The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, picked up right where they left off at the end of November with three wins in four games during the first week of December. The Jackals have won eight of their last 10 games.
Last Week's Record: 3-1-0
Overall Record: 13-9-0; third place in East Division, t-fifth place in Eastern Conference
Jackals Stat Leaders:
Goals: Cason Hohmann (10)
Assists: Cason Hohmann, Colin Jacobs & Spiro Goulakos (11)
Points: Cason Hohmann (21)
+/-: Tyler Currier (+8)
PIMs: Garrett Klotz (52)
PPG: Mike Seidel, Justin Bernhardt & Spiro Goulakos (3)
SHG: Jacob MacDonald (3)
W: C.J. Motte (6)
GAA: Niklas Lundstrom (2.71)
SV%: Niklas Lundstrom (.930)
Previewing the Upcoming Week:
12/9 vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. EST; 12/12 vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. NOR 0-1-0, Away vs. NOR 1-0-0
The Jackals return home to host the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday and Saturday for their third and fourth meetings of the season. The Jackals enter this week with wins in eight of their last 10 games while the Admirals have lost eight of their last 10 contests. These two teams met twice this season, once at the Norfolk Scope and once at First Arena. In the last meeting, the Jackals out-shot the Admirals 37-17, but the goaltending tandem of Nic Riopel and Ty Rimmer helped Norfolk to a 4-1 win. Tyler Currier scored the lone goal for Elmira, with Colin Jacobs and Nick Petrecki recording the assists. In the first meeting of the season, the Jackals received multi-point efforts from Mike Seidel and Cason Hohmann as well as goals from Jacob MacDonald and Kevin Clare en route to a 4-3 victory. C.J. Motte came in relief of the injured Sam Marotta and made 16 saves for the win.
12/11 vs. Manchester Monarchs - 7:05 p.m. EST
Home vs. MAN 0-1-0, Away vs. MAN 1-0-0
On Friday, the Jackals will host the Manchester Monarchs for the second time this season. This meeting marks the third of 11 overall matchups and the second of six at First Arena. In the first meeting in Elmira, Spiro Goulakos scored his first professional goal on the power-play and Tyler Currier added a goal, but the Jackals fell 4-2. Mark Bennett earned his first professional point, an assist, in the loss. Elmira revenged its loss on November 18th in Manchester with a 2-1 victory in a Wednesday morning Education Day game. Niklas Lundstrom made his team debut and turned aside 46 of 47 shots faced to edge Elmira past the Monarchs. Spiro Goulakos and Scott Jacklin scored in the winning effort.
Recapping Last Week:
12/2 vs. Kalamazoo Wings: W 4-1
C.J. Motte made 25 saves and Allan McPherson added a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Kalamazoo Wings.
The Jackals jumped out to an early lead as Cason Hohmann remained red-hot netting his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Colin Jacobs carried the puck in the zone and backhanded a pass to Spiro Goulakos at the point for a shot that was deflected in by Hohmann at 3:42 of the first period. The Jackals carried the lead late into the frame, but a turnover deep in their own end resulted in a Ludwig Blomstrand goal with 34 seconds remaining.
Unfazed by the late first period marker, the Jackals controlled the pace of play and the offensive opportunities, firing 15 shots on net in the second period to Kalamazoo's six. Just past the halfway mark of the period, Justin Kea worked the puck ahead to Allan McPherson who streamed in firing a shot that caused a loose puck in front that was banged home by Tyler Currier. The goal was discussed at length by the officiating crew, but the final decision was a good goal. At 14:42 of the frame the Jackals struck again and increased their lead to 3-1. Allan McPherson stepped out of the penalty box and accepted a stretch pass from Spiro Goulakos for a breakaway strike.
The Jackals added to their lead in the third period as Spiro Goulakos was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking at 4:52. Just 18 seconds later Jacob MacDonald streamed down the right-wing side and fired a wrist shot off the post and past Joel Martin for a shorthanded tally. MacDonald's goal was his fifth of the season and came unassisted. C.J. Motte stood tall and thwarted any Kalamazoo shots the rest of the way en route to his fifth win of the season. A series of fights and misconducts unfolded in the final minute as tempers flared and the game was decided.
Motte stopped 25 of 26 shots faced for the win and Martin allowed four goals on 34 shots in the losing effort.
12/4 vs. Kalamazoo Wings: L 2-3
Jacob MacDonald scored a shorthanded goal for the second consecutive game and the Jackals fired 49 shots on net, but David Gilbert's goal with 10 seconds remaining lifted the Wings past the Jackals, 3-2.
On Teddy Bear Toss Night, the Jackals scored early and sent a flurry of furry animals into the air and onto the ice just 5:24 into the contest. Mark Bennett started the rush and finished it on a tap-in from the slot for his third goal of the season. Zach Tolkinen fed the puck through the slot to Tyler Currier who found Bennett alone for the early strike.
The Jackals controlled the pace of play and offensive chances, but the Wings capitalized on a fortunate breakaway to tie the game late in the second period. Scott Jacklin's stick exploded as he attempted a shot from just inside the blueline which allowed Cory Pritz to spring Justin Taylor on a breakaway for his fifth goal of the season at 16:04 of the period. Despite outshooting the Wings 20-9 in the middle frame and 32-17 through 40 minutes, the score was knotted at 1-1 heading into the third period.
The Wings took advantage of an early power-play opportunity as Dane Fox fired a shot off the far post and past Niklas Lundstrom to give Kalamazoo the lead 3:23 into the final frame. Then minutes later, on another Kalamazoo power-play, Nick Petrecki found Mike Seidel to create a two-on-one rush with Jacob MacDonald and Seidel fed a beautiful pass to MacDonald for the shorthanded tying tally. It appeared the game was headed to overtime despite 49 shots on goal by the Jackals, but David Gilbert found a bouncing puck at the Wings' blueline and raced down the right wing side ripping a shot past Lundstrom for the go-ahead goal with 10 seconds remaining.
Niklas Lundstrom turned aside 22 of 25 shots faced but was handed the hard luck loss. Joel Martin stopped 47 of 49 shots faced to earn the win.
12/5 vs. Kalamazoo Wings: W 3-1
The Elmira Jackals received power-play goals from Zach Tolkinen and Allan McPherson in addition to 22 saves from C.J. Motte en route to a 3-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings.
Neither team was able to break through in the opening 20 minutes as C.J. Motte and Clay Witt turned aside 10 shots apiece in the first frame. The only penalty of the quiet period came against Motte for playing the puck outside of the trapezoid area.
The Jackals poured on the shots in the second period and eventually broke the scoreless tie at 15:19 of the middle stanza. Colin Jacobs directed the puck to Zach Tolkinen at the top of the circle and Tolkinen released a wrist shot past Witt for the power-play marker and his first goal of the season. Just minutes later, the Jackals went back on the power-play and struck again. Justin Bernhardt fed the puck from the point to Spiro Goulakos at the hashmarks and Goulakos placed a perfect pass onto the stick of Allan McPherson for the tip-in tally at 18:44 of the second period. McPherson's power-play marker was his fourth goal of the season. The Jackals out-shot the Wings 18-4 in the second period.
The Wings hung around and narrowed the Jackals lead down to one with a rebound effort at 9:39 by Tanner Sorenson. Justin Kovacs and Lane Scheidl earned the assists on Sorenson's fifth goal of the season. Kalamazoo pushed for the tying tally, but Mike Seidel was able to deposit the empty-net goal and seal the victory for the Jackals. Seidel's seventh goal of the season was his first marker since November 10th.
C.J. Motte turned aside 22 of 23 shots faced for his third consecutive win. Clay Witt allowed two goals on 36 shots faced and was saddled with the loss.
12/6 at Wheeling Nailers: W 3-2 (SO)
The Elmira Jackals received 42 saves from Niklas Lundstrom and goals from Jacob MacDonald and Tyler Currier en route to a 3-2 shootout win in a battle of wills against the rival Wheeling Nailers.
Playing their fourth game in five days, the Jackals jumped out early powering past the Nailers while on the penalty kill. Elmira found itself down a man just 90 seconds into the contest as Mark Bennett was whistled for hooking but Jacob MacDonald quickly turned a penalty kill into offense. Nick Petrecki moved the puck to MacDonald who wheeled down the left wing and ripped a wrist shot off the post and in past Casey DeSmith for a shorthanded goal on the Jackals' first shot of the game. MacDonald has scored a league-leading three shorthanded goals this week and has increased his goal total to seven on the season. The Jackals struck again later in the first frame as Justin Kea laid a pass to Zach Tolkinen at the point who fired a shot through traffic deflecting off Tyler Currier and past DeSmith for Currier's seventh goal of the season. The rivalry saw its first dance at 13:49 when Patrick McGrath forced himself on Nick Petrecki and earned a few fists to the face for good measure.
The Jackals carried a 2-0 lead into the second period and held it throughout the majority of the frame until 16:30 when Ty Loney tipped Mathew Maione's shot over Niklas Lundstrom's arm to put Wheeling on the board. Derek Army also earned an assist, and less than two minutes later, he scored a goal of his own to tie the game 2-2. Sahir Gill and Maione assisted Army's fourth goal of the season. Prior to Wheeling's quick strikes, Patrick McGrath found himself in his second scrap of the game as Garrett Klotz enticed him to tangle, which turned out to be a bad decision for the Nailer as Klotz hammered him into the ice. The medieval meetings of gladiators continued late in the second period when Colin Jacobs hit Riley Brace along the Nailers' bench, causing an uproar from the bench and a battle ensued. Brace and Jacobs each received fighting majors with Jacobs receiving an extra two minute penalty for boarding and Zach Torquato earned a two minute penalty for roughing as he punched Jacobs after the main meeting subsided. Then, with four seconds left in the period, Garrett Klotz dropped the gloves with John McCarron for his second fight of the period. While the two enforcers dueled, Zach Tolkinen and Jarrett Burton scrapped in the corner.
The third period was a tenacious twenty minutes but neither team was able to pull ahead with the go-ahead marker so the game went to overtime. In the extra frame, both squads had opportunities but did not capitalize which sent the contest to a shootout. Colin Jacobs started the first round and scored to give the Jackals the advantage. Derek Army went first for Wheeling and was stopped by Lundstrom. In round two, Jacob MacDonald and Ty Loney both were unable to score, which set up Justin Bernhardt in round three with a chance to win the game. Bernhardt, who was hobbled in the third period after blocking a shot and did not play in overtime, started out to his left before firing a shot past DeSmith and lifting the Jackals to victory.
Niklas Lundstrom stopped 42 of 44 shots faced and two more in the shootout to earn the win. Casey DeSmith allowed two goals on 24 shots faced and allowed two goals on three shootout attempts to suffer the loss.
- Defenseman Jacob MacDonald leads the league with three shorthanded goals. He scored all three in the last four games.
- Cason Hohmann ranks fourth among rookies with 21 points and is tied for first with 10 goals.
- Spiro Goulakos ranks second among rookie defensemen with 14 points.
- Jacob MacDonald is tied for second among blueliners with seven goals.
- The Jackals are 8-1-0 when scoring first.
- The Jackals are 11-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Elmira is 7-2-0 in one-goal games.
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December 9: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!
December 11: Elmira Jackals vs. Manchester Monarchs at First Arena - 7:05 p.m. Click here for tickets or call (607) 734-7825!
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