The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, began this past week in Norfolk, Virginia before returning home to host the Norfolk Admirals and the Brampton Beast.
Last Week's Record: 1-2-0
Overall Record: 5-7-0; fourth place in East Division, twelfth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Mike Seidel (6)
Assists: Cason Hohmann (7)
Points: Cason Hohmann (11)
+/-: Colin Jacobs (+6)
PIMs: Colin Jacobs (24)
PPG: Mike Seidel (3)
SHG: Colin Jacobs (1)
W: Sam Marotta (3)
GAA: Sam Marotta (3.15)
SV%: Sam Marotta (.893)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
11/18 at Manchester Monarchs - 10:00 a.m. EST
Home vs. MAN 0-1-0, Away vs. MAN 0-0-0
Wednesday morning's contest marks the second of 11 meetings this season and the first of five at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The Jackals and Monarchs played their first ever meeting on Halloween night in Elmira and despite third period goals from Spiro Goulakos and Tyler Currier, the Jackals fell 4-2. Goulakos' tally was his first professional goal, and Mark Bennett's assist on Currier's marker was his first professional point. Taylor Stefishen, Nick Zappia and Nathan Oystrick also recorded assists in the October 31st meeting.
11/20 at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. EST; 11/21 vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. REA 0-1-0, Away vs. REA 1-1-0
The Jackals and Royals continue their DeMet's Candy Challenge Cup series with a home-and-home weekend set starting on Friday at Santander Arena in Reading, P.A. and concluding the next night in Elmira at First Arena. These two meetings mark the fourth and fifth meetings of 12 overall this season. In the last meeting, the Royals exacted revenge from a 7-2 dismantling in their home opener, courtesy of the Jackals, with an 8-3 route on October 28th. Rookie forward Cason Hohmann leads the Jackals with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games against the Royals this season. Colin Jacobs leads the team with three goals and a plus-five rating in those three meetings against Reading. Elmira holds a 51-52-12 all-time record against the Royals and the second annual DeMet's Candy Challenge Cup series is 2-1 in favor of Reading.
Recapping Last Week:
11/10 at Norfolk Admirals: W 4-3
The Elmira Jackals received goals from four different players and fired 44 shots on goal in their 4-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope Arena on Tuesday night.
The Admirals, who were riding a four-game home winning streak into the contest, struck first at 3:12 of the opening period as Josh Currie batted a puck past Sam Marotta. The Jackals answered minutes later as a power-play expired, they maintained possession in the Norfolk end and Jacob MacDonald fired a wrist shot through Ty Rimmer's five-hole to even the game at 1-1. Cason Hohmann earned an assist on MacDonald's second goal of the season. Later in the first period, Sam Marotta appeared to suffer an injury and received medical attention, but stayed in the game momentarily before exiting during a timeout. C.J. Motte entered the game with 5:39 left in the period and stopped all five shots he faced.
The Jackals didn't waste any time jumping ahead in the second period. They opened the period on a power-play and just one minute in Mike Seidel tipped in a point-shot from Nathan Oystrick for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Chris Langkow also earned an assist on Seidel's power-play goal. That was the lone marker of the second period.
The third period opened with fast and furious action as the Admirals tied the game just 1:13 into the frame with Tom Mele's first goal of the season. Less than two minutes later Mike Seidel found Kevin Clare with a stretch pass at the Norfolk blueline and Clare buried a backhand on the breakaway past Rimmer to regain the lead. Just 15 seconds later Zach Tolkinen fired a shot from the point that was deflected by Nick Zappia to Cason Hohmann who deposited it for his fourth goal of the season. Norfolk answered at 9:15 with Jonathan Lessard's first goal of the year, cutting the Jackals lead back down to one. The remainder of the third period was filled with helter skelter action, but C.J. Motte and the pesky pack kept the Admirals at bay and held on for the 4-3 victory.
Sam Marotta stopped 13 of 14 shots faced in 14:21 of action. C.J. Motte stopped 16 of 18 shots faced in relief duty and earned the win. Ty Rimmer allowed four goals on 44 shots faced and was handed the loss.
11/13 vs. Norfolk Admirals: L 1-4
Tyler Currier scored his fourth goal in six games since joining the Jackals in a trade with Orlando, but Elmira would fall at home on Friday night to Norfolk, 4-1.
The Admirals got on the board first at 3:19 of the opening period with a point shot from Jordan Hill. Michael Pelech and Radoslav Illo earned the helpers on Hill's second of the year. Later in the first period, the Admirals would add to their lead with a redirection by Tom Mele in the slot off of Charles Roussel's shot from the blueline. Steven Whitney also assisted Mele's second of the season.
Neither team would score in the second period despite Elmira out-shooting Norfolk 13-3 in the middle frame. The Jackals controlled the play and possessed the better scoring chances, but could not beat Norfolk netminder, Nic Riopel.
The Jackals entered the third period with a two-goal deficit, but an early interference call against Nick Petrecki provided Norfolk with an opportunity to extend it's lead and change the tide of the contest. Alexandre Ranger received a cross-ice feed and ripped a shot off the far post and past C.J. Motte. Gabriel Verpaelst and Samuel Noreau assisted Ranger's third goal of the season. The Admirals pushed their lead to 4-0 at 12:32 of the third period as Steven Whitney capitalized on a two-on-one rush. Tom Mele and Charles Roussel assisted Whitney's second of the season. Less than a minute later, the Jackals answered and cut the deficit down to three. Nick Petrecki found Colin Jacobs with a feed and Jacobs fired a low shot off the pad of Ty Rimmer, which popped out to Tyler Currier in front for his fourth goal in six games as a Jackal. Despite a furious push and out-shooting Norfolk 37-17, the Jackals did not cut any further into the deficit and fell 4-1.
C.J. Motte stopped 13 of 17 shots faced, but was handed the loss. Nic Riopel stopped all 27 shots faced before leaving the game due to an injury suffered when Justin Bernhardt collided with him. Riopel still earned the win as Ty Rimmer came in and stopped nine of 10 shots faced in relief duty.
11/14 vs. Brampton Beast: L 1-4
Justin Bernhardt scored his first goal as a member of the Jackals on Saturday night, but that was the only goal the Jackals scored in a 4-1 loss to the Brampton Beast.
C.J. Motte earned his second straight start this weekend and made his fifth straight appearance as he turned aside all 10 shots he faced in the first period. On the other end, Trevor Cann stopped all nine shots he faced in a scoreless first period.
Following an ice delay prior to the start of the second period, the Beast opened the scoring just 12 seconds into the frame. Bryan McGregor fired a shot short-side over Motte's shoulder for his second goal of the season. Mike Vernace assisted the opening goal and earned his second helper on Brampton's second goal of the night, which came just over five minutes later. Scott Howes capitalized on a power-play opportunity with a redirection in the slot for his fourth goal of the season at 5:57 of the second frame. Less than a minute later, the Jackals answered on their own power-play and cut the deficit back down to one. Mike Seidel fed a pass across the high slot to Spiro Goulakos, who fired a shot off the pad and onto the awaiting stick of Justin Bernhardt for his first goal of the season at 6:52 of the period.
Neither team broke through in the early stage of the third period, setting the table for an exciting finish. The Jackals pressed as time winded down, but a pass from Luc-Olivier Blain to Scott Howes in the slot for his second goal of the night and fifth of the year at 18:14 put Elmira in panic mode. They pulled Motte for the extra attacker off of the ensuing face-off, but Luke Pither scorer the empty-net goal at 18:41, ending the Jackals chances.
C.J. Motte turned aside 26 of 29 shots faced, but was saddled with the loss. Trevor Cann stopped 21 of 22 shots faced to earn the win.
- The Jackals have the fifth-best road power-play at 23.8% (5-for-21).
- Justin Bernhardt scored his first goal as a member of the Jackals on Saturday versus Brampton.
- Kevin Clare scored his first goal as a member of the Jackals on Tuesday at Norfolk.
- The Jackals are 4-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Mike Seidel has scored in four consecutive road games.
- Nick Petrecki recorded an assist in his first game with the Jackals on Friday versus Norfolk.
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