Marksmen End Winless Streak with Victory on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

Roanoke, VA- Chris Porter registered a three- point night, and 11 different skaters recorded a point, as the Fayetteville Marksmen defeated the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, 6-3, to end a seven-game winless streak, at the Berglund Center Thursday night.

Giving the home crowd energy midway through the first frame, Colin Murray made it a 1-0 game. Intercepting a lazy pass in the Marksmen zone, Murray executed patience and picked his spot, sliding the puck between the pads of Matt Zenzola.

Late in the opening period, the Marksmen evened things up at one. Working a pass from below the goal line, Jake Hauswirth found Myles McCauley in the slot for a quick wrister, giving him his first tally of the season.

Early in the second period, Porter gave his club the 2-1 lead, courtesy of a shorthanded marker. Pushing the puck out of his own zone, Porter tipped a pass back to Ludlow Harris, who immediately pushed the puck back to Porter for a one-timer between the pads of Brad Barone.

The Marksmen continued to carry much of the play for the middle frame and carried that momentum over to the final period.

Joe Kalisz took the puck to the right corner, just below the goal line and carried in towards the net, lifting a sharp-angled shot on Barone, finding just enough space between the pad and the post, giving the Marksmen a 3-1 lead.

Nearing the midway point of the third, Jake Wood found pay dirt while on the power play to make it 4-1. Wood camped out at the top of the left circle, took a pass from Porter and slid the puck past Barone.

Attempting to battle back, the Rail Yard Dawgs notched their second shorthanded strike of the night, this one coming off the stick of David Gandara, who was sprung on a breakaway feed from Steve Mele.

Porter continued his hot streak on the evening, giving the Marksmen a 5-2 lead with his second of the game. Forcing a turnover deep in the Rail Yard Dawgs’ zone, Porter took the puck off a defender’s stick and rifled home a shot to the far corner.

Putting an exclamation point on the night, Cody Walsh made it a 6-2 game with his second goal of the season. Kalisz let loose a canon from the right circle, which caromed off the pads of Barone and to the tape of Walsh, who came in from the blueline unmarked, for the easy tap in to the open net.

With less than a minute left to play, Mike Moroso pushed a loose puck past Zenzola during a scramble in front of the net, to make it a 6-3 final.

Game Notes: The Marksmen outshot the Rail Yard Dawgs, 44-24. It is the second time this season the Marksmen have netted five or more goals. Hauswirth is on a five-game point streak and has failed to register a point in only two contests this season. Zenzola picked up his first win of the season, stopping 21 of the 24 shots he faced.

Next Game: Friday, November 24, 2017 vs Macon Mayhem

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