The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, open the fourth week of the season on the road in Norfolk, Virginia where they will play the Norfolk Admirals for the first time on Tuesday night. The Jackals will return to Elmira following the game and host the Admirals on Friday and the Brampton Beast on Saturday.
Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 4-5-0; t-third place in East Division, t-ninth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Mike Seidel (5)
Assists: Cason Hohmann (6)
Points: Cason Hohmann (9)
+/-: Colin Jacobs (+6)
PIMs: Colin Jacobs & Spiro Goulakos (22)
PPG: Mike Seidel (2)
SHG: Colin Jacobs (1)
W: Sam Marotta (3)
GAA: Sam Marotta (3.09)
SV%: Sam Marotta (.889)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
11/10 at Norfolk Admirals - 7:15 p.m. EST; 11/13 vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. NOR 0-0-0, Away vs. NOR 0-0-0
The Jackals finish their three-game road trip in Norfolk, Virginia with their first ever meeting with the Norfolk Admirals. Tuesday's game marks the first of eight meetings overall and the first of three at the Norfolk Scope Arena this season. Norfolk, like Adirondack and Manchester, transitioned from AHL markets to join the ECHL this past off-season. The Admirals, Thunder and Monarchs are three new East Division rivals for the Jackals, with the Reading Royals filling out the newly-former division.
11/14 vs. Brampton Beast - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. BRM 1-0-0, Away vs. BRM 0-0-0
Saturday's contests marks the second of 11 meetings overall and the second of six at First Arena this season. The first matchup this year occurred back on October 17th at First Arena and the Jackals remained perfect on home ice against the Beast with a 4-2 victory. Cason Hohmann, Mike Seidel, Allan McPherson and Matt Garbowsky scored for Elmira while Sam Marotta stopped 19 shots to earn the victory. Last year, these two teams met six times and the Jackals were victorious in five of the meetings, including a sparkling 3-0 record at First Arena.
Recapping Last Week:
11/6 at South Carolina Stingrays: W 2-0
C.J. Motte was sensational on Friday night making 32 saves as the Elmira Jackals silenced the South Carolina Stingrays in their own building with a 2-0 victory. Tyler Currier and Mike Seidel scored for Elmira in the win.
The Jackals jumped ahead quickly with an opening stinger just 5:50 into the game. Tyler Currier started a four-on-two rush up ice and ripped a whistling wrist shot past Vitek Vanecek from just above the tops of the circles. Currier's unassisted tally was his third goal in as many games with the Jackals since being acquired from the Orlando Solar Bears on October 24th. C.J. Motte turned aside all 11 shots faced in the first 20 minutes of action and led the Jackals into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Just 15 seconds into the second period Spiro Goulakos laid a heavy hit on Max Sauve just inside the Jackals blueline as the offsides whistle sounded, which started a gathering around the Elmira defenseman. Goulakos was handed a five minute match penalty for an illegal check to the head and was escorted off the ice. Not only did the Jackals face a five minute penalty kill in the face, but they were also cut down to five defenseman for nearly two full periods. The pesky Jackals showed their resiliency and killed off the full five minute penalty courtesy of a tireless effort from the penalty kill units and stonewall goaltending from Motte. Later in the period, Josh Chapman dropped the gloves with Bobby Shea and landed some heavy rights in his first professional tilt. As the second frame was winding down the Jackals earned a power-play opportunity and capitalized. Justin Bernhardt found Zach Tolkinen straight-away at the point for a blast that was redirected by Mike Seidel and past Vanecek to put the Jackals ahead 2-0 at 18:23 of the period.
The Jackals continued to play stifling defense and locked down their blueline, forcing South Carolina into countless turnovers throughout the third period. The Stingrays pulled their goalie with just under two minutes remaining in a last-ditch effort for a comeback, but their late push was turned away by Motte, who stole the show in the Stingrays' barn.
C.J. Motte stopped all 32 shots faced to earn his first professional shutout and his first win with the Jackals. Vitek Vanecek allowed two goals on 24 shots faced and was handed the loss.
11/7 at South Carolina Stingrays: L 1-4
Mike Seidel scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and second on the road trip, but the Jackals were stung by the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday night in the final season meeting, 4-1.
A night after being shutout in their own building, the Stingrays came out shooting early and often in the first frame. South Carolina recorded the first eight shots on goal, while the Jackals did not record their first shot on goal until there were just over six minutes left in the first period. However, neither team broke through until late in the period when Andrew Rowe tried to walk out in front and lost control of the puck, which bounced to a waiting Brendan Ellis who pinched in from the point and deposited it past C.J. Motte. The Stingrays stung again right off the ensuing face-off. Nick Jones got the puck deep in the Jackals end and Colin Mulvey fired a feed from the corner to Derek DeBlois for the tap-in just 19 seconds later.
The aforementioned Mulvey provided the Stingrays with a 3-0 lead nearly halfway through the second period with a short-side shot off the post and past Motte. The Jackals answered late in the frame and cut the deficit back down to two. Cason Hohmann fed the puck to the point to Nathan Oystrick who threw the puck towards the net-front and found Mike Seidel's stick for the tip-in tally at 16:57 of the period. Less than a minute later Derek DeBlois was whistled for holding giving the Jackals an opportunity to score again before the intermission. Following a flurry in front, Justin Bernhardt chipped the puck through the traffic and looked to beat Branden Komm, but had it pulled off the goal-line by the stick of a defender.
The Jackals trailed by two heading into the third period with last Friday's comeback victory over Orlando fresh in their minds. However, the Stingrays would score the next goal as Andrew Rowe tucked the puck past Motte on the power-play to increase their lead to 4-1. Despite 21 shots on goal, the Jackals weren't able to put more than one past Komm and dropped the final season meeting against South Carolina.
C.J. Motte stopped 29 of 33 shots faced but was handed the loss. Branden Komm turned aside 20 of 21 shots faced and earned the win.
- Rookie goaltender C.J. Motte recorded his first professional shutout on Friday night with a 32-save performance against South Carolina.
- Tyler Currier scored in three straight games to start his Jackals career. He is tied for the league-lead with a 60.0% shooting percentage (3-for-5).
- Cason Hohmann is tied for fourth among all ECHL rookies with nine points in nine games.
- Mike Seidel has scored in three consecutive road games. He also has four goals in the last five overall games.
- Zach Tolkinen has not missed a game in his professional career, skating in 81 consecutive contests.
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November 13: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!
November 14: Elmira Jackals vs. Brampton Beast at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!
November 21: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!
November 28: Elmira Jackals vs. Adirondack Thunder at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!