Jackals Weekly Release - Week 1

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, finished their first week of the season with a win on Saturday night at home against the Brampton Beast. Overall, the Jackals opened the season with a 1-1-0 record.

Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 1-1-0; t-third place in East Division, t-fifth place in Eastern Conference

Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Mike Seidel, Allan McPherson, Matt Garbowsky, Cason Hohmann & Scott Jacklin (1)
Assists: Allan McPherson & Chris Langkow (2)
Points: Allan McPherson (3)
+/-: Nathan Oystrick (+5)
PIMs: Zach Tolkinen (4)
PPG: None
SHG: None
W: Sam Marotta (1)
GAA: Sam Marotta (2.00)
SV%: Sam Marotta (.905) 

Previewing the Upcoming Week: 

10/23 vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. EDT & 10/24 at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. EDT
Home vs. REA 0-0-0, Away vs. REA 0-0-0
This Friday the Jackals host the rival Reading Royals for their third annual Pink in the Rink game presented by ArnotHealth. Proceeds from the night and post-game jersey auction will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Twin Tiers Region. The matchup marks the first of 12 meetings this season and the first of six at First Arena. Throughout the rivalry these two teams have battled back and forth with the Jackals holding a 50-50-12 record all-time against Reading. Last year, the Royals took home the first annual DeMet's Candy Challenge Cup by winning the season series. Following Friday's Pink in the Rink game at First Arena, the Jackals will travel down to Santander Arena in Reading, PA for their first road game of the season and the Royals' home-opener.


Recapping Last Week: 

10/16 vs. Adirondack Thunder: L 1-4
Box ScoreRecap

The Elmira Jackals fell in their season-opener to the Adirondack Thunder 4-1 Friday night at First Arena in Elmira, NY. 


Louick Marcotte scored the opening goal of the contest at 8:46 of the first period with just ten seconds remaining on the minor penalty to Scott Jacklin. Rob Bordson fed the puck across the ice in the Jackals' end to David Shields, who found an open Marcotte in the slot for the tap-in marker. The Jackals out-shot the Thunder 10-6 in the opening frame, but could not solve Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby. 


In the second period, the Thunder would capitalize again on the man advantage and increase their lead to 2-0. James Henry found Joe Faust at the top of the circles and the blueliner shipped a pass backdoor for Mathieu Brodeur's first goal of the season at 13:54 of the second period. Despite putting 18 shots on net and accruing a plethora of chances, the Jackals headed to the third period trailing 2-0. 


Adirondack would tack on to its lead at 4:53 of third stanza. Just as a Jackals power-play expired, Mathieu Brodeur took a shot from the point which was re-directed past C.J. Motte by Ryan Lomberg. Dana Fraser also earned an assist on Lomberg's first of the season. The Thunder made it 4-0 less than four minutes later as Marcotte was the beneficiary of a turnover deep in Elmira's end for his second marker of the night. The Jackals did get on the board at 15:58 of the final frame with a beautiful tic-tac-toe play by Chris Langkow, Mike Seidel and Scott Jacklin. Langkow moved through the middle of the ice and fed Seidel on his right, who quickly played it over to Jacklin for the tap-in tally. Jacklin's goal was his first professional marker. 


C.J. Motte stopped 22 of 26 shots faced, but was saddled with the loss. Ken Appleby turned aside 29 of 30 shots to earn the win.

10/17 vs. Brampton Beast: W 4-2
Box ScoreRecap

The Elmira Jackals defeated the Brampton Beast 4-2 on Saturday night at First Arena in Elmira, NY to earn their first win of the 2015-16 season and improve to 1-1-0 overall. 


The Jackals jumped out early with speed, creating a plethora of chances in the offensive zone while stifling the Brampton attack. Cason Hohmann appeared to score just minutes into the game, but the referee immediately waved the goal off, leaving the game scoreless. However, Hohmann would get the last laugh as he started the scoring with his first professional goal at 9:53 of the opening stanza. Allan McPherson fed the puck to the point for Nathan Oystrick, who's shot was blocked in front but found the stick of Hohmann for the early marker. Less than two minutes later, Chris Langkow forced a turnover deep in the Brampton end and found Mike Seidel in the circle for a missile top-shelf over the glove of Eddie Pasquale. The Jackals carried a 2-0 lead and a 17-4 shot advantage into the first intermission. 


The second period saw fewer opportunities for both sides until it appeared that Chris Langkow added the Jackals third goal of the night at 6:57 of the period. However, for the second time tonight, the referee waved off the goal and gave Langkow a penalty for goaltender interference. The Jackals killed off the minor penalty, but Brampton would capitalize on the man advantage later in the frame. Travis Brown blasted a slap-shot from the point through traffic and past Sam Marotta at 13:56 of the period to cut the Jackals lead down to one. Yannick Tifu and Yannick Riendeau earned the assists on Brown's power-play marker. But, before the Beast could take momentum into the intermission, Allan McPherson burned down the left-wing side and lifted a shot over Pasquale on the short-side to regain the two-goal lead. Colin Jacobs and Will Kessel earned the helpers on McPherson's first goal of the season. 


The Jackals added to their lead just 1:12 into the third period as McPherson fired a pass from the wall and tipped it in off the skate of Matt Garbowsky past Pasquale. The Beast would add one more power-play marker at 14:21 of the period as Matthew Maione tipped a point-shot in from the slot, but it would be too little too late for the comeback effort.


Sam Marotta turned aside 19 shots to earn the win as Eddie Pasquale allowed four goals on 32 shots and was handed the loss.

Fast Facts:

* Rookie forward Scott Jacklin scored his first pro goal in his first pro game on Friday against Adirondack.

* Rookies Cason Hohmann and Matt Garbowsky scored their first pro goals on Saturday against Brampton.

* Allan McPherson recorded a three-point night on Saturday, his sixth multi-point game of his ECHL career.

* Zach Tolkinen tied a career-high with a +4 effort on Saturday.

* The Jackals win against Brampton on Saturday improved their all-time record to 6-1-0 and 4-0-0 at home against the Beast.


* The Jackals are tied for second with 23.50 shots-against per game. 


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Upcoming Events:  

October 23: Pink in the Rink vs. Reading at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets!

October 30: Elmira Jackals vs. Orlando Solar Bears at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets!

October 31: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets!