ELMIRA, NY - February 20, 2015 - Travis Fullerton made 22 saves and all three in the shootout to lead the Jackals past the Indy Fuel, 2-1. Kevin Hart scored the opening goal of the game at 5:38 of the first period. Colin Jacobs, Matt Tassone and Kevin Sundher scored in the shootout for the Jackals.
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In the first meeting between these two teams the Jackals out-shot Indy 41-18, but were shutout by Mac Carruth and the Fuel, 3-0. Similarly, the Jackals came out firing in the first period, but this time they would not be shutout. Ryan Rashid moved the puck from the right wing corner over to Matt Tassone, who found Kevin Hart pinching into the slot. Hart's first attempt was saved by Shane Owen, but his rebound effort would not be denied. Rashid extended his point streak to four games and Tassone pushed his assist streak to three games with the helpers on Hart's second goal of the season. Before the first frame came to a close, Justin Sawyer and Garrett Klotz drop the gloves and exchanged some heavy blows in their heavyweight bout.
Despite out-shooting the Fuel 14-4 in the second period, the Jackals were unable to build upon their one goal lead. Each team traded power-play opportunities in the middle frame and after 40 minutes the Fuel were 0-for-2 on the power-play and the Jackals were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
In the third period, the Jackals continued to control the play and dominate the shot chart, but Shane Owen stood tall and turned aside each shot the Jackals threw his way. At 17:16, Pete Massar carried the puck across the Jackals blueline and fired a wrist shot through the legs of a defender and past Travis Fullerton to tie the game 1-1. Nick Jones and Nicklas Lindberg earned the assists on Massar's seventh goal of the season. After regulation, the game moved to overtime, but 65 minutes would not be enough to settle the score.
Colin Jacobs went first in the shootout and scored with a silky set of moves. Evan Vossen's attempt in the first round of the shootout was stopped by Fullerton. In the second round, Matt Tassone's shot trickled through Owen and on the other end Fullerton stoned Lindberg to give the Jackals a 2-0 advantage after two rounds. Kevin Sundher went third for the Jackals and made no mistake with a quick wrist shot into the lower left corner of the cage. Kyle Stroh had to score to keep the game going, but Fullerton stopped him for a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout.
Fullerton made 22 saves and all three in the shootout to earn his 17th win of the season. Owen made 36 saves, but none in the shootout, and was handed the loss.
The Jackals conclude their two-game weekend set tomorrow night against the Indy Fuel at 7:05 p.m. at First Arena.
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