Jackals Set For December
Nine Points Out: The Elmira Jackals enter the month of December with a 9-6-0-2 record which is good enough for fifth place in the North Division. Going 5-3-0-2 to end their past ten games, the Jackals find themselves nine points out of first place with three games in hand. The month of December gives the Jackals a good chance to gain points.
15 games in 31 nights: Starting on Wednesday the Jackals will play four games in five nights. Wednesday vs. Florida, Friday vs. Reading, Saturday vs. Trenton and Sunday at Reading. Midway through the holiday month, the North Division bad boys make a southern swing with stops in Gwinnett, Charlotte and South Carolina. The Jackals return home on the 26th of December to host the Johnstown Chiefs and then head to the War Memorial the following night to complete the home and home. The 15 games in 31 nights schedule concludes on Tuesday the 30th with a trip to Trenton.
The Bright Side: Specialty teams have been hot and cold for the Jackals this season. The penalty kill has been hot, not ranking lower than 6th out of 23 all season. The penalty kill currently ranks 5th at 84.9% and has only been scored on 14 times on 93 chances this season. The Jackals power play hasn't faired as well ranking 20th out of 23 in the ECHL. On the bright side the Jackals have moved the power play percentage from under 10% up to 14.6% over the past four games.
Top Guns: The Jackals leading scorer, Tyler Donati, was returned from the Philadelphia Phantoms before the game in Wheeling on the 29th of November. Donati registered one assist for the Phantoms in four games. In 13 games for the Jackals, he has netted six goals and added 13 assist for 19 points. Two more top guns are expected to return in the month of December. Steve Yetman and Moises Gutierrez were each placed on the injured reserve after sustaining undisclosed injuries on the 22nd of November in a game against Reading. These two snipers have combined for 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points in 27 games. Josh Aspenlind has been tough up front with 13 points in 17 games played. Kaleb Betts, Pierre-Luc Faubert and Benoit Doucet have all tallied 10 points on the season.
Lock Down: Defensively the Jackals have had things on lock down. The 54 goals the Jackals have given up this season is the least in the North Division. Led by defenseman Slavomir Tomko's (+) 9 rating and six points, Travis Gawryletz has been just as good with a (+) 8 rating and eight points. Besides Tomko and Gawryletz, the other Elmira blue liners have contributed their fare share; Wes Cunningham has netted two game winners and added six assists while Guillaume Lepine has taken on a partial role of tough guy with five fights on the season.
Between the Pipes: Jackals Country has seen its fair share of goaltenders this season due to the American Hockey League call ups and Rob McVicar leaving the states to play in Europe. The main man between the pipes has been Mitch O'Keefe. Entering the month of December O'Keefe has compiled a 7-3-0-0 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.74 goals against average. O'Keefe's highlighted game was on November 21st when he shut out the Trenton Devils with 38 saves. Over the course of five games Michael Teslak is 1-2-0-2 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against. He was recalled to Philadelphia after his last start on November 28th, a 35 save performance in the 4-3 shoot out loss to Cincinnati. The Jackals currently have Miroslav Recicar dressing as their emergency back up.
Free Goodies: In the month of December join the Jackals at First Arena and receive all sorts of free goodies. When the Jackals square off against the Florida Everblades on December 3rd, the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free Law Enforcement T-shirt. December 5th when the Jackals host Reading, all fans in attendance will receive WETM 18 Calendars and its also "Toys for Kids" night. The following night, December 6th, bring your teddy bears and toss them onto the ice after the Jackals first goal. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will also receive a Jackals Christmas CD. On Sunday the 14th, stick around and skate with the Jackals after they take on the Trenton Devils, this night is also a "Toys for Kids" night. On the 26th of December be at First Arena for the third match up of the season against the Johnstown Chiefs and get your FREE Bully Hill Vineyards Jackals hat.
Stocking Stuffers: Tickets to Jackals games make great stocking stuffers. After Christmas the Jackals will play at home 22 times. You can get tickets to all Jackals games by calling 734-PUCK.
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