Five-game winning streak moves Jackals to top of division

With a perfect 4-0-0 record last week, the Elmira Jackals extended their winning streak to five games, and moved to the top of the Atlantic Division standings with an overall record of 12-9-0 for 24 points.


The Jackals opened the week with a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win at Reading on Wednesday. Matt Campanale and Kevin Harvey scored during regulation for Elmira, with Harvey tying the game just 23 seconds into the final period. Dustin Gazley, Mike Radja and Jack Downing all scored in the shootout, while Brian Stewart stopped all three Reading shooters to preserve the win for Elmira.


On Friday, and Elmira and Trenton met in a back-and-forth affair at First Arena, with the Jackals once again prevailing in a shootout, 5-4. Downing and Harvey each had a goal and an assist for Elmira, while Stewart made 38 saves in regulation and overtime, and once again was perfect in the shootout stopping all four Titans’ attempts.


Saturday marked the lone game of the week for Elmira not decided in a shootout as the Jackals registered a 3-1 win over Reading. After spotting the Royals an early 1-0 lead, Jordan Pietrus pulled the Jackals even late in the first period, while Radja put Elmira ahead to stay two minutes later and then set the final with an insurance goal late in the third period.


Elmira closed the week with a 2-1 shootout win at Trenton on Sunday. Stewart was once again strong in goal, turning aside 31 Titans’ shots and Radja forced the extra session with his 12th goal of the season 6:41 into the third period. Downing and Artem Demkov scored for Elmira in the shotout, while Stewart preserved the win, stopping all four Trenton attempts.

On the season, Stewart has stopped all 16 shootout attempts he has faced, helping the Jackals to four shootout wins, tied for the most in the league.


With six goals in his last seven games, Radja has taken over the team lead and moved into a tie for third in the league, with 12 goals on the season. His 21 points also pace the club, and are tied for 10th in the league.


Demkov is tied for second among rookies with 10 goals, while fellow rookie Gazley is tied for sixth among first-year players with 15 points (4g-11a).


The Jackals continue their season-long seven-game road trip this week with games in Florida on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.