ELMIRA, N.Y. - October 20, 2014 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, finished their first weekend of the season with a 1-1-0 record. The Jackals hosted the Kalamazoo Wings in both games, which will be the only two these teams play at First Arena this season.
Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 1-1-0; third place in East Division, seventh place in Eastern Conference
Goals: Allan McPherson (2)
Assists: Taylor Stefishen & Brayden Irwin (2)
Points: Taylor Stefishen (3)
+/-: Taylor Stefishen, Paul McIlveen & Patch Alber (+1)
PIMs: Todd Orlando (16)
PPG: Taylor Stefishen, Allan McPherson & Steven Shamanski (1)
Wins: Travis Fullerton (1)
GAA: Tony Capobianco (2.33)
SVP: Tony Capobianco (.909)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
10/24 vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m., 10/25 vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m., 10/26 vs. Reading - 5:05 p.m.
Home vs. REA 0-0-0, Away vs. REA 0-0-0
This Friday the Jackals open their 15-game season series against the East Division rival Reading Royals. Last season the Jackals struggled against Reading, going 2-13-1 versus the Royals. In the all-time series, Elmira holds the advantage with a 44-43-10 record. This season is a year of new beginnings between these two rivals. In the off-season Elmira switched its affiliation from the NHL's Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils to the Buffalo Sabres. Meanwhile, Reading made a change as well, affiliating with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. New beginnings bring fresh change as the Jackals roster a young, talented group of players led by new bench boss Jamie Russell. Additionally, this will be the first year of the DeMet's Turtle Cup, which will be awarded to the winner of the season series.
Recapping Last Week:
10/17 vs. Kalamazoo: W 6-2
The Jackals dressed ten rookies and were led by new bench boss Jamie Russell, who was making his professional head coaching debut. Six of the rookies earned at least one point and four first-year players scored their first professional goal in the Jackals' 6-2 victory on Opening Night. Rookie forward Taylor Stefishen recorded a power-play goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, and also added an assist. Travis Fullerton stopped 24 of 26 shots faced for the win in his team debut. Elmira went 2-for-5 on the power-play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
10/18 vs. Kalamazoo: L 2-6
Box Score, Recap
The Jackals jumped out to an early lead courtesy of rookie forward Allan McPherson's second goal in as many nights. However, they were unable to maintain the fast start and faltered in the first two periods, allowing three goals in each frame. Travis Fullerton started for the second straight night but was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 13 shots. Tony Capobianco, who appeared in two games with the Jackals last season, relieved Fullerton and stopped ten of 11 shots faced. Paul McIlveen scored the Jackals' second goal.
* The Jackals are now 7-1-0 in season openers in the team's ECHL history after defeating Kalamazoo 6-2 on Friday night.
* Elmira rookies stole the show on Opening Night as ten of them dressed and six of them recorded at least one point. Four of them (Thomas Nesbitt, Steven Shamanski, Taylor Stefishen and Allan McPherson) scored their first professional goal to propel the Jackals to a 6-2 victory.
* Eleven Jackals earned at least one point in the 6-2 win on Opening Night. Thomas Nesbitt, Steven Shamanski, Andrew Conboy and Taylor Stefishen each recorded multi-point efforts in the victory.
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Friday, October 24: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets!
Saturday, October 25: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m. Listen live by visiting jackalshockey.com and clicking the Listen Live tab or watch live on Neulion by clicking here.
Sunday, October 26: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals, 5:05 p.m. Listen live by visiting jackalshockey.com and clicking the Listen Live tab or watch live on Neulion by clicking here.