Jackals Weekly Release
The Elmira Jackals split a pair of games over their final trip into the North Division last weekend to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This week they return home for three games, two of which are against divisional foes.
Last Week's Record: 1-1-0
Overall Record: 23-18-4, 50 pts., 2nd Place Atlantic Division, 8th Place Eastern Conference
Previewing the Upcoming Week
2/6 vs. Reading - 7:05 p.m., Home vs. REA 2-2-1, Away vs. REA 1-2-1
The Jackals and Royals faced off four times in January and split those games with Elmira claiming one at home and one on the road while Reading won two on home ice. The Atlantic Division rivals square off four times again in February, and each of those games will take place over 11 days starting on Wednesday. Reading has cooled off as of late with a 5-3-3 record over its last 11 games while the Jackals have gone 7-3-1 over that same span. The Royals boast the top defense in the Eastern Conference with 124 goals allowed in 47 games (2.6/game), but the Jackals have been able to break through and score 15 times against Reading in the four previous meetings which averages out to 3.75 per game.
2/8 vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05 p.m., Home vs. KAL 0-0-0, Away vs. KAL 1-0-0
Kalamazoo visits Elmira three times over the final two months of the season and the first of those is this Friday. The Jackals last hosted the Wings on November 19, 2011 and skated away with a 3-2 shootout win. Elmira went 2-1-0 at home against Kalamazoo last season which improved their all-time home record against the Wings to 3-5-2. The Wings bring with them former Jackals goalie Joel Martin who set Jackals ECHL records for appearances (49), minutes (2,795), wins (27), and shutouts (2) in the 2007-08 season. Martin leads the league with 40 appearances and has started every game for Kalamazoo since November 23 (29 consecutive). Kalamazoo is the third different North Division team to visit First Arena this season after Cincinnati and Evansville. The Jackals are 2-1-1 against the North at home.
2/10 vs. Wheeling- 4:05 p.m., Home vs. WHL 2-1-0, Away vs. WHL 1-2-0
Forty days will have passed between the last time the Jackals and Nailers met by the time they square off this Sunday at First Arena. It has been nearly twice as long, 71 days to be exact, since the Jackals hosted the Nailers. But since they last met on New Year's Eve in Wheeling, the Jackals and Nailers have been two of the hottest teams in the ECHL. Entering this week the Nailers are 8-4-2 while the Jackals are 8-4-1. Their near identical success has them tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with Elmira holding the tiebreaker by virtue of its 23 wins to Wheeling's 21. Wheeling enters this week with the fewest road wins (4) in the league, and an eight-game road trip beginning on Sunday. Elmira, meanwhile, has the fifth-best home win percentage in the East at .636 and is 4-1-1 in its last six home games.
Jackals Broadcast Information
All Elmira Jackals broadcasts are carried on WEHH AM 1600 and FM 93.9. Fans can also access live streaming of the broadcast online on their computer, smartphone, or tablet at www.1600wehh.com. America One provides pay-per-view internet TV broadcasts of all Jackals games as well. Check out how you can watch the Jackals on America One by clicking here. All Jackals broadcasts begin 10 minutes prior to faceoff with "The Jackals Pre-Game Show."
Recapping Last Week
2/1 at Toledo: L 1-4
In their only visit to Toledo this season the Jackals ran into red-hot rookie goalie Kent Simpson. Coming off of his first pro shutout the night before in Cincinnati, Simpson stonewalled 29 of the 30 shots the Jackals sent his way. Louie Caporusso scored with 1:29 remaining to break up the shutout bid. Elmira pulled goalie Maxime Clermont for an extra attacker with time winding down but Joey Martin sealed Toledo's win with an empty net goal.
2/2 at Evansville: W 3-1
The Jackals used a steady and persistent attack, and solid goaltending from Ian Keserich, to skate away with a win in their final visit of the season to Evansville. After spotting the IceMen a 1-0 lead on a Josh Beaulieu power play goal, the Jackals answered back with tallies from Brandon Blandina and Jordan Pietrus. Keserich was at his busiest in the third with Evansville outshooting Elmira 11-7, but he slammed the door and preserved Elmira's lead.
* Louie Caporusso's four game goal streak is the longest current one in the ECHL. The second year pro has 11 goals in his last nine games after also scoring in four straight from Jan. 12 to Jan. 18. This is the third four game goal streak of his career.
* Elmira's 45 games played are tied with Wheeling and Kalamazoo for the fewest in the Eastern Conference. The Jackals will play at least three games a week for six of the final seven weeks of the season.
* The Jackals play each of their next 11 games against the same four opponents - Reading (4), Wheeling (2), Trenton (2), and Kalamazoo (3). They have a combined 12-10-3 record against those opponents. Seven of the games are at home and four are on the road.
* Brandon Blandina has recorded six points (4G, 2A) in nine games since returning to the Jackals on January 12. He has teamed with fellow rookies Darren Kramer (3A), Justin Daniels (1G, 2A), Alexandre Beauregard (2G, 1A), and Matt Carter (1A) to account for 16 points (7G, 9A) over that span.
* The Jackals' offense has produced an average of 3.6 goals per game over its last five (3-2-0) despite going 1-for-17 on the power play over that span. The Jackals haven't scored a power play goal in their last four and rank 13th in the league at 18.4 percent.
February 6, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Reading Royals. Willowcreek Wednesday. Click here for tickets.
February 8, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Kalamazoo Wings. First Heritage Federal Credit Union Ice Scraper Giveaway. Click here for tickets.
February 10, 4:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Wheeling Nailers. Post-Game Skate with the Jackals. Click here for tickets.
March 2 & 3, - Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo. Saturday's session runs 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday's is from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for tickets.
March 31, 4:00 p.m. - Cirque D'Or. The world-class acrobatic show makes its first appearance at First Arena. Click here for tickets.