Thunderbirds find pot of gold, win 9-0 over Mentor

Thunderbirds find pot of gold, win 9-0 over Mentor

By James Jackson

March 16, 2019

Winston-Salem, NC - As if the Carolina Thunderbirds needed anymore luck this season, they donned their special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys.  Finding a pot of gold in front of 3,175 fans, the Thunderbirds came away with a 9-0 victory Saturday night. The Thunderbirds continued to show why they are currently the best team in the Federal Hockey League.

Joe Cangelosi and the returning Taylor Love found themselves on the verge of a hat-trick, recording two goals each. Thunderbirds leading scorer Jan Salak scored his 23rd goal of the 2018-2019 campaign. Mike Baker, Karol Drahorad, Michael Bunn and Ray Boudiette also scored for the Thunderbirds. Mike Baker (4 points) and Joe Cangelosi (3 points) came up big for the Thunderbirds in the attacking end all night.

Christian Pavlas also put on a clinic in the crease all night. Pavlas recorded his fifth shutout of the FHL season, the most in league history.

Although they dominated the game, Carolina also claimed 4 of the 5 penalties throughout the game. Pavlas stopped all 19 shots-on-goal, making it seem like a walk in the park.

The same can’t be said about the Mentor Ice Breakers, who struggled in the crease all night. Kelly Curl was signed by the Ice Breakers Saturday morning following an injury from their starting goaltender. Curl, a former Thunderbird, was unable to stop five shots from his former team. After being down 5-0 in the second period, Derek Moser found himself having the same problem. Moser allowed four goals past, making Mentor’s night even worse.

Mentor’s problems can’t all be thrown in the direction of the goalkeepers. The Ice Breakers had to sign four local players Saturday morning after injuries and suspensions plagued the team.

The Thunderbirds sweep the weekend and receive 3 points, pushing their season total to 130. The Ice Breakers remain in the basement of the FHL standings with just 45 points.

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