Game 4: Elmira Jackals (1-2-0-0) at Adirondack Thunder (2-0-1-0)
7:00 p.m., Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York
The Jackals begin their busiest week to date as they play the first of three games against North Division foe Adirondack Thunder in Glens Falls. They are the first three of 10 head-to-head matches this season, with five to be played in Glens Falls and five to be played in Elmira.
The Thunder have played three games, all against the Manchester Monarchs, and have points in all three games, going 2-0-1-0. They're coming off an overtime loss to the Monarchs, 4-3, in their home opener Saturday night.
The Jackals split two games over the weekend against the Norfolk Admirals, winning their home opener, 3-2, Friday night before falling, 2-0, in a goaltender duel Saturday night.
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Last time out
Eetu Laurikainen made 24 saves and the Admirals broke a scoreless tie in the third period to beat the Jackals, 2-0, Saturday at First Arena.
In a game that featured just two power plays, Laurikainen and Jackals' goalie Andy Iles matched save for save through the first two periods, keeping it a 0-0 game entering the third. The Admirals finally broke through against Iles, with Domenic Alberga scoring a power-play goal 7:28 into the third. Alberga sent the puck towards the crease from the bottom of the right circle and it popped into the net off of Jackals' defenseman Cole Martin for the game's first score.
Norfolk added an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds remaining to make it a 2-0 game. Iles made 29 saves on 30 shots in the losing effort.
Scouting the Thunder
The Thunder have points in each of their first three games to begin the 2016-17 season. At 2-0-1-0, they have five points, tied for the most points in the North Division with Manchester. The Thunder have played all three games against the Monarchs this season, winning both games in Manchester opening weekend before dropping last week's game in Glens Falls. After these three games against the Jackals, Adirondack plays three more against Manchester.
Ty Loney (2g, 2a) and Peter MacArthur (1g, 3a) lead the Thunder in scoring with four points. 15 players have at least one point and nine have at least two points through three games.
In goal, rookie Mason McDonald has played in all three games, allowing 10 goals, giving him a 3.16 goals-against average. With a 2-0-1-0 record, the 34th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft has a .863 save percentage.
The Jackals and Thunder will meet 10 times in the 2016-17 regular season, with five games at First Arena and five games at the Glens Falls Civic Center. They play three times this week and then don't square off again until Dec. 22.
Last season the Jackals won the season series, winning seven of the 11 head-to-head matches. Elmira went 4-1 in the five games at the Glens Falls Civic Center and split the six games at First Arena. Two games went past regulation, with the Jackals earning two shootout victories in Elmira. The Jackals won the last three games of the series.
Among returning players from 2015-16, Mathieu Brodeur was the leading scorer head-to-head against Elmira, scoring four points (1g, 3a) in 11 games.
Adirondack has only had six power plays after three games this season and the are 1-for-6 (16.7%). They were 1-for-5 in their last game against the Monarchs. The Thunder rank 14th in the league on the power play.
The Jackals power play had just one chance in Saturday's game against the Admirals. After going 0-for-1, the Jackals are now 3-for-13 (23.1%) with the man advantage through the first three games of the season. That ranks fourth in the ECHL and only three teams have scored more power-play goals than the Jackals have.
The Thunder are one on the least-penalized teams in the league, averaging just 7.33 penalty minutes per game. Because of that, they have only been shorthanded six times through three games and their penalty kill is a perfect 6-for-6.
Elmira's penalty kill has allowed three goals through their first three games. At 6-for-9 (66.7%), they rank 25th in the ECHL.
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