(PR) Elmira, NY – Behind four straight goals to start the night’s scoring, the Elmira Jackals defeated the Trenton Devils, 5-2, Friday at First Arena. Trenton’s 26 shots on goal were the team’s fewest since January 9 when they managed 20 shots at South Carolina.
The Jackals’ league-leading offense was paced by a one-goal, two-assist effort by Patrick Coulombe and three assists from Yannick Tifu, while Marco Cousineau made 24 saves to earn the win.
Jeremy Akeson and Dan Charleston were Trenton’s goal scorers, both converting in the third period. Shane Connelly made nine saves on 13 shots as the losing goalie, and Jeff Lerg made 13 saves on 14 shots off the bench in his first appearance for Trenton since February 6. Having alternated wins and losses over their last nine games, the Devils slip to 19-28-1-3 and are 2-16-0-1 in games following a victory.
Patrick Coulombe started the night’s scoring and put Elmira ahead, 1-0, 1:41 into the first period. Coulombe’s goal came on the power play, as the Jackals finished the evening 2-of-6 with the man-advantage. R. J. Anderson put Elmira ahead, 2-0, with 3:21 remaining in the first period. Patrick Coulombe and Yannick Tifu each tallied one of their three points by earning helpers.
Brian Lebler enhanced Elmira’s lead to 3-0, by capitalizing off the rebound of a hard Brock McBride shot, 1:37 into the second period. Elmira chased Shane Connelly from the game by making the score 4-0 at 5:02 of the second, when Eric Lampe slipped in his fourth goal against Trenton this week, despite heavy back-checking pressure from Brad Miller.
Jeremy Akeson put the Devils on the board and broke his 12-game goal-less streak at 6:24 of the third period, by out-muscling an Elmira defenseman and sliding his eighth goal of the season under Cousineau. Trevor Kell got the assist, and now has three points in the last four games.
Michael Dubuc replenished Elmira’s four-goal bulge 3:33 later, scoring a power-play goal that was assisted by Yannick Tifu and R.J. Anderson.
Dan Charleston narrowed Elmira’s lead to 5-2 with 5:22 remaining in the third period, by scoring on the rebound of Ryan Ginand’s initial shot. Defenseman Harry Young also got an assist on the play in his first game in a Trenton uniform.
The Devils out-shot Elmira 13-7 in the third period, following a season low three-shot second period, but never got any closer as the Jackals held on to win 5-2.
The Devils and Jackals play the rubber-game of their three-game series, Saturday at Sun National Bank Center with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.