Jackals edge Wheeling in OT
The Jackals broke their 7 game losing streak with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against the Wheeling Nailers.
Scott Greenham started for the fourth time in Elmira's last five games and turned in four saves during the first period. The Wheeling Nailers got the first point of the game courtesy of an unassisted goal by Jack MacLellan at 11:06. Five minutes later Andrew Harrison found a pass at the top of the circle from Dane Walters for a wrist shot to Mathieu Corbell's glove side for his first goal in his Jackals debut to tie up the game. Rob Bellamy left the ice after suffering what appeared to be a hip check with 3:08 left in the first.
The second frame saw a multitude of penalties and goals. Matt Carter buried home his ninth goal of the season to take a 2-1 lead. Before a face-off and after a timeout Patrick McGrath threw down the mitts and threw a punch at Steve Brown. After a few punches and Brown falling to the ground the fight was broken-up. McGrath received a total of 17 penalty minutes including a ten minute game misconduct, while Brown received a 5 minute fighting major. 7 seconds after the power play expired Jordan Pietrus scored a impossible.
The Jackals regrouped in the second and came out with a determined effort to knot the score. Corbeil was unwilling to oblige them and nearly thwarted the entirety of Elmira's 14-shot barrage. The final bid finally cracked Corbeil, though, as Matt Carter finished off a back-door pass from Christian Ouellet with three seconds left in the period. Jakub Culek started the tic-tac-toe play by hitting Ouellet with a cross-ice pass from the right wing circle, and Ouellet followed up with a back pass to Carter for the goal. It was Carter's eighth of the year and third on the power play. Greenham stopped each of the 10 shots he faced to send the game into the third with the Jackals looking for their first lead of the night.
The third period saw Elmira launch even more rubber at Corbeil but unable to secure that go-ahead goal. Jack McLellan punched home his sixth of the year from the doorstep to put Wheeling ahead 2-1 at 5:45. Wheeling didn't get to enjoy the lead for long, though, as Patch Alber tipped home his second goal of the year just under five minutes later to draw the Jackals even. Rob Bellamy took an outlet pass from Zach McCullough and raced down the left wing to set up the Alber score. The Jackals continued to chip away in an effort to end the game in regulation, but went into overtime on the penalty kill due to a tripping minor with eight seconds to play.
Wheeling's Myles Harvey put home a one-timer from the top of the right wing circle 20 seconds into the extra session for the win.
Greenham turned in 31 saves for his sixth win of the season. The Jackals ended the night 0-for-3 on the power play and 0-for-4 on the penalty kill.
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