A week of three great promotions were just part of an over all successful week for the Fayetteville Marksmen. Even with their 8 game point streak snapped with a loss to Knoxville, the Marksmen bounced back with two wins over the Huntsville Havoc.
Wednesday was one of two School Days games that partnered the Marksmen with local schools to bring 7,559 students and teachers to Crown Coliseum for a special 10:00 am puck drop against the Knoxville Ice Bears. Fayetteville would fall behind 1-0 in the 1st period. Todd Goehring, who has since been called up to the Worcester Railers in the ECHL, scored his third goal of the season with help from Connor “Fries in the Summer, Fries in the Winter” Fries and Cam “Sure Can” Cook. Knoxville would get the better of two consecutive powerplays and make things 3-1. They would add the empty netter in the closing minute to end things at 4-1.
Friday, the “Most Junior Hurricanes Reporter”, and Cardiac Canes staff from the Raleigh branch pulled out our cowboy boots for Catfish and Country Music Night as the Cape Fear Catfish took on the Huntsville Havoc. The first period ended knotted even on the scoreboard and the shot counter. Catfish goalie Ryan Kenny to that point was on “shutout” watch having blocked all 8 shots Huntsville put on goal.
With his 5th of the season. Simon Boyko sent the Catfish sailing to the eyes and got the Catfish on the board early in the second frame. Huntsville wrecked the Catfish goal and answered back near the halfway mark. Again the period would end with a tied game.
Dalton Hunter re-took the Cape Fear lead with the man advantage for his second of the year with an assist from Brendon Michaelian (5) picked up the secondary assist. Tyler Kobryn originally sailed the shot in for Hunter to deflect. Kyle Soper netted his first goal of the season on an empty netter from the defensive zone with under a minute left.
The win extended Fayetteville’s standings lead for first place in the SPHL to three points, over the Peoria Rivermen.
We had an absolute blast and were so impressed with the game and the promotions around. The Most Junior Hurricanes Reporter had plenty of music to cut a rug to and the catfish on the ice was a hit. We will certainly be back again!
Saturday saw the third of three great promotions for the Marksmen as Shaggy and the gang parked the Mystery Machine in Fayetteville to see the hometown boys take on the Havoc again. Marksmen Dalton Hunter put an end to a Huntsville clearing attempt and shot on goal which was tipped in perfectly for Grant “Mc”Loven. The assist was Hunter’s 7th of the season and the goals was Loven’s 3rd. Huntsville was able to get on the scoreboard before the intermission and the teams went to their locker rooms tied.
In the second period, it was deja vu all over again as Hunter connected with Loven to make things 2-1. But like the 1st, the Havoc came back to tie the game just minutes after the goal. They would added one more before the end of the period
In the third, the game picked up it’s third tie of the night. Cam Cook finished off a passing play from Kyle Soper at the 10:15. Kyle Soper would score his second goal for the weekend with a slapper off a faceoff won by Billy Jerry 50 seconds later. The goal would give the Marksmen a lead they would not surrender. Tyler Kobryn notched his sixth of the season on an empty nett goal to put the game to bed.
The Marksmen extended their standings lead for first place in the SPHL to five points over the Peoria Rivermen.
If you can, make your way to Fayetteville’s Crown Coliesum for a Fayetteville Marksmen game. We had an absolute blast, and will be back again. The atmosphere is great and the team is playing fantastic hockey. They have a calendar full of great promotions that will get everyone into the game.