FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Elmira Jackals embark on a 10-day, five-game road trip tonight with their final visit of the season to Memorial Coliseum to take on the Fort Wayne Komets. The Jackals are bidding for their fifth win in seven tries against Fort Wayne.
WHO: Elmira Jackals - Ottawa and New Jersey/NHL & Binghamton and Albany/AHL (14-22-4) at Fort Wayne Komets - Independent (18-14-8)
WHAT: Jackals Away Game #22. Away game watch party at SplitRock Brewing Company inside First Arena. Broadcast begins at 7:50 with the Snap Fitness Pregame Show. Click here to listen live online.
WHEN: 8:05 p.m
WHERE: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, Ind. 46805
The Jackals are facing the Komets tonight for the seventh of seven meetings this season, and second of two at Memorial Coliseum. The Jackals are 4-2-0 against the Komets this season (1-0-0 on the road) after claiming a 4-1 win on January 26. The Jackals and Komets are each playing solid hockey entering tonight's contest. Elmira has won its last two games by a combined 8-2 score while Fort Wayne has won three of its last four. Komets goalie Ben Meisner has had the hot hand with wins in each of his last three starts while Neil Conway has nearly been as hot for Elmira. Conway has earned the win in his last two starts and hasn't allowed more than one goal in any of his three appearances. A good start tonight will be important to both clubs because the team that has scored first has won five of six in the season series.
Mike Vaskivuo took some time adjusting to his new surroundings after the January 6 trade that brought him to Elmira from Fort Wayne. He had one point, an assist, in his first three games for the Jackals but since January 16 opponents have had extreme difficulty slowing him down. Vaskivuo has registered six multi-point games in the Jackals' last seven contests (including three three-point outings) and now has 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in just 10 games with the Jackals. Elmira has scored 26 goals in the 10 games since Vaskivuo has arrived and he has figured in on 61% of them.
Mark your calendars! The Jackals return to home ice on Wednesday, February 12 to take on the Reading Royals. It's a Willowcreek Wednesday where some lucky fans will compete at first intermission to win free golf from Willowcreek Golf Club. 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.