MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS
CAROLINA USES SEVEN GOAL SECOND TO BLOW OUT SEA WOLVES
by Brett Wiseman
Winston-Salem, NC- In the first ever meeting between the Mississippi Sea Wolves and the Carolina Thunderbirds, Lucas Rowe and Jan Salak each scored hat tricks in an 11-2 romp.
Mario Cavialere was spectacular in net, smothering 30 of 32 Sea Wolf shots.
Rowe got the scoring started late in the first, putting home a loose puck off a Petr Panacek shot fake that would've made Nikita Kucherov proud.
The second period was a goal-fest of epic proportions. Nine total goals came in the middle frame, seven off the sticks of Thunderbirds. Blake Peavy got it started thirty seconds into the period of the long change, beating Blake Weyrick to his stick side on a wrist shot off the rush.
Rowe notched his second, wristing one past Weyrick on a beautifully executed 3-on-2 break with Panacek and Firth in tow. Weyrick was pulled after giving up that goal, giving way to Greg Harney. Salak added one to his total at the 7:40 mark of the second, and Rowe completed his hat trick at the 15:30 mark of the second after Mississippi added two of their own.
Then, the Thunderbirds flurried goals in rapid fire fashion to finish the middle frame. Salak smashed home back to back goals at 18:13 and 18:51, then Dawson Baker got in on the party with just 16 seconds left in the second. Three goals in the last 1:47 of the second all but put the game away.
Peavy and Baker each got their second goals of the night in the third, and Josh Koepplinger finally put one home after a number of chances in recent games to finish off the 11-2 thrashing.
Tucker Firth earned third star honors, Salak second and Rowe first star.
Carolina will host Mississippi once again Saturday night at 6:05 to wrap up the weekend series.
Sea Wolves Falter in First Game Against Thunderbirds
by Nick Roesch
Winston-Salem, NC – The (2-5-2) Mississippi Sea Wolves had their winning drought expand to six games on Friday night after falling 11-2 to the (7-3-0) Carolina Thunderbirds at the WinstonSalem Fairgrounds Annex. Carolina extended their win streak to three games after scoring seven goals in the second period.
The matchup started as a defensive battle with the first period seeing just one goal by Carolina’s Lucas Rowe at the 3:07 marker.
The Thunderbirds came out aggressive in the second period, scoring three goals between Blake Peavey (0:30), Rowe (4:56) and Jan Salak (7:40). With a 4-0 deficit, the Sea Wolves broke the ice with back-to-back goals between Justin Barr (9:46) and Chris Hunt (13:50). Carolina quickly put an end to Mississippi’s momentum by scoring four more times by the end of the middle stanza. Rowe and Baker added to the massive period and Jan Salak piled on two more goals for an 8-2 Thunderbirds lead after 40 minutes of action.
The Sea Wolves were unable to contain Carolina’s offensive power with Peavey, Baker and Josh Koepplinger lighting the lamp before the end of the night and their 11-2 final score. The shots on goal category went to the Thunderbirds 45-32. Mississippi starting goaltender Blake Weyrick stopped 15 of his 18 shots faced before Greg Harney came in relief and made 19 saves on 27 attempts.
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow, November 19 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. The puck will drop at 5:05 Central Time and the game will be available for viewing on the Sea Wolves YouTube Channel.