April 9, 2017 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) - Carolina Thunderbirds
Game Recaps for the Federal Hockey League for Saturday, April 8, 2017. View photos, box scores and much more at federalhockey.com
Dashers Fall to Wolves, Forcing Game Three
By Easton Hoskins - Danville Commerical News
Brett Liscomb, seemingly by himself, extended the season of the Watertown Wolves. Liscomb had all three wolves goals, in their 3-2 win over the Danville Dashers.
"Coming into this game, we had our backs against the walls, and our team knew that. They have a very proud team in their locker room, with a lot of veterans, who have a lot to play for. Tonight, I think we wanted it just a little bit more than they did." Said Liscomb, following the game.
"Tomorrow we are just going to take the game one period, one play, at a time. That is all you can do in win or go home hockey" said Liscomb.
Liscomb gave the Titans the first lead of the game, as the clock expired after the first period. With three seconds to go in the period, Liscomb won a faceoff to the right of Danville' goalie Louie George, and got the puck to Nate O'Brian, who fed it right back to Liscomb. Liscomb fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of George, and gave the wolves the lead going into the locker room.
"We just had a mental breakdown late in the period; we didn't finish it" said Danville Head Coach Steve Harrison following the game.
Danville would tie the game in the second period, after Andrew Harrison tied the game for the Dashers off of assist from Justin Levac, and Easton Oliver. Danville would then take the lead, following a series of passes, A.J. Tesoriero would find the puck on his stick, and walk into a slap shot, that found its way over the right shoulder of Watertown goalie, Danilla Alistratov.
Danville would lead at the start of the third period, 2-1. However, the third period was all Watertown, despite the Dashers having numerous power play opportunities in the game. Liscomb would get a shorthanded goal on one of Danville's power plays, tying the game. Liscomb would then complete his hat trick, later in the third period, giving the Wolves the 3-2 lead. That score would hold up to be the final.
"We played slow in the period, and they took advantage of it. We have to play our type of hockey, all three periods tomorrow." said Harrison.
Danilla Alistratov earned his win in the game, turning wide 43 of the 45 shots that he saw. Alistratov will see this same Danville Dashers' team tomorrow at 6pm, in game three of three, with the winner moving on to the Commissioner's Cup Finals.
RiverDrivers Sweep Away the Titans; Advance to Commissioner Cup Finals
By Ethan Dorval
Jan Salak's two goal effort seals first round win for the Berlin Riverdrivers
The Berlin Riverdrivers enter the second game of their best of three playoff series against the Danbury Titans having beaten the Titans at home by a score of 3-2. A win at home would clinch a first-round victory for the second seed Riverdrivers.
Danbury's Dean Yakura opened the scoring for the Titans at 6:18 in the first period. Yakura buried the one-timer, off a feed from the speedy Matt Coleman. Despite the first period Danbury goal, the Berlin Riverdrivers were the better of the two teams in the first, jumping to a lead in shots and possession time by the periods end.
Jan Salak scored the first of his two goals at 16:39 in the second. The tying goal was set up by Josh Pietrantonio and Jiri Pestuka. The Titans answered with a Taylor Bourne powerplay goal scored at the 5:40 mark of the second. Bourne's goal was assisted by Dean Yakura and Matt Graham. Ludlow Harris Jr. was charged with an elbowing minor with 3:40 remaining in the second period, handing the Riverdrivers a man advantage. Berlin's powerplay unit immediately went to work, scoring just 20 seconds into their man advantage. The Drivers worked the puck around the Danbury end before finding David Brancik who fired a shot that beat Danbury goalie Bobby Bowden and tied the game at two. Brancik's goal was assisted by John Celli and newly signed Cameron Dimmit. Jan Salak's second goal of the game came minutes later when he stripped the Danbury defenseman of the puck and found himself all alone, one on one against the Danbury netminder. Salak fired a wrist shot that beat the goalie under his blocker. Josh Pietrantonio added a third period empty net goal to seal the Riverdriver victory and the first round series win.
The RiverDrivers next play the winner of the series between the Danville Dashers and the Watertown Wolves.
Berlin Sweeps Danbury
By Zak McGinniss - Danbury Titans
BERLIN, NH -- Jan Salak led the way with a pair of goals, including the game winner, as the Berlin RiverDrivers completed the sweep of the Danbury Titans on Saturday night at the Notre Dame Arena. With the victory the RiverDrivers will make their first appearance in the Commissioner's Cup Finals in only their second year of existence.
The Danbury Titans scored the first and only goal of the first period as Michael Dolman found the back of the net 13:42 into the game. Berlin would heavily outshoot the Titans in the period by a 13-6 margin, but as in last night's game would need to come back from behind.
They would do so 3:21 into the second period as Salak scored his first of two goals in the period. Danbury regained the lead at 14:20 when Taylor Bourne scored on the power play, but the lead would not last long. Two minutes and thirty-eight seconds later, with a power play of the own, Berlin defenseman David Brancik answered back to tie the game. Salak scored what proved to be the game winner under two minutes later at 18:29. The RiverDrivers again outshot the Titans in the period, 15-12.
With their season on the line the Titans came out for the third period with all offensive cylinders firing, but Berlin goaltender Matt Kaludis stood tall, turning aside all 12 Danbury shots. Josh Pietrantonio added an empty net goal with 4 seconds remaining to seal the deal and punch Berlin's ticket to the championship.
The game marks the third straight victory by Berlin over Danbury and they take a 5 game winning streak into the Finals. They will face the winner of the series between Danville and Watertown. If first place Danville sweeps the Wolves, then Berlin will host Game 3 and Game 4, if necessary, at a time and date to be determined. If Watertown can come back in that series, then the RiverDrivers will have home ice advantage. All FHL playoff games can be viewed on FHLlive.com .