Jackals Weekly Release - Mar. 28, 2017 - Vol. 10, No. 25

Last Week 

Fri., Mar. 24 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 6-2
Sat., Mar. 25 - Jackals vs. Manchester - L, 7-4
Sun., Mar. 26 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 2-0

This Week

Fri., Mar. 31 - Jackals at Adirondack - 7:00 p.m. - Glens Falls Civic Center

Sat., Apr. 1 - Jackals at Manchester - 6:00 p.m. - SNHU Arena
Sun., Apr. 2 - Jackals at Manchester - 3:00 p.m. - SNHU Arena

Transactions 

03/27/2017Eddie Palmieri (G)DEL Released from emergency backup

03/26/2017Eddie Palmieri (G)ADD Added as emergency backup

03/26/2017Anthony Stefano (F)ADD Signed to ATO

03/22/2017Perry D'Arrisso (F)ADD Signed to ATO

   
Need to Know

  • The Jackals finished their season-long nine-game homestand with a 5-4-0-0 record, including a pair of wins over the Manchester Monarchs over the weekend.

  • Elmira embarks on its final ECHL road trip this weekend with a trip to Adirondack Friday and two games in Manchester Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Jackals improved to 6-6-0-0 against the Manchester Monarchs.

  • Reigning Sher-Wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week Kenton Miller continued his surge and extended his goal scoring streak to six games, the longest active streak in the ECHL and the second longest of the season in the league.

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

  • The Jackals have just two home games remaining, including fan appreciation night on April 8, as we reflect on 17 seasons in Elmira.

Upcoming Promotions
 

Superhero Night - Friday, Apr. 7 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

The Jackals hold their final ever specialty jersey night as they open the last weekend of Jackals hockey in Elmira with Superhero inspired jerseys. Superhero characters will be present and fans are encouraged to attend in costume as well. The jerseys will be auctioned following the game to benefit Donate Life.

Fan Appreciation Night - Saturday, Apr. 8 - 7:05 p.m. - Tickets

We reflect on 17 seasons of Jackals hockey in Elmira and say thanks to the ones who made it all possible, our loyal fans and supporters. It's the last chance to see Jackals hockey and say farewell to the team with a postgame autograph session with the entire team.


Week in Review

Unstoppable

Jackals forward Kenton Miller continued his remarkable run since mid-February, extending his goal-scoring streak to a season-high six games, the longest active streak in the ECHL. He is now one game off the league's season-long streak of seven games, held by Toledo's Tyson Spink. During this six-game run, Miller has potted eight goals and added four assists.

The reigning Sher-Wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week has 26 points (18g, 8a) over his last 20 games since Feb. 11. He has goals in 15 of the 20 games over the span and the 18 goals alone would rank second on the team this season. The Redvers, Saskatchewan native has 30 goals this season, the first time in his ECHL career he's reached that mark and the second time as a pro he's reached 30 goals, notching 32 with the Missouri Mavericks in the CHL in 2012-13.

Rolling along 

Nathan Moon, who the Jackals acquired off waivers March 13, has made a good first impression in two weeks with the Jackals, logging 10 points (1g, 9a) in just six games. Moon has picked up points in all six games, including three multi-point games. He recorded his first goal as a member of the Jackals, which turned into the game-winning goal, Sunday against Manchester.

Including his 10 points with the Jackals, Moon has 33 points (10g, 23a) in 54 total games for Rapid City, Wichita, Toledo, Reading and Elmira. His 10 points with the Jackals are the most he has with any one team this season.

First timer 

Jackals goalie Jason Kasdorf recorded his first professional shutout in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Manchester Monarchs. The rookie netminder stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout. It was the second time all season a team shut out Manchester, which entered Sunday as one of the top offenses in the league, and was the first shutout for the Jackals this season.

It took Kasdorf, 24, 31 pro games to log his first shutout and he's seen action with the Rochester Americans (3 games) and Jackals (27 games) this season, plus one game with the Buffalo Sabres last season. He had five shutouts over two seasons player junior hockey plus another seven shutouts in four seasons at R.P.I.

Kasdorf is currently in the second round of the ECHL's March MASKness and he could use your vote on twitter.

Career high

The Jackals have several players who have hit career highs throughout the course of the season. Leading the way is forward Sebastien Sylvestre, who has a career-high 52 points (23g, 29a) in just 62 games. His 23 goals are tied for his career high and his 29 assists are the most in his three-year career.

Defenseman Guy Leboeuf, who entered the season with one career goal, has potted three while appearing in all 67 games this year. Kenton Miller's 45 points are a personal best in the ECHL, but six off his career-high 51 points set in the CHL. With nine points in 20 games since being acquired in a deal with the Indy Fuel, Matt Stanisz has 19 points this season in 55 games, topping the 18 points he had as a rookie with Florida last season. 

In his second pro season, Casey Thrush has a career-high 30 points with career-bests eight goals and 22 assists. Defenseman Davis Vandane, also in his second season, has established new career-highs in goals (8), assists (25) and points (33).


Playing spoiler
The Jackals have just five games remaining and they all come against the Manchester Monarchs and Adirondack Thunder, two teams in a tight race in the North Division. The results of these five games will decide who finishes where in the North Division playoff landscape.

Elmira is just 9-30-2-0 against their divisional opponents this season, but their best success has come against the Monarchs, with six wins in the 12-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 6-4-2-0 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.

  
Game 65: Third period surge pushes Jackals past Monarchs   

The Jackals scored the final five goals, including four in the third period, to maul the Manchester Monarchs, 6-2, Mar. 24 at First Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals in the second. Mark Bennett started it with a goal from the left circle at 1:36. Manchester responded with goals from Tyler Elbrecht at 3:09 and Mario Puskarich at 6:03. Sam Povorozniouk came back with a one-timer in the slot at 14:33 to tie the game at two heading into the third. 
 

The Jackals dominated the third period, scoring four times to pull away. Sebastien Sylvestre scored the eventual game-winner at 5:12, collecting a rebound on a 2-on-2 rush with Nathan Moon. Kenton Miller potted his 28th goal at 8:50 getting the second touch on a double deflection for a power-play goal. Casey Thrush added another power-play goal at 15:30 and then Mark Bennett wrapped up the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 18:15 to give the Jackals a 6-2 win over Manchester.


Game 66: Jackals can't dig out of early hole against Monarchs

The Manchester Monarchs built up a 6-1 lead then hung on in the third for a 7-4 win over the Jackals during Pink in the Rink Mar. 25 at First Arena.

The Monarchs came flying out of the gates and dominated the first period, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Cory Ward at 1:06 and Tyler Elbrecht at 4:06. The Jackals responded to begin the second period on a power-play goal by Sebastien Sylvestre 1:09 into the second. From there, Manchester rolled off four straight goals, starting with a rebound goal by Peter Leblanc at 1:41. Ward, Eric Schurhamer and Colton Saucerman also scored for a 6-1 lead after the second. 
 

The Jackals flipped the script in the third, but couldn't overcome the large deficit. Kenton Miller potted his 29th goal of the season on a one-timer from the left circle at 2:37. Later Davis Vandane scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line at 13:33 to make it 6-3 and the Sylvestre scored his second at 17:36 to make it 6-4. The Monarchs found an empty-net goal at 18:15 to hold off the Jackals for a 7-4 win.

Game 67: Jason Kasdorf's first pro shutout gives Jackals 2-0 win

Jason Kasdorf stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Jackals blanked the Manchester Monarchs, 2-0, Mar. 26 at First Arena. It was Kasdorf's first professional shutout.

Kasdorf stopped 13 Manchester shots through the first two periods and he got all the offense he would need late in the second period. With the Jackals on the power play, Nathan Moon sent a puck from the left wing circle toward the net. It tipped off the stick on a Monarch defender and into the net for a 1-0 lead at 15:46 on Moon's first goal with the Jackals. 

Kasdorf's busiest period of the night came in the third period when he faced 13 shots, stopping them all. He got an insurance goal at 11:51 when Kenton Miller extended his goal scoring streak to six games with a left circle shot to give the Jackals a 2-0 lead. Kasdorf carried the Jackals the rest of the way to a 2-0 win.

Week Ahead 

Game 68: Fri., Mar. 31 at Adirondack Thunder, 7:00 p.m.

The Jackals begin their final ECHL road trip with their last trip to Glens Falls to face the Adirondack Thunder Friday night. It's the eighth game of the season series and the first of three head-to-head meetings over the final two weeks of the regular season. Adirondack has controlled the season series, with six wins in seven previous games.

With a 6-3-1-0 record over their last 10 games, the Thunder have resurfaced in first place in the tight North Division with a 35-20-7-4 record. At 81 points, the Thunder lead Brampton by one point and Reading and Manchester by two points. They can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a win against Orlando Tuesday night. 

Adirondack's offense ranks eighth in the ECHL at 3.62 goals per game. Captain Peter MacArthur leads the team with 59 points (21g, 38a) in 59 games, with 25 points coming on the power play. James Henry is second with 49 points (20g, 29a) and rookie Brian Ward is third with 41 points (23g, 18a). The Thunder's power play is dangerous, ranking fourth in the league at 23.5%, led by defenseman Stepan Falkovsky's 14 power-play goals, which rank second in the league. 

In net, J.P. Anderson has appeared in each of the last six Thunder games, posting a 4-0-1-0 record in those games. On the season he has appeared in 25 games and is 14-4-4 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He is 10-3-3 in 19 games with the Thunder. Rookie Mason McDonald is 13-9-5 in 29 games with a 2.72 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage.

Game 69: Sat., Apr. 1 at Manchester Monarchs, 6:00 p.m.
Game 60: Sun., Apr. 2 at Manchester Monarchs, 3:00 p.m.

The Jackals and Manchester Monarchs end their 14-game season series with a two-game series in Manchester Saturday and Sunday. They are the final two road games for the Jackals and the 13th and 14th games of the head-to-head series. After winning twice over the weekend at First Arena, the Jackals have pulled even in the series with six wins apiece.

The Monarchs have slumped to a 3-6-1-0 record over their last 10 games, dropping to a third-place tie in the North Division playoff race. At 34-22-7-4, the Monarchs have 79 points, equaling Reading's point total and leaving them a point behind Brampton and two back of Adirondack entering the week. 

After being shut out for just the second time all season Sunday against the Jackals, the Monarchs are fifth in the ECHL offensively at 3.67 goals per game. Among active players, Joe Diamond, who was suspended for the final two games in Elmira last weekend, leads the team with 44 points (22g, 22a). Daniel Doremus, who missed the weekend due to personal reasons, also has 44 points (9g, 35a). Leading scorer Matt Leitner, who had 53 points in 51 games, is on loan to the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds.

In net, Jack Flinn started three of their four games last week and has appeared in 10 games this season, posting a 3-4-1 record with a 3.69 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage. 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. Charles Williams made his pro debut and defeated the Jackals Saturday night.