ELMIRA, NY – The Elmira Jackals have reached the halfway point in a season that has not gone as planned. The Jackals are currently sitting in last place in the ECHL with a record of 9-24-5-0 with 23 points, on their second coach of the season with interim head coach Mike Duco taking over for David Leger less than two weeks ago, and at best-playing spoiler for the remainder of the season.
There isn’t much I can say that has already been said about this team. The team has struggled on scoring, setting up offensive plays, defense, and the only bright spot is the goalies, even though the stats won’t really spell that out. but the stats won’t show it. Our goalies Andy Iles, Jason Kasdorf, or even when John Muse was with the team, have been our strongest aspect. The goalies can only do so much with what’s in front of them. For the majority of the games, the Jackals were in the games late because whoever was in net was just making some amazing saves.
Another thing this team has struggled with is keeping leads. A good example would be just this past weekend in Manchester. The Jackals were up 3-0 entering the third period and allowed four straight goals in the third. Now the Jackals didn’t give up as Kenton Miller scored the Jackals fourth goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, forced overtime, and won.
Today, the Jackals announced a trade agreement with the Tulsa Oilers, sending forward Tyler Fawcett to Tulsa in exchange for defensemen Jacob Poe and the ECHL playing rights to Miles Koules.
In a separate deal, the Jackals traded Poe and the rights to Koules to Indy for defenseman Matt Stanisz.
In 33 games this season, second-year player Jacob Poe has scored a pair of goals and added seven assists, along with 25 penalty minutes and a -5 rating. Koules started the season with the Atlanta Gladiators before being traded 11 games into the season to Tulsa. On the season overall, the right wing sophomore has scored four goals, 16 assists and a -1 rating.
Fawcett leaves Elmira after 37 games with a couple of goals, 10 assists and a -30 rating.
This Week’s Games:
In the next five days, the Jackals will be playing four games with three of them at First Arena. The Jackals have a two-game set against the Fort Wayne Komets.
The Komets come into town sitting in third place in the ECHL Central division with a 22-13-4-0 record and 48 pts but Fort Wayne has lost their last five of their last seven games. Still, the Komets are among the league leaders in power plays. Keep an eye on ECHL All-Star right winger Shawn Szydlowski and rookie center Mike Cazzola. Szydlowski has registered 21 goals, 28 assists, and a +11 rating in 31 games, while teammate Cazzola registered 16 goals, 30 assists and +12 rating in 39 games. The Komets and Jackals play Wednesday and Friday night at First Arena both games start at 7:05 pm.
Then Saturday, the Jackals travel to Adirondack to take on their in-state rival the Adirondack Thunder before returning home on Sunday for the rematch. Saturday’s game starts at 7 pm, while Sunday’s game will be a 4:05 start.