Sat., Oct. 15 - Jackals at Reading - L, 6-2
Fri., Oct. 21 - Jackals vs. Norfolk - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Sat., Oct. 22 - Jackals vs. Norfolk - 7:05 p.m. - First Arena
Need to Know
The Jackals began their 10th ECHL season Saturday in Reading, opening up the third annual DeMet's Candy Cup Challenge Series.
Rookie forward Charlie Mosey scored his first ECHL goal while playing in his first ECHL game, getting the Jackals first goal of the 2016-17 season.
The Jackals open their home schedule with back-to-back games against Norfolk this Friday and Saturday at First Arena. Among other things, there will be a pre and postgame laser show for both games and a pregame party outside of First Arena Friday night.
The Jackals Drop the Puck on Hunger Saturday night, collecting and donating boxes of macaroni and cheese to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during their game against the Admirals.
Week in Review
Welcome to the league
Four Jackals made their ECHL debuts in the season opener against Reading Saturday night. Forwards Todd Christian, Joel Wetmore and Charlie Mosey and defenseman Carl Tremblay all got their first taste of regular season ECHL hockey.
Mosey had the biggest impact of the four, scoring a power-play goal in the first period, the first goal of his ECHL career and the first goal of the season for the Jackals. He finished with a team-high four shots in the loss. While Saturday was his first game at the "AA" level, Mosey did play a season of pro hockey with the SPHL's Mississippi RiverKings in 2015-16.
Christian, who skated on a line with fellow rookies Wetmore and Zach Luczyk, finished his first ECHL game with three shots, while Wetmore had two, as did Tremblay.
The Jackals power play got off to a good start to the season Saturday night, converting on two of their eight opportunities against the Royals. Last season, the Jackals were 25th in the ECHL on the power play, going 37-for-260 (14.2%) the entire season.
In all of 2015-16, the Jackals scored two or more power-play goals in a game just nine times, with two of those games coming against the Royals. Their season-high for power-play goals in a game was three, which they did twice, Nov. 28 vs. Adirondack and Jan. 30 vs. Wheeling.
Game 1: Jackals fall in season opener to Reading
The Jackals comeback effort against the Reading Royals came up short as the Royals won the season opener, 6-2, Saturday at Santander Arena.
Reading raced out to a 3-0 lead halfway through the first period, getting a power-play goal from Oliver Labelle at 6:30, and even-strength goals from Steven Swavely and Kris Newbury shortly after. The Jackals began clawing their way back into the game as the first period continued and they pulled within two at 12:54, with Charlie Mosey firing home a power-play goal from the left circle.
Elmira made it a one-goal game in the second period with Mike Radja converting on a rebound for a power-play goal from the bottom of the right circle at 7:18 of the second, making it 3-2. Reading snatched momentum back late in the second, with Chris McCarthy giving the Royals a 4-2 lead with just 9.1 seconds remaining in the middle stanza. Reading scored twice more in the third to win it, 6-2, outshooting Elmira, 38-20, to open the season.
Alive After Five & Opening Night - Fri., Oct. 21 - First Arena
The Jackals open the home schedule in style Friday night at First Arena, with a pregame party taking place on Main Street, just outside the arena. The Alive After Five event, part of an extremely popular summer series put together by Elmira Downtown Development, will include live music, food and drink as fans get ready for the Jackals 10th anniversary season.
The pregame Alive After Five gets started at 4:30 p.m. outside of First Arena with musical guest The Redeyes performing until the Jackals game gets started at 7:05 p.m., when the game will be broadcast to those who don't have tickets to the game.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for opening night festivities, which include a special pre and post game laser show, presented by the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. Fans in attendance will also receive a magnet schedule courtesy of GLN Tax & Payroll and it is a Frosty Friday presented by Wendy's.
Games 2 & 3: Fri., Oct. 21 & Sat., Oct. 22 vs. Norfolk, 7:05 p.m.
The Jackals open their home schedule with a weekend set against the Norfolk Admirals, starting Friday night at First Arena. They are the first two matches of a nine-game season series, with five games coming in Elmira and four games in Norfolk.
The Admirals opened the 2016-17 season by dropping a two-game set to the Kalamazoo Wings at the Norfolk Scope. The Admirals lost, 3-1, to begin the season Friday night and followed that with a shutout loss, 3-0, the next night. Norfolk's captain Josh Brittain scored the only goal of the weekend. Before arriving in Elmira, the Admirals will host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Wednesday night.
Last season the teams split their eight head-to-head games, with the Jackals collecting nine out of a possible 16 points because of one overtime loss to Norfolk. Only two players recorded a point on opening weekend for the Admirals, with Danick Gauthier getting the lone assist on Brittain's goal.
In goal, Eetu Laurikainen started both games for the Admirals, allowing six goals on 67 shots over the two games. The Finnish netminder ended the weekend with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The Admirals also have Connor Knapp, a sixth-round draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 2009, who did not play last week.