Allan McPherson's hat trick and four-point game led the Elmira Jackals past the Manchester Monarchs in today's matinee affair, 5-4. The line of McPherson, Cason Hohmann and Chris Langkow was responsible for all five Jackals' goals en route to the victory. Chris Langkow recorded a goal and two assists and Cason Hohmann posted a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to nine games.
The first twenty minutes went by scoreless as goaltending and defense ruled the opening period. Alex Vazzano stopped all 11 shots he faced and Doug Carr turned aside each of the eight he faced. However, over the next forty minutes, the two teams combined for nine goals.
The scoring started early in the second period as Zac Larraza buried a rebound just 1:20 into the middle frame. Former Jackal Matt MacKenzie fed Alex Lintuniemi who walked into the slot and fired a shot that was saved by Vazzano but the rebound popped out to Larraza for his 12th goal of the season. The Monarchs doubled their lead at 11:37 of the second period when Mark Anthoine intercepted a cross-ice pass in the Jackals zone and ripped a shot past Vazzano for his sixth goal of the season. For the second consecutive game this weekend the Jackals clawed back from a two-goal deficit. Less than a minute later, Jacob MacDonald made a terrific defensive play starting a rush the other way as he passed the puck to Chris Langkow who freed Cason Hohmann on a breakaway with a stretch pass. Hohmann's first shot was saved but he followed the rebound and banged it home for his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Just over two minutes later Chris Langkow received a pass through the offensive zone from Allan McPherson and forced the rebound past Carr to tie the game 2-2. Ian Young also earned an assist on Langkow's fourth goal of the season. The pesky pack continued pursuing the lead and push past the Monarchs at 17:26 on McPherson's first goal of the night. Kyle Bushee laid a pass to Chris Langkow who found McPherson on the backside in the low circle for his 12th goal of the season. Less than 30 seconds later Maxim Kitsyn tied the game with a backhand wrap-around for his 19th goal of the season.
However, the tie did not last long as the Jackals forged ahead just 37 seconds into the third period. Cason Hohmann walked down the left wing wall in the offensive zone and backhanded a feed into the high slot for McPherson who snapped a shot past Carr for his second goal of the night and 13th of the season. Allan McPherson completed the hat trick at 14:27 stealing the puck from Alex Roach at the point and racing in on a breakaway lifting the Jackals ahead 5-3 with his 14th goal of the season. McPherson's hat trick is the first three-goal game of the season for a Jackals player. The Monarchs pressed late pulling Carr with over two minutes left while trailing by two and capitalized with the extra attacker at 18:07 with Zac Larraza's second goal of the night and 13th of the season. Despite a final push, the Jackals were able to hold on and defeat the Monarchs 5-4.
Alex Vazzano turned aside 34 of 38 shots faced to earn his first career ECHL win. Doug Carr allowed five goals on 27 shots faced and was handed the loss.
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