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Jackals Tripped Up by Titans

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals lost a hard-fought battle to the Trenton Titans, 2-1, on Friday night at First Arena. The loss dropped Elmira's record to 6-6-1 on the season.

Click here for tonight's box score.

Click here for Dwight Mullins' post-game comments.

In the first period the Titans were able to establish the early offensive pressure thanks, in part, to a power play awarded to them at 5:48. Trenton launched a pair of shots on the power play but Marc Cheverie turned away each of them. Those two were part of a busy 12-save period for Cheverie in his first home start since October 26. At the other end of the ice the Jackals tested Trenton goaltender Niko Hovinen with six shots, including one on their lone power play of the period. But, like Cheverie, Hovinen stopped everything he saw in the first and the teams headed into the intermission deadlocked at zero.

A key moment of the game took place in the second period when tempers flared 4:34 into the stanza. Ben Blood took a roughing minor out of a confrontation at center ice with Kelsey Wilson, but Wilson  lost his cool completely. He knocked down Kevin Harvey from behind with a cross check and then speared Harvey while he was on the ice. Wilson received a game misconduct for his actions and the Jackals were awarded a five-minute power play. However, a Jordon Southorn tripping minor cut it short by two minutes and it ended up with Trenton scoring the only goal over that five minute span. Justin Taylor potted a rebound of a Kory Nagy shot with six seconds remaining on Elmira's power play and gave Trenton a 1-0 lead. Stephen Schultz doubled it 4:50 later with an accurate wrist shot over Cheverie's glove and under the cross bar. Elmira launched 12 shots at Hovinen in the second but could not convert one into a goal.

In the third, Jack Downing gave the Jackals life with his fourth tally of the season 8:19 in. After a point shot by Jordon Southorn failed to make it through a screen, Kevin Harvey collected the rebound low on the right wing. He wound his pass across the crease to Downing who jammed it in from the doorstep. Play opened up shortly after that when the teams played four-on-four for two minutes as a result of offsetting penalties to Rob Bellamy and Taylor. But the Jackals never got their offense fully on track and managed two other shots in the third besides Downing's scoring bid.

Cheverie totaled 29 saves in sustaining his third loss of the season. Elmira was 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Mark your calendars! The Jackals are back on First Arena ice on Saturday, November 17, 2012 to take on the Trenton Titans at 7:05 p.m. The Jackals are hosting a food drive to benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier. For every three non-perishable food items you donate, you get one free ticket to the Jackals' home game on November 21 (limit four tickets per person). Group tickets are available for any group of 10 or more. Group tickets get you a discount off of the box office price and preferred seating based on availability. Call 607-734-7825 to get your group booked today. Pro-rated season ticket packages are on sale, as well. Season tickets offer the best value for Jackals fans.   

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Upcoming Events:

November 17, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Trenton Titans. Food drive to benefit Food Bank of the Southern Tier. For every three non-perishable food items a fan donates, the Jackals will give them a free ticket to the November 21 home game (limit four tickets per fan). Click here for tickets.

November 18, 5 - 7 p.m. - Bowl With the Jackals at Rossi Lanes. Adults get unlimited bowling and shoes for $10 while bowlers 18 and under get unlimited bowling and shoes for $5. Come out and knock down some pins with your Elmira Jackals!

November 21, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Greenville Road Warriors. Pack the House Night and Post-Game Reception for Season Ticket Holders. All seats at First Arena are on sale for $5 and there is an exclusive hour-long post-game reception with the team for Jackals season ticket holders. Willowcreek Wednesday. Click here for tickets.

November 23, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. South Carolina Stingrays. Demet's Turtle Toss. Click here for tickets.

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