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DAWGS FALL IN OT IN FRONT OF LARGEST CROWD IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

ROANOKE, Va. – The Rail Yard Dawgs outshot the Evansville Thunderbolts, 50-19, and got a goal from Oleksandr Liulchuk but ultimately had to settle for only one point as they fell in overtime, 2-1, Saturday night at Berglund Center. The Dawgs welcomed a franchise record crowd of 6,301.

Roanoke came out flying but was unable to crack Braeden Ostepchuk in the opening period. They fired 17 shots on net in the first but didn’t open the scoring until just over five minutes into the second. Liulchuk gathered a loose puck in the slot and fired a backhander to the net. It sailed through traffic and past a screened Ostepchuk, making the score 1-0.

Evansville eventually picked up its goaltender near the halfway point of the third as Nick D’Avolio and Ben Owen gained the zone on a two-on-one rush. D’Avolio snapped a shot that Brad Barone stopped but Owen knocked in the rebound and the game was tied at one.

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Photo Credit: Richard Hankins, Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs