READING, Pa. - The Elmira Jackals and their closest rival, the Reading Royals, kick off the holiday season with a pre-Thanksgiving tilt tonight at Santander Arena. The Jackals are looking for back-to-back wins since October 26 - November 1.
WHO: Elmira Jackals - Ottawa and New Jersey/NHL & Binghamton and Albany/AHL (4-9-1) at Reading Royals - Washington/NHL & Hershey/AHL (9-5-0).
WHAT: Jackals Away Game #9. Away Game Watch Party tonight at SplitRock Brewing Company inside First Arena. Game broadcast on Gem 98.7 FM begins at 6:50. Click here to listen live online.
WHERE: Santander Arena - 700 Penn St, Reading, Pa. 19602
WHEN: 7:05 p.m.
The Jackals are facing the Royals tonight for the fourth of sixteen meetings this season and third of nine at Santander Arena. The Jackals are 1-2-0 against the Royals this year. Despite facing the Royals more than any other team this year, the Atlantic Division rivals haven't seen each other since November 2. Reading won the last meeting 5-2 on the strength of a 3-for-8 effort on the power play. Scott Greenham made 35 saves in the losing effort. In the Jackals first road win of the season on October 26 Greenham was spectacular with 46 saves in a 3-1 victory. He has been a stalwart of late posting a 1.52 goals-against-average and a .947 save percentage in two games last weekend.
Rookie forward Jakub Culek waited nearly 365 days between his last amateur goal in the QMJHL and his first pro goal. He finally broke through with his first marker Nov. 15 vs. Wheeling. Culek proceeded to go on a three-game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists) and recorded his first pro multi-point game Nov. 22 vs. Kalamazoo. The Ottawa Senators' prospect is catching fire with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the last five games.
Click here for tonight's media kit.
Click here for Elmira's game notes.
Click here for Reading's game notes.
Mark your calendars! The Jackals return are back on home ice Friday, November 29, 2013 to battle the Wheeling Nailers. Friday is "Bag A Turkey" night where contestants will compete to win a frozen turkey from Jubilee Foods at the first intermission. Don't forget that groups of 10 or more who book in advance receive discounts off the box office price and preferred seating based on availability. Call 607-734-7825 to get your group outing booked.
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UPCOMING FIRST ARENA EVENTS:
Friday, November 29: Elmira Jackals vs. Wheeling, 7:05 p.m. "Bag A Turkey" Night. Contestants will compete to win free turkeys from Jubilee Foods at the first intermission. Click here to order tickets.
Saturday, November 30: Elmira Jackals vs. Wheeling, 7:05 p.m. Elmira Express night. Jackals will honor Elmira Express football teams in a pregame ceremony. Elmira Free Academy and Southside High School students get a free ticket by showing student ID at box office. Click here to order tickets.
Saturday, December 7: Lee Greenwood & Crystal Gayle Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m. Click here
to order tickets.