Thunderbirds Repeat Performance, Beat Wolves 7-3
Winston-Salem, NC – Thunderbirds Repeat Performance, Beat Wolves 7-3.
How It Happened
Coming off of a 7-1 win over the Watertown Wolves on Thanksgiving, the Thunderbirds would host the Wolves on Friday night for game 2 of the 3 game homestand. Matt Kaludis would get the nod in net for the Wolves while Kelly Curl would start for Carolina.
Unlike the previous night the Wolves would start strong and score early. 4:28 into the contest Tyler Gjurich would fire a shot that would get past Curl, allowing John Scully to tap it into the net, 1-0 Wolves. It would be the Thunderbirds who would end the period however when Jay Croop would race in with 46 seconds remaining, firing a shot over the shoulder of Kaludis to tie the game heading into the 2nd period.
In the 2nd the Thunderbirds would re-establish their offensive play from the previous night, Michael Bunn would take the puck from his own end and make an end-to-end, coast-to-coast rush to beat Kaludis and give the Thunderbirds the lead. 2 minutes later it would be Jan Salak scoring to put the Thunderbirds up by 2, 3-1. It would not last however as Stephen Gallo would score to bring the total to 3-2 at the end of the 2nd period.
Cameron Dimmitt would open the 3rd period with a bang, firing home the puck past a sprawling Curl to tie the game at 3, giving the Wolves some much needed energy. What would follow would be a wild back-and-forth, penalty filled period. 12 separate penalties between both teams would swing momentum back and forth, with the Wolves edging the Thunderbirds in shots during the period, 10-9. It would be Carolina who had the last laugh however, getting goals from Salak, Josh Pietrantonio, Matt Beer, and Michael Bunn, to secure a 7-3 victory over the Wolves.
The two teams combined for a total of 78 shots on goal.
The Thunderbirds have now won 3 in games in a row, dating back to last Sunday’s game in Danville.
Back in Action
The Thunderbirds take on the Watertown Wolves back at home on Saturday November 25. Saturday’s game starts at 6:05 pm EST. All game broadcasts will be on the Thunderbirds Radio Network with the pregame starting 25 minutes before puck drop.