“Obviously, all the guys wanted it pretty bad. So it was pretty disappointing,” Jackals defenseman, Ian Young said.
It’s a disappointing time to be a hockey fan in Elmira. After battling through 72 games, the team just missed the play offs by a hair losing Saturday night to Brampton 5 to 3.
“I had a great time playing here. It was a lot of fun. Obviously it was too bad we couldn’t make playoffs,” Young said.
If the team got some help from Toledo and if Kalamazoo didn’t go on a run at the end of the season, the players would be talking about their next opponent right now. They would have entered the playoffs as the 8th seed. The Assistant General Manager of Hockey Operations says although it was a disappointing end to the season, there is a silver lining.
“We set a new team record with 21 road wins this season, which is very impressive to win on the road. Every team knows the importance of winning at home. 37 wins overall is an improvement from last season. We had 32 last season and 24 the year before that,” Assistant General Manager, Jared Abbott said.
The team also averaged more fans in the stands than recent years with an estimated 2,500 fans on average. The goal however, is to sit about 3,000 at each game.
In the second year as a community owned team it continues to lose money. Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli attends all the board meetings and says big changes could be coming to First Arena in the near future.
“When I talk about change, everything is on the table, whether it’s the team or the arena itself,” Santulli said.