ORLANDO, FL - December 9, 2014 - Sam Marotta stopped 40 shots and stonewalled the Solar Bears in the Jackals' 3-1 victory at the Amway Center in Orlando.
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Justin Sawyer gave the Jackals some juice just 3:37 into the game when he dropped the gloves with Carl Neilsen in a heavyweight bout. Four minutes and nine seconds later Kellan Tochkin scored his first goal as a Jackal with a wrist shot that snuck through the legs of a defender and past Orlando goaltender Kent Patterson. The Jackals continued to press in the first period, even on the penalty kill. Steven Shamanski stole the puck from Mickey Lang, streaked down the right wing side and fed Taylor Stefishen for the short-handed marker. Matt Tassone also earned an assist on Stefishen's seventh of the season.
The Jackals added to their lead 3:56 into the second period. Tassone won the draw back to Shamanski who fired a shot on net and Tassone swung through the slot and deposited the rebound for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Orlando did get on the board at 11:46 of the second period with Brady Vail's first goal of the season. Sam Marotta shut the door from that point on and stifled the Solar Bears' attack.
Orlando came out pressing in the third period and out-shot the Jackals 17-2 but Marotta provided a stellar performance and out-shined the Solar Bears. Marotta made 40 saves on 41 shots for the win. Patterson was pulled after giving up three goals on 18 shots and was handed the loss. Garret Sparks stopped all seven shots he faced in relief duty.
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