3rd period comeback not enough in 4-3 loss.
Charlotte sure knew how to pack the house tonight, as a near sellout crowd cheered on their home team to a 4-3 victory over the 9-5 (5-2 ACC) NC State Icepack. Tonight wasn’t just the fans, it was the team as a whole. The now 11-6-1 (5-4 ACC) 49ers took advantage of all mistakes, banged in loose change and kept the Icepack in their zone.
Once again, discipline was the story of this game, as State found themselves in the sin bin for over 10 times, the second in two games, and gave up 3 power play goals, also the second in two games. The scoring started just a few seconds into the power play, as Matt McCoy from Charlotte was able to squeak his shot through the five hole of Joey Hall. Another goal by Thomas Gilmartin was scored not too much later, another dirty goal, assisted by the team goals and points leader in Andrew Miller, who finished off the night with 2 assists, as the Pack kept him out of the goal column. Charlotte delivered two more goals in the second period before being held without a score in the third.
Hayden Dewey brought life to the Carolina Division leading Icepack as he picked up a rebound off of Ryan Lenzmeier’s original shot on the penalty kill less than 5 minutes into the third. Not too much later, Merchant reaffirmed the dominance of the 2nd line as he banged in one of his first goals of the season.
“Kinney, Tyler [Alfonzetti], and Trevor [Merchant] played before… and they work,” said the Veteran Head Coach Mike Gazzillo. “They work very well together.”
Dewey then found the scoresheet once again, finding the puck in the haystack of players and poking it in. The comeback came ever so close to completion, but the final face-off was lost, and the puck travelled out of reach. But for the team and the coaching staff, this wasn’t a heartbreaking loss.
“I told [Assistant Coach Geoff Wing] to go into the locker room and tell the guys that they should feel proud,” Gazzillo told the PackTV Radio team. “They had a good comeback, and now we’ll just take the good period we had here and carry the momentum into tomorrows game against Clemson.”
The Icepack will now take on the D3 Clemson Tigers at 9:45PM tonight to finish off the double header. PackTV’s radio crew of Ethan Barry and Zak Selwaeh will begin their call at 9:30PM with a game preview on WKNC 88.1.