Carolina Thunderbirds Spoil Opening Night in Delaware
by Gradon Motter
Harrington DE - The Carolina Thunderbirds and Delaware Thunder started the game out with a defensive clinic making it challenging for any action to get going in the offensive zone. Trevor Martin for Delaware led the goalies with 17 stops.
The 2nd period was much more intense with multiple early opportunities for each team. Delaware turns the lamp red with a Denis Gafarov goal(10:40) to start the scoring. Carolina’s Gus Ford (11:43) would answer shortly after.
The 3rd period began with a physical pace of play with both teams doing whatever they could to get the puck in the back of the net. Once again, Gus Ford (11:51)beats Trevor Martin to make the game 2-1. However, Alex Soucy (16:46) would tie it with a redirect iht on the power play to tie the game and force the game in overtime.
Both Carolina and Delaware came up empty with multiple chances but had no goals in overtime and forced the game into shootouts. Gus Ford finishes the game in the shootout to give Carolina the win.
The Thunders next game is in Carolina on the 29th.