FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Avenging their early season loss to Evansville on Friday, the Marksmen looked to seal another series victory Saturday at the Crown for OPERATION: 8LACKOUT (pres. by Rustic Burger) in front of 4,017 fans.
The contest started the same as the previous night; uneventful. Both teams peppered the net with shots, putting both goaltenders to work.
Nathan Perry once again got the call for Fayetteville, trying to defend his perfect 5-0 record. Contrary to him was someone very familiar to Fayetteville: former-Marksmen Alex Murray. Murray was waived by Fayetteville on December 17th, he made a stop in Knoxville before being picked up by Evansville ahead of this weekend. Murray got the call Saturday against his former team, his first start with his new squad.
The game remained scoreless after one, with the shot numbers skyrocketing. Fayetteville sent the puck at the net 12 times, and Evansville 13. After a first period of shooting and not scoring, the teams looked to flip the script.
Under a minute into the second period, the game changed. For the second day in a row, Evansville scored first and made the Marksmen play with a deficit, as Evansville’s Ben Owen sent one into the net :58 in. The goal was Owen’s third of the year, giving the Thunderbolts a 1-0 lead. Fayetteville is used to playing from behind, and usually follows it up with a goal of their own – today was different.
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Photo: Brian Collett/Fayetteville Marksmen