Jackals Weekly Release - Dec. 19, 2016 - Vol. 10, No. 11

Last Week 

Fri., Dec. 16 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 5-1
Sat., Dec. 17 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 4-2

This Week
Thu., Dec. 22 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Fri., Dec. 23 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

12/18/2016Jason Kasdorf (G)  ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)  

12/16/2016  Nick Niedert (G)  ADD Added as emergency backup  

12/15/2016 Jason Kasdorf (G) DEL Recalled from loan by Rochester (AHL) 

12/14/2016 Vaclav Karabacek (F) DEL Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) to Rochester (AHL) 

  Need to Know

  • After two weeks on the road, the Jackals return home for their first home game since Dec. 2 when they host the Adirondack Thunder Thursday night.

  • The Jackals are in the middle of five straight games against the North Division, with three games against Manchester and one against Adirondack and Reading.

  • The Jackals have scored the first goal in eight of their last 11 games.

  • J.P. LaFontaine scored his first goal as a member of the Jackals Friday at Manchester and is a team-high +5 in 10 games since joining the Jackals from the Allen Americans.
     

Upcoming Promotions

Save-A-Lot Thursday - Thursday, Dec. 22 - 7:05 p.m.

The Jackals hold their first Save-A-Lot Thursday of the season when they host the Adirondack Thunder at First Arena. Fans can pick up a voucher for a free kids ticket at the downtown Elmira Save-A-Lot location. At the concession stands, 16oz Miller Lite cans and Chicago Dogs will be $2 each throughout the night.

A Visit From Santa - Friday, Dec. 23 - 7:05 p.m.
Santa Claus comes to First Arena as the Jackals host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday. Fans can get their pictures taken with Santa and the Jackals will also give away a special holiday themed poster courtesy of Multimedia. 

Week in Review


Milestones       

Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel skated in his 200th ECHL game Dec. 16 vs. Manchester. 135 of his 201 ECHL games have come with the Jackals, where he has recorded 31 of his 50 career ECHL points. He skated for Elmira in back-to-back seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Dieude-Fauvel's defensive partner, Guy Leboeuf, is in line to skate in his 150th ECHL game this Friday against the Monarchs.

Back home

Thursday, the Jackals will play their first home game in nearly three weeks when they host the Adirondack Thunder. Elmira just completed a season-high six-game road trip, including games against the Brampton Beast, Florida Everblades and Manchester Monarchs, going 1-4-1-0. They are 2-8-3-0 away from First Arena.

At home the Jackals have points in five of their 11 home games, with a 4-6-1-0 record. They are 3-0-1-0 in their last four home games and their goal differential at home is -6 compared to -22 on the road.

Game 23: Monarchs top Jackals in first game of weekend set  

The Manchester Monarchs scored the final five goals, including three in the third period, to get past the Jackals, 5-1, Dec. 16 at SNHU Arena.

 

The Jackals opened the scoring 7:08 into the first period when J.P. LaFontaine swept in a rebound for a 1-0 lead. Cole Martin started the play and went 1-on-1 into the offensive zone. His shot was stopped, but LaFontaine crashed the net and found a loose puck in the crease for his first goal with the Jackals. The Monarchs would tie the game late in the first to begin their five-goal run. Rihard Bukarts fired home a rebound for a power-play goal and a 1-1 tie with 1:42 to go in the first.

Manchester got what would hold up as the game-winning goal in the final two minutes of the second period, as Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman split the Jackals defense and scored into the top corner for a 2-1 Monarchs lead. The home team would score three more in the third period to beat the Jackals, 5-1.

Game 24: Jackals swept in weekend series against the Monarchs
The Manchester Monarchs scored back-to-back second period goals to break a 1-1 tie and went on to beat the Jackals, 4-2, Dec. 17 at SNHU Arena.

Manchester opened a 1-0 lead in the first period on a Daniel Ciampini goal from the right circle at 5:51. It remained tied into the second, until Justin Kea scored on a breakaway to pull the Jackals even at 7:49 of the second. Later in the period, the Monarchs moved back in front, capitalizing on a questionable goal that was scored after Jackals goalie Andy Iles had his masked knocked off on a collision in the crease. Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman got credit with the go-ahead goal at 12:33 and then the Monarchs doubled their lead to 3-1 at 17:06.

Manchester iced the game with a 200-foot empty-net goal from Alexx Privitera. Cole Martin closed the scoring with a goal for the Jackals with 2.3 seconds remaining, making it a 4-2 final.

Week Ahead

Game 25: Thu., Dec. 22 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 7:05 p.m. - Save-A-Lot Thursday

The Jackals play their first home game since Dec. 2 as they play the fourth game of the season series against the Adirondack Thunder at First Arena Thursday night. The Thunder have won two of the first three matches between the clubs.

Adirondack has alternated wins and losses in their last five games, going 2-2-1-0 in that stretch. After losing two games in a three-in-three with Brampton last week, the Thunder are 14-6-2-3 and have 33 points, which places them in second place in the North Division, three points behind Manchester.

Ty Loney leads the Thunder in scoring with 26 points (11g, 15a) in 25 games. He has scored a team-high three first goals this season. Peter MacArthur is second with 19 points (8g, 11a) in 22 games. The Thunder, who were shut out for the first time this season Saturday night against Brampton, are ninth in the ECHL at 3.48 goals per game.

The Thunder rank fifth in the league at 2.84 goals against per game, allowing 71 goals in 25 games. Four goalies have seen time in the Adirondack net, led by Mason McDonald's 15 appearances. He is 8-4-1-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. J.P. Anderson has played in two games since being acquired in a trade from the Wheeling Nailers Dec. 7 and is 1-0-0-0 with a 2.75 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage.

Game 26: Fri., Dec. 23 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m. - A Visit from Santa

The Jackals play their final game before a Christmas break Friday night against the Manchester Monarchs in the fifth of 14 head-to-head matches between the teams. They just completed a two-game series in Manchester, where the Monarchs evened the season series with back-to-back wins.

The Monarchs are on their second six-game winning streak of the season after sweeping three consecutive two-game sets at home. They have opened a three point lead in the North Division with a 17-7-1-1 record and 36 points. They have taken over the top spot in the Eastern Conference, one point clear of Florida and Orlando. The Monarchs have played 18 home games, tied for the most in the league, and they lead the ECHL with 12 home wins.

Manchester hit the 100-goal plateau last Saturday against the Jackals and is fourth in the ECHL at 3.85 goals per game. It has been a balanced attack for the Monarchs this season, who have 14 players with at least 10 points. Daniel Ciampini leads the team with 24 points (8g, 16a) in 24 games, which ranks 45th overall in the league.

In goal, Sam Brittain has appeared in 17 of Manchester's 26 games, posting a 12-3-1-0 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 wins, but was dealt an overtime loss in one of his two starts against the Jackals this season. Jonah Imoo has only appeared in three games and he is 2-1-0-0, including a win and loss to Elmira.