ELMIRA, N.Y. - Tonight, after two weeks on the road, the Elmira Jackals return home to face off against division rival Reading. This game starts a stretch for Elmira where it plays 12 of 15 games at home.
WHO: Elmira Jackals - Ottawa and New Jersey/NHL & Binghamton and Albany/AHL (18-22-5) vs. Reading Royals - Washington/NHL & Hershey/AHL (26-16-1)
WHAT: Jackals Home Game #20. Willowcreek Wednesday. You could be a lucky fan to compete at intermission for free golf compliments of Willowcreek. Click here for tickets. If you can't make the game catch the broadcast starting at 6:50 with the Snap Fitness Pregame Show. Click here to listen live online.
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. EST
WHERE: First Arena - 155 North Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901
The Jackals are facing the Royals tonight for the 11th of 16 meetings this season and fifth of seven at First Arena. Elmira is 2-7-1 against Reading this season which includes an 0-4-0 record at home. Tonight is Reading's first visit to First Arena since Jan. 11 when the Royals scored twice in the third period to earn a 4-2 win. The Jackals have dropped five in a row at home against Reading dating back to March 10, 2013. The Jackals' most recent home win against Reading was nearly one year ago - February 15, 2013. The Jackals have won two in a row at home which marks the second time this season they have won consecutive home games. A win tonight would match their three-game home win streak from November 30 to December 8. Reading, meanwhile, has won three of its last five on the road and is 14-7-1 overall on the road.
Jackals rookie Dane Walters' season got off to a slow start as he spent the first two months on the 21-day IR. Once healthy and in the lineup he registered just four points (2G, 2A) in his first 14 contests. A two-assist effort on January 24 vs. Fort Wayne, however, sparked Walters' offensive game and he hasn't slowed down yet. Over his last nine games he is averaging a point per game (5G, 4A), and has produced some clutch goals. Walters netted game-winning goals in three straight games from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 and is tied for the third most game winners in the ECHL (second among rookies).
Mark your calendars! The Jackals return to home ice on Friday, February 14 to take on the Evansville IceMen. Join us for our Valentine's Day Party and a special guest appearance. 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:
Thursday, February 13: Team Trivia at SplitRock Brew Pub, 7:00 p.m. FREE TO PLAY!
Friday, February 14: Elmira Jackals vs. Evansville, 7:05 p.m. Valentine's Day Party. Click here for tickets.
Friday, February 21: Elmira Jackals vs Wheeling, 7:05 p.m. Swan and Sons Rally Towel Giveaway. Click here for tickets.
Saturday, February 22: Elmira Jackals vs Wheeling, 7:05 p.m. Donate Life Donor Awareness Night. Click here for tickets.
Sunday, February 23: Elmira Jackals vs Wheeling, 7:05 p.m. Postgame Skate With the Jackals. Click here for tickets.
Saturday, March 15: Art of Combat VI, Prelims at 4:30 p.m. & Main Card at 7:00 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Thursday, March 20: Scooby Doo! Live Musical Mysteries, 7:00 p.m. Click here for tickets.