MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS
CAROLINA FEASTS ON SEA WOLVES FOR WEEKEND SWEEP
by Brett Wiseman
Winston-Salem, NC- The Carolina Thunderbirds romped once again over the Mississippi Sea Wolves, posting an 8-3 victory to complete the weekend sweep.
Boris Babik, who led the league in both save percentage and goals against average coming into the game, kept that lead by stopping 19 of 22 shots faced. Oh, and he fought Mississippi goaltender Blake Weyrick at center ice with 24 seconds left in the third period. The game was called with that amount of time left after Philip Wong and Daniel Martin fought. The fracas began behind Mississippi's net, when Joe Pace and Dawson Baker got into it.
Defenseman Brice French scored a hockey feat not many can boast in this one. The Alaska native netted a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring his first goal and providing his first assist of the season and adding in a fight to boot.
Lucas Rowe, Josh Koepplinger, Petr Panacek and Dawson baker all scored in the first period.
Jiri Pestuka also got on the scoreboard as well after a long drought of his own, adding to the lead in the second. Koepplinger added his second of the night in the middle frame, and Justin Pringle got in on the fun banking one of Weyrick's blocker for the Thunderbirds penultimate goal of the night.
Carolina will ride a five-game winning streak into the Thanksgiving holiday and carry it on the road to Watertown and Danbury next weekend.
Sea Wolves Drop Second Game to Thunderbirds
by Nick Roesch
Winston-Salem, NC – A quick start and two conversions on the power play were not enough for the (2-6-2) Mississippi Sea Wolves on Saturday night as the (8-2-0) Carolina Thunderbirds secured the series sweep over them with an 8-3 win at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.
Daniel McKitrick helped the Sea Wolves to a 1-0 lead after he fired a puck through the wickets of Carolina goaltender Boris Babik 4:21 into the game. His goal was assisted by Chris Hunt and Jake Raleigh.
The Thunderbirds were able to solve opposing netminder Greg Harney with four goals by the end of the first period. Lucas Rowe (7:09), Dawson Baker (8:44), Josh Koepplinger (17:23) and Petr Panacek (19:27) made it a 4-1 game by the time twenty minutes were in the books.
Panacek tallied his second of the evening 3:50 into period two for the Thunderbirds’ fifth unanswered goal. The Sea Wolves broke up their momentum after Ethan Busch-Anderson hit the net on a power play at the 8:12 mark. Two more goals were traded between Jiri Pestuka of the Thunderbirds (17:15) and the Sea Wolves’ Philip Wong (18:00).
With a 6-3 lead entering the third period, Carolina controlled the final twenty minutes with Brice French and Justin Pringle scoring within the first 5:38 of the final stanza.
The next game for the Sea Wolves will be played on Thursday, November 24 as they host a Thanksgiving Day contest with the Columbus River Dragons. The puck will drop at 7:05pm and tickets can be purchased at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office or on Ticketmaster.com.