December 18, 2017 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) - Carolina Thunderbirds
PORT HURON PROWLERS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Bested by Prowlers in Shootout
by Jay Harris
The Watertown Wolves hosted the Port Huron Prowlers at the Watertown Municipal Arena Saturday night.
Branden Parkhouse scored his first goal of the night while killing former Wolf Corey Scott's tripping penalty. The former Prowler Dustin Jesseau quickly tied things up for the Wolves on the same power play with assists from Anton Lennartsson and Tyler Gjurich. It looked like the period would end in a tie, but Parkhouse beat the buzzer with a shot to top shelf to end the period with a 2-1 score for Port Huron.
The Prowlers extended their lead on a goal from Matt Graham. Tyler Gjurich closed in on the gap when he scored with assistance from Matt Caranci and Dustin Jesseau. With just twenty-four second left in the period Matt Caranci went top shelf to tie the game up with assists from Dustin Jesseau and Kyle Powell to make the score 3-3.
Dalton Jay put the Prowlers back in the lead in the first six minutes of the third period. Anton Lennartsson went coast to coast on the ice to tie the game back up and send it into over-time.
Neither team scored in over-time and the game went to a shootout. Austin Daae scored in the second round of the 5-round shootout. When the Wolves failed to score in the third-round confusion ensued and the Prowlers thought it was game over. After much deliberation, the shutout continued. Two goals from Tyler Gjurich and a goal from Branden Parkhouse sent the game into sudden death. Parkhouse scored again, and Gjurich was unable to replicate with a goal of his own, giving the Prowlers the win.
The first star of the game went to Branden Parkhouse for the game-winning goal. Jesseau earned the second star for his efforts in getting 3 points for the Wolves during the game. Anton Lennartsson earned the third star for his contributions to two Wolves' points.
These teams will have a rematch at the Watertown Municipal Arena on Friday, December 22 at 7:30 pm.
NORTH SHORE KNIGHTS at CORNWALL NATIONALS
Nats Connect for Fourth Straight Victory
by Rodney Wilson
CORNWALL - Two Federal Hockey League teams heading in opposite directions collided at the Civic Complex on Saturday night and the result was almost predictable.
Cornwall skated to a 5-4 victory over the North Shore Knights in front of 682 fans. It was the first-place Nationals' fourth straight win and the Knights' seventh straight defeat.
Maxime Guyon led the Cornwall attack with a five-point performance (two goals and three assists). The Nationals improved to 9-2-0-2.
The Knights struck first on a goal by Patrick Porkka just 16 seconds into the contest.
The speedy Guyon then dashed up the left wing, beat a North Shore defender and found a wide-open Ahmed Mahfouz, who leveled the score for Cornwall at 5:33 of the first.
Brandon Vuic gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead with 3:02 to go in the opening period. Guyon's shot was stopped but Vuic pounced on the rebound to beat North Shore goaltender Adam Zeman for a powerplay marker.
Cornwall opened up a two-goal lead just 46 seconds into the second period on a Guyon goal.
The Knights fought back however on a pair of Matyas Kasek markers at 6:21 and 10:19 of the middle frame.
Moments after taking a hard hit from Dominik Fejt, Mahfouz gave the Nationals the lead once again with 4:28 to go in the second, burying a perfect pass from Guyon. On the ensuing faceoff, Cornwall defenceman Jay Kenney dropped the gloves with Fejt to the delight of the local fans.
Guyon then scored his second of the evening with an unassisted effort with 1:48 to play in the second to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead.
But, North Shore fought back on a goal by Kasek, who beat Sebastien Dube-Rochon once again for his third of the contest, at 12:06 of the third.
Cornwall outshot North Shore 47-35. Guyon (first), Mahfouz (second), and Kasek were the announced stars.
NEXT WEEKEND : The Nationals are back on home ice for a pair of contests next weekend. Cornwall hosts the Danville Dashers on Friday, Dec. 22 and the Port Huron Prowlers on Saturday, Dec. 23. Both FHL contests begin at 7:30 p.m.
CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS at DANVILLE DASHERS
Danville Dashes by Carolina, 5-3
by Aaron Martin
Two of the top teams in the league faced off Saturday night in Danville Illinois as the Dashers took on the Thunderbirds in their 5th contest of the season. The Thunderbirds took an early lead in the first period off of the stick of Ryan Rotondi which gave them the lead going into the second period 1-0.
Danville would surge offensively in the second period with Kyle Stevens, Justin Levac, and Sean Reynolds all scoring. The puck was hard to come by for the Thunderbirds as the Dashers out-shot them 29-18 through two periods of play. Defense was also a big factor in this as the slot was very well protected by both teams.
The Third period would see both teams score 2 goal as Justin Brausen scored with a shot over the shoulder of the Thunderbirds net minder to get it going. The Thunderbirds would score two straight goals, one by Josh Pietranonio and the other by Tom Kilgore to make the score 4-3 Dashers. Then with 19:41 ticked off the clock, Andrew Harrison sent in the empty net goal to seal the victory 5-3.
Both teams will play again tomorrow in Danville at 5:00 CST.
Thunderbirds Lose Close Game to Danville
by Al Kessler
Danville, IL - How It Happened
For the third time this season the Thunderbirds travelled up to Danville to take on the defending champion Dashers. The Thunderbirds enter the game 3-2 in their last 5, 2 of the wins coming in overtime. The Dashers have lost their last 4 and are 1-5 in their last 5. This weekend marks the last in a 7-game road-trip for Carolina. Cary Byron would get the nod for Carolina in net, while Aaron Taylor would start for the Dashers.
In the 1st period the start would be delayed due to ice conditions, but when the puck would drop the Thunderbirds would jump out early. Newcomer Ryan Rotondi, in just his first game with the Thunderbirds, would tap home the puck. Josh Pietrantonio and Michael Bunn would assist on the tally to make it 1-0 Carolina. The Dashers would have two power-plays resulting from penalties by Matt Beer and Tom Kilgore, but the Thunderbirds would kill both off. Byron was strong in net, making 16 saves during the period, including a few sprawling stops while Carolina was a man short. The two teams would skate to a 1-0 score after 1 period with the shots 16 to 9 in favor of Danville.
The Dashers would wake up in the 2nd period, taking the momentum with long stretches of offensive possession and scoring. Just under 4 minutes into the period the Dasher's Kyle Stevens would break through to tie the game up at 1. Sean Reynolds and Vincent Caligiuri would assist on the goal. Just 5 minutes later Justin Levac would score to give Danville the lead. Sean Reynolds would add another just 35 seconds later, making it 3-1 Danville. The teams would skate to the locker rooms with shots 27 to 18 in favor of Danville.
In the 3rd period the Thunderbirds would show life, but a late empty-net goal would ice the game for Danville. 5 minutes into the Period Justin Brausen would score to make it 4 un-answered goals for the Dashers, making it 4-1 Danville. Carolina's Pietrantonio would jump on the puck on the power-play and score his league-leading 5th power-play goal, assisted by Jiri Pestuka and Matt Beer. Carolina would make it interesting when Tom Kilgore would pick up a dirty rebound and score to cut the Danville lead to 1, Ryan Rotondi and CJ Blaszka with the assists. It would not be enough however as the Dasher's Andrew Harrison would score on the empty net to make it a 5-3 final.
Aaron Taylor would make 29 saves in the win, while Cary Byron would stop 34 in the loss.
Ryan Rotondi playing in his 3rd professional game and 1st for the Thunderbirds would score his 1st ever professional goal in the 1st period. His assist in the 3rd period would also be his 1st ever professional assist.
Sean Reynolds of the Dashers would have 3 points in the win, giving him 20 points on the season.
Back in Action
The Thunderbirds will wrap up the road trip Sunday December 17th. Sunday's game starts at 6 pm EST, with a 5:35 pm pre-game show on the Carolina Thunderbirds Radio Network. The Thunderbirds will be back at home on Friday and Saturday, December 22nd and 23rd to take on the North Shore Knights. Friday's game is a 7:35 pm puck drop at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. On Saturday the puck will drop at 6:05 pm. Tickets for both games will be $10 each with reserved seating, visit www.carolinathunderbirds.com for more information.
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