Jackals Weekly Release - Week 13

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, continue their longest home stand of the season this week with matchups against Norfolk on Thursday, Reading on Friday and Adirondack on Sunday.


Last Week's Record: 0-2-0
Overall Record: 20-15-0; third place in East Division, eighth place in Eastern Conference


Jackals Stat Leaders:

Goals: Mike Seidel (11)

Assists: Chris Langkow & Cason Hohmann (15)

Points: Cason Hohmann (25)

+/-: Jacob MacDonald, Tyler Currier & xAllan McPherson (+8)

PIMs: Colin Jacobs (112)

PPG: Spiro Goulakos (4)

SHG: Jacob MacDonald (3)

W: C.J. Motte (9)

GAA: C.J. Motte (2.84)

SV%: xNiklas Lundstrom (.929)

Previewing the Upcoming Week: 

1/14 vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. EST

Home vs. NOR 2-1-0, Away vs. NOR 1-0-0

Thursday the Jackals continue their six-game home stand by welcoming the Norfolk Admials to town. The Jackals are 3-1-0-0 in four meetings this year. Elmira won each of the last two meetings at First Arena, first, 4-3 on Dec. 9, thanks to 51 saves by Niklas Lundstrom. Three nights later, Lundstrom made 46 saves to earn his first career shutout. These wins followed a split of the first two games of the year as the Jackals won at the Scope on Nov. 10, 4-3, in their first ever meeting, with C.J. Motte earning the victory after he came into the game for an injured Sam Marotta. Three nights later, the Admirals won 4-1 at First Arena, as Nic Riopel and Ty Rimmer stopped 36 of 37 shots they faced. Mike Seidel has three goals and two assists in four games against Norfolk this season, while Kevin Clare has three goals and Chris Langkow has four assists.


1/15 vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. EST

Home vs. REA 1-2-0, Away vs. REA 3-2-0

Friday night will mark the 122nd all-time regular season game between the Jackals and the Royals, making the Royals the most frequently played opponent of the Jackals. The Jackals are 55-54-12 all-time against the Royals, including a 4-4-0 record in seven meetings this year. This year, the Royals took two of the first three meetings in October; none of the games were close. However, Elmira won consecutive 5-4 thrillers on Nov. 20 and 21 to take the season series lead. On Dec. 18, the Jackals took their third straight in the series improving their season record to 3-1-0-0 in Reading. On Dec 19 and 26, Reading's Adam Morrison posted back to back shutouts for the Royals to even the season series at four apiece. Cason Hohmann and Colin Jacobs have each scored three goals versus Reading this year, while Hohmann leads the Jackals with six assists and nine points in the eight meetings this season.


1/17 vs. Adirondack Thunder - 4:05 p.m. EST

Home vs. ADK 1-1-0, Away vs. ADK 1-1-0

On Sunday afternoon, the Jackals welcome the Adirondack Thunder to First Arena. This game will mark the fifth meeting of the year between Elmira and Adirondack. The Jackals are 2-2-0-0. The Thunder won the first two meetings, 4-1in the season opener at First Arena, where Ken Appleby made 29 saves and Louick Marcotte scored twice, and the first meeting in Glens Falls, 2-1, on 11/25, thanks to 31 saves by Appleby and a game-winning goal by Marcotte. The Jackals have won the two most recent meetings. On 11/28 the Jackals won, 5-4 in a shootout, where Hohmann and MacDonald had three point games for Elmira and Lundstrom made 44 saves for the win. On 12/16, the Jackals defeated the Thunder 6-4, when Lundstrom made 31 saves on 32 shots in relief of Motte, and the Jackals scored on six of 16 shots, as McPherson and Kea each scored twice for the Jackals. MacDonald, McPherson, and Kea each have two goals for the Jackals on the season series, while Clare, Langkow, and MacDonald lead the team with three assists. MacDonald leads the team with five points.


Recapping Last Week: 


1/8 vs. Manchester Monarchs: L 1-6

Box ScoreRecap

Tyler Currier scored his 10th goal of the season and Daniel Gentzler earned an assist in his ECHL debut, but the Jackals were defeated by the Manchester Monarchs 6-1.


The Monarchs struck just 2:17 into the contest as Maxim Kitsyn banged home a rebound following a face-off win and point shot from Michael Boivin. Manchester added to its lead at 8:40 of the frame with a wrist shot from Yann Sauve at the point on the first power-play of the night. Matt Leitner and Austin Block added the assists. Derek Arnold made it 3-0 with 17 seconds left in the first period with a backhand rebound from the slot. Matt MacKenzie and Joe Diamond earned the helpers. However, the Jackals were able to strike only 11 seconds later and get on the board with Tyler Currier's 10th goal of the season. Daniel Gentzler earned the lone assist, which was his first ECHL point in his debut.


The Jackals hoped to build off of the late first period goal with a quick start in the second frame, but Maxim Kitsyn pounced again on a loose puck in front just 2:56 into the period for his second goal of the night. Yann Sauve and Derek Arnold were credited with the assists. Less than two minutes later Michael Boivin jumped forward off a Jackals' face-off win poking the puck past the defenseman and raced down the right wing side firing a snap shot past C.J. Motte for his fourth goal of the season. Following Boivin's goal Motte was replaced in net by Niklas Lundstrom.


Manchester added another quick strike just 1:04 into the third period with Darik Angeli's fifth goal of the season, assisted by Leitner and Block.


C.J. Motte stopped 16 of 21 shots faced in 24:29 of work and was handed the loss. Niklas Lundstrom turned aside 27 of 28 shots faced in 35:20 of relief duty. Doug Carr stopped 35 of 36 shots faced to earn the win.


1/9 vs. Manchester Monarchs: L 1-4

Box ScoreRecap

Garrett Klotz scored his first goal of the season but Doug Carr's goaltending stifled the Jackals in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Manchester Monarchs.


Former Jackal Matt Harlow started the scoring with his first goal of the season coming at 15:24 of the opening frame. Michael Boivin fired the puck from the top of the zone and Harlow was in the slot for the redirection past C.J. Motte. Mark Anthoine earned the secondary helper.

Neither team scored in the second frame, but the physicality picked up and tensions started to rise. After going through the first frame without a penalty call, the second period saw multiple fighting majors and a game misconduct. At 7:27 Colin Jacobs jabbed his stick into Alex Roach prompting an altercation and in addition to the fighting major, Jacobs was handed a five-minute major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct. The Jackals valiantly killed off the five-minute penalty kill thanks in part to a penalty called against Manchester due to Chris Langkow's hustle and effort.


The contest remained a 1-0 game heading into the third period and was quickly tied by Garrett Klotz. Spiro Goulakos moved the puck to Tyler Currier who fed it out of the corner to Klotz who was stationed in the high slot and ripped a wrist shot top shelf past Doug Carr. Manchester regained its lead four minutes later with Mark Anthoine's first goal of the season as he accepted a feed from Matt Harlow for a quick shot past Motte. Anthoine notched his second goal 1:33 later with a quick shot bar-down to increase the Monarchs lead to two goals. Matt Harlow added the empty-net tally at 17:40 for his second goal of the night to seal the win for the Monarchs.


C.J. Motte stopped 39 of 42 shots faced but was handed the tough luck loss. Doug Carr turned aside 42 of 43 shots faced to earn the win.



Fast Facts:

- Daniel Gentzler recorded his first ECHL point, an assist, in his ECHL debut on Friday night.


- Garrett Klotz scored his first goal of the season on Saturday night.


- Jacob MacDonald leads the league with three shorthanded goals.


- The Jackals are 12-1-0 when scoring first.


- Elmira is 16-0-0 when leading after two periods.


- The Jackals are 15-8-0 when out-shot by opponents.


- Elmira is 11-2-0 in one-goal games.


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Upcoming Games: 


January 14: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. EST. Click here to purchase tickets or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!


January 15: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. EST. Click here to purchase tickets or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!


January 17: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder - 4:05 p.m. EST. Click here to purchase tickets or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!


January 18: Elmira Jackals vs. Brampton Beast - 1:05 p.m. EST. Click here to purchase tickets or tune into 1410 WELM AM for all the live action!