The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, will finish the 2015 calendar year and open 2016 on the road this week in Toledo and Kalamazoo.
Last Week's Record: 0-1-0
Overall Record: 18-11-0; t-second place in East Division, t-fifth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Cason Hohmann & Mike Seidel (10)
Assists: Chris Langkow (14)
Points: Cason Hohmann (21)
+/-: Jacob MacDonald & Nick Petrecki (+11)
PIMs: Garrett Klotz (71)
PPG: Spiro Goulakos (4)
SHG: Jacob MacDonald (3)
W: Niklas Lundstrom (8)
GAA: Niklas Lundstrom (2.50)
SV%: Niklas Lundstrom (.938)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
12/30 at Toledo Walleye - 8:00 p.m. EST; 1/3 at Toledo Walleye - 5:15 p.m. EST
Home vs. TOL 0-0-0, Away vs. TOL 0-0-0
Wednesday and Sunday's contests will mark the 23rd and 24th all-time matchups between the Jackals and the Walleye, and only two scheduled meetings this season. The Jackals have an all-time record of 10-10-2 in the previous 22 matchups. Toledo won four of five games last season, including the only game played in Toledo, 4-2, on April 4, 2015. Kyle Bonis had a three point game, and Jeff Lerg made 28 saves for the win. Both Bonis and Lerg are still playing for the Walleye. The Jackals last win in Toledo was February 1, 2014.
12/31 at Kalamazoo Wings - 6:00 p.m. EST; 1/2 at Kalamazoo Wings - 7:00 p.m. EST
The Jackals will conclude the 2015 portion of their schedule and begin the 2016 calendar year in Kalamazoo against the Wings. Thursday and Saturday's meetings will mark the fourth and fifth contests of the season. These two games will be the final two matchups of the year between the Jackals and Wings and will be the only two played in Kalamazoo. The Jackals won two of the previous three meetings this season during a three-game in four-day stretch at First Arena in early December.
Recapping Last Week:
12/26 vs. Reading Royals: L 0-4
The Elmira Jackals were shutout on Saturday night by Adam Morrison and the Reading Royals for the second consecutive game. Morrison made 45 saves to earn the 4-0 shutout win.
Adam Comrie started the scoring for the Royals at 12:23 of the first period with a blast through traffic from the point for his 11th goal of the season. Ian Watters and Mike Marcou recorded the assists on the eventual game-winning goal. The Jackals out-shot the Royals 10-7 in the first frame, but trailed 1-0 at the intermission.
The Jackals continued to pepper Morrison with shots, notching 18 in the second period alone, but they could not solve the Royals' netminder.
Just 33 seconds into the third period a questionable offsides which was not called led to a turnover at the Elmira blueline and a clear lane for Justin Crandall to blast his eighth of the season past Niklas Lundstrom. Minutes later Justin Kea was whistled for slashing and the Jackals were given a bench minor for too many men on the ice, setting Reading up with a 5-on-3 power-play for the full two minutes. The Royals needed just 15 seconds to strike as Adam Comrie fired a slap shot past Lundstrom for his second of the night, assisted by Marcou and Crandall. The Royals scored again on the man advantage just 24 seconds later with Crandall's second goal of the game, assisted by Reid and Czarnik. Niklas Lundstrom was pulled following the Royals' fourth goal, giving way to C.J. Motte in relief duty.
Niklas Lundstrom turned aside 16 of 20 shots faced in 44:37 of work and was handed the loss. C.J. Motte stopped all five shots he faced in 14:54 of relief work. Adam Morrison stopped all 45 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout win.
- Niklas Lundstrom is tied for second in the league with a .938 save percentage.
- Jacob MacDonald leads the league with three shorthanded goals. He is tied for second among ECHL defensemen with eight goals.
- 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.
- Spiro Goulakos is tied for second among rookies and defensemen with four power-play goals.
- Cason Hohmann is tied for fifth among rookies with 10 goals.
- The Jackals have the sixth-best road penalty kill at 85.7% (8-for-56).
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December 30: Elmira Jackals at Toledo Walleye - 8:00 p.m. EST. Watch every Jackals road game on WETM-2 or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!
December 31: Elmira Jackals at Kalamazoo Wings - 6:00 p.m. EST. Watch every Jackals road game on WETM-2 or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!
January 2: Elmira Jackals at Kalamazoo Wings - 7:00 p.m. EST. Watch every Jackals road game on WETM-2 or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!
January 3: Elmira Jackals at Toledo Walleye - 5:15 p.m. EST. Watch every Jackals road game on WETM-2 or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!