The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, return home this week for a pair of contests against the East Division-leading Manchester Monarchs. The Jackals sit three points back of the Monarchs in the division standings.
Last Week's Record: 2-2-0
Overall Record: 20-13-0; t-second place in East Division, t-fifth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Mike Seidel (11)
Assists: Chris Langkow & Cason Hohmann (15)
Points: Cason Hohmann (25)
+/-: Jacob MacDonald (+12)
PIMs: Colin Jacobs (90)
PPG: Spiro Goulakos (4)
SHG: Jacob MacDonald (3)
W: C.J. Motte (9)
GAA: C.J. Motte (2.62)
SV%: Niklas Lundstrom (.926)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
1/8 vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m. EST; 1/9 vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. MAN 1-1-0, Away vs. MAN 1-0-0
This weekend the Jackals return home to face the East Division leading Manchester Monarchs in a pivotal two-game set. The Jackals sit three points behind the Monarchs in the division standings. These two teams will be meeting for the fourth and fifth of 11 matchups this season, and the third and fourth of six at First Arena. In the previous meeting, C.J. Motte and Doug Carr put on a goaltending clinic as they combined for 80 saves in regulation and overtime sending the game to a shootout tied 1-1. Kevin Clare scored the lone goal in the skills competition to propel the Jackals to a 2-1 win. Allan McPherson and Darik Angeli traded power-play goals in the first period. That was the first meeting this season in which the home team won. In the previous two meetings, the Jackals defeated Manchester 2-1 on November 18th on Education Day and the Monarchs won 4-2 in Elmira on Halloween.
Recapping Last Week:
12/30 at Toledo Walleye: W 2-1
C.J. Motte made 34 saves and Colin Jacobs scored twice as the Jackals propelled past the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday night at the Huntington Center, 2-1.
The first period centered around the goaltenders as C.J. Motte and Jake Paterson displayed exceptional play stopping every shot attempt. Motte turned aside 11 shots in the opening stanza while Paterson stopped 13 shots, sending the game to the second period scoreless.
The game's first goal came at the 10:58 mark of the second period as Colin Jacobs buried a pass from Cason Hohmann on a two-on-one rush. Less than four minutes later the Walleye responded on the power-play. Andrew Prochno passed the puck to A.J. Jenks who banked it off of Motte's pad and onto the stick of Shane Berschbach for the backdoor finish.
The evenly-played contest headed to the third period tied 1-1 and remained that way until 11:18when the Jackals pulled ahead for good. Colin Jacobs won the face-off back to Spiro Goulakos who fired the puck and saw it bounce into the slot and back onto Jacobs' stick. Jacobs wheeled and ripped a wrist shot past Paterson for his second of the night and eighth of the season, which proved to be the game-winning goal.
C.J. Motte fended off the Walleye attack, stopping 34 of 35 shots faced to earn his eighth victory of the season. Jake Paterson allowed two goals on 30 shots and was saddled with the loss.
12/31 at Kalamazoo Wings: L 3-5
The Elmira Jackals fell on New Years Eve 5-3 to the Kalamazoo Wings in the final game of 2015. Mike Seidel scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season and added an assist while Taylor Stefishen and Allan McPherson also recorded goals.
The Wings quickly gained the lead 3:11 into the first period as Ludwig Blomstrand sniped his sixth goal of the season on the short-side over Niklas Lundstrom's blocker. Anton Cederholm and Curtis Valk added the assists. The Jackals promptly answered 1:44 later when Taylor Stefishen picked off a pass deep in the Wings' end and fired a shot past Joel Martin for his third goal of the season. Kalamazoo regained the lead at 7:13 of the opening stanza as Justin Taylor jabbed at a puck under Lundstrom, pushing it over the goal-line for his ninth goal of the season. Lane Scheidl and Adam Phillips earned the helpers. Later in the first period, the Wings added to their lead as Dane Fox sniped his team-leading 10th goal of the season from the face-off dot over Lundstrom's glove. Following Fox's tally Lundstrom was pulled and replaced by C.J. Motte. The Jackals responded and were able to battle back and cut the deficit back down to one goal with Allan McPherson's ninth goal of the season coming with only 1:18 remaining in the period. Spiro Goulakos and Mike Seidel added the assists on McPherson's marker.
The momentum began to sway in the Jackals direction after McPherson's late goal in the first period and continued to swing Elmira's way at the start of the second frame. Just 1:36 into the period Mike Seidel raced towards the net-front and slammed home a loose rebound created by a shot from just inside the blueline. Jacob MacDonald and Kevin Clare were credited with the assists on Seidel's 11th goal of the season. The momentum steadied during the second period and took a turn in Kalamazoo's direction in the late stages of the frame as Blomstrand ripped his second goal of the night past C.J. Motte on the power-play to regain the lead for the Wings.
The Jackals created scoring chances and clawed throughout the third period, but could not put the tying tally past Martin. Curtis Valk added his first goal of the season at 10:28 to cushion Kalamazoo's lead.
C.J. Motte turned aside 25 of 27 shots faced in relief duty but was saddled with the loss. Niklas Lundstrom turned aside seven of 10 shots faced in 14:38 of work. Joel Martin stopped 32 of 35 shots faced to earn the win.
1/2 at Kalamazoo Wings: W 5-4
The Elmira Jackals held off a late push by the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night at the Wings Event Center for a 5-4 victory. Garrett Ladd led the way with two goals while Colin Jacobs, Spiro Goulakos and Justin Bernhardt also tallied goals. C.J. Motte made 26 saves for the win. The Jackals won the season series against the Wings three games to two.
The Jackals jumped ahead in the first period at 13:17 when Cason Hohmann played the puck off the wall to Chris Langkow who fired a shot and created a rebound in front for Garrett Ladd to punch home earning his first goal as a member of the Jackals. Just over two minutes later the Jackals doubled their lead as Mike Seidel put the puck on net causing a loose puck in the slot where Colin Jacobs was waiting to pop in the rebound.
The Wings quickly cut the Jackals' lead back down to one with a breakaway goal from Tanner Sorenson just 19 seconds into the second period. Despite the early push by Kalamazoo, the Jackals steadied and pulled the momentum back onto their side resulting in extended offensive zone possession and scoring chances. At 10:13, the Jackals countered Kalamazoo's second period goal with Spiro Goulakos' fifth goal of the season. Elmira held puck possession for a prolonged period of time in the Wings' end and as it popped up to the point for Guy LeBoeuf he played it down to the bottom of the circle for Mike Seidel who found Goulakos cross-ice at the point for the blast. LeBoeuf's assist was his first point as a member of the Jackals. Just 31 seconds later the Jackals struck again as Garrett Ladd finished off the play with a backhand past Joel Martin for his second goal of the night. Cason Hohmann and Jacob MacDonald earned the assists on Ladd's marker. The Jackals weren't done scoring yet as Justin Bernhardt scooped up a rebound following an odd-man rush by Garrett Klotz and Tyler Currier for his fifth goal of the season in his first game back since December 6. Kalamazoo chipped one in with 18 seconds remaining in the second period as Tanner Sorenson capitalized from the slot with a wrist shot for his second goal of the night.
Building off the momentum from the late goal in the second period, the Wings began to climb back into the contest. At 8:21 of the third period, Dane Fox was the recipient of a partially fanned-on shot from Charlie Vasaturo finding Fox backdoor for his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Then, at15:08, Alex Mallet was hit with friendly fire off Adam Phillips' point shot and found the loose puck in his feet for the power-play goal. Suddenly, the Jackals lead whittled away to one and created a frantic finish, but C.J. Motte was there to shut the door on Kalamazoo's comeback bid.
C.J. Motte turned aside 26 of 30 shots faced to earn his ninth win of the season. Joel Martin allowed five goals on 28 shots in the losing effort.
1/3 at Toledo Walleye: L 1-4
Justin Bernhardt scored for the second consecutive game since returning from an injury, but the Jackals fell 4-1 in their four-game road trip finale at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Toledo's potent power-play opened the scoring 6:07 into the game when Colin Jacobs was whistled for tripping. Just 35 seconds into the Walleye's first man advantage Joel Chouinard released a wrist shot from the point through traffic and found the back of the net over Niklas Lundstrom's shoulder. A.J. Jenks and Shane Berschbach earned the helpers on Chouinard's fifth goal of the season.
The Walleye added to their lead in the second period at 5:41 with an unassisted tally by Tyler Sikura off of a turnover deep in the Jackals end. Toledo continued to extend its lead later in the second frame when A.J. Jenks ripped a wrist shot from blueline past Lundstrom for his ninth goal of the season. Ralfs Freibergs and Derek Docken earned the assists. The Walleye scored again just 23 seconds later with a tip-in marker from the slot by former Jackal Dane Walters. Dajon Mingo and Joel Chouinard provided the assists. Following Walter's goal, C.J. Motte was sent into the game to replace Niklas Lundstrom.
The Jackals did win the third period, 1-0, with Justin Bernhardt's rebound goal off a scrum in the crease. Bernhardt's sixth goal of the season, and second in as many games since being activated off the injured reserve, was assisted by Colin Jacobs and Cason Hohmann.
Niklas Lundstrom was handed the loss, allowing four goals on 26 shots in 30:41 of work. C.J. Motte stopped all 11 shots he faced in 29:19 of action. Jeff Lerg stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to earn the win.
- Jacob MacDonald led the league with a plus-13 rating in December.
- Chris Langkow recorded his 100th professional assist on Saturday in Kalamazoo.
- Cason Hohmann is tied for fifth among rookies with 10 goals.
- Guy LeBoeuf played in his 100th professional game yesterday in Toledo.
- Jacob MacDonald leads the league with three shorthanded goals.
- Spiro Goulakos is tied for second among rookies and defensemen with four power-play goals.
- Elmira is 12-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Jackals are 16-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Elmira is 11-2-0 in one-goal games.
- The Jackals are 3-0 in shootouts this year and 4-0 in games that last past regulation.
The Elmira Jackals announced that forward Taylor Stefishen has been suspended by the team and will be heading to Europe to continue his hockey career.
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