Jackals Weekly Release - Feb. 20, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 20

Last Week 

Fri., Feb. 17 - Jackals vs. Reading - Susp. with 6:07 remaining in the first period
Sat., Feb. 18 - Jackals at Reading - L, 4-1
Sun., Feb. 19 - Jackals at Reading - L, 2-0

This Week
Thu., Feb. 23 - Jackals vs. Alaska - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Fri., Feb. 24 - Jackals vs. Florida - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sat., Feb. 25 - Jackals vs. Florida - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

02/15/2017 Brycen Martin (D) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)

02/15/2017 Matt Lane (F)  ADD Reassigned by Rochester (AHL)  

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals have played a league-high 31 road games and have just two road trips, consisting of five total games, remaining on their schedule.

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

  • Last Friday's home match against Reading was suspended with 6:07 remaining in the first period because of a chip in the ice surface. The continuation of that game will be rescheduled for a later date.

  • Elmira was shut out for a ninth time this season, matching the most in team history since joining the ECHL.

  • The Jackals will become the first team since 2004 to host Alaska and Florida on back-to-back nights later this week.

  • 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

Save-A-Lot Thursday - Thursday, Feb. 23 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals host a rare visit from the Alaska Aces on their second Save-A-Lot Thursday of the season. Visit the Elmira Save-A-Lot location to pick up a voucher for a free kids ticket, good for Thursday only. There will also be a special discount on a concessions item, which will be announced later. It's all presented by Save-A-Lot Elmira.

Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo Night - Friday, Feb. 24 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo, which comes to First Arena March 4-5, hosts a special night during the Jackals game against the Florida Everblades. It is also a Frosty Friday, courtesy of Wendy's.

Battle of the Badges - Saturday, Feb. 25 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The heated rivalry between the Elmira Police Department and Elmira Fire Department returns to the ice for the Battle of the Badges hockey game starting at 4 p.m. at First Arena. Then, the Jackals wrap up their season series with the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. It's all presented by NYSCOPBA. Plus, there is a special Jackals poster giveaway, courtesy of Multimedia.

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

Last but not least  
This week marks the sixth and final week in a row that the Jackals have a three-in-three weekend, playing three games in three nights Alaska and Florida on home ice.

This stretch began Jan. 20 in Manchester and, by the end of these six weeks, the Jackals will have played 19+ games in 37 days, with the one suspended game between the Jackals and Royals on Feb. 17.

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

Suspended game

The Jackals and Reading Royals began a game at First Arena on Friday, Feb. 17, but the game was not completed due to ice conditions. With 6:07 remaining in the first period a large chip in the ice surface halted play. Attempts to repair the surface could not be completed in a timely manner and the Rec Rink surface was not at an ECHL caliber level, so the game was suspended.

The remaining 46:07 will be completed at a later date with the game picking up where it left off, with Reading leading the Jackals 2-0. 

Ticket stubs from the game will be accepted to any future Jackals home game the remainder of the season. Turn the stub in for a ticket at the First Arena Box Office. Jackals season ticket holders tickets will be accepted at the make up game. More information will be released when it is available.

Shutout
The Jackals were shut out by the Reading Royals Feb. 19, 2-0, which was the ninth 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, this year's nine shutouts match the 2013-14 Jackals team for the most in a single-season in team history.

Seven of the nine shutouts have come on the road, including one in each of the last two weeks.

Home and Away
The Jackals have played more road games (31) and fewer home games (20) than every team in the ECHL heading into the week. That means over the final 21 games of the season, the Jackals have 16 home games and five road games remaining on their schedule. 

The Jackals are winless in their last 11 road games, their longest drought of the season, falling to 3-23-4-1 away from First Arena. The winless over 11 games has tied the Indy Fuel for the longest winless streak on the road this season. In fact, the Jackals have lost eight straight road games on three separate occasions and have 52 goals for as opposed to 127 goals against in 31 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 11 fewer home games, the Jackals have scored five more goals on home ice.

It's been a while
Over the last six games, all away from home during which the Jackals are 0-4-1-1, the Jackals have never held a lead. Their last lead came Feb. 4 at home late in the second period against Brampton. The Beast scored three goals in three minutes to erase that Jackals lead and Elmira hasn't led since.

Not including Friday's suspended game against Reading, another game Elmira didn't hold a lead, the Jackals have played 391:00 consecutive minutes without holding a lead. If you add the 13:53 from Friday, that swells to 404:53 of on-ice time that the Jackals have either been tied or trailing since they led a game.      

  
Game 50: Decisive second period goes Royals way in 4-1 decision   
The Royals outscored Elmira, 3-1, in the decisive second period and went on to beat the Jackals, 4-1, on Pink in the Rink night at Santander Arena Saturday Feb. 18.

After a scoreless first period, Nathan Moon opened the scoring in the second period with a goal at 3:24. Kenton Miller answered for the Jackals, making a strong move from behind the net and then snapping a backhand shot in for his team-leading 16th goal, giving him goals in three straight games.

The Royals came back with two goals in the less than three minutes, first on a point shot from Derik Johnson at 8:55 and then on a power-play goal by Robbie Czarnik on a scramble in the crease at 11:25. Matt Willows iced the game at 14:58 of the third period with a goal on a partial breakaway, giving Reading a 4-1 victory..

Game 51: Jackals blanked again by Royals
Mark Dekanich stopped all 33 Jackals shots and the Reading Royals shut out Elmira, 2-0, Sunday Feb. 19 for their second shutout win against the Jackals this season.

The Jackals had their opportunities throughout the game, but they couldn't solve Dekanich, who recorded his first shutout of the season. The eventual game-winning goal came 11:06 into the first period as Tyrell Goulbourne buried a rebound from near the left circle to give Reading a 1-0 lead. A would-be tying goal later in the period for the Jackals was negated due to an incidental contact on the goal call, which kept the Royals lead at one.

Elmira controlled play in the second, but could find an equalizer and then Reading opened a 2-0 lead 48 seconds into the third period on a Ryan Penny power-play goal from the right circle. That would hold up as the final score as the Royals swept a weekend set against the Jackals.

Week Ahead 

Game 52: Thu., Feb. 23 vs. Alaska Aces, 7:05 p.m.  

The Alaska Aces make a rare appearance at First Arena Thursday night as the Jackals open their sixth consecutive three-in-three week. It's the first time since Nov. 24-26, 2010 that the Aces visit the Jackals and will be the third all-time meeting between the clubs. The teams split that previous two-game series in 2010, with the Jackals earning a 2-1 win Nov. 24 before the Aces responded with a 5-3 win two nights later.

The Aces enter the week winless over their last five games (0-4-0-1) and with just two wins over their last 10 games. At 25-18-1-6, Alaska has 57 points and is fourth place in the Mountain Division. Their hold over the final playoff spot in the Mountain is tenuous, with just a two-point cushion on both Utah and Missouri although they do have a game in hand on both teams.  
 

Alaska has two prolific scorers leading the team this season, with Stephen Perfetto tops with 61 points (25g, 36a) in just 44 games. He ranks sixth in the ECHL in scoring and his teammate, Peter Sivak is eighth in the league with 59 points (32g, 27a). Sivak is tops on the team with seven game-winning goals and seven power-play goals.

In net Kevin Carr has appeared in 29 games for the Aces, posting a 12-12-1-2 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. He has one shutout as does rookie Michael Garteig, who is 10-6-0-2 in 20 appearances. Garteig has a 3.01 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.   

Game 53: Fri., Feb. 24 vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m.
Game 54: Sat., Feb. 25 vs. Florida Everblades, 7:05 p.m.

The Jackals complete a rare double of back-to-back visits by Alaska and Florida with two straight games against the Everblades Friday and Saturday at First Arena. It's the first time since 2004 that an ECHL club hosts Alaska and Florida on back-to-back nights. The weekend set will mark the fourth and fifth matches in the five-game season series between the Jackals and Everblades after Florida won two of three at Germain Arena in early December.

The Everblades enter the week leading the South Division and the Eastern Conference with 73 points at 34-10-2-3. Florida has a 12 points lead in the division on South Carolina and are six points clear of Manchester for the conference's top record. They have points in nine of the last 10 games (7-1-1-1) and are in the midst of a six-game road trip, which continues with a Wednesday appearance in Norfolk before they hit Elmira starting Friday.

Florida enters sixth in the league offensively with 3.71 goals-per game and fifth at 2.88 goals-against per game. Brant Harris is the top scorer for Florida with 57 points (22g, 35a) in 49 games, including five game-winning goals. Michael Kirkpatrick is next among active players with 48 points (17g, 31a) over 47 games.

Anthony Peters has seen the majority of the ice time in net for the Everblades, appearing in 36 games. He is 24-9-1-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. He made just one of the three starts against the Jackals in Florida in December, allowing four goals, but earning the win.