Thunderbirds Shutout Prowlers For Second Time This Season Behind Salak's Hat Trick
Winston-Salem, NC - The much anticipated pre-game shootout didn't go the way of the Thunderbirds on Friday night, but that was the only thing went wrong as Carolina shutout Port Huron 4-0 in front of a crowd of 2,326.
The pre-game shootout to decide a potential winner at the end of a potential overtime period was met with ire and mixed reviews and fell flat for Carolina as they went 1/3 against netminder Cory Simons. Meanwhile Port Huron went 4/4 against Christian Pavlas to secure the tiebreaker should it be needed.
The Thunderbirds made sure it wasn't needed at the end of the night as Jan Salak recorded the 6th hat trick in Thunderbirds history over the course of the game. He scored twice in the second period and put the empty netter home to seal the game and send the hats on to the ice at the Fairgrounds Annex. Chase Fallis also tallied his fourth goal of the season in the win.
Christian Pavlas had a historic night himself. His 20-save shutout is his first as a Thunderbird and is the 4th shutout in Carolina Thunderbirds history. In the win Pavlas also tied Kelly Curl for the most wins in Carolina Thunderbirds history with nine.
The Thunderbirds start their weekend off on the right foot with this win and now look ahead to Saturday night with a rematch on tap against the Port Huron Prowlers. The first shot of the pre-game shootout is at 6:05 P.M. with a 5:40 pregame show on the Carolina Thunderbirds radio network.
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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).