Ian Young scored his first career goal and Cason Hohmann posted his 11th tally of the season in his return from injury, but the Jackals fell in overtime to the Norfolk Admirals, 3-2.
The Jackals and Admirals battled through a tight first period without penalties and the lone blemish for Elmira came off a flukey bounce. Michael Pelech won the face-off back to Samuel Noreau who fired a shot that was partially blocked and went wide of the net. Jonathan Lessard retrieved it and turned to throw the puck back out in front but it deflected off goaltender Alex Vazzano and trickled in behind him.
The Jackals started the second period with jump and quickly evened the score at one apiece. Blake Hietala won a foot-race to negate an icing call and won the boards battle with some assistance from Colin Jacobs. With possession of the puck, Hietala turned up the wall played a pass to the point for Ian Young who fired a wrist shot towards the net with a screen in front sending it past Ty Rimmer and tying the game at 1:25 of the second period. Young's goal was his first career goal and first ECHL point. Hietala's helper was also his first ECHL point. The Jackals continued their pressure throughout the frame and received some puck luck of their own at the midway point of the frame. Cason Hohmann, Tyler Gjurich and Chris Langkow provided relentless pressure in the offensive zone causing a bouncing puck to pop out in the slot and after a few whacks at it Hohmann hammered it home for his 11th goal of the season. Gjurich and Ian Young earned the helpers on Hohmann's goal in his first game back since January 3rd. Young's assist was also his first ECHL assist and with the earlier goal he earned his first multi-point game.
Elmira carried its one-goal lead into the final frame and bogged down the Norfolk attack stifling any offensive rush. However, a power-play and another lucky bounce late in the game led to the tying goal. Guy LeBoeuf raced back for a dump in and turned to fire it around the zone and down the ice but the puck took an unfriendly bounce off of the stanchion and popped out into the slot. Jonathan Lessard turned and fired the puck on net which was saved by Vazzano but the rebound bounced to Michael Pelech for the put-back goal at 18:18 of the third period.
The contest went to overtime and as time was winding down a broken stick led to the game-winning goal. While being pushed down to the ice Alexandre Ranger played the puck on net which was easily paddled aside by Vazzano but the puck went to Alexis Loiseau who dropped it to Gabriel Verpaelst walking into the slot all alone. Verpaelst tried to one-time the pass and broke his stick sending the puck dribbling through the unsuspecting five-hole of Vazzano for the game-winner at 3:28 of overtime.
Alex Vazzano stopped 29 of 32 shots faced but suffered the overtime loss. Ty Rimmer stopped 27 of 29 shots faced for the win.
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