CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Edge Thunderbirds in SO
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY – The Carolina Thunderbirds traveled to Watertown for the first of only 4 meetings between these two teams.
The Wolves would strike early in period number one at the 2:51 mark when Larry Yellowknee was able to tap home a rebound past the Thunderbirds starting netminder Mario Cavaliere.
The Thunderbirds would get one back at 12:35 of the frame from Petr Panacek, assisted by Lucas Rowe and Jan Salak.
Period number one would end with score knotted at a goal a piece. The Thunderbirds outshot the Wolves 11 to 8 but were 0 for 3 on power play chances.
The second period would start much the same as the first as the Wolves were able to strike first.
Sam Hrabcak lit the lamp at 3:36 on a power play to put the Wolves back in front 2-1 assisted by Mathias Tellstrom and Chase Carter.The lead wouldn't last long as just one minute and 24 seconds later, Cody Oakes would score an even strength goal with Gus Ford getting the helper, to knot the game at 2.
The Thunderbirds took their first lead of the evening at 15:23 of the period on a Dawson Baker power play goal assisted by John Buttita and Gus Ford. At 19:03 Ryan Sarris evened the score on an even strength effort with help from Trevor Lord and Kolt Maguire, sending the period to the end tied at 3.
The third period brought the first fight of the night as the Wolves Ben Maidment and the Thunderbirds Joe Kennedy squared off with both landing some big right hands. In the end, Kennedy would get the better of Maidment, and both players acknowlegded each other from their respective penalty boxes with a thumbs up.
The Wolves would take three more penalties within a span of 26 seconds and face a 5 on 3 skating power play from Carolina, but Greg Hussey was ounstanding in the short handed effort stopping several Thunderbird shots, including diving across the goal to stop a wide open shot from Jan Salak.
Each team would score once more in the second. At the 7:57 mark, Jan Salak would take a pass from Dawson Baker and would one time it over Hussey's left hip to put the Birds back in the lead, until the 14:23 mark when Trevor Lord would snipe a goal from the right side assisted by Mathias Tellstrom.
Regulation would end with teams knotted at 4 goals a piece.
Both teams had multiple opportunities in the overtime period, but Cavaliere and Hussey were both oustanding, denying every chance.
The game would head to a shootout. Gus Ford would strike first in the second round of shooters to give Carolina the early edge. The third and fourth shooters for Watertown, Trevor Lord and Fabian Lehnerwould both strike to put the Wolves ahead putting the pressure on the Thunderbirds Dawson Baker who would have the last chance to pull the Thunderbirds even, but he was denied when Hussey was able to put his left leg in front of the shot, securing the Wolves victory.
Carolina outshot Watertown 49-36 for the game.
The Wolves are back in action Saturday night when the Elmira Mammoth come to town for a 7:30 start.
The Thunderbirds travel to Danbury to take on the Hat Tricks on Saturday evening.