Jackals Slip Up in OT to Brampton

Jackals Push Point Streak to Five Games with 3-2 Overtime Loss                

BRAMPTON, Ont. - December 4, 2016 - The Elmira Jackals (5-10-4-0) saw two one-goal leads slip away, eventually losing in overtime to the Brampton Beast (9-7-1-2), 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. 


For the third straight game the Jackals scored first, taking a 1-0 lead at 12:06 of the opening period. With Vaclav Karabacek sitting for tripping, the Jackals penalty kill capitalized on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush, led by Sebastien Sylvestre, who snapped a shot from the right circle to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead on his fourth goal of the season. That lasted for 21 seconds before former Jackal Scott Jacklin banged in a rebound on the same Beast power play to quickly tie the game at one.

Later in the first, Matt Lane and Karabacek established a relentless forecheck to force a Beast turnover. Karabacek took the puck away and got a wraparound shot on goal, which Zach Fucale saved, but Lane pounced on the rebound for his first professional goal at 16:24, giving the Jackals a 2-1 advantage.

After a scoreless second period, which saw the Jackals successfully kill off two Brampton power plays, the game went into the third period with the Jackals ahead 2-1. Jacklin got his second goal of the day, this one a shorthanded goal, at 11:51 of the third, to tie the game at two, sending the game into overtime.

Just 59 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime, the Beast won the game as David Vallorani buried a shot on a 2-on-1 rush, converting on a pass from Luke Pither to give the Beast a 3-2 win, their fifth win over the Jackals this season.      

               

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Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, December 7th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 10th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:00 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Battle Beast to Begin Road Trip

Game 19: Elmira Jackals (5-10-3-0) vs. Brampton Beast (8-7-1-2)

2:00 p.m., Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario

The Jackals open a six-game road trip with their fifth match of the season against the Brampton Beast.

Brampton enters this afternoon's match after a 6-1 loss to Quad City Friday night in Brampton, splitting a two-game set with the Mallards. This is the third game of an eight-game homestand for Brampton, which will also include matches with Indy, Wheeling and Adirondack.

The Jackals are on a season-high four-game point streak (3-0-1-0), coming off a 7-4 win over the Kalamazoo Wings Friday night at First Arena. After this afternoon's match with the Beast, the Jackals continue their six-game road trip with three games in Florida, starting Wednesday.   
 

Broadcast Coverage

Jackals Pregame at 1:45 p.m. Radio: 1410 WELM

Last time out

The Jackals broke out for five goals in the third period and beat the Kalamazoo Wings on Teddy Bear Toss night Friday at First Arena.

The teams exchanged goals in the first two periods, with Mike Radja giving Elmira a one-goal lead in the first two minutes of both the first and second period, but both times the Wings bounced back to tie the game, sending it to the third a 2-2 game.

In the decisive third period, the Jackals scored twice in 10 seconds to go up 4-2, with Kenton Miller scoring the first at 5:41 and Mark Bennett scoring on the ensuing faceoff at 5:51. Miller added a power-play goal at 8:07 to make it a three-goal game, but the Wings quickly answered to get back within two. Then Vaclav Karabacek scored twice, with another K-Wings goal in between, to make the score 7-4. In all, seven goals were scored in a span of 7:10 from 5:41 to 12:51 in the first period.

Quarter pole

Elmira is a quarter of the way through the season, playing game 18 of 72 Friday night against Kalamazoo. The Jackals hit the quarter point with a four-game point streak, pushing their record to 5-10-3-0.

The biggest turnaround early in the season for the Jackals is the offensive production, which picked up over the last seven games, scoring at least three goals in five of those seven games. They are averaging 3.71 goals-per game in the last seven. In the first 11 games, the Jackals scored three goals once and totaled 16 goals in 11 games, a 1.45 goals per game average.

The roster overhaul since opening night has been a contributing factor to the team's recent success, with 39.1% of the team's total offensive output (43 out of 110 total points) coming from players who were not on the Jackals opening night active roster. Kenton Miller leads the way with 10 points (6g, 4a) in nine games since being acquired in a trade with Wheeling in November.

 

Scouting the Beast  

With four wins in their last 10 games, the Beast enter today's match at 8-7-1-2. With 19 points, Brampton has dropped to fifth in the North Division, five points behind Wheeling and six points ahead of Elmira.   

Brampton is down to fourth in the ECHL in goals per game at 3.78, tallying 68 goals in 18 games. They are also last in the ECHL in goals against per game at 4.22, allowing 76 goals. David Pacan leads the high-scoring Beast with 23 points (11g, 12a), while two other players--David Vallorani and Brandon Marino--are averaging at least a point per game.

In goal, Zach Fucale and Bryan Pitton have split time for the Beast. Fucale has appeared in 10 games and has a 5-3-0-0 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage. Pitton, in six games, is 2-3-0-2 with a 4.71 goals-against average and an .847 save percentage. Fucale has three wins against Elmira and Pitton has one.

Head-to-head

Tonight is the fifth match of a season series that has been controlled by Brampton through the first four. The Beast are 4-0-0-0 against Elmira, with each win coming by two goals.

Brandon MacLean is the leading scorer in the season, posting 10 points (2g, 8a) and a +8 rating in just four games. David Vallorani (4g, 1a) and David Pacan (3g, 2a) have also been tough matchups for the Jackals, with five points in the four games.

In goal, Zachary Fucale has started three of the four games against the Jackals, winning all three and allowing a nine goals, giving him a 3.00 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage.

On the flip side, Casey Thrush leads Elmira with four assists in four games with Brampton, following by Kenton Miller's three points (2g, 1a).       


Special teams

The power play was 0-for-3 Friday against Quad City and is now 8-for-68 (11.2%) on the season, ranking 21st in the ECHL. At home they are just 3-for-35 (8.6%), which is 25th in the league for teams on home ice. They have also given up five shorthanded goals, tied for the second-most in the league.

The Jackals power play went 1-for-5 Friday and now has goals in three straight games for the first time this season, going 4-for-8 (50.0%). That moved them to 11-for-51 (21.6%) with the man advantage, ranking sixth in the league.

After going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill Friday against the Mallards, the Beast are now successfully killing 82.9% of opponent's power plays, which ranks 15th in the ECHL.

The Jackals penalty kill was 5-for-6 Friday and is now 33-for-38 (86.8%) in the last 13 games. On the season they are 44-for-54 (81.5%) on the penalty kill, ranking 18th in the league.

Jackals Explode in the Third Period for 7-4 Win

Five-goal Third Extends Jackals Point Streak to Four Games

The Elmira Jackals (5-10-3-0) broke out for five goals in the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie and cruising to a 7-4 win over the Kalamazoo Wings (7-11-0-2) Friday night at First Arena. The win extended the Jackals point streak to a season-high four games (3-0-1-0). 


With the Jackals holding their annual Teddy Bear Toss, Elmira wasted little time to get the bears flying. Captain Mike Radja scooped up a puck in the slot and fired one past goalie Joel Martin to ignite the Teddy Bear Toss and give the Jackals a 1-0 lead just 1:09 into the first period. The Wings pulled even with a shorthanded goal by Justin Taylor, his fourth goal in two games against the Jackals, at 8:59, sending the game into the first intermission tied at one.

From there the game took a physical turn, with the Jackals logging 23 penalty minutes in the second period. But the Jackals went back ahead 2-1 early in the second, with Radja scoring on a tricky pass from behind the net by Sebastien Sylvestre, which had the goalie going the wrong direction. Radja fired into an open net at 1:32 for his second goal of the night and fourth of the season. The K-Wings responded again as Anthony Camara blasted a 5-on-3 power-play goal from the right circle at 4:22, tying the game at two, which is how the score would hold entering the third.

In the decisive final frame, the teams combined for seven goals in seven minutes, from the 5:41 mark to the 12:51 mark. Kenton Miller started the barrage of goals with his sixth goal of the season, breaking in and beating Martin with a backhand shot. Just 10 seconds later, after Miller hit the post on a breakaway off the ensuing faceoff, Mark Bennett scored on the rebound to make it 4-2 Jackals. Less than three minutes later, Miller scored his second of the night and seventh of the season with a power-play goal from in front of the net, giving Elmira a 5-2 lead.

Kalamazoo made it a two-goal game again at 9:44, with Eric Kattelus roofing a backhand in the slot, pulling within 5-3. Less than a minute later, Vaclav Karabacek picked up his second goal in as many games, but the Wings struck right back 20 seconds later and it was 6-4 Jackals at 10:46. Karabacek finally capped the scoring with his second of the night at 12:51, scoring from the slot with a shot that hit the post then bounced in off Martin. The Jackals would win it, 7-4, giving them wins in three of the last four games.

Notes: Karabacek finished with a game-high four points (2g, 2a), while Radja (2g, 1a) and Miller (2g, 1a) also had multi-point games for the Jackals. Seven goals total and five goals in the third period are both season highs for Elmira. The Jackals scored on three of their first four shots in the third period to break the tie.                  

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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:

Sunday, December 4th: Elmira Jackals at Brampton Beast - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 10th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:00 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Host Teddy Bear Toss in Final Match Versus K-Wings

Game 18: Elmira Jackals (4-10-3-0) vs. Kalamazoo Wings (7-10-0-2)

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


The Jackals play the final game of their six-game homestand with the second of two straight games against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena, as the Jackals hold their annual Teddy Bear Toss.

The Wings snapped a five-game winless streak with Wednesday's overtime win against the Jackals, improving to 7-10-0-2 on the season. The K-Wings are in a stretch in which they play 10 out of 11 games on the road. The one home game came last Sunday in the final game of a three-in-three in three different cities. Kalamazoo travels to Manchester for two games tomorrow and Sunday.

The Jackals are on a season-high three-game point streak, winning back-to-back games against the Manchester Monarchs over the weekend before falling in overtime to Kalamazoo Wednesday. After tonight's match with the K-Wings, the Jackals wrap up the week with an afternoon match in Brampton Sunday to begin a six-game road trip.
  


Tickets

Purchase single game tickets by calling (607) 734-7825, visiting the Main Street Box Office at First Arena or online.

Broadcast Coverage

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

Last time out

Justin Taylor completed a hat trick with a goal 1:19 into overtime to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Jackals Wednesday night.

Kyle Rankin started the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:29 of the first period, stashing home a rebound in the slot to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead. Taylor tied the game 7:09 into the second period with a drive from the right circle, but Vaclav Karabacek put the Jackals back in front with a power-play goal at 11:21 of the second.

Kalamazoo grabbed its first lead early in the third period, scoring back-to-back goals 1:20 apart to go up 3-2 2:47 into the third. After Andy Iles stopped Anthony Camara on a penalty shot, the Jackals battled back to get the game even at three with Justin Kea scoring on a 2-on-1 rush. That goal forced OT, where Taylor won it on a Wings 2-on-1 rush.

Toss those teddy bears

Tonight is the Jackals annual Teddy Bear Toss, as fans are asked to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game. Once the Jackals score their first goal, fans toss their teddy bears onto the ice. The bears will be collected and donated to local emergency services, which will distribute them to children in need in the Southern Tier this holiday season.

Scouting the Wings
  

Kalamazoo ended a five-game winless streak (0-4-0-1) with Wednesday's win and they are now 2-7-0-1 in the last 10 games. With 16 points and a 7-10-0-2 record, the K-Wings find themselves in sixth in the Central Division, four points out of the division's final playoff spot. Tonight is the second game of a four game in five night stretch for the K-Wings, as they visit Manchester for back-to-back tomorrow and Sunday.
 

Kalamazoo is 25th in the ECHL, scoring 2.26 goals per game through its first 19 games. Three players have reached the 10-point plateau for the Wings, led by Justin Taylor's 14 points (6g, 8a) in 19 games, including a hat trick Wednesday against the Jackals. Tyler Shattock (4g, 7a) and Dajon Mingo (2g, 9a) are next with 11 points apiece. Blake Kessel, acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Gladiators on Monday, had 23 points (7g, 16a) for the Glads and becomes the Wings' top scorer.

In goal, Nick Riopel and Joel Martin have split action through the first quarter of the season. In nine games, Riopel is 3-5-0-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage, while Martin is 4-5-0-1 and has a 3.08 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 11 games. Martin allowed three goals on 30 shots Wednesday against the Jackals. 
 
Head-to-head

Tonight is the final of two matches between the Jackals and Wings in 2016-17 after Kalamazoo won Wednesday night.

Last season, in five head-to-head matches, the Jackals beat the K-Wings three times to win the season series. Dating back to the 2014-15 season, the teams have alternated wins and losses over the last seven meetings.

Among returning players, Justin Taylor (2g, 2a) and Lane Scheidl (4a) were the leading scorers in the season series with four points. Joel Martin started four games against the Jackals and went 2-2-0, allowing 14 goals for a 3.53 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.      


Special teams

The Wings power play ranks 22nd in the ECHL, converting on 10-of-84 power plays this season, an 11.9% rate. On the road, the Wings are at 9.6%, 5-for-52, in 12 road matches, including an 0-for-4 Wednesday in Elmira. They've allowed three shorthanded goals. They have had the third-most power-play opportunities in the league, behind Missouri (88) and Allen (85).

The Jackals power play went 2-for-2 Wednesday and they are now 3-for-3 with the man advantage over the last two games. That moved them to 10-for-46 (21.7%) with the man advantage, ranking fifth in the league. They are 6-for-24 (25.0%) at First Arena.

The Kalamazoo penalty kill dropped to 54-for-67 (80.6%), which ranks 22nd in the ECHL. They aren't as good on the road, where they have allowed 10 power-play goals in 37 shorthanded situations, a 73.0% rate.

The Jackals penalty kill was 4-for-4 Wednesday and is now 28-for-32 (87.5%) in the last 12 games. On the season they are 39-for-48 (81.3%) on the penalty kill, ranking 21st in the league. They have been shorthanded fewer than any other team in the league.

Jackals Extend Point Streak to Three in Overtime Loss

Kalamazoo Hands Jackals 4-3 Overtime Defeat

The Elmira Jackals (4-10-3-0) extended their point streak to a season-high three games, but couldn't hold a third-period lead as the Kalamazoo Wings (7-10-0-2) won, 4-3, in overtime Wednesday at First Arena. 


The Jackals got out of the first period with a 1-0 lead, on the strength of their special teams. The Jackals successfully killed two early K-Wings power plays and then they took advantage of their first power play. Kyle Rankin converted on a rebound in the slot for his second power-play goal of the season at 14:29. Greg Amlong was set up at the right point by J.P. LaFontaine and took a shot, which created the rebound for Rankin to give Elmira a 1-0 lead.

Kalamazoo had a strong start to the second period and they turned that into a tie game when Justin Taylor scored on a blast from the right circle at 7:09. Andy Iles got a piece of the shot, but it trickled over the goal line to even the game at one. Just over four minutes later, on their second power play of the night, the Jackals re-claimed the lead as Vaclav Karabacek snapped in a shot from the right circle for his first professional goal. Matt Lane picked up his first assist as a Jackal and Steven Kaunisto extended his point streak to three games on the goal, as the Jackals took a 2-1 lead into the third period.

The Wings had another strong start in the third period and got some puck luck to get two quick goals to take a 3-2 lead. Dajon Mingo got the first with a shot from the slot that went five hold on Iles, tying the game at two just 1:27 into the second period. Just 1:20 later, Taylor got credit for his second goal of the night, deflecting a point shot from Charlie Vasaturo to give the Wings their first lead.

Later in the third, Anthony Camara broke in on a breakaway and was hooked from behind, drawing a penalty shot at 8:22. Iles made a strong save on the penalty shot and the Jackals picked up on that momentum to tie the game at three a few minutes later. Justin Kea, who scored the overtime game-winning goal Sunday, started a 2-on-1 down the right wing. At the right circle he wristed a shot past Joel Martin to tie the game with 8:39 to play in regulation.

In overtime, Martin robbed Sebastien Sylvestre on back-to-back chances and the second led to a 2-on-1 for the Wings, which Taylor scored on to complete a hat trick and give Kalamazoo 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:

Wednesday, November 30th: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - $1 Beer Night

Friday, November 2nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. Teddy Bear Toss


Sunday, November 4th: Elmira Jackals at Brampton Beast - 2:00 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW: Jackals Aim For Third Straight Win in First Match With K-Wings

Game 17: Elmira Jackals (4-10-2-0) vs. Kalamazoo Wings (6-10-0-2)

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


The Jackals play the fifth game of their six-game homestand with the first of two straight games against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena. The games are the only two matches between the teams this season, after they met five times last season, with the Jackals winning three of the five.

The Wings are winless in their last five games (0-4-0-1) and have just one win in the last 10 games, falling to 6-10-0-2 on the season. The K-Wings are in a stretch in which they play 10 out of 11 games on the road. The one home game was the final game of a three-in-three in three different cities this past weekend. Kalamazoo travels to Manchester for two games Saturday and Sunday.

The Jackals have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, sweeping a pair of games with the Manchester Monarchs Saturday and Sunday, including a 2-1 overtime win to end a three-in-three weekend. After the Jackals and K-Wings finish their series Friday, the Jackals wrap up the week with an afternoon match in Brampton Sunday.
  


Tickets

Purchase single game tickets by calling (607) 734-7825, visiting the Main Street Box Office at First Arena or online.

 

Broadcast Coverage

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

 

Last time out

Justin Kea scored 3:02 into overtime and the Jackals completed a weekend sweep of the Manchester Monarchs with a 2-1 win Sunday evening at First Arena.

The Monarchs sprinted out of the gates for a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Derek Arnold scored on a rebound at the left circle at 4:03 of the first to give the Monarchs the lead. It remained a 1-0 Manchester advantage deep into the third period, until the Jackals got their first power play of the game.

Sebastien Sylvestre fired a shot from the point and it grazed off of Kenton Miller and went in for a power-play goal with 1:39 to play in regulation. Then, in overtime, it was Kea who tapped in a centering pass from Steven Kaunisto to win it for the Jackals at 3:02. Jason Kasdorf was excellent in his second start for the Jackals, stopping 24 shots to earn his first professional win.

 

Breathing room

Saturday's 5-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs marked the first win by more than one goal for the Jackals this season. It was also just the second game all season the Jackals held a lead of at least two goals. The first was Nov. 6 in South Carolina, a 3-2 overtime loss for the Jackals.

Elmira's other three wins have all been one-goal games. The Jackals have played in six games decided by one goal and are 3-1-2-0. Tonight's opponent, Kalamazoo, is one of two teams (Wichita) without a win in one-goal games, posting a 0-2-0-2 record in four games.

Scouting the Wings
  

Kalamazoo enters the week on a five-game winless streak (0-4-0-1) and they have just one win over their last 10 games (1-8-0-1). With 14 points and a 6-10-0-2 record, the K-Wings find themselves in seventh in the Central Division, six points out of the division's final playoff spot. Wednesday marks the first game of a four game in five night stretch for the K-Wings, as they visit Manchester for back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday.
 

Kalamazoo is 25th in the ECHL, scoring 2.17 goals per game through its first 18 games. However, over the last four games, all regulation losses, the K-Wings defense has been the issue, allowing at least five goals in each game. Three players have reached the 10-point plateau for the Wings, led by Justin Taylor's 11 points (3g, 8a) in 18 games. Tyler Shattock (4g, 6a) and Dajon Mingo (1g, 9a) are next with 10 points apiece. Blake Kessel, acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Gladiators on Monday, had 23 points (7g, 16a) for the Glads and becomes the Wings' top scorer.

In goal, Nick Riopel and Joel Martin have split action and both goalies hold 3-5-0-1 records. In nine games, Riopel has a 2.86 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage, while Martin has a 3.10 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 10 games.
 
Head-to-head

Tonight is the first of two matches between the Jackals and Wings in 2016-17. They'll wrap up the quick season series Friday at First Arena.

Last season, in five head-to-head matches, the Jackals beat the K-Wings three times to win the season series. The teams alternated wins and losses in each of the five matches.

Among returning players, Justin Taylor (2g, 2a) and Lane Scheidl (4a) were the leading scorers in the season series with four points. Joel Martin started four games against the Jackals and went 2-2-0, allowing 14 goals for a 3.53 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.      


Special teams

The Wings power play ranks 21st in the ECHL, converting on 10-of-80 power plays this season, good for a 12.5% rate. On the road, the Wings are at 10.4%, 5-for-48, in 11 road matches. They've allowed three shorthanded goals. They have had the third-most power-play opportunities in the league, behind Missouri (85) and Allen (81).

The Jackals power play went 1-for-1 in their win Sunday against Manchester, scoring the tying goal with under two minutes to play in regulation. That moved them to 8-for-44 (18.2%) with the man advantage, ranking 13th in the league. They are 4-for-22 both at home and on the road.

The Kalamazoo penalty kill is 54-for-65 (83.1%), which ranks 15th in the ECHL. They aren't as good on the road, where they have allowed eight power-play goals in 35 shorthanded situations, a 77.1% rate.

The Jackals penalty kill was 2-for-2 last night and is now 24-for-28 (85.7%) in the last 11 games. On the season they are 35-for-44 (79.5%) on the penalty kill, ranking 22nd in the league. They have been shorthanded fewer than any other team in the league.

$1 Beer and Teddy Bear Toss Coming This Week

Jackals Host Kalamazoo in Their Two Home Games of the Week

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 details for the two home games at First Arena this week, as they host the Kalamazoo Wings Wednesday and Friday night.
 

The Jackals host their first Wednesday night game of the season at 7:05 p.m. against the K-Wings for $1 Beer Night. Throughout the night, fans can purchase Bud Light and Labatt Blue for just $1, while the Jackals go for their third straight win.

Then on Friday at 7:05 p.m., the Jackals continue to celebrate the season of giving with the annual Teddy Bear Toss, presented by Barrett's Bow Hunting. Fans are asked to bring a new teddy bear or other stuffed animal to toss onto the ice after the Jackals score their first goal of the game. The stuffed animals are collected and donated to Emergency Services. Barrett's Bow Hunting will also have a special giveaway for fans. It's also a Frosty Friday, courtesy of Wendy's.

Single game tickets can be purchased at jackalshockey.com/single, by calling (607) 734-7825 or by visiting the First Arena Box Office.   

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:

Wednesday, November 30th: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. $1 Beer Night

Friday, November 2nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. Teddy Bear Toss


Sunday, December 4th: Elmira Jackals at Brampton Beast - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 10th: Elmira Jackals at Florida Everblades - 7:00 p.m.
 

Jackals Weekly Release - Nov. 28, 2016 - Vol. 10, No. 8

Last Week 

Fri., Nov. 25 - Jackals vs. Reading - L, 3-2
Sat., Nov. 26 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 5-3
Sun., Nov. 27 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 2-1 (OT)

This Week
Wed., Nov. 30 - Jackals vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - $1 Beer Night
Fri., Dec. 2 - Jackals vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Teddy Bear Toss
Sun., Dec. 4 - Jackals at Brampton - 2:00 p.m. - Powerade Centre

Transactions 

11/27/16 Justin Kea (F)  ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL) 

11/25/16 Vaclav Karabacek (F) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)  

11/25/16 Matt Lane (F) ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL) 

11/24/16 Daultan Leveille (F) DEL Traded from Elmira to Wichita

11/23/16 Todd Christian (F) DEL Released from SPC

11/23/16 Colin Murray (F)  DEL Released from SPC

11/22/16 Jason Kasdorf (G)  ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)   

11/22/16 John Muse (G)  DEL Recalled from loan by Rochester (AHL)    

  Need to Know

  • The Jackals are in the midst of a six-game homestand, with the final two games coming this week against the Kalamazoo Wings Wednesday and Friday.

  • Elmira swept two games against the Manchester Monarchs this weekend, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

  • Forward Vaclav Karabacek made his professional debut Nov. 25 against Reading and then picked up his first two pro points, a pair of assists, Nov. 26 vs. Manchester.

  • Kenton Miller has seven points (4g, 3a) in seven games with the Jackals since being acquired in a trade from the Wheeling Nailers Nov. 8. He had a point in all three games this weekend.
     

Week in Review

 

Making the right moves      

The Jackals have made several roster moves over the last few weeks and that has started to pay dividends on the ice. Kenton Miller, who the Jackals acquired in a trade with the Wheeling Nailers on Nov. 8, is riding a four-game point streak (4g, 3a). He has seven points in seven games since joining the Jackals and is the team's leading scorer.

Four players made their Jackals debut over the weekend, including goaltender Jason Kasdorf who made two starts and went 1-1-0, allowing just four goals. His 1.98 goals-against average and .932 save percentage are tops among Jackals goalies. J.P. LaFontaine has a +3 rating in three games since being claimed off waivers from Allen. Vaclav Karabacek has two assists in his first three games in Elmira after being reassigned from AHL-Rochester Nov. 25. Matt Lane was also loaned by the Amerks and made his Jackals debut this weekend while Mark Bennett made his season debut and had an assist after beginning the season on IR.

Breathing room
Saturday's 5-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs marked the first win by more than one goal for the Jackals this season. It was also just the second game all season the Jackals held a lead of at least two goals. The first was Nov. 6 in South Carolina, a 3-2 overtime loss for the Jackals.

Elmira's other three wins have all been one-goal games. The Jackals have played in six games decided by one goal and are 3-1-2-0.

 

Game 14: Royals surge past Jackals with two late goals  
The Reading Royals scored twice in the final four minutes to rally past the Jackals, 3-2, Nov. 25 at First Arena.

The Jackals were tied or held a lead for much of the game, grabbing a 1-0 lead 6:36 into the first period. Greg Betzold banged in a rebound following a Jackals faceoff win for his second goal of the season, making it 1-0 Elmira. 10 minutes later, Nick Luukko scored on a mini breakaway down the left wing, tying the game at one at 16:21.

Guy Leboeuf put the Jackals back in front early in the third, blasting a one-timer from the high slot for his first goal of the season and giving the Jackals a 2-1 lead at 3:35. It stayed 2-1 Jackals deep into the third period, until Olivier Labelle scored a power-play goal on a deflection with 3:15 remaining in the third. Less than a minute later Jesper Pettersson snapped in a shot from the slot to give Reading its first lead, 3-2, and the Jackals couldn't find an equalizing goal.

Game 15: Jackals upend first-place Monarchs    

Steven Kaunisto scored twice in the third period and the Jackals topped the first-place Manchester Monarchs, 5-3, Nov. 26 at First Arena.

The Jackals rolled out to a 1-0 lead at 13:29 of the first period, when Kenton Miller scored his fourth goal of the season on a rebound in front. It remained a 1-0 lead into the second of period, before the lead changed hands twice. The Monarchs scored twice less than a minute apart, with Derek Arnold tying the game at 2:17 and Joe Diamond giving Manchester a 2-1 lead at 3:11.

The Jackals reclaimed the lead later in the second period, with Greg Betzold tying the game up at two at 13:35 and Mike Radja making it 3-2 at 15:52. In the third, Kaunisto buried a loose puck at the left circle, making it a two-goal game at 3:15 of the third. After the Monarchs scored a power-play goal, Kaunisto iced the game with an empty-net goal to give the Jackals a 5-3 win.

Game 16: Jackals stun Monarchs with overtime win
Justin Kea scored 3:02 into overtime and the Jackals completed a weekend sweep of the Manchester Monarchs with a 2-1 win Sunday evening at First Arena.

The Monarchs sprinted out of the gates for a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Derek Arnold scored on a rebound at the left circle at 4:03 of the first to give the Monarchs the lead. It remained a 1-0 Manchester lead deep into the third period, until the Jackals got their first power play of the game.

Sebastien Sylvestre fired a shot from the point and it grazed off of Kenton Miller and went in for a power-play goal with 1:39 to play in regulation. Then, in overtime, it was Kea who tapped in a centering pass from Steven Kaunisto to win it for the Jackals at 3:02. Jason Kasdorf was excellent in his second start for the Jackals, stopping 24 shots to earn his first professional win.

  

Week Ahead 

 

Game 17: Wed., Nov. 30 vs. Kalamazoo Wings, 7:05 p.m. - $1 Beer Night
Game 18: Fri., Dec. 2 vs. Kalamazoo Wings, 7:05 p.m. - Teddy Bear Toss

The Jackals conclude their six-game homestand, and hit the quarter pole of the regular season, with two games against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena Wednesday and Friday. The games are the only two matches between the teams this season, after they met five times last season, with the Jackals winning three of the five.
 

 

Kalamazoo enters the week on a five-game winless streak (0-4-0-1) and they have just one win over their last 10 games (1-8-0-1). With 14 points and a 6-10-0-2 record, the K-Wings find themselves in seventh in the Central Division, six points out of the division's final playoff spot. Wednesday marks the first game of a four game in five night stretch for the K-Wings, as they visit Manchester for back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday.
 

Kalamazoo is 25th in the ECHL, scoring 2.17 goals per game through its first 18 games. However, over the last four games, all regulation losses, the K-Wings defense has been the issue, allowing at least five goals in each game. Three players have reached the 10-point plateau for the Wings, led by Justin Taylor's 11 points (3g, 8a) in 18 games. Tyler Shattock (4g, 6a) and Dajon Mingo (1g, 9a) are next with 10 points apiece.

In goal, Nick Riopel and Joel Martin have split action and both goalies hold 3-5-0-1 records. In nine games, Riopel has a 2.86 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage, while Martin has a 3.10 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 10 games.

Game 19: Sun., Dec. 4 at Brampton Beast, 2:00 p.m. 

The Jackals and Brampton Beast face off for the fifth time this season, and second at Powerade Centre, Sunday afternoon. The Beast have won each of the first four matches against Elmira to begin the season, with all four games coming since Nov. 12.

The Beast have lost back-to-back games entering the week, sliding to 7-5-1-2 on the season and 3-5-1-2 against teams besides the Jackals. With 17 points, Brampton has dropped to fifth in the North Division, three points behind Reading and Wheeling. They wrap up a three-game series with Orlando Monday night to begin the week then head home to host Quad City Thursday and Friday before the Jackals visit Sunday.   

Brampton is still second in the ECHL in goals per game at 3.93, tallying 59 goals in 15 games. They are also last in the ECHL in goals against per game at 4.13, allowing 62 goals. David Vallorani leads the high-scoring Beast with 19 points (9g, 10a), while three other players are scoring at better than a point-per-game clip. Brandon MacLean is one of those scoring at better than a point per game (17 points in 15 games), based on the strength of 10 points (2g, 8a) in the four head-to-head matches with the Jackals.

In goal, Zach Fucale and Bryan Pitton have split time for the Beast. Fucale has appeared in eight games and has a 4-3-0-0 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage. Pitton, in six games, is 2-2-0-2 with a 4.54 goals-against average and an .851 save percentage. Fucale has three wins against Elmira and Pitton has one.

Jackals Rally for Overtime Win Against Monarchs

Sylvestre Ties it Late, Kea Wins it in OT for a 2-1 Victory

The Elmira Jackals (4-10-2-0) rallied late in the third period to force overtime, where Justin Kea scored to beat the Manchester Monarchs (11-6-1-1), 2-1, Sunday evening at First Arena. The win gave the Jackals a weekend sweep of the Monarchs in Elmira. 


After early fireworks, which included a fight just 31 seconds into the game between Kenton Miller and Rick Pinkston, the Monarchs took an early 1-0 lead. Derek Arnold found a rebound at the left circle following a shot from Cory Ward and he beat Jason Kasdorf at 4:03, giving Manchester a 1-0 advantage.

The Jackals killed off two Manchester power plays in the second period to keep it a one-goal game heading into the third period. Elmira got its first power play of the game with 2:25 to play in regulation and Sebastien Sylvestre, who drew the penalty, converted to tie the game at one with 1:39 left in the third. He took a pass from Mike Radja at the blue line and delayed to created a shooting lane, snapping a shot into the top corner through a Kenton Miller screen. Sylvestre's fourth goal of the season forced overtime, the fourth overtime game for the Jackals in 2016-17.

After both sides exchanged opportunities early in the 3-on-3 overtime, defenseman Steven Kaunisto began a rush for the Jackals from the defensive zone. He raced down the right wing and got to the bottom of the right circle, when he centered a pass for Justin Kea, who tipped it in at 3:02 of overtime for his first goal of the season, giving the Jackals the 2-1 win. Kea was reassigned by the Rochester Americans to the Jackals earlier in the day.                  

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Upcoming Games: 

Wednesday, November 30th: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - $1 Beer Night

Friday, November 2nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. Teddy Bear Toss


Sunday, November 4th: Elmira Jackals at Brampton Beast - 2:00 p.m.

Justin Kea Reassigned to Jackals

Forward has Four Points for the Amerks This Season

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 forward Justin Kea has been reassigned to the Jackals from the Amerks. 


Kea, 22, has registered four points (2g, 2a) and a +1 rating in 11 games with Rochester in 2016-17. He has also appeared in three games for the Jackals, going pointless in the three games. In his ECHL career, the former 3rd round draft pick by the Sabres has 18 points (9g, 9a) in 55 games with Elmira.  


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:

Sunday, November 27th: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs - 4 for $44

Wednesday, November 30th: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - $1 Beer Night

Friday, November 2nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. Teddy Bear Toss


Sunday, November 4th: Elmira Jackals at Brampton Beast - 2:00 p.m.