- The Elmira Jackals begin a challenging stretch of three games in three days by visiting the Reading Royals at Santander Arena tonight. It's the Jackals' final trip to Reading this season and the penultimate game in the season series with the Royals.
The Jackals are facing the Royals tonight for the 15th of 16 meetings this season and the ninth of nine at Santander Arena. Elmira is 2-11-1 against Reading this season, which includes a 2-5-1 record on the Royals' home ice. Elmira was 2-2-1 in the season series against Reading heading into a home date with the Royals on December 26. Reading claimed the win that night and began a run of nine consecutive victories against the Jackals. In the seven-year series between the Jackals (96 games) Reading's current win streak is the longest. The Jackals have scored first in three of their last four meetings with the Royals, including a 2-0 lead at home on February 12, but have not been able to maintain them. The last time the Jackals defeated Reading at Santander Arena was December 15. Kyle Bushee's second period goal proved to be the game-winner as the Jackals shut down the Royals defensively in the final frame.
On January 16 Danny Hobbs matched his goal total from his rookie season last year as part of a two-point night (1G, 1A) in a win at Cincinnati. That night sparked a stretch of red-hot play for the winger from Shawville, Quebec. Hobbs has 18 points (8G, 10A) in his last 18 games with Elmira. Hobbs has 33 points on the season, which surpasses the 31 he posted as a rookie with Greenville last year.
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.