ELMIRA, NY - The Elmira Jackals, proud member of the ECHL, picked up four points in six games last week as they drive towards securing a Kelly Cup playoff berth. Entering the week, the club has 19 games remaining in the regular season, all against North Division foes.
Overall: 31-16-3-3 (68 pts.) t-2nd North Division/t-6th American Conference/t-8th Overall Last Week: 1-1-1-1 (4 pts.)
Tuesday, February 19th - vs. TRENTON (6-2 W) Att: 3,040 Shots: 34-32 ELM PP: 1/10 PK: 10/10
The Jackals snapped a season-high five-game losing streak in comeback fashion. After the Devils struck twice in sixty-two seconds to take a 2-1 lead after one period, Elmira received second period goals from BENOIT DOUCET (16th), CHAZ JOHNSON (18th, GWG) and FRANK LITTLEJOHN (19th) to turn the game around and hand Trenton its ninth consecutive defeat. DOUCET later added some third period insurance with his second of the night and 17th of the year. ERVINS MUSTUKOVS made his Jackals debut in net and came up with 30 saves for the win.
Wednesday, February 20th - @ READING (2-3 L ot) Att: 4,871 Shots: 32-20 REA PP: 1/2 PK: 5/6
Held to a season-low 20 shots on goal, the Jackals carried a 2-1 lead for just under eight minutes in the third period until the Royals tied the game with 6:30 left in regulation and DANY ROUSSIN won it with 48.5 second left in overtime. It was the third overtime tilt in eight meetings (2-1 REA) between the clubs that look destined to meet in the first round of the playoffs. PIERRE-LUC FAUBERT (21st) and LUKE FULGHUM (14th) scored for the Jackals.
Friday, February 22nd - @ WHEELING (3-4 L) Att: 3,115 Shots: 32-28 ELM PP: 2/6 PK: 5/5
Elmira surrendered two shorthanded goals in a game for the second time in a week's span, but it was JUSTIN CHWEDORUK's bank shot goal out of the right wing corner that sank the Jackals with fifty-one seconds left in the game. BENOIT DOUCET scored twice (18th/19th) while PIERRE-LUC FAUBERT bumped his team-leading total to 22 with a third period power play strike.
Saturday, February 23rd - @ CINCINNATI (4-5 L so) Att: 5,178 Shots: 39-34 CIN PP: 3/6 PK: 7/10
The opening forty minutes saw each side strike for three power play goals and a shorthanded marker to leave things knotted at 4-4 before a shootout was need to snap the deadlock. Elmira squandered a 2-0 lead after one as the Cyclones converted on three 5-on-3 man advantages in a 63-second span to grab a 3-2 lead. CHAZ JOHNSON tied the game on the power play (19th) at 9:45 of the second period before giving Elmira its final lead of the game with a shorthanded tally (20th) 1:01 later. THOMAS BEAUREGARD registered the final regulation goal, shorthanded at 17:22 of the middle frame, before he cashed in on the first round of the shootout to give Cincinnati its ECHL record setting 15th consecutive win.
This Week: Friday, February 29th - vs. DAYTON 7:35 p.m. First Arena
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Saturday, March 1st - vs. DAYTON 7:35 p.m. First Arena
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This two-game set resumes a 10-game season series that has seen the clubs meet just four times so far this season with Elmira winning three games. The Jackals took the only First Arena meeting all the way back on November 9th 2-0, a 27-save shutout pitched by JOEL MARTIN. Elmira had their three-game winning streak in the season series broken in the last get-together January 5th in Dayton 3-1.
Series Leaders Elmira Dayton Series Result to Date
Goals Doucet/Fulghum/Wharton (3) Bonello/Beaudoin (2) 9-Nov DAY 0 @ ELM 2
Assists Six with (2) each Labenski (3) 27-Nov ELM 3 @ DAY 2 so
Points Doucet (4) Goeckner-Zoeller/Labenski (3) 4-Jan ELM 6 @ DAY 3
+/- Ulanski/Wharton (+2) Three with (+1) each 5-Jan ELM 1 @ DAY 3
PIM Littlejohn (23) Dougherty (15)
Shots Doucet (16) Beaudoin (17)
Power Play Goals Five with (1) each Three with (1) each
Shorthanded Goals Fulghum (1) Beaudoin (1)
Game-Winning Goals Doucet/Fulghum (1) Goeckner-Zoeller (1)
Sunday, March 2nd - vs. JOHNSTOWN 4:05 p.m. First Arena
Bobby K Entertainment Family/Post-Game Skate with the Jackals
It's the final meeting of the season at First Arena in the season series that the Jackals lead 3-2-0-1. The two remaining games will take place at the Cambria County War Memorial March 8th and 15th. Elmira will be looking to bounce back from allowing a season-high in goals in the last game between the clubs, a 9-3 loss at Johnstown February 8th.
Series Leaders Elmira Johnstown Series Result to Date
Goals Faubert (4) Garlock (4) 26-Oct JHN 2 @ ELM 1 so
Assists Doucet (4) Garlock (5) 31-Dec ELM 5 @ JHN 2
Points Faubert (6) Garlock (9) 11-Jan JHN 4 @ ELM 3
+/- Faubert (+5) Coutu (+6) 30-Jan JHN1 @ ELM 3
PIM Robins(14) Deeth (12) 3-Feb ELM 3 @ JHN 2 so
Shots Littlejohn (30) Garlock (25) 8-Feb ELM 3 @ JHN 9
Power Play Goals Littlejohn (1) Hirsch/Bachand/Cohen (1)
Shorthanded Goals Busby/McKenzie (1) Drummond/Garlock (1)
Game-Winning Goals Robins/Faubert (1) Olson/Martens (1)
Jackals Bites: Tuesday's win over Trenton snapped a season-high five-game losing streak...The Jackals allowed two shorthanded goals in one game (a season-high) for the second time in seven days Friday at Wheeling...Friday's loss at Wheeling was the first of the season in regulation by Elmira when the Jackals had led after one period (15-0-2-0 entering the contest)...All eight regulation goals in Saturday's shootout loss in Cincinnati came via specials teams with each side netting three power play goals and a shorthanded tally. ..The three power play goals scored by Cincinnati came on three successive 5-on-3 man advantages in a 63-second time span, the three fastest goals allowed by the Jackals this year...The Jackals have eight power play goals in their last five games after suffering through a 1x21 stretch in the previous five-game stretch...Elmira has given up a league-high 16 shorthanded goals...BENOIT DOUCET and CHAZ JOHNSON became the Jackals' second and third Elmira skaters (PIERRE-LUC FAUBERT 22) to hit the 20-goal plateau this year when they scored in Saturday's game...The line of DOUCET, FAUBERT, and JOHNSON scored 10 of the team's 15 goals in Elmira's four games last week...ERVINS MUSTUKOVS appeared in his first three games with the Jackals last week, going 1-0-1-1, with a 2.85 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
Jackals Leaders: Goals: FAUBERT 22...Assists: DOUCET 35...Points: FAUBERT 56...PIM: JOHNSON 203...
Goalie Wins: MARTIN 23...PPG: FAUBERT 9...SHG: FULGHUM 4...GWG: ROBINS 4
Streaking into Friday's Game #54: Losses - 3 (0-1-1-1); Road losses - 5 (0-3-1-1); Power play goals for - 5 (8x31)...Goals - Shawn Weller 3 (3), Benoit Doucet 2 (3); Points - Pierre-Luc Faubert 4 (2+6=8), Chaz Johnson 4 (3+4=7), Weller 3 (3+3=6), Matt Gens 2 (0+4=4), Doucet 2 (3+1=4); Road points - Kevin Ulanski 7 (8); PIM - Bruce Watson 7 (53); Road PIM - Jim McKenzie 8 (21) Goaltender losses - Martin 6.
Jackals Amongst ECHL Leaders: Joel Martin - 23 wins (t-1st), 2,256 minutes played (2nd), 5 shootout wins (1st)...Pierre-Luc Faubert - 4 shootout goals (1st - rookies), 56 points (t-7th - overall/t-4th - rookies), 34 assists (t-4th - rookies), +24 (t-2nd - rookies)...Benoit Doucet - 55 points (t-6th - rookies/t-10- overall), 35 assists (3rd - rookies)...Trevor Hendrikx - 146 PIM (3rd - defensemen), 10 major penalties (t-3rd - defensemen)...Luke Fulghum - 4 shorthanded goals (t-2nd)...Kevin Ulanski - 3 shorthanded assists (t-4th)...Chaz Johnson - 203 PIM (2nd), Tomas Kudleka - 3 game-winning goals (t-1st - defensemen).
Ranking the Jackals ECHL Rank ECHL Leader
Goals for/game 3.43 (10th) 4.16 - Cincinnati
Goals against/game 3.13 (14th) 2.27 - Cincinnati
Shots for/game 31.43 (15th) 37.02 - Gwinnett
Shots against/game 30.34(7th) 28.84 - Cincinnati
PIM/game 26.81 (1st) 26.81 - Elmira
Power Play % 51/301 16.9% (13th) 22.8% - Gwinnett
Penalty Kill % 274/328 83.5% (12th) 88.4% - Columbia
Shorthanded goals for 9 (10th) 15 - South Carolina
Shorthanded goals against 16 (25th) 1 - Las Vegas
Shootout % for 18/41 43.9% (3rd) 54.2% - Florida
Shootout % against 12/42 28.6% (t-8th) 17.2% - South Carolina
Attendance/game 3,573 (15th) 6,530 - Stockton
Jackals On the Air: All 72 regular season games will air live on MAGIC FM (92.7/97.7) beginning with the Hill Top Inn Countdown to Face-Off 30 minutes prior to game time (except televised games). WETM-2 will televise 11 Friday night contests live from First Arena with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. A free audio stream and a pay-per-view video stream are available at www.jackalshockey.com. The team's weekly Coach's Show airs Mondays throughout the season from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on NewsTalk 1230/1450 live from O'Ryans Sports Bar & Grill, 159 Prescott Avenue - Elmira Heights. The show is also available on-line via www.jackalshockey.com. The next edition of the Coach's Show will air Monday, March 3rd.
On-Ice This Week (subject to change) Radio/TV airtime
Tuesday, February 26th 10:30 a.m. Practice - First Arena
Wednesday, February 27th 10:30 a.m. Practice - First Arena
Thursday, February 28th 10:30 a.m. Practice - First Arena
Friday, February 29th 10:00 a.m. Morning skate - First Arena
7:35 p.m. JACKALS v. DAYTON MAGIC FM/WETM-2 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 1st 10:00 a.m. Morning skate - First Arena
7:35 p.m. JACKALS v. DAYTON MAGIC FM 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 2nd 4:05 p.m. JACKALS v. JOHNSTOWN MAGIC FM 3:35 p.m.
Tickets for all Jackals home games may be purchased in person at the Gray Street box office at First Arena (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 722-3711, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com and by calling 734-PUCK (7825).
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