01/27/2019 12:54 PM -
Defenseman, Nick Wright is well known for his fighting prowess and tough guy persona, making plenty of progress in improving his offensive and defensive capabilities throughout the season. Tonight, Wright was finally rewarded for his efforts with his first SPHL goal, helping the Thunderbolts rally three times to win in Fayetteville, 4-3 through a shootout.
Ben Owen got the scoring started in the early second period with an assist from Carter Shinkaruk at 58 seconds. The bulk of the goals, however, would come in the third period. Fayetteville would score twice, including from former Bolts captain Cory Melkert, 2:41 apart to take a 2-1 lead. Only 36 seconds after Melkert’s goal would come Wright’s goal at 9:58 to tie the game at 2-2. On the power play, the Marksmen would regain the lead with a goal only 33 seconds after Wright’s goal, at 10:31. The Bolts would battle back once again, after gaining a 5-on-3 power play, Frank Schumacher blasted home a one-time shot from Eric Salzillo and Rory Rawlyk at 12:02. The game would see outstanding goaltending at both ends, as Alex Murray and Fayetteville netminder Nathan Perry went save-for-save at times, robbing players on both sides. The game would require overtime, and then after five minutes, a shootout. Fayetteville would score on their first shot, but again the Bolts would rally after Carter Shinkaruk scored to end the first round 1-1. After a save by Murray, the Thunderbolts gained the lead off of a goal by Nick D’Avolio, however Fayetteville would tie it up on the next shot, followed by a Perry save to force a fourth round. With another save by Murray, Shayne Morrissey would score to give the Thunderbolts a 3-2 shootout lead, and one last save by Murray would seal the deal, as the Thunderbolts celebrated a much needed 4-3 victory.
Morrissey had one goal in regulation plus the shootout-winning goal, along with a fighting major. Wright, Schumacher and Owen also picked up goals, while Murray made 31 saves in regulation and 3 saves on 5 shootout attempts. The Thunderbolts conclude the weekend series with Fayetteville tomorrow afternoon at the Crown Coliseum at 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT. You can catch the action on SPHL Live and on the Thunderbolts Radio Network. The Thunderbolts return home on February 8th as they host the Huntsville Havoc. Tickets are available at or at the Ford Center Box Office.