ELMIRA, NY – The Elmira Jackals continued the losing streak, losing both games to Brampton Beast this past weekend.
On Friday in Brampton, the Jackals played catch up the majority of the night falling behind 2-0 early in the first period. The Jackals lost 6-4. Davis Vandane, Colin Murray, Daultan Leveille, and Steven Kaunisto each scored a goal. John Muse registered the loss, stopping 30 on 35 shots. One of the big things to come out of Friday Night’s game was that there was no penalties during the entire game.
Back to First Arena on Saturday, and what started to look like a repeat of Friday, Brampton got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period.
The second period was the best period of hockey I have seen all season from the Jackals. The offense was in the Brampton end for the majority of the period, outshooting the Beast 11-5 in the period and outshooting the Beast overall 26 – 21. The first time this season the Jackals outshot their opponent. The offense was showing pressure and getting the rebound shots. Brycen Miller and Kenton Miller both scored goals to give Elmira 2-1 lead. The energy in the building was high and despite Andy Iles giving up a goal in the remaining seconds of the period, it looked promising heading toward the 3rd period.
Then the third period happened. The Jackals gave up two quick goals and despite Miller scoring a goal in the 3rd it wasn’t enough for the Jackals as they fell short. Iles with the loss, stopping 16 of 20 shots.
With the two losses, the Jackals losing streak fell to nine games. No matter how many good things I can say about this team, nothing can outweigh the fact that this team hasn’t won one game in a month. The team currently sits in the bottom of the division, conference, and league. That’s right, the Jackals currently sit in last place in the ECHL. Until this team starts to win, the fans will not be able to get past that fact alone.
Tonight, the Jackals take on the Reading Royals in the first of a three-game weekend home stand. Manchester comes in for a pair tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon.
On Thanksgiving, the Jackals dropped a turkey bomb on everyone by trading Daultan Leveille to the Wichita Thunder in exchange for a future consideration and cash. Leveille had 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 games and was the team’s leading scorer. The team continued by releasing Colin Murray and Todd Christian. Murray had 2 goals in 10 games while Christian registered no goals or assists in eight games.
The Rochester Americans went 0-3 on the week, dropping games against St. John’s, Utica and Providence. The team was able to get 1 point, losing to St. John’s 4-3 in a shoot out. The Amerks fall to 5th in the AHL North Division with a record of 7-9-0-1 with 15 pts.
Despite the three losses, Amerks fans were very happy Saturday night as Amerks provided a big boast for their big brother club the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. During Saturday night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and the former NHL Stanley Cup Championship Pittsburgh Penguins, Cal O’Reilly who was just called up from Rochester scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to give Buffalo the 2-1 win.
During Wednesday’s game, John Muse saw some game action coming into the game midway through the 2nd period. Rochester fell behind 5-1 to Providence when the goalie change was made. Muse stopped 11 of 12 shots in 30:03 of game time.
The Amerks host Utica tonight at 7:05, then wrap up the holiday weekend with a 5pm tilt with the Devils tomorrow in Albany.
Rochester made a few call-ups including a goalie switch over the week.
The Amerks called up Brycen Martin on Sunday who had 1 goal and 2 assists in 10 games with Elmira. Rochester also made a goalie swap, calling up John Muse while sending down Jason Kasorf. Kasorf went 0-3-0 in 3 games with a 5.75 GAA.