The Elmira Jackals and the Norfolk Admirals will complete their home and home series tonight at First Arena. The Admirals will be seeking revenge as they were downed by the Jackals this past Tuesday night by the score of 4-3. It will be the Norfolk’s first ever visit to Elmira since moving over from the American Hockey League after last season. The Jackals will need to keep pace with the second place Reading Royals, who sit two points ahead and are scheduled to play the Wheeling Nailers tonight.
The Jackals this season on home ice have a record of 2 wins and 3 losses while Norfolk thus far is winless at 0-4-0. Tells me the Jackals should jump on this team early and try to put up a couple of goals to make them think, “Oh! No, here we go again.” The last thing you want to do is give a junkyard dog a free reign to bite you where it hurts the most.
With the status of Jackals goalie Sam Marotta being up in the air as to the reason’s unknown why he took himself out of Wednesday night’s game. They brought in an emergency backup netminder just in case by the name of Matt Cooper. Cooper started 27 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones last season and finished with a 2.08 GAA and .933 save percentage.
Elmira also released defenseman Joe Houk and signed former 1st round draft pick defensemen Nick Petricki to an SPC. Petricki over the past two seasons appeared in 68 games between the AHL Rochester Americans and the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. He is 6′ 3″ 240lbs.
I think there is no doubt in my mind we will see C.J. Motte manning the pipes tonight. Motte has yet to win on home ice Both his wins have come while on the road. Although, I wouldn’t read anything into that other than mere happenstance. I tend to think the team as a whole, after just ten games played so far in the 2015-16 season, has played better on the road than at home. However, overall they right at the .500 mark and hope to rise above that tonight with a win.
Jackals forward leading scorer Mike Seidel has been on a tear as of late with three goals and an assist in his last four games and six overall to lead the team in that category. His teammate Cason Hohmann another hot stick for the Jackals leads the team with seven assists for 11 points in 10 games played. Scoring from the backend is always important to the teams success. Defensmen Spiro Goulakos and Nathan Oystrick each have contributed five assists for six points respectively.
At the other end of the ice, the Jackals will want to keep an eye on Josh Currie, who after ten games has five goals and five assists. From the backend and second on the team in scoring is Charles-Oliver Roussel. Look for them to try and slow down the Jackals speed at forward by playing physical and with an edge. They will also try and get under the skin of the Jackal players hoping to gain a powerplay from because they know if they’re going to win they going to have to win with special teams. Therefore, the Jackals must retain their discipline and not get suckered into taking bad penalties.
It’s Friday night in Elmira, and that means the lights are on at First Arena. Tonight the Jackals and fans will pay tribute to all Military and their families during Military Appreciation Night. Gametime is 7:05 p.m. Go Jackals!!