Making His Mark: Pavlas Moved to Marksmen on Loan

Winston-Salem, NC - The Carolina Thunderbirds are announcing the loan move of Christian Pavlas to the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Pavlas was recently awarded FHL goaltender of the month for December after posting a perfect 10-0-0-0 record and sporting a 1.75 GAA and .931 save percentage in 11 appearances.

The Bratislava, Slovakia native has won in each of his last 13 starts and his been a key cog in the Thunderbirds current franchise record winning streak of 13 games.

"This opportunity felt like a long time coming for Patches [Pavlas]" head coach Andre Niec said. "He's been incredible for us winning games and playing well, we're sorry to lose him while we're still [on the] winning [streak] but we wish him all the best in Fayetteville."

Pavlas leads the FHL in all major categories so far this season (Wins, GAA, Sv%, and Shutouts) and leaves Carolina, as of this writing, as the all-time leader in those same four categories.

His goaltending line so far this season reads 13-0-0-1, 1.61 GAA, .937 sv%, 3 SO, 1 Assist.

Pavlas will join a Fayetteville team that is currently in the playoff hunt in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Marksmen sit in 7th place with a 12-11-3 record and they'll play the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in a home-and-home series in each of the next two weekends starting this Friday in Roanoke.


The Carolina Thunderbirds are proud members of the Federal Hockey League, now in its ninth season. The Thunderbirds are in their second season of play looking to build on the success of their inaugural season where the team posted an 87-point season with a record of 25-5-2-24 (W-OTW-OTL-L). The Thunderbirds also set an FHL record with over 66,000 fans through the doors in their first season. Season and group tickets are on sale now by calling 336-774-GOAL (4625).