Jackals Weekly Release - Jan. 31, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 17

Last Week 

Wed., Jan. 25 - Jackals vs. Fort Wayne - L, 1-0
Fri., Jan. 27 - Jackals vs. Fort Wayne - L, 3-2
Sat., Jan. 28 - Jackals at Adirondack- L, 8-2
Sun., Jan. 29 - Jackals vs. Adirondack - L, 3-2

This Week
Thu., Feb. 2 - Jackals at Brampton - 7:15 p.m. - Powerade Centre
Fri., Feb. 3 - Jackals at Brampton - 7:15 p.m. - Powerade Centre
Sat., Feb. 4 - Jackals vs. Brampton - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

01/30/2017Brycen Martin (D) DEL Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) to Rochester (AHL)  

01/30/2017 Brad Townsend (F) DEL Released from SPC

01/27/2017 Brycen Martin (D) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL) 

01/27/2017 Brad Townsend (F) ADD Signed to SPC

01/26/2017 Matt Stanisz (D) ADD Traded from Indy

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals head to Canada for the final time this season, with two games in Brampton against the Beast, starting Thursday night.

  • Elmira plays its only home game in close to a three week stretch Saturday against the Beast for 8-Bit and Arcade Night at First Arena.

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

  • 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

8-Bit and Arcade Night - Saturday, Feb. 4 - 7:05 p.m.  

The Jackals play their only home game in the first half of February as they host the Brampton Beast for 8-Bit and Arcade Night on Saturday, Feb. 4, presented by Rainy Toad Gaming. There will be two Rainy Toad Gaming stations set up at First Arena, which will allow fans the chance to play their favorite video games. All fans in attendance will also receive a special themed poster, courtesy of Multimedia. Show your spirit by dressing up as your favorite video game character.

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

Oh so close
The Jackals played three tight games on home ice last week, but lost all three by one-goal margins. They dropped decision of 1-0 and 3-2 to Fort Wayne Wednesday and Friday before slipping to Adirondack, 3-2, Sunday.

On the season, the Jackals are now 5-6-5-0 in games decided by one goal, which includes their last two victories. Five of their six regulation losses in one-goal games are on home ice (3-5-2-0), while they are 2-1-3-0 on the road in those situations.

Vs. the North
The Jackals struggles in 2016-17 have been highlighted by their ineffective play within their own division. In 27 games against the North Division, the Jackals are just 5-20-2-0, giving them just 12 of a possible 54 points within the division.

Ironically, three of their five divisional wins are against division-leading Manchester, holding a 3-5-0-0 mark against the Monarchs. Their other wins are against Adirondack (1-5-1-0) and Reading (1-5-0-0). Elmira is winless against Brampton (0-4-1-0) and Wheeling (0-1-0-0).
 
Game 39: Late goal lifts Komets over Jackals, 1-0  
Garrett Bartus made 28 saves and the Fort Wayne Komets broke a scoreless tie late in the third to beat the Jackals, 1-0, Jan. 25 at First Arena.

The Jackals had their chances in the first two periods, playing a strong 40 minutes and generating 24 shots against Bartus, who turned all of them aside. His counterpart, Andy Iles, faced 18 shots through two periods and it was a 0-0 game entering the third.

The Komets played their best period of the night in the third and finally broke the ice with under four minutes to play. Jamie Schaafsma found Devin Mantha with a pass to the right circle and Mantha drove towards the net. His shot was stopped, but Mason Baptista pounced on the rebound at the right circle and sent a spin-around, backhand shot towards the net, which got past Iles who was knocked down on the play. That made it 1-0 Komets and Bartus would make several late saves to preserve the shutout win for Fort Wayne.

Game 40: Jackals swept by Komets at home
The Jackals gave up a pair of third period goals and lost their second straight one-goal game to the Fort Wayne Komets, 3-2, Jan. 27 at First Arena.

The Komets took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a deflection by Gabriel Desjardins with 5:31 left in the opening period. The Jackals pulled even early in the second period, when Casey Thrush potted a loose puck in the slot for his second goal of the season just three minutes into the period.

Fort Wayne broke a 1-1 tie in the opening minute of the third when Garrett Thompson tapped in a puck in the crease for a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead. Later in the period Matt Lane took a penalty shot for Elmira, but missed, keeping it a one-goal game. Mason Baptista doubled the lead at 18:06 with a tip in near the crease. The Jackals quickly got back within one on Sebastien Sylvestre right circle wrist shot at 18:47, but they couldn't find the tying goal, losing 3-2.

Game 41: Thunder pull away from Jackals in third period
The Adirondack Thunder scored four goals in the third to run away with an 8-2 win over the Jackals Jan. 28 at the Glens Falls Civic Center, in the first game of a home-and-home series.

It was a tight game through the first two periods. Adirondack grabbed a 2-1 lead after the first period, getting two early power-play goals by Ty Loney and Stepan Falkovsky. Greg Betzold responded with a tip in goal for the Jackals at 11:25 of the first period. Adirondack opened a two-goal lead in the second period. Brian Ward made it a 3-1 game before Sebastien Sylvestre made it 3-2 at 8:45. Greg Wolfe finished the second-period scoring at 10:14 to make it 4-2 after two.

Adirondack blew the game open in the final frame, with four straight goals over a nine minute stretch. The Thunder got goals by Falkovsky, Patch Alber, Ward and Brett Pollock to pull away with an 8-2 win.

Game 42: Jackals fall on another late third-period goal to Thunder
Stepan Falkovsky scored a pair of goals, include one late in the third period, to pace the Adirondack Thunder to a 3-2 win over the Jackals Jan. 29 at First Arena.

The Jackals had two one-goal leads during the game, but couldn't hang on to either. First it was Sebastien Sylvestre scoring from the left circle on a pass from Greg Betzold at 6:55 of the first period. That was answered by Mikkel Aagaard scoring from the slot at 12:05. In the second period, Betzold converted on a rebound at 5:38 to give the Jackals a 2-1 lead, but that was matched by a Falkovsky power-play goal at 16:16.

The game remained tied at two deep into the third, until Falkovsky snapped home a power-play goal at 15:35 of the final period and the Jackals could find an equalizer, falling 3-2. 

Week Ahead

Game 43: Thu., Feb. 2 at Brampton Beast, 7:15 p.m.
Game 44: Fri., Feb. 3 at Brampton Beast, 7:15 p.m.
Game 45: Sat., Feb. 4 vs. Brampton Beast, 7:05 p.m.  


The Jackals and Brampton Beast renew their rivalry for the first time since early December with a three-in-three, including two games at the Powerade Center in Brampton and one at First Arena in Elmira. The three matches are the sixth, seventh and eighth between the teams in the nine-game season series. Brampton has won the first five against Elmira, with the latest an overtime win in Brampton Dec. 4.

After an excellent December, Brampton slumped to a 3-6-1-1 record in January and they have loses in back-to-back games (0-1-0-1) entering the week. 10 of their 11 games, with the exception of their last game against Wheeling, were played against Western Conference opponents--Indy, Kalamazoo, Toledo and Fort Wayne.

 

The Brampton offense was hot and cold in January, scoring four or more goals in four games and getting held to one or less five times, including three shutouts. The Beast are down to 13th in the ECHL at goals per game at 3.41 goals per game. David Vallorani leads the Beast with 46 points (18g, 28a), including 14 points (4g, 10a) on the power play. David Pacan is second with 37 points (21g, 16a) in 36 games, despite a stint with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, where he had two assists in six games. 

In net, Zachary Fucale has appeared in 27 games and has a 14-8-1-1 record with a 3.04 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage, all of which leads the team. Andrew D'Agostini and Bryan Pitton have split the other 19 appearances in the Brampton net.