ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Elmira River Sharks marked their home debut with a memorable night.
The Elmira River Shark’s home opener was delayed from October 13th, to Saturday night and the new team made it worth the wait. Elmira shutout Watertown 4-0, one night after the their Friday night matchup was postponed due to a water main break at the Wolves arena. The special Saturday night game began with an Elmira hockey icon, dropping the ceremonial puck. Eddy Lowe, former Elmira Jackal and the only player to have his number retired in Elmira hockey history, kicked-off the home slate for the River Sharks.
On the ice, Elmira and Watertown played to a scoreless tie after 1 period. The scoring drought was broken early in the 2nd period, when Ryan Fritz scored a power play goal on a rebound. Elmira’s lead remained 1-0 throughout the period. In the final frame, the River Sharks burst out of the gates with a goal from former (ECHL) Elmira Jackal, Martin Moucha. Moucha scored 2 goals in the frame, including a one on the empty net. With the 3-0 lead, Elmira’s Elijah Wilson added another goal with 27 seconds remaining, sealing the first victory for the team. Goaltender Spencer Kozlowski picked up the franchise’s first shutout with a 19 save performance.
The River Sharks are back in action on Thursday night, when they host Binghamton at 7:05 p.m.