Jackals set franchise mark for home wins in a season with 5-1 victory over WalleyeSaturday, March 10, 2012
Elmira, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals (38-21-2-2) set a franchise record in ECHL competition with their 22nd home-ice victory of the season on Saturday night at First Arena, defeating the Toledo Walleye (26-29-2-4), 5-1. A regulation loss by the Wheeling Nailers allowed the Jackals to extend their Atlantic Division lead to six points with the win.
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Elmira pounced on Toledo early and often throughout the game, outshooting the Walleye in the contest, 33-17.
Kyle Reeds kicked off the scoring for the Jackals, putting in a rebound off a shot from Jean Bourbeau at 6:06 of the opening period to give Elmira a 1-0 lead.
Kris Belan's shot from the left circle moments later deflected off of Brian Stewart and in, tying the contest, 1-1, at 7:53.
Elmira controlled the scoring from that point. Rob Bellamy gave the Jackals the lead for good at 9:24 of the opening frame, backhanding a puck past Alec Richards for his eventual fourth game-winning goal of the season, putting Elmira back in front, 2-1.
Louie Caporusso banked a puck in off of Richards with Elmira on a power play at 4:37 of the second, increasing the advantage to 3-1.
Mike Radja blasted a puck in from the left circle at 10:02 of the second, making it 4-1.
In the third period, Bourbeau snapped in a puck high past Richards' glove, closing out the scoring, 5-1, at 12:46.
Stewart (22-10-1-0) won his fifth-straight game, needing to make only 16 stops for the victory. Richards (6-5-0-1) made 28 saves on 33 shots in the loss.
Elmira stays at home next weekend, hosting Florida on Friday and Saturday and Wheeling on Sunday. To reserve your seats call (607) 734-PUCK (7825), visit the First Arena Box Office, or log onto JackalsHockey.com.
The Jackals' record for wins on home ice was initially set in their first ECHL season of 2007-2008...Caporusso has goals in five-straight games dating back to Jan. 20 and has scored goals in consecutive contests since returning from a six-week IR stint...Radja's goal was his team-leading 23rd of the season and his sixth in four games since returning from a six-week stint with the AHL's Houston Aeros...Elmira has power-play goals in four-straight games...Craig Rivet and Matt Campanale each were +4 in the game...The meeting was the first of three between the Jackals and the Walleye in 2011-2012...Elmira is one point behind Gwinnett for first place in the Eastern Conference...The Jackals are three wins shy of tying their club record in an ECHL season of 41 wins, set in 2007-2008...The victory was the fourth-straight for Elmira by more than two goals and tied a club single-season mark with a four-goal win
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