FHL Ice Chips - Game Recaps
DANVILLE DASHERS at CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS: In the 10th meeting of the season the Dashers and Thunderbirds would skate to wrap up a 3-game weekend. After a 4-2 victory on Friday night Danville would be looking to improve their standings in the league. Carolina came into action on Saturday sporting a 12-13-2-1 record, with 41 points and a.488 winning percentage. The Dashers jumped into 4th place with their win last night, and stand with a 12-13-1-1 record, 39 points and a .481 winning percentage.
In net for the Dashers it would be Matt Kaludis again getting the start. Kaludis faced over 100 shots in the first 2 games of the series, and now sits at 9-7-1 with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage. For Carolina it would be newcomer Christian Pavlas getting the nod. Acquired from the North Shore Knights, Pavlas had a 2-10 record with his old club, along with a 5.58 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage.
The Dashers would come out firing in the first period, taking it to the Thunderbirds early and often through the period. Early on the Dashers would get a power-play when Carolina's Tom Kilgore would be assessed for hooking. Pavlas would make a pair of key saves and help his team kill of the penalty. The teams would skate end to end, but strong defense from Danville would prevent quite a few Thunderbird shots from finding their way through to Kaludis. The Dashers would have another chance a man up with 2:10 remaining in the period. Ryan Jasinsky would be called for slashing, and once again Pavlas and the Thunderbirds would kill the penalty. The teams would skate into the locker room still scoreless, with the Dashers out-shooting Carolina 17-4.
Carolina's offense would awaken during the 2nd period, increasing the volume of shots, but it seemed the Dashers were matching them shot for shot and chance for chance. Both goalies would play superbly during the middle frame, but at 9:30 of the period Dashers' Jon Stevanovich would battle towards the net and knock his own rebound out of the air past Pavlas to make it 1-0 Dashers. It's Stevanovich's first goal as a Dasher, assisted by Matt Coleman and Michael Dolman. Carolina would have 2 power-play chances but the Dasher defense would continue their shot-blocking ways and kill off both penalties. During the period both teams would each hit the post twice, beating the goalies but not the iron. The teams would skate 1-0 into the intermission, Carolina would out-shoot Danville 13-10 in the period, for a 2-period total of 27-17 in favor of the Dashers.
The Thunderbirds' offensive pressure would increase dramatically in the 3rd period, but the Dashers would be up to the task. Carolina would throw 17 shots towards Matt Kaludis during the period, but none would find the back of the net. To make matters worse for Carolina, the Dashers would go up 2-0 when Vincent Caliguri would score at 17:05 of the period, followed by a Marvin Powell tally almost 2 minutes later to make it 3-0 Danville.
In the shut-out win, Matt Kaludis would stop all 34 Thunderbirds shots. In his debut with Carolina Pavlas would stop 28 of 31.
Notable Stats: The Thunderbirds 4 shots in the first period is the fewest shots ever taken by Carolina in a regulation period. Jon Stevanovich's 2nd period goal is his 1st as a Dasher, and Michael Dolman's assist on the goal is his 1st point as a Dasher. Kaludis' shut-out is his 2nd of the season, which puts him in 1st in the league standings for that category. Attendance:3,350.
Back in Action: The Thunderbirds will head back on the road as next weekend they will travel to Port Huron, Michigan to play 3 against the Prowlers. The games will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 26th, 27th, and 28th. Friday and Saturday's games will be at 7:30 pm EST, with the Honda of Winston-Salem pre-game show at 7:05 pm on the Thunderbirds Radio Network. Sunday's game is a 1:00 pm puck drop, with a 12:35 pre-game show. For more information please visit www.carolinathunderbirds.com or call 336-774-GOAL(4625).
NORTH SHORE KNIGHTS at WATERTOWN WOLVES: The Watertown Wolves and Head Coach Trevor Karasiewicz looked turn things around in Saturday night's game against the North Shore Knights. The Knights eked out a win in last week's match up. Watertown tested out their newest net minder Mason Pulde between the pipes in his first start as a Wolf.
Gavin Yates took a hard hit from Marek Malinsky into the boards leaving him leveled on the ice for a moment. Yates got up on his own and return to the game later in the period. The blow from Malinsky earned him a 5-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Tyler Gjurich extended his FHL leading stats on power play goals when he received a pass from Dustin Jesseau for 1-0 lead that would hold for the remainder of the first period.
Dustin Jesseau extended the lead with some fancy puck handling to tickle twine and make the score 2-0 with just ninety seconds left in the second period.
The Wolves continued their domination in the third period. Tyler Gjurich scored his second goal on assists from Nate O'Brien and John Scully. Matt Caranci lit up the lights with help from Lester Brown and Anton Lennartsson. Rookie Gavin Yates scored goal number five with less than a minute left on a play from Kyle Powell and Dustin Jesseau.
Mason Pulde earned the first star of the game with a shutout and an assist. Tyler Gjurich's two goals earned him second star and Dustin Jesseau's goal and two assists got him the third star.
The Wolves will have a rematch with the North Shore Knights on Thursday, January 25th for Throw-Back Thursday where the Wolves will be donning special jerseys for the game. The puck will drop at 7:35.
CORNWALL NATIONALS at PORT HURON PROWLERS: Port Huron, MI - The Port Huron Prowlers continued their winning ways Saturday night, picking up their 13th win in a row with a 3-0 victory over Cornwall. Port Huron was led by netminder Cory Simons who came away with the shutout stopping 30 shots on his way to his 8th win overall on the season.
The first period was played evenly as both teams stood strong defensively and the score would remain scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The prowlers would turn momentum over on their side by scoring twice in the second with goals by Austin Daae and forward Branden Parkhouse, Parkhouse picking up the first goal on a giveaway in the Nationals zone, going glove side past Goalie Sebastien Dube-Rochon.
Port Huron would later add an empty net goal off the stick of Daae, his second on the night, that goal would seal the victory for the Prowlers.
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