Jackals Weekly Release - Feb. 14, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 19

Last Week 

Wed., Feb. 8 - Jackals at Cincinnati - L, 5-1
Fri., Feb. 10 - Jackals at Cincinnati - L, 2-0
Sat., Feb. 11 - Jackals at Quad City - OTL, 3-2
Sun., Feb. 12 - Jackals at Quad City - SOL, 4-3

This Week
Fri., Feb. 17 - Jackals vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sat., Feb. 18 - Jackals at Reading - 7:00 p.m. - Santander Arena
Sun., Feb. 19 - Jackals at Reading - 4:00 p.m. - Santander Arena

Transactions 

02/14/2017 Brycen Martin (D) DEL Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) to Rochester (AHL)

02/13/2017 Matt Lane (F)  DEL Recalled by Buffalo (NHL)  

02/09/2017 Tyler Parks (G)  DEL Released from SPC  

02/07/2017 Luke Sandler (F) ADD Signed to SPC  

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals have played a league-high 29 road games and will add two more to that with games in Reading Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend, the Jackals will have just five road games left in 2016-17.

  • Elmira has also played a league-low 20 home games, giving them 16 remaining on their schedule.

  • The Kelly Cup, the ECHL's league championship trophy, will be at the Jackals home game against the Reading Royals Friday, Feb. 17.

  • The Jackals have a special, revised All-You-Can-Eat package, which includes tickets to three games and all-you-can-eat concessions, starting at a total of $45.
     

Upcoming Promotions

Troy Night & Kelly Cup Night - Friday, Feb. 17 - 7:05 p.m.  

The Jackals return home after a week-long road trip to face the Reading Royals on Troy Night at First Arena, presented by the Troy Area School Districts. It is the third trading card giveaway of the season, presented by Multimedia and a Frosty Friday, courtesy of Wendy's. The Kelly Cup, the ECHL's league championship trophy, will be in Elmira as part of the Kelly Cup Tour. Fans can snap a picture with the prestigious trophy, which will be set up at a booth on the concourse, throughout the night.

All-You-Can-Eat  
The Jackals have revised their popular All-You-Can-Eat package. The package now includes three games--Feb. 25 vs. Florida, Mar. 25 vs. Manchester and Apr. 7 vs. Adirondack--plus unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, popcorn, water and soda for just $45. It also gives you priority seating options for the 2017-18 season. To learn more about All-You-Can-Eat plans, call (607) 734-7825 or visit https://Jackalshockey.formstack.com/forms/all_you_can_eat.

Week in Review

5 of 6
This week marks the fifth week in a row that the Jackals have a three-in-three weekend, playing three games in three nights against the Reading Royals. They will play their sixth straight three-in-three next week at First Arena.

This stretch began Jan. 20 in Manchester and, by the end of these six weeks, the Jackals will have played 20 games in 37 days.

Overall, the Jackals have 10 instances of three games in three days, including three more at home over the next month.

Shutout
The Jackals were shut out by the Cincinnati Cyclones Feb. 10, 2-0, which was the eighth time in 2016-17 that Elmira has been held scoreless. By comparison, last year's Jackals team was shut out just four times all season.

Since joining the ECHL prior to the 2007-08 season, the most the Jackals have been shut out in a single season is nine times, which was done by the 2013-14 team.

We're going to overtime
Saturday in Quad City, the Jackals lost during the 3-on-3 overtime period for the sixth time in eight decision this season, falling to 2-6 in overtime. With Sunday's shootout loss to the Mallards, the Jackals are now 3-7 in games decided past regulation time. The only two wins in the 3-on-3 overtime are against the Manchester Monarchs, one in Elmira (Nov. 27) and one in Manchester (Jan. 20) and their shootout win came Oct. 25 vs. Adirondack.

The six overtime losses match the 2009-10 team for the second most decided during the course of overtime play. They are one behind the 2010-11 Jackals for the most in their ECHL history and that team also has the most combined losses past regulation with 10.

The Jackals are tied with Atlanta for the second most overtime losses in the ECHL this season, trailing only Rapid City (8). Only Manchester (8) and Rapid City (8) have lost past regulation more than the Jackals' seven overtime + shootout losses.

Home and Away
The Jackals have played more road games (29) and fewer home games (20) than every team in the ECHL heading into the week. That means over the final 23 games of the season, the Jackals have 16 home games and seven road games remaining on their schedule.

The Jackals are winless in their last nine road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-21-4-1 away from First Arena. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 51 goals for as opposed to 121 goals against in 29 road matches.

In 20 home games, the Jackals are 6-12-2-0, with four straight home losses, and have a -14 goal differential, with 57 goals for and 72 goals against. Despite playing nine fewer home games, the Jackals have scored six more goals on home ice.

Long time coming
The Jackals broke out of a power play slump Sunday in Quad City, lighting the lamp three times with the man advantage. It was the first time this season they scored three power-play goals in a game and just the fourth time they scored multiple power-play goals in a game.

The last time they scored three power-play goals in a game was Jan. 30, 2016 against Wheeling. They scored multiple power-play goals in nine games in 2015-16.

They also scored a power-play goal the night before, giving them power-play goals in back-to-back games for the first time since a three game stretch Dec. 30-Jan. 6.      

 
Game 46: Sims hat trick leads Cyclones over Jackals  
The Cincinnati Cyclones scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Jackals, 5-1, in the first game of the Jackals Midwest road trip Feb. 8 at U.S. Bank Arena.

Despite a strong first period, the Jackals were down 2-1 after 20 minutes. Jordan Sims opened the scoring by taking advantage of a Jackals turnover in their own zone at 10:36. Elmira got that goal right back on a one-timer from Greg Betzold at the bottom of the right wing circle at 12:14. Sims scored his second unassisted goal of the period on a shorthanded goal at 14:54, giving the Cyclones the lead for good, 2-1.

Cincinnati scored the only goal in the second period on an end-to-end rush by Andrew Yogan at 11:49, giving the Cyclones a 3-1 lead. In the third, Dylan Nowakowski put Cincinnati up by three with a goal off a set faceoff play and then Sims completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 18:37 to seal a 5-1 Cyclones win.

Game 47: Jackals blanked by Cyclones
Michael Houser stopped all 28 Jackals shots and the Cincinnati Cyclones dropped the Jackals, 2-0, Feb. 10 at U.S. Bank Arena.

The Jackals dominated play in the first period, outshooting the Cyclones 14-4, but Houser was strong to keep the game scoreless heading into the second. Cincinnati finally snapped the 0-0 tie with a power-play goal by Christiaan Minella at 10:23 of the second period. Brandon McNally added an insurance goal less than four minutes later to give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead.

The Jackals fired nine more shots in the third period, finishing with a 28-19 advantage in the game, but Houser held the fort for the 2-0 win.

Game 48: Jackals rally, but fall in overtime to Quad City
The Jackals rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime where Chris Francis scored to give the Quad City Mallards a 3-2 win Feb. 11 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.

The Mallards came out of a physical first period, which saw two fights, with a 1-0 lead on the strength of a Brady Brassart rebound goal at 19:15. The goal was scored during a 4-on-4, which carried over into the second period. On that same 4-on-4, Michael Parks blasted a one-timer from the left wing circle to give the Mallards a 2-0 52 seconds into the second.

Kenton Miller led the comeback for the Jackals, first dropping the gloves in the middle period then getting the Jackals on the board with a wraparound at 14:58. He would tie the game in the third period on a power-play goal at 7:41, forcing overtime, but Francis scored from the high slot at 1:41 to win it for the Mallards.

Game 49: Jackals overcome two deficits, drop shootout to Mallards, 4-3
For the second straight night, the Jackals overcame a 2-0 deficit and also rallied from 3-2 down to force overtime, before losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Quad City Mallards Feb. 12 at the iWireless Center.

The Jackals found themselves down 2-0 in the first half of the opening period on goals from Sam Warning at 6:01 and Justin Kovacs at 9:55. On the strength of their power play, the Jackals mounted a comeback, which began with a 5-on-3 goal by Matt Lane on a one-timer from the right circle at 15:34. Lane knotted the game at two in the second period with another power-play goal at 6:12.

The Mallards regained their lead 11:21 into the third period on a quick stick goal in front by Brady Brassart. That was matched late in the third period by a deflection goal for Kenton Miller on the power play at 17:14, sending the game into overtime for the second straight night. After a scoreless overtime period, the Mallards got the only goal of the shootout by Justin Kovacs, prevailing in the game, 4-3.

Week Ahead

Game 50: Fri., Feb. 17 vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m.
Game 51: Sat., Feb. 18 at Reading Royals, 7:00 p.m.
Game 52: Sun., Feb. 19 at Reading Royals, 4:00 p.m.  

The Jackals and Reading Royals continue their season-long DeMet's Candy Cup Challenge with a three-in-three, beginning Friday in Elmira and shifting to Reading Saturday and Sunday. They will be the seventh, eighth and ninth matches of the season series, which concludes Mar. 11 in Elmira. The Royals lead the DeMet's Candy Cup Challenge five wins to one.

The Royals had a six-game winning snapped last week, losing three straight games at home against South Carolina and Norfolk. That makes them 6-3-0-1 in the last 10 games and 28-17-1-2 on the season. At 59 points, the Royals are involved in a three-way tie for second place in the North Division with Brampton and Adirondack, seven points behind Manchester. They open the week Tuesday with a trip to Adirondack.

Reading is sixth in the ECHL at 3.71 goals per game, scoring three or more goals in eight of their last nine games. Although they have a positive goal differential in all three periods, the Royals are particularly strong in the third, with a team-best +21 differential on 66 goals for and 45 goals against. Leading scorer Chris McCarthy (19g-28a-47pts) is currently on recall with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms, so Justin Crandall is the active leader with 40 points (16g, 24a).

In net Mark Dekanich (25) and Martin Ouellette (20) have shared most of the action this season. Ouellette has seen the majority of the ice time since the turn of the calendar, appearing in 13 of Reading's 17 games since Jan. 6. Overall he is 11-7-0-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. Dekanich is 12-10-1-1 with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.