READING, Pa. - January 12, 2014 - The Elmira Jackals were defeated for the third time in as many games by the Reading Royals this weekend in a 3-0 defeat at Santander Arena on Sunday. The loss dropped the Jackals' record to 10-19-4 on the season.
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Elmira's defense and goaltending stole the show in the first period as the Royals were afforded a lengthy 5-on-3 power play to try to grab the early lead. Reading managed just two shots during the 1:18 two-man advantage thanks to some timely shot blocks from Jean Bourbeau and Troy Rutkowski. Starting goalie Scott Greenham turned away both shots that got through to the net and ensured the Royals' power play was kept off the board. Elmira managed six shots against Brandon Anderson in the first, after it finished killing the penalties, but the game headed into the second scoreless.
Royals defenseman Brett Flemming broke the scoreless draw early in the second by jumping up on a rush. Yannick Tifu left a drop pass in the high slot that Flemming skated into and carried below the hash marks. He then deked to the backhand and lifted a shot over Greenham's blocker for what turned out to be the winning goal. Sean Wiles added a 5-on-3 power play goal with two seconds left in the second period and Brandon Blandina chipped in his second of the year early in the third to provide Reading's insurance.
Elmira was afforded an opportunity to get on the board near the midpoint of the third with a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:16. The Jackals produced two good scoring opportunities on the advantage, including a shot by Troy Rutkowski that clanged off the crossbar, but the puck could not find the back of the net. Kyle Bushee also rang iron later in the period on a slap shot from the right wing, however Anderson was able to preserve his second shutout of the season.
Greenham took the loss with a 29-save effort for the Jackals. Elmira was 0-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendars! The Jackals return to home ice on Friday, January 24 to take on the Fort Wayne Komets. Join us for Blade's Birthday Party! 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.
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UPCOMING FIRST ARENA EVENTS:
Friday, January 24: Elmira Jackals vs. Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Blade's Birthday Party. Click here for tickets.
Saturday, January 25: Elmira Jackals vs. Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Able2 Cowbell Giveaway. Click here for tickets.
Friday, January 17 & Saturday, January 18: Speedway On Ice. Feel the thrill of motorcycles and ATVs racing around the First Arena ice at over 60 mph with no brakes!Click here for tickets.
Friday, January 31: Wine on Ice, 6:00 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Saturday, February 1: Wine on Ice, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. sessions. Click here for tickets.