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The Elmira Jackals ran their winning streak against Reading to three games with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night. The win improved Elmira's record to 26-19-4 on the season.
Jordan Pietrus has been showcasing his scoring touch over the last few games and he kept the show going tonight. Just over three minutes in Pietrus scored his 11th goal of the season to put the Jackals in the driver's seat. Rob Bellamy and Ryan Palmer assisted by working the puck quickly through the neutral zone. The goal extended Pietrus' point streak to five games with five goals and two assists in that span. The Jackals had a pair of power play chances to extend the lead but were turned away by goalie Brandon Anderson and the Royals' killers. Maxime Clermont helped the Jackals kill a pair of penalties of their own and, with seven saves in the period, ensured the Jackals went into the break with the lead.
In the second period the Jackals were besieged by a Royals offense that generated 20 shots on goal against just five for Elmira. The steady hand of Clermont in net, though, kept the game from getting out of hand as he stopped all but 18 in the stanza. David Vallorani tied the game a little more than six minutes in with a high and hard wrist shot from between the faceoff circles. That was followed up by a power play goal from Stanislav Galiev at 12:15 to put Reading in front for the first time. The Royals had no time to enjoy the view, though, because Andrew Rowe responded with his 19th 45 seconds later. Shortly after the Jackals were in hot water with a lengthy 5-on-3 to kill off, but with Clermont's help they kept the game tied. In the waning moments Pietrus found Bellamy wide open in front and his eighth goal of the season restored Elmira's lead at 3-2.
In the third period it was a familiar face that had been missing for some time that brought the noise early on. Chaz Johnson, playing his first game since New Year's Eve, rifled home a one-timer off of Brandon Blandina's setup at 1:13 to give the Jackals a 4-2 lead. That proved to be the eventual game winner. Bellamy netted his second of the night, again from the door step, at 6:40 to build Elmira's cushion to three. That proved handy because Nikita Kashirsky netted his eighth at 16:19 to make things tense in the final minutes. With Louie Caporusso serving a delay of game minor over the final two minutes the Royals enjoyed a 6-on-4 skater advantage with Anderson pulled. But Elmira's defense slammed the door and the final was set.
Clermont grabbed his 11th win of the season with 27 saves. Elmira went 0-for-4 on the power play and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.
Mark your calendars! The Jackals are back on First Arena ice on Friday, February 15, 2013 to take on the Reading Royals at 7:05 p.m. Enjoy an Affordable Friday with hot dogs, popcorn, and soda on sale for $2 each. Also, bring a new box of mac-and-cheese to use as a noise maker during the game then donate it to Food Bank of the Southern Tier on your way out of the arena. 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.