Buffalo Sports Day

Elmira Topples Toledo, 3-2


ELMIRA, NY – February 7, 2015 – Travis Fullerton made 38 saves to lead the Jackals past the Toledo Walleye, 3-2, tonight at First Arena.

The Jackals allowed the first goal in each of their last six games entering tonight’s contest, but Taylor Stefishen would get the pesky pack on the board first at 16:24 of the opening frame. The rookie from North Vancouver, British Columbia ripped a wrist-shot past Jeff Lerg for his 10th goal of the season and second goal in as many days. Colin Jacobs and Mike Bergin earned the assists on Stefishen’s opening marker.

Elmira carried its 1-0 lead into the second period, but Martin Frk would quickly tie the game 1-1 with a power-play goal just 25 seconds into the frame. Frk’s 18th of the year, assisted by¬†Shane Berschbach and Shane Sims, whistled through the legs of Zach Tolkinen and past Travis Fullerton. Mike Bergin would answer just over three minutes later and regain the lead for the Jackals. Lerg allowed a juicy rebound off of Taylor Stefishen’s shot and Bergin drove to the slot to deposit the loose change for his second goal of the season. Thomas Nesbitt would extend the Jackals lead less than four minutes later with a put-back past Lerg off of Keith Buehler’s blast from the left circle. Ryan Rashid also added an assist on Nesbitt’s 11th goal of the season. Justin Mercier would cut the Jackals lead back down to one at 12:03 of the second period with his 18th goal of the season. Anthony Luciani and Tyler Elbrech assisted Mercier’s tally.

In the third period, the Jackals withstood Toledo’s attack and suppressed the Walleye’s offensive push in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Elmira was out-shot 14-6 in the third period, but Fullerton was up to the task each time and shut down Toledo’s comeback bid.

Fullerton turned aside 38 of 40 shots faced and earned his 16th win the season. Lerg allowed three goals on 37 shots and was handed the loss.