ELMIRA, NY - November 14, 2014 - For the third consecutive game the Jackals overcame a third period deficit and defeated the Evansville Icemen 4-2 on the back of three goals in the final 20 minutes.
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Former Jackal Troy Rutkowski opened the scoring at 14:57 of the first period with a shot from the point on the power-play that went through a screen and past Sam Marotta for his first goal of the season. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and Kale Kerbashian recorded the assists on Rutkowski's tally. The Jackals climbed back in the final two minutes of the opening period and tied the game going into the break courtesy of Ryan Rashid's first goal of the season. Patch Alber forced the turnover at Evansville's blueline and Rashid was able to pick up the rebound and deposit it past Chris Driedger at 18:10 of the first period.
Elmira pushed the pace in the second period and out-shot the Icemen 12-4 in the middle frame but it was Evansville's power-play that struck again at 17:09 of the period. Zack Currie fed the puck to Matt Lowry at the goal-line, who found Jarret Lukin backdoor for his third goal of the season.
The Jackals bounced back and showed their resiliency for the third straight game and tied the contest 2-2 when Nick Tuzzolino slammed home his first of the year at 3:29 of the third period. Colin Jacobs and Taylor Stefishen earned the assists on Tuzzolino's tally. Thomas Nesbitt capitalized less than four minutes later and snapped a shot short-side past Driedger for his second of the season. Justin Kea and Taylor Stefishen were credited with the helpers on Nesbitt's goal. Rob Florentino scored his first professional goal and added the insurance marker at 15:06 of the third period. Stefano Momesso found Florentino backdoor and earned an assist in his first professional game. Mike Seidel also added a helper on Florentino's first goal.
Marotta stopped 17 of 19 shots faced for his second win of the season and Driedger turned aside 27 of 31 shots faced but was handed the loss. The Jackals went 0-for-5 on the power-play and Evansville went 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
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