November 13, 2017 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) - Carolina Thunderbirds
Gjurich Brings Wolves to Victory in First Match Against Thunderbirds in Overtime
Watertown fans got their first look at the newest team in the Federal Hockey League, the Carolina Thunderbirds, as they faced off against the Watertown Wolves at the Watertown Municipal Arena Friday night.
The Wolves scored two goals in the first period. Tyler Gjurich getting the first goal on a pass from Stephen Gallo. Kyle Powell's short-handed goal came with help from Justin LaCorte and John Scully. Carolina's lone goal of the period, in addition to Powell's goal, came on a power play from Anton Lennartsson's slashing penalty.
The Thunderbirds tied the game up on a short-handed goal from Josh Pietrantonio. Jay Croop gave Carolina their first lead in the game. Tyler Gjurich tied the game back up for the Wolves with just forty-seven seconds left in the period for a 3-all score.
Carolina took the lead again just forty-two seconds into the third period with a power play goal from Jan Salak. Tyler Gjurich scored his third goal of the time to tie it up at four goals each. Tempers reached a boiling point when Watertown's Steve Brown and Carolina's Michael Bunn skirmished and took two in the box for roughing. Despite each team getting a power play in the last five minutes of the game neither team could capitalize, sending the game into overtime.
GJurich put the Wolves on top just forty-eight seconds into overtime on assist from Matt Caranci and Jason Berube. Gjurich's 4 goals earned him the first star of the game, with Watertown's Stephen Gallo earning the second star. Carolina's Josh Pietrantonio was credited with the third star.
Coach Trevor Karasawiecz and the Wolves move to 2-1 record with Friday Night's victory. Watertown and Carolina will meet again Saturday, November 11 in a special Military Appreciation game at the Watertown Municipal Arena. The game will start at 7:30 pm.
Thunderbirds Gain Point on the Road, but Drop OT Game to the Wolves