Jackals Weekly Release - Jan. 23, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 16

Last Week 

Fri., Jan. 20 - Jackals at Manchester - W, 5-4 (OT)
Sat., Jan. 21 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 6-1
Sun., Jan. 22 - Jackals at Manchester - L, 4-1

This Week
Wed., Jan. 25 - Jackals vs. Fort Wayne - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Fri., Jan. 27 - Jackals vs. Fort Wayne - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sat., Jan. 28 - Jackals at Adirondack - 7:00 p.m. - Glens Falls Civic Center 
Sun., Jan. 29 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - 4:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

01/21/2017Jason Kasdorf (G) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)    

01/20/2017 Tyler Parks (G) ADD Signed to SPC

01/19/2017 Jason Kasdorf (G) DEL Recalled by Buffalo (NHL) to Rochester (AHL) 

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals have points in seven of their last nine home games (5-2-2-0) and play three games at First Arena this week, starting Wednesday against Fort Wayne.

  • Elmira faces Fort Wayne this week in the first head-to-head matches since the 2014-15 season.

  • This weekend is the second in a string of six straight weeks that the Jackals play three games in three days.
     

Upcoming Promotions

$1 Beer Night - Wednesday, Jan. 25 - 7:05 p.m.

Bud Light and Labatt Blue are $1 each throughout the night as the Jackals take on the Fort Wayne Komets at First Arena. All end zone tickets are just $10 as the Jackals continue our 10th anniversary season in the ECHL.

Princess Night - Friday, Jan. 27 - 7:05 p.m. 
The Jackals will host surprise guest princesses at the game and there will be an intermission parade. Kids are encouraged to dress up as princesses to join in the parade. All end zone tickets are just $10 as the Jackals continue our 10th anniversary season in the ECHL.

4 for $44 - Sunday, Jan. 29 - 4:05 p.m.  

It's our second 4 for $44 Sunday afternoon game of the season, presented by Wendy's. The 4 for $44 package includes 4 blue zone tickets, 4 chuck-a-pucks, 4 hot dogs, 4 fountain drinks, and 4 frosty coupons. All packages must be purchased by 12pm on game day. After the game, skate on the ice with Jackals players in our second post game skate session of the season. Individual end zone tickets are just $10 as the Jackals continue our 10th anniversary season in the ECHL.

Week in Review

East vs. West  
The Jackals face the Fort Wayne Komets Wednesday and Friday at First Arena, which will be just the third and fourth games against the Western Conference this season. Their only other games against the Western Conference came against the Kalamazoo Wings Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, when they went 1-0-1-0. Only Florida has played fewer games against the Western Conference than the Jackals.

The North Division, which the Jackals are members of, holds an impressive record against the West, combining for an 11-4-0-3 record against the Mountain Division and a 25-14-3-1 mark against the Central Division.

Including Wednesday and Friday, the Jackals have seven more games against the Western Conference, with trips to Cincinnati and Quad City and a home match with Alaska coming in February.

Game 36: Jackals hit halfway point with overtime win  
The Jackals squandered a 3-0 lead, but rallied late and then beat the Manchester Monarchs, 5-4, in overtime Jan. 20 at SNHU Arena.

Elmira opened a 2-0 lead in the first period on the road. Sam Povorozniouk opened the scoring at 11:30 of the first with a power-play goal from the bottom of the left circle for a 1-0 lead. Ian Young scored his first of the season at 15:10 for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Greg Amlong put the Jackals up 3-0 with a power-play goal from the top of the right circle at 19:37.

The Monarchs scored four-straight goals in the third period to turn a 3-0 Jackals lead into a 4-3 Manchester lead. Matt Leitner got it started with a natural hat trick, scoring goals at 4:07, 6:06 and 12:57 to even the score at three. Quentin Shore hammered a one-timer from the left circle at 14:34 to give the Monarchs their first lead. Forced to rally, the Jackals tied the game at 18:42 on a deflection by Kenton Miller. Then, tied at four in overtime, Matt Lane batted in a puck out of mid air on a rebound following a Sam Povorozniouk right circle shot.

Game 37: Jackals lit up by Monarchs power play
The Manchester Monarchs scored four power-play goals and surged past the Jackals, 6-1, Jan. 21 at SNHU Arena in Manchester.

The Monarchs grabbed a lead late in a tightly contested opening period, getting a power-play goal from Joey Diamond with 1:45 to play in the first period to make it 1-0. The Jackals pulled even in the second period on a goal from Guy Leboeuf from the right circle at 8:30. Manchester dominated the rest of the second period and the rest of the game to pull out the win. They got a power-play goal from Kevin Morris at 9:44 then two straight goals from Ashton Rome at 10:23 and 17:23 to turn a 1-1 game into a 4-1 Monarchs lead.

Diamond scored his second of the game late in the second to send the game into the third period with Manchester ahead 5-1. Tyler Parks took over in net for the Jackals in the third and allowed a goal to Zac Lynch at 4:05 to make it a 6-1 final.

Game 38: Jackals lose rubber match of weekend series
The Manchester Monarchs scored four goals in the first period and Jonah Imoo swatted away 37 shots as the Monarchs beat the Jackals, 4-1, Jan. 22 at SNHU Arena.

The Monarchs pounced on the Jackals early, scoring three goals on their first six shots less than nine minutes into the game. Zac Lynch started it with a breakaway goal at 1:41 and he was followed by Joey Diamond at 7:05 and Teddy Doherty at 8:55. That brought a goalie change, as Jason Kasdorf stepped in for Tyler Parks. Manchester greeted him with a goal at 13:31 by Daniel Doremus, who potted a loose puck off a blocked shot to make it 4-0.

Elmira had the better of the play the rest of the game, outshooting Manchester 26-15 over the final two periods, but Imoo proved to be the difference in net. The Jackals finally got on the board at 10:06 of the third when Matt Lane poked in a rebound following a Casey Thrush wraparound, which made it 4-1. That would stand as the final score.

Week Ahead

Game 39: Wed., Jan. 25 at Fort Wayne Komets, 7:05 p.m.
Game 40: Fri., Jan. 27 vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 7:05 p.m.  


The Jackals return home following four straight road games to play two games in three nights against the Fort Wayne Komets. It's the only two times the teams will play in 2016-17 and the first time they've squared off since the 2014-15 season, when the Komets won two out of three, including the only match in Elmira.

Fort Wayne emerged from the All-Star break with a three-in-three in three different cities, starting with a home win over Cincinnati. They followed that with losses at Kalamazoo and Brampton and they are now 4-5-1-0 in their last 10 games. Overall, the Komets are 22-13-4-0 and have 48 points, which places them third in the Central Division.

 

The Komets offense enters the week ranked third in the ECHL, producing 3.82 goal per game. They've scored 57 goals in the third period, which is third most in the league. Fort Wayne has three of the top nine scorers in the ECHL, led by Shawn Szydlowski's 49 points (21g, 28a), which ranks fourth in the league. Szydlowski is currently on recall with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters. Kyle Thomas is right behind him with 48 points (21g, 27a) and Mike Cazzola is next at 46 points (16g, 30a).  

Among active goalies, Garrett Bartus has seen the majority of the action, appearing in 16 games and posting a 10-4-1-0 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. P.J. Musico has appeared in four games with the Komets since he was acquired in a trade from Greenville, holding a 1-2-1-0 record in those four appearances with a 3.52 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage. 


Game 41: Sat., Jan. 28 at Adirondack Thunder, 7:00 p.m.
Game 42: Sun., Jan. 29 vs. Adirondack Thunder, 4:05 p.m.    


The Jackals conclude the week with a home-and-home series against the Adirondack Thunder, beginning Saturday in Glens Falls and wrapping up at First Arena Sunday afternoon. They are the sixth and seventh of 10 matches between the teams this season and they won't play again until the final two weeks of the regular season. Adirondack has points in all five previous meetings, going 4-0-0-1.

The Thunder snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win in Norfolk Saturday night, but they just 3-5-2-0 over their last 10 games. With their recent play, the Thunder have dropped to 18-12-4-3 and have 43 points, placing them on the outside of the North Division's four playoff spots. They are tied in points with Wheeling for that final postseason position.

 

Adirondack has been decimated with AHL callups throughout the season, including leading scorer Ty Loney, who is on loan with Albany. He leads the Thunder with 32 points (15g, 17a). Among active players, captain Peter MacArthur is tops with 29 points (12g, 17a) and he scored a natural hat trick against the Jackals in their last match up. Mikkel Aagaard is next with 26 points (10g, 16a).

Five different goalies have played between the pipes for the Thunder with Mason McDonald leading the way with 18 appearances. The rookie is 9-6-1-2 with a 2.76 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. J.P. Anderson, acquired in a trade from Wheeling earlier this season, is 3-2-1-0 with a 3.24 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage in eight appearances for the Thunder. Drew Fielding, claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, is 1-2-1-0 with a 4.05 goals-against average and an .856 save percentage in four starts.