Jackals Weekly Release - Mar. 20, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 24

Last Week 

Wed., Mar. 15 - Jackals vs. Wheeling - L, 5-4
Sat., Mar. 18 - Jackals vs. Brampton - L, 6-2
Sun., Mar. 19 - Jackals vs. Wheeling - W, 6-5 (OT)

This Week

Fri., Mar. 24 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sat., Mar. 25 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sun., Mar. 26 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 4:05 p.m. - First Arena

Transactions 

03/19/2017Andy Iles (G)ADD Returned from Loan to Binghamton (AHL)

03/19/2017Carl Belizario (D)DEL Released from ATO

03/19/2017Tim Keegan (G)DEL Released from ATO

03/15/2017Carl Belizario (D)ADD Signed to ATO

03/15/2017Tim Keegan (G)ADD Signed to ATO

03/15/2017Andy Iles (G)DEL Loaned to Binghamton (AHL)

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals raised over $14,000 for the family of Kelley Stage through their Domestic Violence Awareness jersey auction Saturday, Mar. 18.

  • The Jackals wrap up their season-long nine-game homestand with three home games this week. They have just five home games left in Elmira.

  • The final eight games this season will be played against North Division foes Manchester Monarchs and Adirondack Thunder. The Jackals are 7-29-2-0 against their five North Division rivals. 

  • The Jackals announced they will host a Domestic Violence Awareness Night Mar. 18 and wear a special jersey, with the proceeds going to the family of Kelley Stage.

  • Kenton Miller set a Jackals season high with five points (2g, 3a) in Sunday's win over the Wheeling Nailers.

  • Five wins in March are the most the Jackals have in a single month this season.

Upcoming Promotions
 

Mascot Mania - Friday, Mar. 24 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

Local and regional mascots will be at First Arena for a fun night interacting with Jackals fans. It's also a Frosty Friday, courtesy of Wendy's Plus, the Chemung County Youth Bureau will have a special giveaway for fans.

Pink in the Rink - Saturday, Mar. 25 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals will wear special pink jerseys, presented by Isaac Heating and Air, as they continue the fight against breast cancer. The jerseys will be auction immediately following the game with a portion of the proceeds going to Komen Twin Tiers.

Paws and Pucks Night - Sunday, Mar. 26 - 4:05 p.m. - Tickets

Fans can bring their dog to the game as the Jackals host the Manchester Monarchs for the final time. Dogs will need their own ticket for the game and fans with dogs will be seated in a special area. It's also a 4-for-$44 night, courtesy of Wendy's. Get four tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks, four chuck-a-pucks and four Frosty coupons for just $44. And take advantage of our final postgame skate session with the team following the game.


Week in Review

Man on a mission

Jackals forward Kenton Miller is on an absolute roll since the Jackals went on their road trip to the Midwest during the second week of February. Since Feb. 11, Miller has recorded 22 points (15g, 7a) in just 17 games. He has goals in 12 of the 17 games and his 15 goals over this span still ranks third on the team overall.

Last week alone, the Redvers, Saskatchewan native produced eight points (5g, 3a) in three games including a five point game (2g, 3a) Sunday against the Wheeling Nailers. Miller has already set a personal best in the ECHL with 27 goals and he has 41 points in 63 games.

First impression 

Nathan Moon, who the Jackals acquired off waivers March 13, had a great first week for the Jackals, logging six points and forming a dangerous top line with Kenton Miller and Sebastien Sylvestre. Moon notched points in all three games last week, culminating with a three assist game Sunday against Wheeling.

Including his six points last week, Moon has 29 points (9g, 20a) in 51 total games for Rapid City, Wichita, Toledo, Reading and Elmira.

Turning 20

Jackals forward Sebastien Sylvestre capped a five-point week with a three-point performance Sunday against Wheeling, including two goals against the Nailers. With those goals, Sylvestre reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in his three-year ECHL career. He scored 23 goals as a rookie for the Bakersfield Condors in 2014-15.

The Boucherville, Quebec native has matched his career-high of 47 points, also set in the 2014-15 season with Bakersfield. He reached 47 points in 69 games that year, while he has only appeared in 59 games so far this season. 


Playing spoiler
The Jackals have just eight games remaining and they all come against the Manchester Monarchs and Adirondack Thunder, two teams in a tight race for a spot in the North Division playoffs. The results of these eight games will decide who makes the playoffs in the North Division.

Elmira is just 7-29-2-0 against their divisional opponents this season, but their best success has come against the Monarchs, with four wins in the nine-game series to date. Adirondack has points in all seven of the head-to-head matches (6-0-0-1) and the Monarchs have a 5-2-2-0 record against the Jackals.

The Jackals have finished their matches with Brampton, Reading and Wheeling. The Jackals went winless in nine games against Brampton and earned one win in 10 games against Reading and one victory in three matches with Wheeling.

For a good cause

The Jackals held a Domestic Violence Awareness night and honored the family of Kelley Stage during a touching pregame ceremony Mar. 18. The Jackals wore domestic violence awareness jerseys, which were grey with purple and black stripes around the middle. The front crest featured the domestic violence awareness purple ribbon and also included features of the "No More" campaign.


In their live postgame jersey auction, the Jackals, with the support of their generous fans, raised $14,200 for the family of Kelley Stage. 100% of the proceeds from the jersey auction went to the family. Including jersey raffles and the proceeds from the fundraising tickets, the Jackals expect the final donation amount to be in the $20,000 range, with the team hosting a check presentation during Friday's game.  

  
Game 62: Nailers rally past Jackals with third period hat trick   

Gage Quinney scored a third period hat trick and the Wheeling Nailers slipped past the Jackals, 5-4, Mar. 15 at First Arena.

Johnny Daniels opened the scoring for Wheeling at 18:32 of the first period, taking advantage of a Jackals turnover and snapping a shot past Jason Kasdorf for a 1-0 lead. The Jackals responded with a pair of second period goals, with Kenton Miller ripping a power-play goal from the left circle at 3:11 and Sam Povorozniouk firing a one-timer from the slot at 17:00 as the Jackals carried a 2-1 lead into the third.

The teams combined for six goals in the third and Quinney started it with a rebound goal at 4:03, tying the game at 2-2. After Sam Povorozniouk put the Jackals ahead 3-2 with a beautiful goal on a toe drag at the right circle, Quinney again tied it with a power-play goal on a deflection in the slot at 15:34. 17 seconds later it was Jordan Kwas who gave the Nailers a 4-3 lead and Quinney completed the hat trick at 18:21. Miller netted his second of the game for the Jackals on a tip at 19:32, but the Jackals ran out of time, losing 5-4.


Game 63: Controversial third period results in 6-2 Brampton win

The Brampton Beast scored three power-play goals and blasted the Jackals, 6-2, Mar 18 to secure a season-series sweep over Elmira.

Brampton scored twice late in the first period to open a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Brandon Marino started it by poking in a rebound at 17:32 and then Luke Pither followed with a power-play goal at 19:25. Pither scored another power-play goal at 6:39 in the second to make it 3-0 Beast before the Jackals finally got on the board on a Kenton Miller deflection for a power-play goal a 19:21.

Among some controversy, the Beast pulled away in the third with Connor Crisp making it 4-1 with a power-play goal at 7:13. The Jackals appeared to answer a few minutes later, but after a review another Kenton Miller goal was waved off despite the fact that the puck clearly hit the back of the net. Moments later, the Beast capitalized on the Jackals frustration for a 5-1 lead. Mark Bennett got one back at 13:55 with a rebound goal, but a Brampton empty-netter gave the Beast a 6-2 victory.

Game 64: Jackals edge Nailers in overtime in see-saw battle

Kenton Miller scored a season-high five points (2g, 3a) and Ian Young scored 1:21 into overtime as the Jackals topped the Nailers, 6-5, Mar. 19 at First Arena.

The teams alternated goals the entire night and Casey Thrush started it 4:47 into the first period by poking in his own rebound on a rush down the left wing. After Kale Kerbashian tied the score at 16:18, Sebastien Sylvestre put Elmira up 2-1 at 17:45 with a tip in on a pass from Nathan Moon. Wheeling answered to begin the second, but Sylvestre scored again on a breakaway to give the Jackals a 3-2 lead. 

Kevin Schulze tied it at three for Wheeling and then Kenton Miller netted his first of the night 21 seconds later for a 4-3 Jackals lead. The Nailers tied it late in the second and then Miller opened the third period with a go-ahead goal at 5:07. The Nailers pulled even for a fifth time at 8:39 to force overtime. In overtime, Ian Young converted on a 2-on-1 1:21 into the extra session to give the Jackals a 6-5 win in the final match against the Nailers.

Week Ahead 

Game 65: Fri., Mar. 24 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m.
Game 66: Sat., Mar. 25 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m.
Game 67: Sun., Mar. 26 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 4:05 p.m.

The Jackals and Manchester Monarchs resume their 14-game season series with a three games in three nights series at First Arena, starting Friday. It'll be the final visit Manchester will make to Elmira and the 10th, 11th and 12th games head-to-head. The Monarchs have five wins in the series and the Jackals have four wins through the first nine games.

The Monarchs have slumped to a 3-6-1-0 record over their last 10 games and their once secure spot in the North Division playoff picture has become a lot tighter. At 32-20-7-4, the Monarchs have 75 points and are in fourth place in the North Division. They are a point behind Reading and Adirondack and four behind Brampton, but their lead over Wheeling is five points for the final playoff spot. 

Despite their recent struggles, the Monarchs are still fourth in the ECHL offensively at 3.68 goals per game. Among active players Quentin Shore leads the Monarchs with 43 points (18g, 25a), followed by Joe Diamond's 42 points (20g, 22a) and Daniel Doremus (8g, 33a) at 41 points. Doremus just spent last week the AHL-Syracuse. Leading scorer Matt Leitner, who has 53 points in 51 games, is on loan to AHL-Springfield. 

In net, Colin Stevens, assigned to the Monarchs from AHL-Springfield, has appeared in nine games this season for the Monarchs. He is 3-5-0-1 with a 3.58 goals-against average and an .881 save percentage for Manchester and, including his 24 appearances for Tulsa he is 10-18-3-2 with a 3.23 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. Rookie Jack Flinn is 2-2-1-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage.