ELMIRA, N.Y. - March 29, 2014 - After three straight road games the Elmira Jackals return home to First Arena tonight for their final showdown of 2013-14 with the Reading Royals. The Jackals are searching for their first win against Reading since December 15, 2013.
WHO: Elmira Jackals - Ottawa and New Jersey/NHL & Binghamton and Albany/AHL (22-34-8) vs. Reading Royals - Washington/NHL & Hershey/AHL (41-21-3)
WHAT: Jackals Home Game #33. Pink In the Rink presented by Wine and Design. Join the Jackals in the fight against breast cancer. Bid on game worn jerseys at the postgame live auction to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region. If you can't make the game listen live on Gem 98.7. The Snap Fitness Pregame Show starts coverage at 6:50 p.m. Click here to listen live online.
WHEN: 7:05 p.m
WHERE: First Arena - 155 N. Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901
The Jackals are facing the Royals tonight for the 16th of 16 meetings this season and the seventh of seven at First Arena. Elmira is 2-12-1 against Reading this season, which includes a 0-6-0 record on the Jackals' 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 10 consecutive victories against the Jackals. In the seven-year series between the Jackals (97 games) Reading's current win streak is the longest. The Jackals have scored first in three of their last five meetings with the Royals, including a 2-0 lead at home on February 12, but have not been able to maintain the lead. The last time the Jackals defeated Reading at First Arena was February 15, 2013. Rob Bellamy and Jordan Pietrus accounted for half of the quartet that produced the Jackals' offense that night while Kyle Bushee and Jean Bourbeau potted assists.
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 19 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 Wednesday, April 2 to take on the Kalamazoo Wings. Join us for a Jackals trading card set giveaway and the final Willowcreek Wednesday of the season. 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.