ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Jackals allowed a season-high five goals in the first period and fell 7-3 tonight at First Arena against the Fort Wayne Komets. Mike Seidel and Ryan Rashid recorded two-point nights and Matt Harlow earned his first professional point in the loss.
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The first period was dominated by the Komets, who registered five unanswered goals in the opening stanza. Eric Faille started the scoring with a snipe from the right circle past Travis Fullerton for his 21st goal of the season at 4:02 of the first frame. Drew Daniels and Joey Leach earned the assists. Faille added his second of the night at 7:17 of the first period with a power-play tally. Mike Embach and Daniels added the helpers. Christian Ouellet buried his 15th goal of the season at 10:47 of the period with a wrist shot past Fullerton on a two-on-one rush. Travis Fullerton was pulled for Sam Marotta following Ouellet’s marker. Shawn Szydlowski didn’t waste any time netting his 32nd of the year with a backhand past Marotta on the first shot he faced, at 11:13 of the frame. The Komets capitalized on the power-play again in the opening period with Ouellet’s second of the night and 16th of the season.
Taylor Stefishen provided a spark for the Jackals with his 15th goal of the season just 17 seconds into the second period. Ryan Rashid and Mike Seidel earned the helpers on Stefishen’s wrap-around marker. However, Szydlowski reestablished Fort Wayne’s five goal advantage at 3:02 of the period with his second of the night and 33rd of the season. Just 2:08 later, Szydlowski turned from goal-scorer to dish master as he fed Matt Pistilli for his 21st of the season. Mike Seidel added his team-leading 21st of the year at 17:53 of the middle frame to make it 7-2 Fort Wayne after 40 minutes. Matt Harlow and Ryan Rashid added the assists on Seidel’s goal. Harlow’s helper was his first professional point.
The lone goal scored in the third period came off of Steven Shamanski’s stick at 12:18 of the frame. Nick Tuzzolino and Thomas Nesbitt added the assists on Shamanski’s 13th goal of the season. Shamanski’s marker ties him with Eric Regan for the Jackals’ single-season record by a defenseman.
Travis Fullerton stopped two of five shots faced. Sam Marotta turned aside 24 of 28 shots faced and was handed the loss. Roman Will stopped 30 of 33 shots faced for the win. The Jackals went 0-for-3 on the power-play and the Komets finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage.