Carolina Takes Season Series Over Danbury in Win, 4-3
Winston-Salem, NC – Following a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday night, the Carolina Thunderbirds held on for a 4-3 victory to take the season series over the Danbury Hat Tricks Saturday night at the Annex.
In the 1st period, Danbury (17-13-3) came out quickly but could not find the back of the net allowing Carolina (23-8-1) to settle into the game. After Jiri Pestuka was called for an interference, Jacob Schnapp pressured Conor McCollum and forced a turnover resulting in an unassisted shorthanded goal giving the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead going into the 1st intermission.
In the second, the Thunderbirds struck quickly. Roman Kraemer beat McCollum just 13 seconds into the frame doubling the Carolina lead, 2-0. Five minutes later, Tucker Firth beat McCollum from the point giving Carolina a 3-0 advantage. Just a minute later, Schnapp again found an unassisted goal moving the lead to four, 4-0.
After the four goals, McCollum was pulled, and Liam Murray replaced him and pitched a shutout the rest of the way keeping Danbury in the game. With five seconds left in the 2nd, Corey Cunningham jammed home a goal making it a three-goal game going to the 3rd, 4-1.
In the final frame, Danbury cut the lead in half on a Dustin Henning goal and cut the lead to one at the 10:47 mark. The two sides battled over the final nine minutes in a 4-3 game but the Thunderbirds held on to take down the Hat Tricks, 4-3, in regulation.
In the win, Cunningham was named the 3rd star with Kraemer earning 2nd star honors. With two goals and the game winner, Schnapp received the 1st star on the evening.
Carolina takes the season series over Danbury, 3-1-0, and now turns its attention to Blue Ridge next weekend in Wytheville. Puck drop from the Apex Center is set for 7 p.m. next Saturday.