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Dashers Drop another one to Carolina, 8-3

December 23, 2018 - Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL) - Danville Dashers News Release

The Danville Dashers fell to the hands of the Carolina Thunderbirds Saturday night at the David S. Palmer Arena.

The Thunderbirds took advantage of a Dasher roster that has had a bit of chaos recently after several recent transactions and a coaching change. The Dashers, under Interim Head Coach, Player, and Captain Dustin Henning, dropped both games in the home-and-away weekend series against the Thunderbirds.

Carolina opened the scoring thirteen minutes into the first period on a power play goal by Petr Panacek, assisted by Jiri Pargac and Josh Pietrantonio. They grew their lead to 2-0 after Pietrantonio was able to beat Dasher goalkeeper Blake Scott.

Petr Cicmanec scored just two minutes into the second period to extend Carolina's lead to 3-0 and Chase Fallis sent it to 4-0 before the Dashers clawed a goal back.

Stephen Gaul finally got the Dashers onto the board on a goal assisted by Eric Masters and Justin Brausen with twelve minutes gone in the second.

Carolina wouldn't be stopped however as Michael Bunn scored in the third to make it 5-1, before Joe Cangelosi (who played with the Dashers last night as an emergency player) made it 6-1. Dustin Henning and Stephen Gaul both scored late in the third, Henning on a beautiful snapshot goal and Gaul off of a nice backhanded pass by Daniel Martin, respectively. That made it 6-3 Dashers before Chase Fallis scored two more times, once with just three seconds left in the game, to secure his hat trick and an 8-3 Carolina victory.

The Dashers will look to bounce back from the loss Wednesday in Port Huron, and the Thunderbirds go on the road to face Mentor in their next game.

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