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March 11, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Elmira Jackals

ELMIRA, N.Y. - March 11, 2013 - The Elmira Jackals hung on to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference by splitting four games in five days last week. This week features a much lighter workload with only two games on the slate.

Last Week's Record: 2-2-0

Overall Record: 34-22-7, 75 pts., 2nd Place Atlantic Division, 4th Place Eastern Conference

Leaders:

Goals - Andrew Rowe: 24

Assists - Andrew Rowe: 36

Points - Andrew Rowe: 60

+/- - Jordon Southorn: +23

PIMs - Kevin Harvey: 174

PPG - Andrew Rowe/Kyle Bushee*: 5

SHG - Louie Caporusso*/Jean Bourbeau/Jordan Pietrus: 3*/2

Wins - Maxime Clermont: 17

GAA - Ian Keserich: 2.30

SVP - Ian Keserich: .928

* Not on current roster

Previewing the Upcoming Week:

3/15 at Reading - 7:05 p.m., Home vs. REA 4-3-1, Away vs. REA 2-3-1

If familiarity truly builds contempt then there likely is no love left between the Jackals and Royals. The teams meet for the 15th time this season on Friday at the Sovereign Center. It will be the seventh of eight between the bitter rivals in Reading's building. On Friday the Jackals will shoot for an accomplishment no other team has achieved this season; winning more than two games at the Sovereign Center. Reading leads the Eastern Conference with 23 home wins, but two of its seven losses at home have been to the Jackals. Wheeling has also beat Reading twice on its home ice. The Jackals, meanwhile, have the third most road wins in the ECHL with 16.

3/17 at Trenton - 3:05 p.m., Home vs. TRE 3-2-0, Away vs. TRE 4-2-1

Nearly 25 percent of Elmira's road games this season were scheduled for the Sun National Bank Center. Sunday afternoon will mark the Jackals' final trip there, and they will be looking for revenge. The Titans' 4-2 win over Elmira on March 7 broke the Jackals' two game win streak in Trenton. Elmira will face a Trenton team that enters play this week having won three of its last four at home and six of its last 10 overall. The Jackals have an ace up their sleeve for confidence because they have won more games on the road in Trenton (4) than in any other building they have traveled to this season.

Day-by-Day Schedule:

3/11/13 - Off

*Jackals at Corning Youth Hockey Awards Banquet, Corning E. High - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

3/12/13 - Optional Skate at First Arena, 11:00 a.m.

*Jackals at Corning Youth Hockey Awards Banquet, Corning E. High - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

3/13/13 - Practice at First Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Magic Paintbrush Event, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

3/14/13 - Practice at First Arena, 10:30 a.m.

3/15/13 - Pre-game skate at First Arena, 10:00 a.m.

Depart for Reading, 12:15 p.m.

Jackals at Royals, 7:05 p.m.

3/16/13 - Off

3/17/13 - Jackals at Titans, 3:05 p.m.

Times on the day-by-day schedule are subject to change. For media members planning to cover practices please call or email Ray Schmitt in advance to confirm times.

* A community event that is not open to the general public. Media members are still able to attend and provide coverage of the Jackals' community involvement. Please call Ray Schmitt at 607-734-7825 x 3216 or email him at ray@firstarena.com to arrange for coverage.

Jackals Broadcast Information

All Elmira Jackals broadcasts are carried on WEHH AM 1600 and FM 93.9. Fans can also access live streaming of the broadcast online on their computer, smartphone, or tablet at www.1600wehh.com. America One provides pay-per-view internet TV broadcasts of all Jackals games as well. Check out how you can watch the Jackals on America One by clicking here. All Jackals broadcasts begin 10 minutes prior to faceoff with "The Jackals Pre-Game Show."

Recapping Last Week:

3/6 at Wheeling: SOW 2-1

The Jackals turned in one of their most dominating defensive performances of the season to pick up a shootout win in Wheeling. The Jackals limited the Nailers to a season-low 15 shots on goal while launching 39 of their own. Goals by Chris Barton and Kevin Harvey had the game tied after regulation and overtime. In the shootout Matt Carter scored the lone goal and Maxime Clermont stopped all five Wheeling shooters to give Elmira the win..

3/7 at Trenton: L 2-4

Elmira was first to dent the scoreboard and was looking to close out its five game road trip on a high note. But after Andrew Rowe's tally midway through the first, the offense bogged down and Trenton counter-punched. The Titans pumped in four unanswered goals over a span of 27 minutes of play to put themselves comfortably ahead. The Jackals nudged closer on a late goal by Kyle Bushee, but didn't have the gas in the tank to complete the comeback.

3/9 vs. Orlando: OTW 6-5

A career night by Andrew Rowe highlighted an offensive slugfest between Elmira and Orlando last Saturday. Rowe notched the first four point game (1G, 3A) of his career, and scored the game winner in overtime. Matt Carter (2A) was the only other Jackal to notch multiple points as they received tallies from six different skaters. Maxime Clermont picked up his 17th win of the season with 19 saves.

3/10 vs. Reading: L 1-3

Elmira was looking to make a statement in its final home game against Reading, but couldn't gain the upper hand in a defensive struggle. Neither team topped 30 shots for the game and each managed to extend past 10 shots in a period once. Reading grabbed a score in the first by Nikita Kashirsky and second by T.J. Syner, and left the Jackals looking for third period dramatics. Rob Bellamy began the rally with his 16th of the season, but Syner added an empty netter in the final minute to salt it away.

Quick Hits:

* After going 2-1-0 last week, goalie Maxime Clermont is 11-6-2 for the Jackals in 2013. His 17 wins for the season are already a career high, and with three more wins he would join Brian Stewart (26, 11-12), Marco Cousineau (21, 10-11), and Joel Martin (27, 07-08). in the Jackals' single season 20-win club.

* With both games on the road this week, the Jackals will look to take over the lead in a particular statistical category. Currently their 108 goals rank second in the ECHL to Florida's 113. Florida is home for three games this week. Elmira will go against defenses in Reading (2.6 goals against/game) and Trenton (2.9 goals against/game) that are stingy at home.

* For the final three weeks of the season, the Jackals' schedule has a decidedly Atlantic tilt. Seven of their nine games are against divisional foes with Trenton (4) far and away the most regular foe. Reading (2) and Wheeling (1) pull up the rear while Fort Wayne (2) is the only non-divisional opponent left on the slate.

* With 47 points (16G, 31A), Jordan Pietrus has already set a new high water mark for his career. He is also on the verge of setting a Jackals team record. His 235 shots rank third in the ECHL and are second most in a Jackals ECHL season. Tyler Donati currently holds the record at 257 from the 2009-10 campaign. Pietrus needs to average three shots per game in his final nine to break the record.

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