EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Four different skaters scored for Elmira, led by Ludwig Karlsson's pair, and led the Jackals to a 5-3 win over the Evansville IceMen at Ford Center on Saturday night. The win gave Elmira nine of a possible 10 points on its North Division road trip and improved its record to 18-22-5 on the season.
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Entering Saturday night's game Elmira's Mike Vaskivuo had figured in on 56 percent of the Jackals' goals since coming to the team on January 6. Appropriately it was Vaskivuo who struck for his 15th goal of the season, and 10th in a Jackals uniform, at 9:35 of the first period and gave Elmira a 1-0 advantage. Maxim Lamarche made the key play by sending a wrist shot to the net from the right point. Elmira created massive traffic in front and Vaskivuo snared the rebound of Lamarche's shot then wristed it past Evansville's Garrett Bartus at 9:35 for his 15th of the season. Rob Bellamy picked up his first assist of the night, as well. Evansville came into the game with the league's third-best power play and, while Elmira kept it quiet last night, that power play unit tied the game late in the first. The ECHL's top scoring rookie, Jeremy Langlois, took a centering pass from Matt Lowry and slipped it past Scott Greenham to knot the score heading into the second.
The second period has been a great friend to the Jackals in recent weeks and Saturday night was no different. It did not appear things would go that way initially, however, because Evansville's Daultan Leveille scored his second goal in as many games against the Jackals to give the IceMen a 2-1 lead at 6:23. Late in the second Jackals coach Dwight Mullins handed the keys to the offense to the kids. Rookies Karlsson and Dane Walters combined to score three goals in the span of 3:25 and gave Elmira a 4-2 lead heading into the third. Bellamy netted his second assist of the night when he set up Karlsson's first of the game at 14:37 and then Walters notched his fifth goal in the last six games one minute and nine seconds later. Karlsson finished off the flurry at 18:02 by slamming home a one-timer off of a feed from Patch Alber with the teams skating 4-on-4.
The Jackals wasted little time pumping their lead to three in the third period. Corey Bellamy worked a cycle along the left-wing corner with Dane Walters as Daniel Koger came open in the left-wing circle. Walters delivered a crisp pass there and Koger notched his third goal in two games 4:31 into the final frame. The assist by Corey Bellamy was his first in the ECHL and he celebrated by getting into a fight with Matt Krug seconds later. Evansville added a power play goal with 20 seconds to go to make the score appear slightly closer than it was.
Greenham was 34-for-37on save opportunities and picked up his eighth win of the year. Elmira finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
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.