Jackals Weekly Release: Elmira comes home this week
After dropping a pair of games to the Reading Royals last weekend the Elmira Jackals look to rebound in their three-game week this week. The week's schedule features three games in three days with two at home and one on the road.
Last Week's Record: 0-2-0
Overall Record: 10-10-2, 22 pts., 2nd Place Atlantic Division
Previewing the Upcoming Week
12/14 vs. Orlando - 7:05 p.m., Home vs. ORL 0-0-0, Away vs. ORL 0-1-0
The Jackals open their busy weekend by hosting the expansion Solar Bears at First Arena. It is the second meeting between the clubs this season after Orlando won 5-3 at the Amway Center on November 10. The Jackals will look to continue their run of success at home against South Division teams where they are 3-1-0 this season and have out-scored their foes by a combined 11-7 score. Orlando enters the week as the fifth place team in the South Division with a 10-11-4 record. The Solar Bears earned three of a possible six points at home last week against Fort Wayne. Friday will be their first road game against an Atlantic or North Division team. Nick Petersen is the Solar Bears' top scorer with 23 points (11G, 12A) in 20 games while John Curry is the leader in net with a 9-5-2 record.
12/15 at Trenton - 7:05 p.m., Home vs. TRE 1-1-0, Away vs. TRE 1-0-1
On Saturday night the Jackals will make their third of four appearances this month at the Sun National Bank Center. Elmira's offense has thrived in Trenton with six goals in each of its two prior trips. The Jackals are averaging 4.5 goals per game against the Titans this season and have scored at least five in each of their three prior meetings. The Titans are returning home this week after a three-game trip through the South Division where they went 0-1-2. Five of Trenton's eight wins have come at home where the Titans are scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game and giving up an average of 3.1. Elmira, meanwhile, has four of a possible six points in its last three road games after a rocky beginning to its road schedule. Andy Bombach remains Trenton's top scorer with 20 points (10G, 10A) in 22 games, and Scott Wedgewood has the Titans' best goaltending record at 6-7--1.
12/16 vs. Reading - 4:05 p.m., Home vs. REA 1-2-0, Away vs. REA 0-0-1
The Jackals will look to bounce back on home ice against Reading after dropping a pair against the Royals at home last weekend. It was the first time since joining the ECHL that Elmira had lost back-to-back home games to Reading. The Royals, like the Jackals, will be playing their third game in as many days on Sunday afternoon. It marks the third three-in-three for the Royals this season and so far they have a 1-1-0 record in the final games of three-in-threes. Elmira is facing its second three-in-three this weekend and the Jackals won their first Sunday game to close out their first one. Sunday's game will be the Jackals' last home game of 2012 and they won't be back at First Arena for 18 days (7 road games in that span) when they host the Royals on January 4, 2013.
Jackals Broadcast Information
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Recapping Last Week
12/7 vs. Reading: L 4-7
Reading's power play produced four goals on five opportunities and paved the way to the Royals' win in the opener of back-to-back games. The Jackals found themselves behind 2-0 before the game was five minutes old thanks to goals by Ethan Cox and Denny Urban (PP). Louie Caporuso scored shorthanded just past the midway point of the first to pull Elmira within one, but Barry Almeida countered with a goal against Maxime Clermont with 49 seconds left in the first. After David Marshall made it 4-1 Reading 1:15 into the second, the Jackals roared back with goals from Jordon Southorn and Jean Bourbeau 24 seconds apart. But penalty trouble left the Jackals in the lurch and Reading received a 5-on-3 goal from Stanislav Galiev and a 5-on-4 goal from Joel Champagne 34 seconds apart to re-establish the three-goal lead. Yannick Tifu and Louie Caporusso swapped third-period goals as Reading stayed comfortably ahead and claimed the win.
12/8 vs. Reading: L 1-3
The Jackals battened down the hatches defensively and held Reading scoreless on the power play in six chances on Saturday night. Reading was slightly more effective, though, in the defensive end and escaped with the 3-1 win. Elmira had the best chance to dent the scoreboard in the first period when it was awarded a 5-on-3 power play that lasted a minute and 18 seconds. The Royals' defense and goaltender Philipp Grubauer turned them away, though, and the game went into the second scoreless. Marc Cheverie turned in an impressive 16 first-period saves for the Jackals. In the second, though, Cheverie was touched up for goals by Ethan Cox, Yannick Tifu, and Barry Almeida over a span of 6:31 and the Jackals went into the third down three. Midway through the third Jean Bourbeau knocked home his seventh goal of the season to pull the Jackals within two but they couldn't inch any closer.
* Jean Bourbeau's four-game goal streak (6G) is the longest of the season for the Jackals, and the longest such streak of his career. It began with two goals on Dec. 1 at Trenton and the first of those two broke a 16-game goal drought for the captain. He now sits third on the team in goals behind Andrew Rowe (9) and Artem Demkov (11).
* Elmira has a chance this weekend to become the second ECHL team to reach 10 home wins. The Jackals are tied with multiple teams for the third-most home wins in the league at eight and are three behind Idaho for the most home wins in the league.
* December will be a critical month for the Jackals in terms of the Atlantic Division race. Nine of the Jackals' 13 games are against Atlantic Division foes with six of those nine on the road. Elmira is 5-4-2 against division opponents this season with a 4-4-0 mark at home and a 1-0-2 record on the road.
* With an assist last Saturday against Reading, Louie Caporusso extended his point and assist streak to six games (3G, 6A). It is the longest streak of the season for the Jackals and is tied for the longest point streak of his career. Caporusso also had six-game streaks from 12/28/11 to 1/8/12 (4G, 3A) and 1/15 to 3/10/12 (6G, 4A).
* The Jackals are tied for the second-fewest minor penalties in the ECHL with 106. The Wheeling Nailers are the only team with fewer at 102. Elmira has also been shorthanded the second fewest times in the league at 85. Las Vegas leads that category with 84 times shorthanded. The Jackals are 11th overall in penalty minutes per game at 18.73.
Dec. 14, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Orlando Solar Bears. Team photo giveaway.
Dec. 16, 4:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Reading Royals. Santa Claus visit and post-game skate with the Jackals.
Jan. 4, 7:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Reading Royals. Dave Clark Foundation Night.
Jan. 6 4:05 p.m. - Jackals vs. Trenton Titans. Blade's birthday and post-game skate with the jackals.