ELMIRA, NY - November 21, 2014 - Allan McPherson scored 1:44 into overtime to propel the Jackals to a 3-2 victory against the East Division rival Reading Royals.
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There is no love lost between these two teams and tempers flared before the puck was dropped at First Arena. Jackals alternate captain Andrew Conboy and Royals captain Bryant Molle jawed at each other before the opening faceoff and dropped the gloves just 35 seconds into the game. Neither team scored in the first period and the game went into the first intermission as a scoreless tie.
Thomas Nesbitt buried 1:36 into the second period to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead. Nesbitt streamed down the left wing and scored short-side top-shelf over Martin Ouellette's shoulder for his third goal of the season. The Royals answered less than five minutes later when Pat Mulllane netted his fifth goal of the year. Ian Watters and Sean Wiles recorded the assists on Mullane's tally.
The Jackals broke the tie just 4:47 into the third period when Colin Jacobs buried his second goal of the year. Jacobs exited the penalty box and received a cross-ice pass from Mike Seidel and streaked into the offensive zone down the left wing side with a step on the Reading defender. Jacobs was hauled down and netted the go-ahead-goal on the awarded penalty shot opportunity. Cam Reid evened the score at 11:38 of the third period with a power-play goal just seven seconds into the man advantage.
Sixty minutes was not enough the settle the score between these two East Division rivals. The Jackals were forced to kill off a four minute penalty at the end of regulation and into overtime before Allan McPherson netted the overtime game-winner. Seconds after the Jackals returned the full-strength McPherson carried the puck in the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 with Nesbitt and capitalized on his own rebound to give the Jackals a 3-2 win.
Travis Fullerton stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win and Ouellette stoped 20 of 23 shots faced but was handed the loss. The Jackals went 0-for-3 with the man advantage and the Royals went 1-for-8 on the power-play.
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