For the first time this season, the Fayetteville Marksmen took a lead against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs Friday night. Simon Boyko capitalized on a derailed Rail Yard Dog play and got numbers with Cam "Sure Can" Cook who netted the first goal for the Marksmen at 10:47 to give the home team a 1-0 lead. This was not the last time the Cook/ Boyko provided offense for Fayetteville in the 1st. Max "Bang Ban Maxwell's Silver "Johnson got the puck into the offensive zone that resulted in a 2-0 goal. Cook reached the puck first and from behind the net fed it to Boyko in front ending the 1st period 2-0 Fayetteville
Tynan comes to Fayetteville after the Marksmen placed goaltender Connor O'Brien on IR. In 5 games with the FPHL Port Huron Prowlers Tynan sported a .930 SV%.Prior to his short FPHL stint Tynan was rock solid between the pipes for both the OHL Niagara IceDogs and Soo Greyhounds where he was 33-27-11 record in the regular season, with a .896 SV%. In 7 post-season appearances, he skated away with a 3-2-1 record, .925 SV% and 2.57 GAA.
Friday, Tynan made his SPHL debut as the Marksmen took on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs. Despite plenty of chances, neither team would score in the second period as Tynan stopped all 15 shots he faced. Fayetteville had a prime opportunity with a 3-on-5 power play sequence but Roanoke's defense locked things down
Roanoke got some traction and scored in a 30-second span to tie things up at the start of the final frame. Not long after, Roanoke make it 3-2 before Dalton Hunter could tie things up and force overtime. Connor 'Fries in the winter, Fries in the summer Fries and Kyle Soper got the assists on the goal with just 2:15 left in the third period.
Fayetteville's special teams shown in the OT frame. After another successful penalty kill, the Marksmen were given an opportunity on the powerplay. Brendon Michaelian got a solid diversion before passing to Johnson who slapped one on goal. Snatching the rebound, "Sure Can" Cook buried the game winner with 61 seconds left in overtime.
It was Peanuts Night Saturday at the Crown Coliseum as the Rail Yard Dogs came back for the second of a two game series.
Fayetteville's special teams that pulled them through in overtime the night before would be called on early as Cam Cook and Grant "Mc" Loven would find their way to the penalty box separately early in the first. And Roanoke would take advantage of Loven in the box to make it 1-0 which is how the period would end.
The second period did not start much better for the Marksmen as a penalty shot would make it 2-0. Another Rail Yard Dog would make it 3-0 despite Roanoke being bit by the penalty bug late in the period.
Recent SPHL Player of the week Anthony "Lurkin" Yurkins sent the sock and undies flying to the ice as the Marksmen were celebrating their annual drive.
One more goal from Max Johnson would be all the Marksmen could manage as the Rail Yard Dogs tacked on another power play goal to close out the series tying game 4-2.
Fayetteville is 6-3-1 in their last 10 and remain atop the SPHL standings with 26 points. Individually, Marksmen Cam Cook (tied for 1st) and Simon Boyko (tied for 2nd) remain in the top 5 in points with 19 and 18 respectively. Boyko is 3rd in goals with 10 with Max Johnson and Tyler Korbyn tied for 4th with 8.
Coming up for the Marksmen is 4 game stretch that will see 3 games on the road in three different cities (Birmingham, Macon, and Roanoke) with a quick home game (Roanoke) in the middle. With 17 home games still left in the season, there is plenty of time to make it to Fayetteville for a game.