The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, played their first mid-week game of the season this past Wednesday in Reading and fell to the Royals 8-3. The Jackals returned home to face the Orlando Solar Bears and earned a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in overtime. The next night Manchester came to First Arena for the inaugural meeting and despite a late charge by the Jackals the Monarchs came out victorious 4-2.
Last Week's Record: 1-2-0
Overall Record: 3-4-0; t-second place in East Division, t-eighth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Colin Jacobs (4)
Assists: Spiro Goulakos & Cason Hohmann (5)
Points: Cason Hohmann (8)
+/-: Colin Jacobs & Nick Zappia (+6)
PIMs: Colin Jacobs (20)
PPG: Taylor Stefishen, Mike Seidel, Scott Jacklin & Spiro Goulakos (1)
SHG: Colin Jacobs (1)
W: Sam Marotta (3)
GAA: Sam Marotta (3.09)
SV%: Sam Marotta (.889)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
11/6 & 11/7 at South Carolina Stingrays - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. SC 0-0-0, Away vs. SC 0-0-0
The Jackals embark on their first road trip of the season and start the journey in North Charleston, South Carolina where they will pay their only visits of the year to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday and Saturday night. Last season, South Carolina traveled to Elmira for the lone meeting of the season and defeated the Jackals 5-0. The last time these two teams faced-off in South Carolina was April 11, 2014. The Jackals and Stingrays played four times during the 2013-14 season, twice in Elmira and twice in South Carolina. The Jackals won once at home and dropped both on the road. They have only played 21 times in the all-time series with the Jackals winning seven and losing three in extra time.
Recapping Last Week:
10/28 at Reading Royals: L 3-8
The Elmira Jackals suffered an 8-3 defeat on Wednesday night at the hands of the Reading Royals at Santander Arena, just one game after ruining the Royals' home opener with a 7-2 win.
Reading jumped ahead early as Justin Crandall capitalized on the man advantage just 4:04 into the contest. Ian Watters earned the lone assist on Crandall's second goal of the season. The aforementioned Crandall scored again minutes later at 6:14 with an even-strength strike assisted by Mike Pereira and Jordan Heywood. The Jackals bit back at 8:24 with a power-play marker of their own as Scott Jacklin tipped a centering feed in the slot past Connor Knapp for his second goal of the season. Cason Hohmann and Zach Tolkinen earned the assists. However, Reading would regain its two-goal lead before the end of the period with an Adam Comrie slap-shot that beat Sam Marotta and chased him from the game at 11:49. C.J. Motte entered the game in relief of Marotta.
Trailing 3-1 entering the second period, the Jackals quickly cut the deficit back down to one with Colin Jacobs' third goal in the last two games. Jacobs' quick strike at 1:04 of the second period was assisted by Cason Hohmann and Justin Bernhardt. Unfortunately, the Royals would answer 1:25later with Mike Pereira's first goal of the season, assisted by Justin Crandall and Cam Reid. Pereira added his second goal of the night at 11:50 of the frame with Reid and Joe Rehkamp adding the helpers. The pesky Jackals wouldn't stay down by three for long as Mike Seidel beautifully tipped a point shot from Nathan Oystrick past Knapp for a power-play goal less than five minutes later. Chris Langkow also added an assist on Seidel's second of the year.
The comeback trail became longer just 24 seconds into the third period as former Jackal Maxim Lamarche tapped home fellow former Jackal Kevin Sundher's rebound for his second goal of the season. Geoff Walker added his first goal of the year later in the third and Adam Comrie recorded his second goal of the night on the man advantage late in the frame.
Sam Marotta turned away four shots on seven faced in 11:49 of work. C.J. Motte stopped 15 of 20 shots faced and was handed the loss. Connor Knapp made 10 saves on 13 shots faced to earn the win.
10/30 vs. Orlando Solar Bears: W 4-3 (OT)
Colin Jacobs capped off the Jackals comeback on Friday night at First Arena with a shorthanded breakaway goal in overtime to send the Jackals to a 4-3 win over the Orlando Solar Bears.
The first period opened with a fast pace between the Jackals and Solar Bears, however to the home crowd's dismay, the road squad scored first. Eric Faille capitalized for his fourth goal of the season at 11:24 of the opening frame as Brett Findlay and Eric Baier earned the assists. As the first period drew on tension rose and boiled over as Brenden Miller cross-checked Mike Seidel and Taylor Stefishen came in to defend his teammate and tangle with Miller.
The Jackals carried over a power-play into the second period, but lost it just 27 seconds in as Scott Jacklin was whistled for hooking. However, Mike Seidel took advantage of the open ice as he forced a turnover deep in the Orlando end and accepted a feed from Chris Langkow in the slot then deposited it past Rob Madore to even the game 1-1 just 50 seconds into the period. Orlando would respond at 6:47 as Johnny McInnis redirected a point shot home on the power-play to regain the lead for the Solar Bears. Erik Bradford and Eric Baier assisted McInnis' second of the season. The Solar Bears would score again on the man advantage just two minutes later as Lindsay Sparks buried a backdoor feed from Brady Vail on a nice passing play started by Eric Baier. Immediately following the goal, player/assistant coach and captain Nathan Oystrick dropped the gloves with Zach Bell at center ice to pull some momentum back in the Jackals direction.
The Jackals found themselves in a familiar position for the second consecutive game as they trailed by two goals heading into the third period. This time they would be the team to score early in the frame as Tyler Currier, who was making his Jackals debut against his former squad, buried a feed from Justin Bernhardt out of the corner to cut the deficit to one at 1:41. The red-hot Cason Hohmann would follow at 11:30 with a breakaway goal to tie the game and ignite the home crowd. Hohmann's goal was his seventh point in the last three games as Nick Zappia earned the assist on the marker.
Sixty minutes would not be enough as the game would head to a three-on-three overtime for the first time in Jackals history. Just 27 seconds into the overtime period Taylor Stefishen was whistled for hooking, putting the Jackals on a four-on-three penalty kill. But, they would not be denied of the comeback as Colin Jacobs took a centering feed from Joe Houk and broke in on the breakaway ripping the shorthanded game-winner past Madore and propelling the Jackals to an exciting victory.
Sam Marotta earned the win with 30 saves on 33 shots faced while Rob Madore was saddled with the loss, allowing four goals on 42 shots.
10/31 vs. Manchester Monarchs: L 2-4
The Jackals mounted a late charge in the third period, but could not overcome the Manchester Monarchs, falling 4-2 on Halloween night.
The Jackals fell behind early as Maxim Kitsyn capitalized on an odd-man rush to notch the game's first goal at 3:02 of the first period. Former Jackal and Rochester American Matt Mackenzie earned the lone assist on Kitsyn's first of the year. The sole goal would be the difference after 20 minutes of action as Sam Marotta turned aside 16 Manchester shots.
The Monarchs increased their lead to 2-0 with another early tally coming at 2:40 of the second period. Matt Leitner popped in his second goal of the season with assists coming from Joe Diamond and Alex Lintuniemi. Just over two minutes later Manchester would go up 3-0 as Stefan Legein was the beneficiary of a pretty passing play from Matt Leitner and Joe Diamond. The Jackals pressed offensively throughout the frame but could not solve Michael Houser who stopped all 23 shots faced through 40 minutes.
Elmira mounted a late charge in the third period as Spiro Goulakos scored his first professional goal on a blast from the point that deflected off a defender and went bar-down on the man advantage at17:36 of the frame. Taylor Stefishen and Nathan Oystrick recorded the helpers on Goulakos' first goal. Sam Marotta headed to the bench for the extra attacker with 2:15 remaining and the Jackals down by two, but Alex Roach knocked in the empty-net goal at 18:36 to regain the three-goal lead. Just 18 seconds later Tyler Currier buried his second goal in as many games as a Jackal from Nick Zappia's feed to cut the deficit back down to two. However, the Jackals would run out of time and fall to the Monarchs in their first ever meeting.
Sam Marotta turned aside 30 of 33 shots faced, but was handed his first loss of the season. Michael Houser stopped 38 of 40 shots faced and earned the win.
- Spiro Goulakos scored his first professional goal on Saturday.
- Tyler Currier scored his first goal as a Jackal in his team debut Friday against his former team (Orlando). He has goals in each of his first two games since being acquired by Elmira.
- Cason Hohmann is tied for second among ECHL rookies with eight points and is tied for third with five assists.
- Colin Jacobs scored his first career shorthanded goal and first professional overtime winner Friday against Orlando.
- The Jackals are tied with the fourth-best road power-play in the league at 37.5% (3-for-8).
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November 13: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals at First Arena - 7:05 p.m.
November 14: Elmira Jackals vs. Brampton Beast at First Arena - 7:05 p.m.
November 21: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals at First Arena - 7:05 p.m.
November 28: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder at First Arena - 7:05 p.m.