Tbirds

The Carolina Thunderbirds keep on rolling as their winning streak has reached 23 straight after a 4-1 win over the Watertown Wolves on Friday night at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex.

The Thunderbirds improved to 32-3 on the season as their dominance of the Federal Hockey League continued.

The Watertown Wolves, who fell to 13-17, have lost three in a row.

The Thunderbirds scored eight minutes into the game when Chase Fallis scored with assists going to Petr Panacek and Ryan Jasinsky.

The Wolves tied the game five minutes later when Tyler Gjurich slipped one past goalie Christian Pavlas.

Less than a minute later Michael Bunn scored for the Thunderbirds on a great backhand shot with assists going to Tommy Mahoney and Dominik Fejt.

Neither team scored in the second period as the score remained 2-1 heading into the third period.

Josh Pietrantonio made it 3-1 Thunderbirds with 9:33 left in the game when he scored off a rebound. It was Pietrantonio 16th goal of the season.

With 2:26 to go Jan Salak scored for the Thunderbirds for a 4-1 lead.

Goalie Jared Rutledge of the Wolves played outstanding as he faced 57 shots, making several big saves in the third period or the score would have been a lot worse.

Goalie Christian Pavlas of the Thunderbirds made 21 saves in the game.

Notes: The Thunderbirds, already the dominant team in the Federal Hockey League, got a little stronger before Friday’s game by adding Ryan Jasinsky and Jay Croop to their active roster. Jasinsky was on loan to the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL and Croop returned from an injury. The Thunderbirds also released third-string goalie Frankie McClendon…. The Thunderbirds and Wolves will play again on Saturday night at 6 p.m. and a Sunday game at 4 p.m…. One of the other tenants of the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex is Wake Forest’s club hockey team. The Deacons will take on N.C. State at 1 p.m. on Saturday…. Friday’s attendance was 3,050, which was a sellout. The Thunderbirds are second in the FHL in attendance averaging 2,618 a game. Elmira leads the league averaging 3,282 fans a game.

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