Thunderbirds Streak Now at 21, Down Dashers 6-3
The Carolina Thunderbirds extended their winning streak to 21 games on Friday night as they took down the Danville Dashers on the road. Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, before both sides walked away from the second with a goal, and two from the third.
Carolina was the first on the board in a hurry despite many opportunities from the Dashers, including a shot that was stopped by an expert glove-save from Carolina goalkeeper Henry Dill. It was just the ninth shot of the game that found the back of the net as Karel Drahorad scored at even strength on assists from Josh Pietrantonio and Jiri Pargac just nine minutes into the first period.
It was Captain Josh Pietrantonio's turn to score next, as Carolina scored on a penalty kill, with the Dashers giving up their third short-handed goal in as many games, and putting Carolina up 2-0. Pietrantonio found open ice after some nice passing between Jiri Pargac and Mike Baker. Carolina then scored their third goal of the first period as Jiri Pestuka beat Matt Kaludis, who did an admirable job on the night against a formidable Thunderbirds offense, on assists from Michael Bunn and Viktor Grebennikov.
In the second period however, it was the Dashers that struck first as Eric Masters scored at even strength on assists from Alex Basey and Marvin Powell amid some building offensive pressure from Danville. Carolina answered amidst a flurry of saves from Matt Kaludis, as Carolina linked up for a beautiful passing display as Michael Bunn found the back of the net.
Dominik Fejt made it 5-1 Carolina just four minutes into the third period as Chase Fallis and Petr Panacek linked up for the team goal on a power play. It wasn't but four minutes later, however, when Eric Masters found the net for the second time on the night, with Patrik Zilak and Justin Brausen combining for the assist that made it a 5-2 game.
The Dashers struck yet again and started to gain their footing in this contest as Daniel Martin redirected an Alex Pommerville pass into the net past Henry Dill. Ryan Alves was also credited with an assist on the goal, which made it a 5-3 game in favor of Carolina. Stanislav Vlasov got what was effectively the game-ending goal as Dominik Fejt and Henry Dill linked up for the assists. The game would go on to end at 6-3 in favor of the Thunderbirds.
The first star of the night was the captain Josh Pietrantonio, who contributed two points on an assist and a goal. Michael Bunn got the second star on the night as he also contributed a goal and an assist. The lone Dasher on the star-sheet was Eric Masters, who scored two of the Dashers three goals.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow night as they go head-to-head once again at the David S. Palmer Arena with a 7 p.m. puck drop.
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