Defensive Failures Lead Marksmen to 7-2 Loss

Our Bubba’s 33 Post Game Recap By James Jackson

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – After last night’s disappointing 5-4 overtime loss in Knoxville, the Marksmen welcomed the Ice Bears to the Crown for a rematch. With the series tied 1-1, the Marksmen needed a boost of confidence to end the weekend.

Fayetteville started the first period with a bang as Derek Brown scored with some help of Zach Tatrn, just 2:03 in. The Marksmen may have taken that early goal for granted as the rest of the period wasn’t one to remember. Both Gehrett Sargis and Bryce Nielsen scored for the Ice Bears shortly after one another, putting the Ice Bears up one into the locker room.

The second period saw the Marksmen struggle over and over. Lucas Bombardier came out of the locker room and almost instantly changed the entire feel of this game. Bombardier forced a shot past Alex Murray and gave the Ice Bears a 3-1 lead. Bombardier’s goal was enough for Marksmen Head Coach Jesse Kallechy to replace Murray with Dillon Kelley. Danny Cesarz found the back of the net as well for the Ice Bears, putting them up 4-1.

Travis Jeke showed a lot of emotion on the ice, on his knees looking very dejected. Alternate Captain David Mazurek knew his team needed life, so he stepped up and delivered. Mazurek got one past Mason Pulde and brought the Marksmen within two. Just as soon as the Marksmen seemed to have life, Scott Cuthrell kicked the Marksmen back down with a goal. The Ice Bears entered the locker room with a 5-2 lead, leaving the Marksmen scratching their heads, despite doubling them up in shots.

The Marksmen refused to give up however, attacking the net hard and showing some signs of life. The first six shots-on-goal belonged to the Marksmen, providing them with some much needed hope. The hope, however, would be short-lived. Stanislav Dzakhov continued to give the Marksmen goaltenders nightmares, scoring for the Ice Bears and opening the wound even further for the Marksmen. Just when things seemed they couldn’t get any worse, Lucas Bombardier got his second of the night on the power play. The Marksmen came out of the gate swinging but struggled the rest of the night. By the time all was said and done, the final horn sounded with a 7-2 spot on the board.

The Marksmen are back home next weekend, Nov. 30th and Dec 1st against the Peoria Rivermen.

Our Nov. 30th game is our Outdoorsmen Night at 7 P.M., with a beard contest and so much appreciation of wildlife and the fun of the outdoors.

While our Dec. 1st game is our Faith & Family Night at 6 P.M., a celebration of family and the blessing of faith. This is a special celebration that you won’t want to miss.

If you can’t make it to the Crown to enjoy the excitement and action in person you can always watch on SPHL Live. The “Voice of the Marksmen” Shawn Bednard is also calling the action on the Marksmen Radio Network.

The Marksmen are back home NEXT WEEKEND, Friday, November 30 for Outdoorsmen Night, and Saturday, December 1 for Faith & Family Night. Tickets are available now by calling the Marksmen office at (910) 321-0123 or clicking on the date above!

For more information on the night, head to our Facebook page and click on the event page.

If you’re interested in partnering up with the Marksmen organization, or hearing about our season ticket packages, group packages, mini-plans, or advertising benefits in-arena or with the broadcast, email Director of Digital Marketing and Media Shawn Bednard, or call the Marksmen Office at (910) 321-0123.


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The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.