Jackals Weekly Release - Nov. 28, 2016 - Vol. 10, No. 8

Last Week 

Fri., Nov. 25 - Jackals vs. Reading - L, 3-2
Sat., Nov. 26 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 5-3
Sun., Nov. 27 - Jackals vs. Manchester - W, 2-1 (OT)

This Week
Wed., Nov. 30 - Jackals vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - $1 Beer Night
Fri., Dec. 2 - Jackals vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Teddy Bear Toss
Sun., Dec. 4 - Jackals at Brampton - 2:00 p.m. - Powerade Centre


11/27/16 Justin Kea (F)  ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL) 

11/25/16 Vaclav Karabacek (F) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)  

11/25/16 Matt Lane (F) ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL) 

11/24/16 Daultan Leveille (F) DEL Traded from Elmira to Wichita

11/23/16 Todd Christian (F) DEL Released from SPC

11/23/16 Colin Murray (F)  DEL Released from SPC

11/22/16 Jason Kasdorf (G)  ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)   

11/22/16 John Muse (G)  DEL Recalled from loan by Rochester (AHL)    

  Need to Know

  • The Jackals are in the midst of a six-game homestand, with the final two games coming this week against the Kalamazoo Wings Wednesday and Friday.

  • Elmira swept two games against the Manchester Monarchs this weekend, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

  • Forward Vaclav Karabacek made his professional debut Nov. 25 against Reading and then picked up his first two pro points, a pair of assists, Nov. 26 vs. Manchester.

  • Kenton Miller has seven points (4g, 3a) in seven games with the Jackals since being acquired in a trade from the Wheeling Nailers Nov. 8. He had a point in all three games this weekend.

Week in Review


Making the right moves      

The Jackals have made several roster moves over the last few weeks and that has started to pay dividends on the ice. Kenton Miller, who the Jackals acquired in a trade with the Wheeling Nailers on Nov. 8, is riding a four-game point streak (4g, 3a). He has seven points in seven games since joining the Jackals and is the team's leading scorer.

Four players made their Jackals debut over the weekend, including goaltender Jason Kasdorf who made two starts and went 1-1-0, allowing just four goals. His 1.98 goals-against average and .932 save percentage are tops among Jackals goalies. J.P. LaFontaine has a +3 rating in three games since being claimed off waivers from Allen. Vaclav Karabacek has two assists in his first three games in Elmira after being reassigned from AHL-Rochester Nov. 25. Matt Lane was also loaned by the Amerks and made his Jackals debut this weekend while Mark Bennett made his season debut and had an assist after beginning the season on IR.

Breathing room
Saturday's 5-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs marked the first win by more than one goal for the Jackals this season. It was also just the second game all season the Jackals held a lead of at least two goals. The first was Nov. 6 in South Carolina, a 3-2 overtime loss for the Jackals.

Elmira's other three wins have all been one-goal games. The Jackals have played in six games decided by one goal and are 3-1-2-0.


Game 14: Royals surge past Jackals with two late goals  
The Reading Royals scored twice in the final four minutes to rally past the Jackals, 3-2, Nov. 25 at First Arena.

The Jackals were tied or held a lead for much of the game, grabbing a 1-0 lead 6:36 into the first period. Greg Betzold banged in a rebound following a Jackals faceoff win for his second goal of the season, making it 1-0 Elmira. 10 minutes later, Nick Luukko scored on a mini breakaway down the left wing, tying the game at one at 16:21.

Guy Leboeuf put the Jackals back in front early in the third, blasting a one-timer from the high slot for his first goal of the season and giving the Jackals a 2-1 lead at 3:35. It stayed 2-1 Jackals deep into the third period, until Olivier Labelle scored a power-play goal on a deflection with 3:15 remaining in the third. Less than a minute later Jesper Pettersson snapped in a shot from the slot to give Reading its first lead, 3-2, and the Jackals couldn't find an equalizing goal.

Game 15: Jackals upend first-place Monarchs    

Steven Kaunisto scored twice in the third period and the Jackals topped the first-place Manchester Monarchs, 5-3, Nov. 26 at First Arena.

The Jackals rolled out to a 1-0 lead at 13:29 of the first period, when Kenton Miller scored his fourth goal of the season on a rebound in front. It remained a 1-0 lead into the second of period, before the lead changed hands twice. The Monarchs scored twice less than a minute apart, with Derek Arnold tying the game at 2:17 and Joe Diamond giving Manchester a 2-1 lead at 3:11.

The Jackals reclaimed the lead later in the second period, with Greg Betzold tying the game up at two at 13:35 and Mike Radja making it 3-2 at 15:52. In the third, Kaunisto buried a loose puck at the left circle, making it a two-goal game at 3:15 of the third. After the Monarchs scored a power-play goal, Kaunisto iced the game with an empty-net goal to give the Jackals a 5-3 win.

Game 16: Jackals stun Monarchs with overtime win
Justin Kea scored 3:02 into overtime and the Jackals completed a weekend sweep of the Manchester Monarchs with a 2-1 win Sunday evening at First Arena.

The Monarchs sprinted out of the gates for a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Derek Arnold scored on a rebound at the left circle at 4:03 of the first to give the Monarchs the lead. It remained a 1-0 Manchester lead deep into the third period, until the Jackals got their first power play of the game.

Sebastien Sylvestre fired a shot from the point and it grazed off of Kenton Miller and went in for a power-play goal with 1:39 to play in regulation. Then, in overtime, it was Kea who tapped in a centering pass from Steven Kaunisto to win it for the Jackals at 3:02. Jason Kasdorf was excellent in his second start for the Jackals, stopping 24 shots to earn his first professional win.


Week Ahead 


Game 17: Wed., Nov. 30 vs. Kalamazoo Wings, 7:05 p.m. - $1 Beer Night
Game 18: Fri., Dec. 2 vs. Kalamazoo Wings, 7:05 p.m. - Teddy Bear Toss

The Jackals conclude their six-game homestand, and hit the quarter pole of the regular season, with two games against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena Wednesday and Friday. The games are the only two matches between the teams this season, after they met five times last season, with the Jackals winning three of the five.


Kalamazoo enters the week on a five-game winless streak (0-4-0-1) and they have just one win over their last 10 games (1-8-0-1). With 14 points and a 6-10-0-2 record, the K-Wings find themselves in seventh in the Central Division, six points out of the division's final playoff spot. Wednesday marks the first game of a four game in five night stretch for the K-Wings, as they visit Manchester for back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday.

Kalamazoo is 25th in the ECHL, scoring 2.17 goals per game through its first 18 games. However, over the last four games, all regulation losses, the K-Wings defense has been the issue, allowing at least five goals in each game. Three players have reached the 10-point plateau for the Wings, led by Justin Taylor's 11 points (3g, 8a) in 18 games. Tyler Shattock (4g, 6a) and Dajon Mingo (1g, 9a) are next with 10 points apiece.

In goal, Nick Riopel and Joel Martin have split action and both goalies hold 3-5-0-1 records. In nine games, Riopel has a 2.86 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage, while Martin has a 3.10 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 10 games.

Game 19: Sun., Dec. 4 at Brampton Beast, 2:00 p.m. 

The Jackals and Brampton Beast face off for the fifth time this season, and second at Powerade Centre, Sunday afternoon. The Beast have won each of the first four matches against Elmira to begin the season, with all four games coming since Nov. 12.

The Beast have lost back-to-back games entering the week, sliding to 7-5-1-2 on the season and 3-5-1-2 against teams besides the Jackals. With 17 points, Brampton has dropped to fifth in the North Division, three points behind Reading and Wheeling. They wrap up a three-game series with Orlando Monday night to begin the week then head home to host Quad City Thursday and Friday before the Jackals visit Sunday.   

Brampton is still second in the ECHL in goals per game at 3.93, tallying 59 goals in 15 games. They are also last in the ECHL in goals against per game at 4.13, allowing 62 goals. David Vallorani leads the high-scoring Beast with 19 points (9g, 10a), while three other players are scoring at better than a point-per-game clip. Brandon MacLean is one of those scoring at better than a point per game (17 points in 15 games), based on the strength of 10 points (2g, 8a) in the four head-to-head matches with the Jackals.

In goal, Zach Fucale and Bryan Pitton have split time for the Beast. Fucale has appeared in eight games and has a 4-3-0-0 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage. Pitton, in six games, is 2-2-0-2 with a 4.54 goals-against average and an .851 save percentage. Fucale has three wins against Elmira and Pitton has one.