FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Coming off their first loss of 2019, the Marksmen looked to go back to their winning ways Friday against the last-place Thunderbolts.
Goaltender Nathan Perry got off to a hot start, saving five Evansville shots in the first 10 minutes. The game stayed quiet for the first 16 minutes, then the Marksmen came out to play.
With 3:38 left in the opening period, the Marksmen finally got it going, as Cody Brown dished off a pass to Nolan Sheeran and he opened the scoring in the contest. That goal was Nolan’s fourth on the season, his first since December 1st against Peoria.
The second period started very similar to how the opening period did; high-quantity, low-quality shots, and no scoring. The Marksmen had two powerplays but couldn’t convert, contrary to their recent success on the man-advantage.
With only five and a half minutes remaining in the period, Evansville tied it up as Captain Rory Rawlyk sent one past goaltender Nathan Perry, his first goal of the season. With the game tied at one, the Marksmen were determined to go into the dressing room with the lead after the period.
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