Jackals take thrilling win
Artem Demkov scored a power play goal 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Elmira Jackals to a 3-2 overtime win over the Cincinnati Cylones on Saturday night at First Arena. The win improved Elmira to 5-1-0 on the season.
For the sixth straight game, the Jackals struck first to take a 1-0 lead. Rob Bellamy took a shot from low on the left wing that eluded Cincinnati goalie Brian Foster and hit paydirt at 8:36. Jordan Pietrus provided a screen in front after giving the puck to Bellamy, and Kevin Harvey also assisted. The Cyclones answered back with a shorthanded goal by Charles-Olivier Roussel with 45 seconds left in the first. It was the first first-period goal Elmira had allowed on the season. Maxime Clermont stopped the other three shots he saw in the first in his first start as a Jackal.
The second period was a struggle for control of the game as the teams traded power play opportunities and scoring chances at both ends. It ended up being Danny New to break the stalemate with his first professional goal. After some puck-work down low by Demkov and Dustin Gazley the puck found New in the high slot and he blasted a slap shot in with 17:17 gone by. Clermont turned away eight shots in the frame to allow Elmira to take the lead into the final frame.
Clermont stopped 31 shots in earning his first win of the season. Elmira ended the night 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.