one-timed power-play goal by Davis Vandane from the left circle at 15:37. Matt Stanisz received a pass from Kenton Miller and sent the puck to Vandane at the left circle where he blasted a shot to the near post to make it a 1-1 game on his 10th goal of the season.

The Monarchs took it to the Jackals to open the second period and they opened a 3-1 lead just over halfway through the game. Daniel Doremus broke the 1-1 tie by finding the loose puck behind Andy Iles and putting it into an open net at 6:29. Later in the period, Cory Ward scored on another lively rebound off the end wall, making it 3-1 at 11:34 of the second.

The Jackals weathered the storm and then got back within one again late in the second. Steven Kaunisto took the puck down the right wing, got to the right circle, then sent a pass toward the slot. Perry D'Arrisso got a stick on it and popped it into the net for his first professional goal at 16:45, cutting the Monarchs lead to 3-2.

Elmira played its strongest period in the third, but the Monarchs ended up pulling away with two unanswered goals. The Monarchs opened a 4-2 lead at 5:34 when Saucerman buried a one-timer from the slot following a tic-tac-toe pass play. The Jackals continued to press for a comeback, but that fell short when Zac Lynch sealed the game with an empty-net goal with 1:01 remaining to give the Monarchs a 5-2 win. 

There are only two more chances to see the Elmira Jackals in action at First Arena! Get your tickets today by calling (607) 734-7825.

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:  

Sunday, April 2nd: Elmira Jackals at Manchester Monarchs - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 7:05 p.m.

 

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Aim To Continue Success Over Monarchs

Game 69: Elmira Jackals (17-43-7-1) at Manchester Monarchs (34-22-7-4)

6:00 p.m., SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire

The Jackals and Manchester Monarchs approach the end of their 14-game season series tonight by beginning a two-game series in Manchester. They are the final two road games for the Jackals and the 13th and 14th games of the head-to-head series. After winning twice over the weekend at First Arena, the Jackals have pulled even in the series with six wins apiece.

The Monarchs went 2-2 in a four games in five nights road trip last week, with two losses coming to the Jackals at First Arena. They are just 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games and 34-22-7-4 on the season. With 79 points are now in fourth place in the ever-changing North Division playoff race, closing in on clinching a playoff berth.


The Jackals opened the weekend with a tight 3-2 loss on the road against the Adirondack Thunder, but they still have five wins in their last 10 games. The Jackals finished March with a 7-6-0-0 record, their best record in a month this season. Elmira is now 17-43-7-1 on the season and with 42 points, the Jackals are in sixth place in the North Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.      

Broadcast Coverage
 

Jackals Pregame at 5:45 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

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

Last time out
 

The Adirondack Thunder built up a pair of two-goal leads and held off a late flurry by the Jackals in a 3-2 decision at the Glens Falls Civic Center last night.


The Thunder opened the scoring 8:56 into the first period when Brian Ward received a pass near the crease and cut across to deposit a backhand shot past Jason Kasdorf for a 1-0 lead. They extended the lead early in the second period as Peter MacArthur potted a loose puck rebound near the left circle to make it 2-0 at 4:02. THe Jackals finally responded over halfway through the second, striking on the power play. Davis Vandane ripped a one-timer from the left circle at 13:39. 


Adirondack built another two-goal lead at 8:54 of the third period as MacArthur buried a one-timer from the right circle, converting on a 2-on-1 rush for a 3-1 Thunder lead. Matt Stanisz answered for the Jackals less than four minutes later, blasting a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2, but the Jackals couldn't find a tying goal as Adirondack held on for a 3-2 win.

Playing spoiler

The Jackals have just four games remaining and they all come against the Manchester Monarchs and Adirondack Thunder, two teams in a tight race in the North Division. The results of these four games will decide who finishes where in the North Division playoff landscape.

Elmira is just 9-31-2-0 against their divisional opponents this season, but their best success has come against the Monarchs, with six wins in the 12-game series to date. Adirondack has points in all eight of the head-to-head matches (7-0-0-1) and the Monarchs have a 6-4-2-0 record against the Jackals.

The Jackals have finished their matches with Brampton, Reading and Wheeling. The Jackals went winless in nine games against Brampton and earned one win in 10 games against Reading and one victory in three matches with Wheeling.

Head-to-head

Tonight is the 13th game of the 14-game season series between the Jackals and Monarchs. Through the first 12 games, the Monarchs have six victories (6-4-2-0) and the Jackals have six wins (6-6-0-0). Elmira went 5-2 in the seven games at First Arena against the Monarchs, including three wins in March.


With two assists last night, Teddy Doherty leads active Monarchs players with eight points (1g, 7a) in 12 games against Elmira. Rihards Bukarts is next with seven points (1g, 6a) in nine games. For the Jackals, three players-Kenton Miller (8g, 2a), Casey Thrush (1g, 9a) and Davis Vandane (1g, 9a)-lead the way with 10 points in the series.


In net, Jack Flinn has dropped two decisions against the Jackals while Charles Williams won last Saturday night in his professional debut. Andy Iles is 4-3-0 in seven games against the Monarchs with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Jason Kasdorf is 2-2-0 with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage, including his first professional shutout last Sunday.


Scouting the Monarchs

The Monarchs have slumped to a 3-6-1-0 record over their last 10 games, dropping to fourth place in the North Division playoff race. At 34-22-7-4, the Monarchs have 79 points, one behind Reading's 80, but just five points ahead of Wheeling for the last playoff position. 

After being shut out for just the second time all season Sunday against the Jackals, the Monarchs are sixth in the ECHL offensively at 3.67 goals per game. Among active players, Joe Diamond, who was suspended for the final two games in Elmira last weekend, leads the team with 44 points (22g, 22a). Daniel Doremus, who missed the weekend due to personal reasons, also has 44 points (9g, 35a). Leading scorer Matt Leitner, who had 53 points in 51 games, is on loan to the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds.

In net, Jack Flinn started three of their four games last week and has appeared in 10 games this season, posting a 3-4-1 record with a 3.69 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage. Charles Williams made his pro debut and defeated the Jackals Saturday night.


Special teams

The Monarchs went 3-for-10 on the power play in three games last week against the Jackals to move to 48-for-212 this season. Their 22.6% conversion rate ranks fifth in the league and their 25.5% rate on home ice is fourth.

The Jackals have scored power-play goals in six of the last seven games (8-for-24). At 39-for-226 the Jackals are 13th in the league with the power play at 17.3%.

Manchester's penalty kill has surrendered goals in seven of the last nine game and 11 of the last 14 games, including five power-play goals against in 12 shorthanded chances against the Jackals last week. The Monarchs have dropped to 19th in the ECHL on the kill at 81.4%. 


The Jackals penalty kill was perfect in four chances to open the weekend last night in Adirondack, but remained 21st in the ECHL on the kill at 80.6%, allowing 51 power-play goals in 263 chances. Their road PK has struggled, stopping just 78.0% of chances.