Final Forty Minutes All Sea Wolves As Pack Makes Incredible Comeback
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Mississippi Sea Wolves got second period goals from Jason Tejchma and Mike Berry and third period goals from Mark Rooneem and Ryan Cruthers as they erased a three-goal deficit, coming from behind to defeat the Charlotte Checkers 5-4 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday night.
Charlotte got on the board early when Matt Schepke potted his sixth goal in 10 games on a two-on-none shorthand break with Ryan Murphy at 2:20 of the first period. At 7:31, Jeff Miles converted on a breakaway to give the Checkers a 2-0 lead.
Jeff Kyrzakos got the Sea Wolves on the board when his centering pass went of the skates of Charlotte defenseman Steve Ward at 8:28 of the first. Charlotte regained its' two-goal lead when Mike Bayrack scored his 21st goal of the season while the Checkers were shorthanded, banging in the rebound of a shot from Michel Leveille at 11:28. At 18:26, Matthew Ford's blast from the top of the slot on the power play gave Charlotte a 4-1 lead to take into the locker room.
Mississippi regained control of the game in the second period, creating a lot of pressure in the offensive zone before Ryan Menei passed the puck out from behind the goal line to Jason Tejchma, who fired it past Charlotte goaltender Jeff Jakaitis for his 19th goal of the season at 11:29. At 13:08, Evan Kotsopoulos fed Mike Berry, who was stationed on the back door, and Berry buried the puck behind Jakaitis to draw the Sea Wolves within one.
At 7:07 of the third period, Jason Tejchma connected a pass to Mark Rooneem in the low slot, and Rooneem launched a wrist shot that tied the game at four-apiece. Just over three minutes later, Ryan Cruthers drove to the net and hammered home a no-look pass from Berry for his 29th goal of the season, which would stand as the game-winner, capping a dramatic comeback.
Ryan Munce made 35 saves to earn a win, and the Sea Wolves were 0-for-8 on the power play.
The next broadcast of Sea Wolves hockey is Friday when the Sea Wolves visit the Florida Everblades at 6:30 CT, and will be heard on the B2 Networks and at www.msseawolves.com. The pre-game show presented by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will begin 15 minutes before the opening faceoff!
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