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Nailers vs. Jackals Game Day Snap Shot

November 19, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Wheeling Nailers News Release

Wheeling Nailers (5-5-0-0, 10 PTS) vs. Elmira Jackals (7-3-0-2, 16 PTS)

WHEELING NAILERS

(5-5-0-0, 10 PTS, T-4th North, T-10th East)

31 GF, 35 GA

PP: 18.2% (6-for-33), 13th

PK: 84.8% (39-for-46), 6th

23-F-Riley Brace (6 goals, 10 assists, 16 points in 10 games)

18-F-Matia Marcantuoni (4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points in 5 games)

21-F-Sahir Gill (2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points in 8 games)

12-F-David Gilbert (4 goals, 1 assist, 5 points in 10 games)

15-F-Zack Torquato (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points in 5 games)

8-D-Zach Yuen (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points in 8 games)

30-G-Eric Hartzell (0-1-0 record, 3.05 GAA, .909 Sv% in 1 game)

ELMIRA JACKALS

(7-3-0-2, 16 PTS, T-2nd East, T-4th East)

39 GF, 35 GA

PP: 23.3% (10-for-43), 4th

PK: 81.8% (45-for-55), 15th

40-F-Taylor Stefishen (3 goals, 10 assists, 13 points in 12 games)

16-F-Matt Tassone (5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points in 6 games)

11-F-Allan McPherson (5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points in 12 games)

21-D-Steven Shamanski (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points in 11 games)

27-F-Justin Kea (3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points in 12 games)

10-F-Mike Seidel (1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points in 7 games)

39-G-Sam Marotta (2-1-0 record, 2.67 GAA, .918 Sv% in 3 games)

Head-to-Head

2013-14 Season Series: Nailers 12, Jackals 3

2013-14 Season Series at WesBanco Arena: Nailers 6, Jackals 1

All-Time Series: Jackals 38, Nailers 34

All-Time Series at WesBanco Arena: Nailers 20, Jackals 14

Indy Had Just Enough Fuel

The Wheeling Nailers ran into their first minor bump in the road over the weekend, as they dropped back-to-back contests for the first time in the 2014-15 season. After falling 6-3 to Orlando on Friday, the Nailers made their first ever visit to Indy, where they faced the expansion Fuel for the second time in six days. Despite building a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals by Riley Brace and Patrick McGrath, Wheeling was unable to stave off penalty trouble, as Indy came from behind to pick up a 3-2 win, going 2-for-8 on the man advantage. Cody Reichard made 21 saves for the Fuel, while Eric Hartzell stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced for the Nailers, who saw their record even at 5-5-0.

Even Ice Couldn't Freeze Them

The Elmira Jackals have gotten off to a significantly better start this year than last, having gone 7-3-2 in their first 12 games of the season, entering Wednesday morning in a second place tie in the East Division. Over the weekend, the Jackals lended a helping hand to Wheeling, as they swept a pair of games against the Evansville IceMen. Nick Tuzzolino, Thomas Nesbitt, and Rob Florentino scored third period goals on Friday, erasing a 2-1 deficit for a 4-2 Elmira victory. Then, on Saturday, the Jackals never trailed, as Andrew Conboy, Colin Jacobs, Justin Kea, and Tuzzolino built a 4-0 lead, before Evansville busted up the shutout late. Sam Marotta and Travis Fullerton both earned a win between the pipes.

Morning Games Are Nothing New

Both teams will have to make a few adjustments to their routines to accomodate Wednesday's 10:35 start time, but morning hockey is far from new in the ECHL. This will be Elmira's second morning game in three weeks, after the Jackals edged the Evansville IceMen 3-2 on November 5th at 9:30. Although this will be Wheeling's first early riser in 2014-15, the Nailers are playing a morning game for the sixth consecutive season, with four of the five contests taking place at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling has compiled a 3-0-2 record in the previous five tilts, including a 5-3 win over Elmira on November 15th, 2011 at 11:05. Zack Torquato is the lone remaining Nailer from that morning, while current Nailer Mike Ratchuk was a member of the Jackals.

Everything's New But the Name

When the visiting team takes the ice in Wheeling on Wednesday morning, fans will need to find their nearest roster, as the 2014-15 version of the Jackals is nothing like the group that the Nailers wailed on one year ago. Elmira is completely new from top to bottom, with new ownership, a new head coach (Jamie Russell), and a new affiliation (Buffalo Sabres). The team on the ice has also undergone a major shuffle, as only four players (Colin Jacobs, Ryan Rashid, Matt Tassone, Nick Tuzzolino) on the active roster had ever suited up with the Jackals before this season. Last year marked the first time in the seven years since Elmira joined the ECHL from the UHL that the squad had missed the playoffs.

Getting Back Into the Series

Wednesday morning marks the first of 13 head-to-head meetings between the Nailers and Jackals this season, as well as the first of seven battles between the two clubs at WesBanco Arena. Elmira currently holds a 38-34 advantage in the historical series, but in 2013-14, the script went down a completely different path. The Nailers won 12 of their 15 tilts against the Jackals, starting with five in a row, including a three games in three nights sweep in mid-November. Wheeling came out on top in six of seven contests at home, running its all-time lead to 20-14, when Elmira is forced to travel. Nine of the 13 games in the season series will take place during the final three months of the campaign.


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