Jackals Chomp Down on Everblades

Jackals Hand Everblades First Home Regulation Loss in 4-2 Game

The Elmira Jackals (6-12-4-0) scored twice in the second and twice in the third period to defeat the Florida Everblades (15-4-1-2), 4-2, Saturday night at Germain Arena. The loss was the first regulation loss for the Everblades on home ice this season.

The game opened just as it did last night, with both goaltenders engaging in a save-for-save battle in the first period. With Andy Iles and Matt Skoff facing off for the second straight night, the two goalies combined for 23 saves in a scoreless first period.

Both teams got on the board in the second period, with the Jackals grabbing a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the period. Matt Lane and Vaclav Karabacek got the puck to the net and Thrush scored on a rebound to put the Jackals ahead 1-0. Later in the period Brandon O'Donnell scored with a shot off a faceoff win to ignite the Everblades' Teddy Bear Toss and tie the game at one with 3:42 to play in the second. The Jackals settled down during the delay to clean up the bears and re-took the lead with 41 seconds to play in the period as Karabacek snapped a shot off a pass from Mike Radja to give the Jackals a 2-1 lead after two period.

The Jackals extended their lead in the third period, pulling away from the conference-leading Everblades. Greg Betzold, who returned to the lineup after missing two games, converted on a rebound at 5:41 for his fourth goal of the season to give the Jackals a two-goal lead, 3-1. It would remain 3-1 until Mark Bennett buried an empty-net goal for a 4-1 lead. Akim Aliu scored a late goal for the Everblades to make it a 4-2 final.            

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