Jackals Weekly Release - Apr. 4, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 26

Last Week 

Fri., Mar. 31 - Jackals at Adirondack - L, 3-2
Sat., Apr. 1 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 5-2
Sun., Apr. 2 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 4-2

This Week

Fri., Apr. 7 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Sat., Apr. 8 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

03/31/2017Stephen Pietrobon (F)ADD Signed to ATO

03/31/2017Perry D'Arrisso (F)ADD Signed to SPC

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals will play their final two games ever this weekend against the Adirondack Thunder.

  • Two players--Perry D'Arrisso and Anthony Stefano--netted their first pro goals over the weekend in Manchester.

  • Davis Vandane is on a career-high six game point streak (4g, 4a) heading into the final weekend of the season.

  • Kenton Miller has goals in six straight home games and he has 32 points in 31 games at First Arena this season.

  • The Jackals have just two home games remaining, including fan appreciation night on April 8, as we reflect on 17 seasons in Elmira.

  • The Jackals will have their final specialty jersey night Friday as the team wears Superhero jerseys, which will be auctioned after the game to benefit Donate Life.

Upcoming Promotions
 

Superhero Night - Friday, Apr. 7 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals hold their final ever specialty jersey night as they open the last weekend of Jackals hockey in Elmira with Superhero inspired jerseys. Superhero characters will be present and fans are encouraged to attend in costume as well. The jerseys will be auctioned following the game to benefit Donate Life.

Fan Appreciation Night - Saturday, Apr. 8 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

We reflect on 17 seasons of Jackals hockey in Elmira and say thanks to the ones who made it all possible, our loyal fans and supporters. It's the last chance to see Jackals hockey and say farewell to the team with a postgame autograph session with the entire team.


Week in Review

Welcome to the pros

Two Jackals forwards netted their first professional goals this weekend in Manchester. On Saturday, Perry D'Arrisso, skating in his fifth pro game, scored on a tip in the slot for his first pro goal. The Clarkson University product has skated in six games for the Jackals and has two points to begin his pro career.

The next day, rookie Anthony Stefano made his presence felt with his first professional goal and his first pro assist, giving him a multi-point game. He opened the scoring with a goal on breakaway, then picked up an assist on the only other Jackals goal. The OHL product has two points in his first three games with the Jackals.

Blue line blasts 

Davis Vandane had a strong week for the Jackals this past weekend, potting three goals in three games. He blasted a power-play goal in each game, ripping a one-timer from the left circle in each instance. The second-year pro is riding a six-game point streak (4g, 4a) heading into the final weekend and he has points in eight of his last nine games (4g, 7a).

The righty-shooting defenseman is fourth on the Jackals with 36 points (11g, 25a), all of which are career highs. His six power-play goals are second on the team behind Kenton Miller's 10 power-play goals.

Rolling at home 

Jackals forward Kenton Miller has played his best hockey on home ice and he is riding a six-game goal scoring streak at First Arena, netting eight goals in that stretch. The longest home streak in the league this year is shared by three players at seven games, but Miller's is the longest active streak in the ECHL.

Miller, who has 27 points (18g, 9a) over his last 23 games, has dominated opposition in Elmira. In 31 home games with the Jackals, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native has 32 points (21g, 11a). Overall with the Jackals he has 44 points (29g, 15a) and, including his time with Wheeling to begin the season, he has reached 30 goals for the first time in his ECHL career.

  
Game 68: Jackals fall short at Adirondack to begin three-in-three weekend   

The Adirondack Thunder built up a pair of two-goal leads and held off a late flurry by the Jackals in a 3-2 decision at the Glens Falls Civic Center Mar. 31.


The Thunder opened the scoring 8:56 into the first period when Brian Ward received a pass near the crease and cut across to deposit a backhand shot past Jason Kasdorf for a 1-0 lead. They extended the lead early in the second period as Peter MacArthur potted a loose puck rebound near the left circle to make it 2-0 at 4:02. THe Jackals finally responded over halfway through the second, striking on the power play. Davis Vandane ripped a one-timer from the left circle at 13:39. 


Adirondack built another two-goal lead at 8:54 of the third period as MacArthur buried a one-timer from the right circle, converting on a 2-on-1 rush for a 3-1 Thunder lead. Matt Stanisz answered for the Jackals less than four minutes later, blasting a shot from the left circle to make it 3-2, but the Jackals couldn't find a tying goal as Adirondack held on for a 3-2 win.


Game 69: Monarchs pull away in third to open weekend series

The Manchester Monarchs peppered the Jackals net with 43 shots and pulled away with two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Jackals, 5-2, Apr. 1 at SNHU Arena.


The Monarchs grabbed a 1-0 lead 8:29 into the first when Mario Puskarich pounced on a rebound near the crease, which was created off a hard bounce off the glass on a Colton Saucerman shot. The Jackals evened the score with a Davis Vandane power-play goal at 15:37, ripping a one-timer from the left circle to tie the game 1-1. Manchester controlled play in the second period and ended up with a 3-2 lead. Daniel Doremus made it 2-1 at 6:29, potting a rebound that squirted behind Andy Iles. Then Cory Ward jammed in another rebound off the end wall at 11:34 to make it 3-1. Despite a significant shots disadvantage in the period, Perry D'Arrisso got Elmira within one again with his first professional goal at 16:45, deflecting a pass in the slot. 


The Jackals played their best territorial period in the third, but the Monarchs still pulled away. Saucerman made it a 4-2 game at 5:34 with a one-timer from the slot. Zac Lynch sealed the game away with an empty-net goal with 1:01 left for a 5-2 Monarchs win.

Game 70: Monarchs rally past Jackals in final frame to earn series win

The Manchester Monarchs scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and edge the Jackals, 4-2, Apr. 2 at SNHU Arena in Manchester. With the win, Manchester took the season series 8-6 in 14 games.

The Jackals took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Anthony Stefano's first professional goal at 12:10. He took a pass from Nathan Moon to spring a breakaway, which he deposited despite being hooked, to give the Jackals an early lead. Manchester responded with two goals in the second period. Kevin Morris banged home a rebound near the crease to tie the game at 10:04. Then Mario Puskarich wristed a shot from the slot to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 14:24.

Elmira tied the game 3:54 into the third period on a power-play goal from Davis Vandane, whp ripped a one-timer from the left circle. The game remained tied for nearly 10 minutes, until Zac Lynch scored from the slot at 12:50 to put Manchester ahead for good, 3-2. Joe Diamond sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 19:23 to make it a 4-2 final.

Week Ahead 

Game 71: Fri., Apr. 7 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 7:05 p.m.
Game 72: Sat., Apr. 8 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 7:05 p.m.

The Jackals play their final two games as a franchise with a pair of games against the Adirondack Thunder Friday and Saturday night at First Arena. They are the ninth and 10th games of the season series, with Adirondack winning seven of the first eight matches.

With points in their last eight games (7-0-1-0) entering the week, the Thunder have surged to first place in the North Division with a 38-20-7-4 record. At 87 points, the Thunder lead Brampton by three points for the division lead with three games to play. They can clinch their first division title since joining the ECHL prior to last season.  

Adirondack's offense ranks ninth in the ECHL at 3.62 goals per game. Captain Peter MacArthur leads the team with 62 points (24g, 38a) in 61 games, with 25 points coming on the power play. James Henry is second with 51 points (20g, 31a) and rookie Brian Ward is third with 44 points (25g, 19a). They have 32 goals in eight matches against Elmira, a 4.00 goals per game average. 

In net, J.P. Anderson has appeared in each of the last nine Thunder games, posting a 7-0-1-0 record in those games and he was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts. On the season he has appeared in 28 games and is 17-4-4 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He is 13-3-3 in 19 games with the Thunder. Rookie Mason McDonald is 13-9-5 in 29 games with a 2.72 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.