November 14, 2017 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) - Carolina Thunderbirds
Coach Trevor Karasawiecz and the Watertown Wolves looked to repeat last night's victory against the Carolina Thunderbirds in their second of a two-game series at the Watertown Municipal Arena Saturday night.
C J Blaszka put Carolina on the scoreboard first when he bounced a puck past net minder Matt Kaludis. Tyler Gjurich returned the favor for the Wolves when he went 5-hole on Thunderbird emergency goal tender Nick Niedert. The Wolves killed Stephen Gallo's tripping penalty before taking the lead. Rookie Corey Scott earned his second goal on an assist from Dallas Ingram in the last minute to end the period with a 2-1 score for the Wolves.
The second period started with tempers boiling over. Carloina's Skyler Smutek tangled up with Stephen Gallo resulting in Gallo earning an additional aggressor penalty, game misconduct, and an ejection on top of the mutual five for fighting. Smutek would continue to play with aggression tangling up with Sean Mataak getting each of them a game misconduct. Dallas Ingram scored his first goal of the season on a fast break to a one-on-one with Niedert extending the Wolves lead. Yuto Osawa was called on a hooking penalty giving the Wolves a power play with just eight seconds left in the period. Watertown needed only seven seconds of the power play to get a power play goal from John Scully. The Wolves finished a strong second period with a 4-1 lead.
Matt Kaludis and the Watertown defense kept the Thunderbirds at bay preventing no additional goals in the third period.
Dallas Ingram's goal and assist earned him first star of the game. Kyle Powell was credited with the second star for his two assists. Goal Tender Matt Kaludis was credit with the third star for his net minding.
The Watertown Wolves will have their next home game on Thursday, November 30 against the Cornwall Nationals at the Watertown Municipal Arena. The action begins at 7:30 pm.
Thunderbrids Dropped 4-1 by Wolves in Series Finale
By Al Kessler
Watertown, NY - Thunderbirds dropped 4-1 by the Wolves in series finale.
How It Happened:
It would be the Thunderbirds who would strike first early on in the game when CJ Blaszka would steal the puck from a defender and send it knuckling past Wolves goalie Matt Kaludis to make it 1-0 Carolina.
From then on the Wolves would dominate the possession of play and the scoring. 7 minutes after the Blaszka goal it would be Tyler Gjurich scoring his 5th goal in 2 games as he scored on the break-away beating Nick Niedert in net for Carolina. In the final minute of the 1st it would be Corey Scott tapping home a rebound to put Watertown up 2-1 after 1.
The second period would be owned by the Wolves who dominated possession. 6 minutes in it would be Dallas Ingram blocking a shot and racing in on net would score on another breakaway to put Watertown up by 2.
With 1 second left John Scully would redirect a shot on the power play and score to put the Wolves up 4-1 for good.
In an emergency goaltender role, Nick Niedert made 32 saves on 36 shots in the loss.
Stephen Gallo during the 2nd period was assessed a 2 minute instigator penalty, a 5 minute fighting major, and was ejected with a 10 minute game misconduct.
Back in Action:
The Thunderbirds take on the Danville Dashers in Danville on Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19. The Saturday game's broadcast will begin at 7:45 pm, Sunday's will start at 5:45 pm on the Thunderbirds radio network.