The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, split the second week of the season with the rival Reading Royals in a home-and-home weekend set. The Jackals fell to the Royals 5-1 in Friday's third annual Pink in the Rink game presented by ArnotHealth, but rebounded Saturday to ruin the Royals' home opener with a 7-2 victory.
Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 2-2-0; t-second place in East Division, t-eighth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Cason Hohmann (3)
Assists: Spiro Goulakos & Chris Langkow (3)
Points: Cason Hohmann (5)
+/-: Cason Hohmann & Colin Jacobs (+4)
PIMs: Colin Jacobs (12)
PPG: Taylor Stefishen (1)
W: Sam Marotta (2)
GAA: Sam Marotta (2.00)
SV%: Sam Marotta (.909)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
10/28 at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. EDT
Home vs. REA 0-1-0, Away vs. REA 1-0-0
Wednesday's matchup marks the third consecutive game played between the Jackals and Royals. Each team won on the road this past weekend in a home-and-home set. The Jackals hosted the Royals on Friday for their third annual Pink in the Rink game presented by ArnotHealth but fell to their rivals 5-1. Jacob MacDonald scored the lone Jackals goal, which was his first of the season. Elmira exacted revenge the next night by spoiling the Royals' home opener with a 7-2 dismantling in front of a sold-out crowd at Santander Arena. Seven different Jackals recorded multi-point efforts as Cason Hohmann led the offense with a four-point night. Sam Marotta turned aside 21 shots to earn his second win in as many tries this season. Elmira holds a 51-51-12 all-time record against the Royals and the second annual DeMet's Candy Challenge Cup series is tied at one game apiece.
10/30 vs. Orlando Solar Bears - 7:05 p.m. EDT
Home vs. ORL 0-0-0, Away vs. ORL 0-0-0
On Friday night the Jackals host the Orlando Solar Bears for the first time since April 4, 2014. In that matchup the Jackals handled the Solar Bears 5-1 with Colin Jacobs recording two assists in the win. Last year the Jackals traveled down to Florida to take on Orlando as a part of six games in seven nights. The Jackals won the first meeting 3-1 behind 40 saves by Sam Marotta and a game-winning shorthanded goal from Taylor Stefishen. Elmira dropped the final meeting 5-2 as they wrapped up their southern swing. The Jackals hold a 4-3-0 record all-time against the Solar Bears.
10/31 vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m. EDT
Home vs. MAN 0-0-0, Away vs. MAN 0-0-0
The Jackals spend their Halloween night hosting the Manchester Monarchs for the first meeting ever. Manchester is in its first season in the ECHL following the summer ECHL-AHL market movement. Elmira will look to provide the fans with a sweet victory over its new East Division rival.
Recapping Last Week:
10/23 vs. Reading Royals: L 1-5
The Elmira Jackals hosted Reading in the third annual Pink in the Rink game presented by ArnotHealth on Friday night at First Arena but fell to the rival Royals, 5-1.
The Jackals introduced a couple new faces in defensemen Josh Chapman and Spiro Goulakos, but a paid of old faces stole the show. Former Jackal and Rochester American Kevin Sundher started the scoring with his first goal of the season at 7:49 of the opening frame. Just as Will Kessel's penalty expired, Sundher one-timed a cross-slot feed past C.J. Motte to put the Royals on the board first. Adam Comrie and Robbie Czarnik earned the assists. The Jackals bounced back less than a minute later as Jacob MacDonald picked the puck up in his own end and streamed down the left-wing side depositing a wrist shot over Martin Ouellette to knot the game at one apiece.
The feistiness began to increase in the second period as Taylor Stefishen dropped the gloves with Sam Windle following a post-whistle scrum. Kevin Sundher would strike again at 8:17 of the middle stanza and regain the lead for the Royals. Robbie Czarnik added his second helper of the evening. Then, with 40 seconds remaining in the second period, former Jackal Maxim Lamarche potted his first goal of the year to put Reading ahead 3-1. Czarnik and Sundher earned the assists.
The Jackals pushed offensively in the third, but could not put another past Ouellette. Tempers boiled over at 16:42 as Matt Garbowsky wrestled Joe Rehkamp away from a scrum and dropped the gloves for his first professional fight. Elmira pulled Motte for the extra attacker with 90 seconds remaining, but Adam Comrie would score the empty-net goal with 1:10 to go. Seconds later, with Motte back in net, the Royals came down on an odd-man rush and Sundher completed the hat-trick with his third of the night.
Motte stopped 28 of 32 shots faced but was saddled with the loss. Ouellette turned aside 20 of 21 shots faced for the win.
10/24 at Reading Royals: W 7-2
The Elmira Jackals exploded offensively for seven goals on Saturday night at Santander Arena in Reading, PA to ruin the Royals' home opener 7-2. Cason Hohmann led the team with a four-point outing and Sam Marotta turned aside 21 shots to earn his second win in as many tries.
The scoring came early and often as Cason Hohmann opened the game with a goal from the slot just 1:40 into the opening period. Colin Jacobs and Nick Zappia earned the assists off a strong face-off win and a shot directed to the net, which found Hohmann in the slot. Zappia's assist was his first point in his first game as a Jackal. However, the Royals would respond only a minute and one second later as Robbie Czarnik buried off an offensive rush. Former Jackals Kevin Sundher and Maxim Lamarche earned the assists. The Jackals would regain the lead before the end of the first period with their first power-play marker of the season. Hohmann fed the puck along to Spiro Goulakos at the point for the shot which tipped off Taylor Stefishen and trickled past Connor Knapp. Goulakos' helper was his first professional point and it would be one of three assists on the evening.
The Jackals pounced on the Royals early again in the second period with, who else, Cason Hohmann. The rookie from Arlington, TX directed an off-angle shot on net from low in the zone and luckily had it bounce past Knapp. Josh Chapman and Chris Langkow earned the assists on Hohmann's second goal of the night. Chapman's helper was also his first professional point. Just over three minutes later the pack struck again as player/assistant coach and veteran captain Nathan Oystrick blasted a slapshot from the point past Knapp. Matt Garbowsky and Justin Bernhardt were credited with the assists, which was Bernhardt's first point as a Jackal. The 4-1 advantage early in the second period chased Knapp from the net and forced Reading to bring in newly-signed back-up goaltender Nick Niedert. Niedert, who attended training camp with the Jackals, was promptly scored on by former teammate Colin Jacobs. Nick Zappia found Goulakos at the point and the Colgate University product made a nice move to fake the shot and slide past the defender finding Jacobs backdoor for the goal. Just 20 seconds later former Jackal Riley Armstrong broke through the defense and potted his first goal of the season to give the home crowd something to cheer about as the Jackals had stolen the momentum from the building.
Elmira came out in the third period looking to play shut-down defensively and protect its three-goal lead without taking any unnecessary chances. They stifled the Royals' attack, allowing just four total shots in the frame, while recording six of their own including two more tallies. First, Taylor Stefishen added his second of the night on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play following a neutral zone turnover by Reading. Stefishen started the rush, fed the puck to Hohmann who delivered it to Garbowsky and the R.I.T product touched it along to Stefishen backdoor for the sixth Jackals goal. They would add one more later in the third period as Goulakos passed it to Chapman who fired a shot that appeared to be tipped in by Jacobs in front, however the scoring sheet listed the goal as Chapman's, which would be his first professional goal if it holds up.
Marotta turned aside 21 of 23 shots faced for his second win in as many games. Knapp suffered the loss, allowing four goals on ten shots. Niedert allowed three goals on 11 shots in relief duty.
- Elmira's seven goals on Saturday was the most in a single game by any team in the league this season.
- Cason Hohmann is tied for second among first-year players with three goals and is tied for third among rookies with five points.
- Defensemen Spiro Goulakos and Josh Chapman recorded their first professional points on Saturday.
- Seven Jackals recorded multi-point efforts in Saturday's 7-2 win.
- The Jackals have killed off each of their opponents' last eight power-play opportunities.
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