Jackals Weekly Release - Week 7

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, finished November with a 7-4-0 mark and five wins in their previous six games. This week the Jackals host the Kalamazoo Wings on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and visit the Wheeling Nailers on Sunday.

Last Week's Record: 2-1-0
Overall Record: 10-8-0; third place in East Division, t-eighth place in Eastern Conference


Jackals Stat Leaders:

Goals: Cason Hohmann (9)

Assists: Cason Hohmann (11)

Points: Cason Hohmann (20)

+/-: Colin Jacobs (+6)

PIMs: Garrett Klotz (40)

PPG: Mike Seidel, Justin Bernhardt & Spiro Goulakos (3)

SHG: Colin Jacobs (1)

W: C.J. Motte (4)

GAA: Niklas Lundstrom (2.92)

SV%: Niklas Lundstrom (.931)

Previewing the Upcoming Week: 

12/2 vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. EST; 12/4 vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. EST; 

12/5 vs. Kalamazoo Wings - 7:05 p.m. EST

Home vs. KAL 0-0-0, Away vs. KAL 0-0-0

The Jackals open December at home with three consecutive contests against the Kalamazoo Wings. These three meetings, beginning on Wednesday, will mark the only three matchups between the Jackals and Wings at First Arena this season. They will meet two more times this year, in Kalamazoo, on New Year's Eve and the first game of the 2016 calendar year. Last season the Jackals opened their campaign at home with a two-game set against Kalamazoo, splitting the meetings with identical 6-2 finals. Those two games were the lone meetings in Elmira which preluded two meetings in Kalamazoo in early November 2014. The Jackals all-time record against the Wings is 9-13-8.


12/6 at Wheeling Nailers - 4:05 p.m. EST

Home vs. WHL 0-0-0, Away vs. WHL 0-0-0

The Jackals will travel to Wheeling, W.V. for a Sunday afternoon affair with the Nailers. This meeting marks the latest in the season these two teams have faced-off since the Jackals joined the ECHL. Sunday's matchup is the first of six this season and the first of three at WesBanco Arena. The six total meetings is the second-lowest total in a single season ever between the Jackals and Nailers. This will also be the first year since the 2010-11 campaign that these two former divisional rivals have not faced off at least 13 times. Elmira and Wheeling last met in the regular season finale last season at First Arena. The Jackals have won 41 of the 84 all-time meetings against the Nailers.


Recapping Last Week: 


11/25 at Adirondack Thunder: L 1-2

Box ScoreRecap


C.J. Motte made 23 saves and Kevin Clare was credited with his second goal of the season, but the Jackals were unable to overcome Ken Appleby and the Adirondack Thunder, falling in a tight affair, 2-1.


The Jackals peppered Adirondack and Appleby in the first period, firing 16 shots on goal, but it was the Thunder who struck first. With former Jackal Alexandre Carrier in the penalty box, Greg Wolfe created a shorthanded rush down the right wing side and beat Motte for his third goal of the season at 2:46 of the opening stanza. Minutes later, Nick Petrecki promptly dropped the gloves with Carrier and engaged in a battle of fisticuffs. The Jackals tied the game at 12:47 of the first period with a point shot from Kevin Clare that appeared to deflected by Mark Bennett on the way through traffic and past Appleby. Tyler Currier and Matt Harlow added their first assists of the season. However, the Thunder regained their one-goal advantage just over four minutes later as Mitchell Heard stole the puck at the Jackals blueline and fed it over to Ryan Lomberg who found Louick Marcotte backdoor for the go-ahead goal. Marcotte's sixth of the season proved to be the game-winner as both goaltenders shut the doors the rest of the night.


The dance of gladiators continued in the second period as Garrett Klotz hammered David Shields with a heavy hit and followed it up with a flurry of fists into the Thunder defenseman. Each team had opportunities on the power-play, but neither could sway the score. The best scoring chance of the frame came with the Jackals on the penalty kill as Colin Jacobs received a carom off the end wall in the slot, leaving him with a gapping net, but Appleby was able to scramble back and rob Jacobs of the tying tally.


As the physical play increased during the third period, the goaltenders continued to showcase their abilities, denying each shot coming their way. Motte made a spectacular save late in the period to keep the Jackals' hopes alive on a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Mads Eller. However, on the other end, the Jackals could not put another past Appleby to tie the contest and fell 2-1.


C.J. Motte stopped 23 of 25 shots faced but was saddled with the loss. Ken Appleby stopped 32 of 33 shots faced and earned the win.


11/28 vs. Adirondack Thunder: W 5-4

Box ScoreRecap


The Elmira Jackals defeated the Adirondack Thunder in a wild affair at First Arena, 5-4. Jacob MacDonald and Cason Hohmann both recorded three-point outings as MacDonald scored two power-play goals.and Hohmann added the game-winning shootout goal. Scott Jacklin also logged a goal and an assist.


Despite a strong start, the Jackals found themselves behind 1-0 less than nine minutes into the game. Michael Kirkpatrick forced a turnover at the blueline and blasted a slap shot off of Niklas Lundstrom's pad and onto the stick of Garrett Ladd, who was waiting for the rebound in the slot. Kirkpatrick and Ladd flipped roles minutes later as Kirkpatrick received a pass at the blueline and streamed in, sniping a shot over Lundstrom to increase Adirondack's lead to 2-0. Ladd and Ryan Constant added the assists on Kirkpatrick's power-play marker. The Jackals answered on their first man advantage at 16:50 when Scott Jacklin benefited from a fortuitous bounce off of the glass allowing him to sneak his fifth of the season past Ken Appleby. Cason Hohmann and Jacob MacDonald added the helpers on Jacklin's power-play goal.


The Thunder regained their two-goal advantage at 4:45 of the second period with Louick Marcotte's seventh goal of the season coming moments after a golden scoring chance for the Jackals. Ryan Lomberg and Mitchell Heard added the assists. As the second period wore on, the level of distain rose, culminating in multiple power-play opportunities for the Jackals. With Gunnar Hughes in the penalty box for high-sticking, Jacob MacDonald took advantage and sniped Appleby with a quick wrist shot for his third goal of the season, assisted by Nathan Oystrick and Scott Jacklin. MacDonald struck again 1:03 later with another power-play goal as he blasted a slap-shot past Appleby to tie the game at 3-3. Cason Hohmann and Colin Jacobs earned the helpers on MacDonald's second goal of the night and fourth of the season. Hohmann completed the offensive surge with a rip over the shoulder of Appleby just 1:11 after MacDonald's tying tally. Spiro Goulakos and Kevin Clare were credited with the helpers on Hohmann's seventh goal of the season. In all, the Jackals scored three goals in the span of 2:14 during the second period.


The Jackals carried their one-goal lead into the third period and shut down Adirondack's offense for most of the frame, but a five-on-three advantage in the final four minutes allowed the Thunder a chance to tie the game. Jeff Silengo tapped in a rebound effort at 16:48 on the two-man advantage to tie the game at 4-4. Sixty minutes was not enough to settle the score, so a three-on-three overtime frame ensued. The Jackals added four shots on goal to Adirondack's one, but neither team could end the contest, so it would go to a shootout. The Thunder shot first, but Niklas Lundstrom was up to the task all three times, setting the stage for Cason Hohmann to bury the backhand game-winner in the third round of the skills competition.


Niklas Lundstrom stopped 44 of 48 shots faced and all three during the shootout to earn the win. Ken Appleby allowed four goals on 37 shots and one goal on three shootout attempts in the losing effort.


11/29 at Brampton Beast: W 5-2

Box ScoreRecap


Cason Hohmann's second straight three-point night and C.J. Motte's 32 saves led the Jackals to a 5-2 victory over the Beast. Scott Jacklin, Colin Jacobs, and Nathan Oystrick also had multi-point games for the Elmira in the big road win. 

Justin Bernhardt got the Jackals on the board at the 4:02 mark of the first period with the Jackals fourth power play goal in the last two games. Bernhardt drew the man advantage himself when he was tripped skating through the neutral zone. Nathan Oystrick and Sprio Goulakos picked up assists on Bernhardt's power play tally. Just over six minutes later, the Jackals struck again as Colin Jacobs scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Jackals a 2-0 lead. Scott Jacklin and Cason Hohmann both recorded assists on the goal. C.J. Motte turned aside all 10 shots he faced as the Jackals took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission.


A mere 42 seconds into the second period, Brampton's red hot power play cut the Jackals lead to 2-1. Luke Pither's fourth goal of the season was assisted by Chris Auger and Jeremie Blain. The Beast rode the momentum from the goal through the midway point of the second period, but C.J. Motte and a timely save by the goalpost kept the Jackals in front. Following a successful penalty kill, Jackals Captain, Nathan Oystrick banked his second goal of the season off the back of Brampton goaltender Sean Bonar, at the 13:12 mark to give the Jackals a 3-1 advantage. Matt Harlow picked up his first point of the season on the goal, an assist, and Colin Jacobs picked up his second helper of the game. As the feistiness picked up, the Jackals maintained their two-goal lead as the second period ended.


The Jackals extended their lead only 3:22 into the third period, as Cason Hohmann scored his team leading eighth goal of the season, deflecting a point shot by Jacob MacDonald, who registered an assist, his fourth point in the last two games. Down by three, the Beast became desperate resorting to pulling the goalie for an extra attacker with over sixteen minutes to play when Elmira took a penalty. Neither team scored on the ensuing 6 on 4 power play, but it was clear that the Beast were searching for any way to get back into the game. Cason Hohmann's second goal of the period removed all doubts as the Jackals increased their lead to 5-1 with just over ten minutes to play in the third period. Hohmann's second marker was the second power play goal of the game for Elmira, and was assisted by Scott Jacklin and Zach Tolkinen. Luke Pither scored his second goal of the game for Brampton with under six minutes to play, but the Beast would get no closer, as C.J. Motte turned in one of his best performances of the season.


C.J. Motte made 32 saves on 34 shots to earn the win for the Jackals, while Sean Bonar allowed five goals on 22 shots and took the loss.

Fast Facts:

- Rookie forward Cason Hohmann is tied for the league-lead among rookies with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists). He is also tied for first among rookies in goals with nine.


- The Jackals have the fourth-best road power-play at 24.4% (10-for-41).


- Nathan Oystrick ranks second among ECHL defensemen with seven power-play assists.


- Elmira is 6-1-0 in one-goal games.


- The Jackals are 9-0-0 when leading after two periods.


- Scott Jacklin leads all rookies in shooting percentage at 26.3% (five-for-19).


- Rookie defenseman Spiro Goulakos is tied for first among rookies with three power-play goals and is tied for second with six power-play points.


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Upcoming Events: 


December 2: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!


December 4: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!


December 5: Elmira Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena - 7:05 p.m.  Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!