CINCINNATI, Oh. - Tonight the Elmira Jackals play the first of a weekend pair at US Bank Arena against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The two-game set will close out the season series between the Jackals and Cyclones, and Elmira can win it with a pair of victories.
WHO: Elmira Jackals - Ottawa and New Jersey/NHL & Binghamton and Albany/AHL (22-31-8) at Cincinnati Cylones - Florida and Nashville/NHL & San Antonio and Milwaukee/AHL (33-21-6)
WHAT: Jackals Away Game #30. Away game watch party tonight at SplitRock Brewing Company inside First Arena. The Snap Fitness Pregame Show starts coverage at 7:20 p.m. Click here to listen live online.
WHEN: 7:35 p.m
WHERE: US Bank Arena - 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Oh. 45202
The Jackals are facing the Cyclones tonight for the sixth of seven meetings this season, and the fourth of five at U.S. Bank Arena. The Jackals are 2-2-1 against the Cyclones this season, including a 1-1-1 record on the Cyclones' home ice. The Cyclones grabbed back-to-back home wins in the season series with the Jackals after Elmira fired the opening salvo with a 2-1 win in Elmira on November 30. That win sparked a stretch where the Jackals won five of six games, but the back-to-back losses in Cincinnati were the first two of a season-long seven-game losing streak. The home team had won the first three games in the season series, but the Jackals bucked that trend with a thrilling 5-4 victory at U.S. Bank Arena on January 16. Jackals center Jordan Pietrus has had a large hand in Elmira's offensive success against Cincinnati. Pietrus is averaging just under a point per game against the Cyclones (1G, 3A) after posting an assist in Elmira's 5-4 win on January 16.
Elmira's offense will get a boost with the return to the lineup of rookie Jakub Culek who has been out since leaving the game on March 12 with an injury. The Ottawa Senators prospect leads Jackals rookies in points (30) and assists (22). He has been particularly dangerous on the power play where he leads all Jackals skaters in points (8) and assists (7). Culek is looking for a boost in goal scoring as he has been without a marker since January 31 in Fort Wayne (17 games).
Mark your calendars! The Jackals return to home ice on Saturday, March 29 to take on the Reading Royals. Join us for the inaugural Pink In the Rink presented by Wine and Design. Order tickets using the "PINK" promo code to have $2 from each ticket donated to Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region. 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.