The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, head into the Holiday Break with an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games and 13 wins in their last 16 contests.
Last Week's Record: 2-1-0
Overall Record: 18-10-0; second place in East Division, fourth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Cason Hohmann & Mike Seidel (10)
Assists: Chris Langkow (14)
Points: Cason Hohmann (21)
+/-: Jacob MacDonald (+12)
PIMs: Garrett Klotz (71)
PPG: Spiro Goulakos (4)
SHG: Jacob MacDonald (3)
W: Niklas Lundstrom (8)
GAA: Niklas Lundstrom (2.26)
SV%: Niklas Lundstrom (.945)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
12/26 vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. REA 1-1-0, Away vs. REA 3-2-0
On Saturday the Jackals return from their Holiday Break to face-off against the Reading Royals in their third consecutive meeting. Before the break, the Jackals traveled to Santander Arena for a two-game set and came away with a 1-1 record. Friday's 5-2 win pushed the Jackals' winning streak to seven games, but Saturday's 2-0 shutout loss snapped the streak, which was the longest active streak in the ECHL at the time. On Friday, Niklas Lundstrom stopped 32 shots for his fifth consecutive win while Jacob MacDonald, Tyler Currier, Mark Bennett, Spiro Goulakos and Justin Kea provided the goal scoring. The next night C.J. Motte was out-dueled by Adam Morrison; despite giving up just one goal on 35 shots faced, Motte and the Jackals fell 2-0 with an empty-net goal. Saturday's meeting marks the eighth of 12 overall this season and the third of six at First Arena. The Jackals lead the DeMet's Candy Cup Challenge season series 4-3.
Recapping Last Week:
12/16 at Adirondack Thunder: W 6-4
The Elmira Jackals defeated the Adirondack Thunder 6-4 on Wednesday night, taking over first place in the East Division with their sixth consecutive victory.
The first period was a wild back-and-forth frame as the Jackals and Thunder combined for six goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Thunder struck first at 1:29 with Luke Curadi's first goal of the season coming on Adirondack's first shot on goal. Less than two minutes later the Jackals responded on their first shot on goal with Mike Seidel's tying tally. Allan McPherson feathered a beautiful saucer pass ahead springing Seidel for his 10th goal of the season. Just 30 seconds later, Chris Langkow blocked a shot at the point, raced down the right wing side on a two-on-one and laid a pass across the slot to McPherson for his seventh goal of the season. Adirondack answered back at 6:02 on the man advantage as Michael Kirkpatrick ripped a short-side shot from the circle past C.J. Motte for his 10th goal of the season. The Jackals jumped back out in front at 13:54 when Justin Kea tipped in Nick Petrecki's point shot for his second goal of the season. Kevin Clare also earned an assist on Kea's marker. As the back-and-forth battle continued the Thunder struck again as Joe Faust scored his first goal of the season with a wrist shot on the right wing side. Following Faust's tying goal, C.J. Motte was pulled and Niklas Lundstrom entered the game.
The Jackals regained the lead at 4:15 of the second period on their first and only power-play of the game. Mark Bennett moved the puck to Jacob MacDonald for the point shot that was tipped in by Colin Jacobs for his sixth goal of the season. Despite firing 20 shots on goal in the second period, the Thunder could not solve Niklas Lundstrom in the middle frame.
Adirondack finally pushed one past Lundstrom through a flurry in front with Gunnar Hughes' fourth goal of the year. The game was not tied for long as Justin Kea fired a wrist shot past Ken Appleby just over three minutes later for his second goal of the night and third of the season. Jacob MacDonald earned the lone assist. Allan McPherson added his second goal of the night and eighth of the season with an empty-net strike at 18:32 to silence the Thunder for good. Mike Seidel and Chris Langkow earned the helpers.
Niklas Lundstrom turned aside 31 of 32 shots faced in 42:47 of duty to earn his fourth consecutive win. Ken Appleby allowed five goals on 15 shots faced and was handed the loss.
12/18 at Reading Royals: W 5-2
The Elmira Jackals cruised past the Reading Royals on Friday night 5-2 at Santander Arena. Niklas Lundstrom extended his personal winning streak to five games making 32 saves while helping the Jackals earn their seventh consecutive victory. Jacob MacDonald, Tyler Currier, Mark Bennett, Spiro Goulakos and Justin Kea scored in the winning effort.
Following a stop-and-go start to the contest, the home team jumped on the board first with a goal on the first power-play of the game. With Josh Chapman in the box for tripping, following a tilt with Derek Mathers, Paval Padakin capitalized with his second goal of the season, assisted by Mike Marcou and Adam Comrie. Five minutes later, the Jackals struck back with the tying tally. Mark Bennett streamed down the left wing side and threw the puck on net which was mishandled by Martin Ouellette leaving a loose puck for Jacob MacDonald to bang home. Garrett Klotz also earned an assist on MacDonald's eighth goal of the season.
The Jackals carried their offense into the second and took the lead at 10:10. Seconds after a power-play chance expired Tyler Currier fired a shot from just off the goal line and snuck it through the five-hole of Ouellette leading to a change in net for the Royals. Jacob MacDonald and Garrett Ladd assisted Currier's ninth goal of the season. Less than three minutes later a Reading turnover in the high slot led to Mark Bennett snapping a shot past Connor Knapp, who entered the game in relief for Ouellette, for his fifth of the season coming unassisted.
Elmira held its lead throughout the third period and staved off the Royals' attack especially on a five-on-three penalty kill in the middle of the frame. With exactly two minutes remaining on the power-play Spiro Goulakos pinched in and slammed home the loose puck in the slot for his fourth goal of the season. Just nine seconds later Adam Comrie blasted a slap shot past Niklas Lundstrom for his 10th goal of the season, but it was too little too late for the Royals. Justin Kea added an empty-net goal 16 seconds later, assisted by Mike Seidel, for his fourth goal of the season.
Niklas Lundstrom stopped 32 of 34 shots faced to earn his eighth win of the season. Martin Ouellette allowed three goals on 20 shots as he was forced back into the game when Connor Knapp was injured in the second period. Knapp suffered an injury and the loss, allowing one goal on two shots faced.
12/19 at Reading Royals: L 0-2
It took a shutout performance by Adam Morrison to halt the red-hot Jackals' winning streak at seven games. C.J. Motte was terrific stopping 34 of 35 shots faced, but was out-dueled by Morrison. Ian Watters scored the game-winning goal in the first period on Teddy Bear Toss Night in Reading. Robbie Czarnik added the empty-net goal.
The penalty-filled contest opened with a heavyweight tilt just 1:14 into regulation when Todd Perry roughed Colin Jacobs behind the Royals' net causing a reaction from Garrett Klotz and an altercation to ensue. The lone goal scored against either netminder came at 6:36 as Ian Watters tapped in a loose puck in the slot for his fourth goal of the season. Adam Comrie and Mike Marcou added the assists on Watters' power-play goal. Before the first period was over Garrett Klotz dropped the gloves for a second tilt as Derek Mathers provided the willing combatant.
The second period was littered with penalties and four-on-four situations but neither team was able to break through, sending the game to the third 1-0 in favor of Reading.
The Jackals generated chances and suffered bad luck from striking multiple posts failing to solve Morrison. The best scoring chance came on a two-on-one as Garrett Ladd fed the puck to Mark Bennett in the slot. Bennett released a wrist shot but Morrison flashes the leather making a highlight reel save to keep the Jackals off the board. Robbie Czarnik added the empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining to seal the contest.
C.J. Motte turned aside 34 of 35 shots faced in a terrific performance but was saddled with the tough luck loss. Adam Morrison stopped all 33 shots faced to earn the shutout win.
- Niklas Lundstrom leads the league with a .945 save percentage.
- Jacob MacDonald leads the league with three shorthanded goals. He is tied for second among ECHL defensemen with eight goals.
- Spiro Goulakos is second among rookies with four power-play goals. His four power-play markers are tied for first among all defensemen.
- Elmira is 10-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Jackals are 15-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Elmira is 9-2-0 in one-goal games.
- Allan McPherson has a current six-game home point streak.
- Nathan Oystrick is tied for fifth in the league with eight power-play assists.
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