Jackals Weekly Release - Nov. 8, 2016 - Vol. 10, No. 5

Last Week 

Thu., Nov. 3 - Jackals at South Carolina - OTL, 2-1
Fri., Nov. 4 - Jackals at Atlanta - L, 3-0
Sun., Nov. 6 - Jackals at South Carolina - OTL, 3-2

This Week
Fri., Nov. 11 - Jackals vs. Brampton - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Veterans Appreciation Night
Sat., Nov. 12 - Jackals vs. Brampton - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena - Chemung County Night

Transactions 

11/07/16 Kenton Miller (F) ADD Traded from Wheeling to Elmira

10/31/16 John Muse (G) ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL)   

10/31/16 Brycen Martin (D) ADD Reassigned by Buffalo (NHL) from Rochester (AHL)    

  Need to Know

  • The Jackals will honor military veterans when they host the Brampton Beast at First Arena Friday night. The team will wear special jerseys, which will be auctioned after the game.

  • Kyle Rankin scored his first professional goal Sunday afternoon against the South Carolina Stingrays.

  • Elmira picked up points in two of the three games during their trip down south against the Stingrays and Atlanta Gladiators.

Week in Review

 

On the board    

Jackals rookie forward Kyle Rankin scored his first professional goal Sunday against the South Carolina Stingrays. The goal, coming in his 15th professional game, came on a 4-on-3 power play and staked the Jackals to a 2-0 lead. It was also Rankin's first point since recording a multi-point game (2a) Oct. 21 vs. Norfolk, when he registered his first points as a pro.

Rankin becomes the third Jackal to score their first ECHL goal this season. 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. He spent just two games in Elmira before being recalled by the Rochester Americans.

Close calls
The Jackals have had several tight games through the first few weeks of the season, playing in four one-goal games through nine games. They are 2-0-2-0 in those four games, dropping a pair of overtime games last week against the South Carolina Stingrays. Last year the Jackals went 19-5-3-2 in one-goal games.

Only three teams have played more one-goal games than the Jackals so far this season. One of those teams is this week's opponent Brampton, which is tied for the most in the ECHL with six one-goal games through their first seven. All six of those games have been decided in overtime, where the Beast are 3-0-1-2 this season. No other team has played more than four overtime games in 2016-17.

Take two
With his goal against the Stingrays Sunday, Sebastien Sylvestre became the first Jackals player with more than one goal this season. Sylvestre's first goal with the Jackals came in his second game with Elmira, Oct. 28 vs. Adirondack. He was acquired in a trade with the Orlando Solar Bears on Oct. 24.

In all, 10 players have scored a goal for the Jackals so far this season.

 

Game 7: Stingrays down Jackals in overtime, 2-1    

Kelly Zajac scored 3:04 into overtime and the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Elmira Jackals, 2-1, Nov. 3 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The Jackals got off to a quick start, grabbing a 1-0 lead on the road just 3:37 into the game. Daultan Leveille sent a pass to Colin Murray to spring a 2-on-1 with Sebastien Sylvestre. Murray set up Sylvestre in the slot and after Parker Milner made the initial save, Murray swept in the rebound for a 1-0 lead. The Jackals held the lead throughout the rest of the first, until Steve McParland scored as the period ended. The officials discussed it, but determined that it was a good goal, tying the game 1-1 after the first period.

After two scoreless periods, the game went to overtime still tied 1-1. Both teams traded chances, but it was Zajac, stripping the puck from a Jackal in the slot, who went in on goal against John Muse and lifted a shot just under the crossbar to send the Stingrays to the 2-1 win.

Game 8: Jackals shut out by Matt Ginn, Gladiators
Matt Ginn made 21 saves and the Atlanta Gladiators blanked the Elmira Jackals, 3-0, Nov. 4 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. It was the third time in eight regular-season games that the Jackals have been shut out.

The Gladiators, the best first period team in the ECHL, grabbed a 1-0 lead at 6:15 of the opening frame, with Justin Buzzeo scoring on a 2-on-1 rush from a pass by Eric Neiley. In the second period, the Glads built the lead up to three, scoring twice in the period. First it was Neiley who scored on a rebound at 8:03 immediately following an Atlanta faceoff win. Later in the period Derek Nesbitt one-timed a right circle blast off the cross bar and in for a power-play goal to make it 3-0 at 16:07.

The Jackals had opportunities, but came up empty on a several odd-man rushes, including one that ended with a shot off the post. They ended with just two abbreviated power plays.

Game 9: Stingrays rally past Jackals, 3-2, in overtime 
The South Carolina Stingrays rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to defeat the Jackals, 3-2, in overtime Nov. 6 at North Charleston Coliseum.

Elmira sprung out of the gates to grab a 2-0 lead in the first period. First, Sebastien Sylvestre beat Parker Milner to the short side on a shot from the right circle just 3:27 into the game, giving the Jackals a 1-0 advantage. Later in the period, Kyle Rankin snapped a shot from the left circle with the Jackals on a 4-on-3 power play, putting them ahead 2-0.

The Stingrays rally began just 1:17 into the third period, with Patrick Gaul banging home a rebound for a power-play goal, pulling South Carolina within one. The Jackals were on the verge of the win until Kelly Zajac, who scored the overtime winner against Elmira three days earlier, tied the game with 10.8 seconds left, jamming home a shot near the crease. In overtime, Joe Devin converted on a 2-on-1, tipping in a cross-ice pass to give the Stingrays a 3-2 win.

  

Week Ahead 

 

Game 10: Fri., Nov. 11 vs. Brampton Beast, 7:05 p.m. - Veterans Appreciation Night
Game 11: Sat., Nov. 12 vs. Brampton Beast, 7:05 p.m. - Chemung County Night

The Jackals return home following four straight road games, including a three-game trip down south, to face the Brampton Beast in a pair of weekend games at First Arena, starting Friday night for Veterans Appreciation Night. They'll play the second of back-to-back games Saturday night on Chemung County Night. Overall, the teams will meet nine times in 2016-17, including four times over the next two weekends. 

 

The Beast have points in six of their first seven games, posting a 3-1-1-2 record. That gives them nine points and places Brampton fifth in the North Division, three points ahead of the Jackals. They are tied in points with Wheeling, but the Nailers have played one fewer game. After suffering their first regulation loss of the season Friday against Kalamazoo, the Beast beat the Fort Wayne Komets in overtime on Sunday. Six of the their seven games have gone to overtime, with three of those going to a shootout. 

 

Last season the teams met 11 times, with the Jackals winning six and the Beast winning five. The Jackals hold an 11-5-0-1 record head-to-head with the Beast since Brampton joined the ECHL ahead of the 2014-15 season.

At 4.14 goals per game, the Beast have the second-best offense in the ECHL, second only to Toledo (4.44), scoring 29 goals in seven games. However, they rank 26th in the ECHL in goals against, allowing 4.43 goals per game, only ahead of Rapid City. Forward David Pacan leads the Beast with 11 points (4g, 7a) in seven games and he enters the week with assists in each of the last six games. Brandon Marino is second on the team with 10 points (3g, 7a), including the team's only shorthanded goal. 

 

In goal, three goalies have split time for Brampton and all have one win. Zach Fucale and Bryan Pitton are the two currently on the Beast's roster entering the week. Fucale, a second-round draft choice by Montreal in 2013, is 1-1-0-0 in two appearances with a 3.84 goals-against average and an .862 save percentage. Pitton, a 2006 5th round draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers, is 1-0-0-2 in three appearances and has a 4.03 goals-against average and a .856 save percentage.