Thunderbirds Take Game Two, 6-4
The Enforcers had retribution on their minds as they met with the top squad in the FHL for the second night in a row after a 4-1 defeat on Friday. A lot of physicality in the previous night's battle led to some questions about what we would see.
In front of another sellout crowd of 3,748 the first period kicked off with a reverse from the Elmira Enforcers as they started out aggressively, even taking the shots on goal 11-8 in the first period. Unfortunately, as has become the usual against Carolina a flukey goal from Michael Bunn that beat Troy Passingham glove side led to a Thunderbirds 1-0 lead after one.
The second felt very similar as just :38 seconds in Dominik Fejt tallied one and the Michael Bunn got his second of the night to put the Thunderbirds up by three. Gavin Yates was finally able to score at the 7:13 mark of the second on the power play as he stood at the side of the net and received a pass from Stepan Timofeyev to bury one past the Carolina netminder Pavlas. During another power play opportunity Chase Fallis poked a puck away and scored shorthanded to give the Thunderbirds a 4-1 lead. The Enforcers were not done though as with 12 seconds to go Gavin Yates connected again on a perfect pass across the netmouth by Ahmed Mahfouz, continuing Mahfouz's now 27 game point scoring streak, as the period ended 4-2 in favor of Carolina.
The third period again seemed to be a back and forth battle until Josh Pietrantonio put Carolina up 5-2 at 13:55. This inspired Brent Clarke to pull the goaltender for the extra attacker with six minutes remaining opening up the door for Ray Boudiette first goal of the season. The Enforcers didn't push quit though as they tallied two more power play goals, one coming from Ahmed Mahfouz and a last second tally from Mitch Atikins that crossed before the clock hit zero. In between those two goals Gavin Yates had a penalty shot attempt that Pavlas was able to stonewall.
The Enforcers complete their 9 game homestand tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 pm. Get your tickets today and skate with the Enforcers tomorrow after the game!
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