Jackals Weekly Release - Nov. 21, 2016 - Vol. 10, No. 7

Last Week 

Fri., Nov. 18 - Jackals at Brampton - L, 6-4
Sat., Nov. 19 - Jackals vs. Brampton - L, 5-3

This Week
Fri., Nov. 25 - Jackals vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Molly Huddle Night
Sat., Nov. 26 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Fur Circus Night
Sun., Nov. 27 - Jackals vs. Manchester - 4:05 p.m. - First Arena - 4 for $44 Night


11/20/16 Brycen Martin (D)  DEL Recalled from Loan by Rochester (AHL)  

11/16/16 J.P. LaFontaine (F)  ADD Claimed off Waivers     

11/14/16 Joel Wetmore (F)  DEL Released    

  Need to Know

  • The Jackals are in the midst of a six-game homestand, with three games coming this weekend after Thanksgiving.

  • Elmira plays its first three-in-three of the season this week, with a match against Reading Friday and back-to-back games versus Manchester Saturday and Sunday.

  • Defenseman Brycen Martin scored his first professional goal Saturday vs. Brampton and then was recalled by the Rochester Americans (AHL) Sunday.

  • Kenton Miller notched his 100th career ECHL point and had three points (2g, 1a) Saturday night. He scored the Jackals first shorthanded goal of the season.

Week in Review

More firsts     

Jackals rookie defenseman Brycen Martin scored his first professional goal Saturday night against Brampton. The power-play goal came in Martin's 12th pro game and his 10th game with the Jackals this season. The former 3rd round pick recorded his first pro points Nov. 12 against Brampton and he has three points (1g, 2a) over the last three games. He was recalled by AHL-Rochester Sunday.

Martin is the fifth Jackal this season to score his first ECHL goal. Greg Betzold notched his first ECHL goal Nov. 12 against the Beast. Kyle Rankin scored his first goal Nov. 6 in South Carolina on a 4-on-3 power play. Rookie forward Charlie Mosey scored his first ECHL goal in his first ECHL game in the season opener Oct. 15 in Reading. That was the first goal of the season for the Jackals. Rookie defenseman Paul Geiger scored his first ECHL goal in his league debut Oct. 21 vs. Norfolk.

This weekend marks the first three-in-three for the Jackals this season, as they host Reading and Manchester following Thanksgiving. Elmira will play 10 three-in-threes during the regular season, but don't have another one until January.

After this weekend, the next three-in-three for the Jackals will be Jan. 20-22, when they play three straight games in Manchester. That will begin a stretch of three straight weekends of three-in-threes.

Last season, the Jackals had just four instances of three games in three nights.

Penalty free

Friday's game between the Jackals and Brampton Beast was the first ECHL game of the season that was penalty free. It's the eighth time in league history that teams combined for zero penalty minutes and the first time since Feb. 13, 2016 in a game between the Evansville Icemen and Cincinnati Cyclones. In all, it happened three times in the ECHL last season.

The Jackals are the least penalized team in the ECHL so far this season, averaging just 8.92 penalty minutes per game. The next closest team is Rapid City at 10.25 penalty minutes per game.


Game 12: Beast fend off Jackals comeback bids in 6-4 win  
The Brampton Beast fended off two comeback attempts by the Jackals and beat Elmira, 6-4, for their third straight win over the Jackals last night in Brampton.

The Beast rolled out to a 2-0 first-period lead on the strength of goals by Scott Jacklin and David Vallorani less than two minutes apart just past the halfway point of the period. The Jackals roared out of the gates in the second to pull even. First, Davis Vandane blasted a shot from the right point at 2:41 to make it 2-1. Then Colin Murray scored on a breakaway at 11:54 to tie the game at two. However, the Beast immediately responded to take a 3-2 lead 30 second later and they would grow the lead to three less than a minute into the third.

The Jackals would again try to rally, getting goals from Daultan Leveille on a deflection and Steven Kaunisto on a rebound to get within 5-4 with a few minutes remaining in regulation, but the Beast added an empty-net goal to win, 6-4.

Game 13: Beast topple Jackals in back-and-forth affair 
The Brampton Beast scored twice early in the third period to win their fourth straight over the Jackals, 5-3, Saturday at First Arena.

The Beast started the see-saw battle with David Pacan finishing a tic-tac-toe pass play 13:29 into the first period to go up 1-0. The Jackals then responded with two goals in the second period to go ahead 2-1. Brycen Martin tied the game with a power-play goal at 8:21 and then Kenton Miller scored shorthanded at 15:49 to give the Jackals their first lead. Brampton would tie the game with 42 seconds left in the second, so the game went to the third even at two.

David Vallorani opened the third-period scoring with back-to-back goals 1:32 apart, giving Brampton a two-goal lead just 2:55 into the final frame. Miller would score his second of the night for the Jackals at 6:57 to make it a one-goal game, but Brampton would seal the win with an empty-net goal.


Week Ahead

Game 14: Fri., Nov. 25 vs. Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m. - Molly Huddle Night

The Jackals open their post-Thanksgiving three-in-three weekend with a home match against the Reading Royals on Black Friday and Molly Huddle Night at First Arena. It is the second of 10 head-to-head matches between the teams, with Reading winning the first one in the season opener Oct. 15. Both teams enter the night looking to snap extended losing streaks.

Reading has dropped their last seven games, going 0-6-1-0 in that stretch, to fall to 6-8-1-1 on the season. They did pick up a point in their last game, an overtime loss to the Manchester Monarchs. With 14 points, the Royals are in fifth place in the North Division. It is also the first game of a three-in-three for the Royals, who return home for two against the Cincinnati Cyclones to conclude the weekend.

Reading is 25th in the ECHL, allowing 3.81 goals per game through its first 16 games. During their seven game losing streak, the Royals have given up 34 goals, an average of 4.86 per game. In goal, Mark Dekanich has appeared in 11 of 16 games and is 3-6-1-1 with a 3.61 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage. He has lost six straight decisions (0-5-1-0) since Nov. 9.

Offensively the Royals have seven players with at least 10 points this season. Chris McCarthy leads the team with 15 points (7g, 8a) in just 13 games. Olivier Labelle is second with 14 points (6g, 8a) and Mike Pereira, who has 11 points (6g, 5a) leads the team with three game-winning goals.

Game 15: Sat., Nov. 26 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 7:05 p.m. - Fir Circus Night
Game 16: Sun., Nov. 27 vs. Manchester Monarchs, 4:05 p.m. - 4 for $44

The Jackals and Manchester Monarchs open their season series with back-to-back games to conclude a three-in-three weekend at First Arena. It's the first of 14 head-to-head matches, the most the Jackals face one opponent this season. 


The Monarchs have moved to the top of the North Division with five straight wins, four of which have come against the Reading Royals. At 10-4-0-1 and with 21 points, they are tied with Adirondack for first place. The Monarchs are unbeaten in five road games this year. They open the week with two games at home against the Florida Everblades Wednesday and Friday.  


Manchester is fifth in the league in scoring at 3.73 goals per game, potting 56 goals in 15 games. Eight players are in double figures in points this season, led by Joe Diamond who has 15 points (7g, 8a), including a team-high three game-winning goals. Daniel Ciampini (6g, 8a) and Justin Agosta (4g, 10a) are tied for second with 14 points. Agosta is third in the ECHL in scoring among defensemen.


In goal, Sam Brittain has appeared in nine games for the Monarchs, posting a 7-1-0-0 record with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. He has won his last four starts after suffering a loss to Adirondack Nov. 6. He's tied for second in wins in the ECHL with three other goalies.