Jackals fall to Royals
The Elmira Jackals were defeated by the Reading Royals by a final score of 7-4 on Friday night at First Arena. The loss moved Elmira's record to 10-9-2 on the season.
For two of the top defensive teams in the ECHL, the first period went almost completely against the script as the Jackals and Royals traded scoring opportunities quickly and furiously in the first. Reading registered the first seven shots of the game and scored on a pair of them. Ian O'Connor tapped a rebound past Maxime Clermont 2:26 into the game then Denny Urban followed with a power play goal at 3:54. Things appeared to take a decided turn for Reading when Chaz Johnson was hit with a major for charging and a game misconduct. But on the ensuing power play Louie Caporusso scored a shorthanded goal to pull the Jackals within one. Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel assisted on the goal, which came at 12:15, in his home debut this season. Elmira saw its deficit grow back to two, though, when Barry Almeida sent a wrist shot past Clermont with 49 seconds left to go in the first.
Tempers flared between the teams at the end of the first and resulted in Kevin Harvey taking a roughing minor that started Reading on the power play to begin the second. David Marshall converted that power play into a goal at 1:15 and left Elmira down by three. The Jackals, though, dialed up the offense for a pair of quick goals. Jordon Southorn sneaked a wrist shot through a screen at 10:09 and Jean Bourbeau cashed in a rebound 24 seconds apart and pulled Elmira within one. Southorn's goal was his second of the season while Bourbeau scored his fifth in his last three games. Reading responded with a 5-on-3 power play goal by Stanislav Galiev at 16:35 and a 5-on-4 goal by Joel Champagne 17:09.
Galiev took a high-sticking minor in the final second of the middle period and left Elmira to begin the third on the power play. The Jackals managed a pair of shots but neither got past goaltender Brandon Anderson. Champagne then notched his second of the night just past the five minute mark to push Reading's lead to 7-3. Caporusso put the finishing touches on a three-point night with his second goal of the game with just over eight minutes left to play, but it wasn't enough to spark a Jackals comeback.
Clermont shouldered the loss while making 26 saves. The Jackals were 0-for-6 on the power play and 1-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendars! The Jackals are back on First Arena ice on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 to take on the Reading Royals at 7:05 p.m. The Jackals are hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss! Fans are asked to bring a new stuffed animal to the game and throw it onto the ice when the Jackals score their first goal. The tossed Teddy Bears will be donated to Toys for Tots and Glove House. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted tickets and preferred seating based on availability. Call (607) 734-7825 to book your group outing. Pro-rated season ticket packages are on sale, as well. Season tickets offer the best value for Jackals fans.