Enforcers Drop Game 1, 7-3

by Jon Kliment

The Elmira Enforcers and Carolina Thunderbirds set to square off for the Commissioner’s Cup finals. Game one was set to get underway in Winston-Salem as the two top teams during the regular season got together for the best of five series.

Period one was reminiscent of the season series. The Enforcers won the first four faceoffs of the game, but Michael Bunn got the scoring started early just 2:15 into the period. The Thunderbirds then found themselves up by three as Beau Walker and Karel Drahorad scored within two minutes of each other. Elmira showed their never give up spirit though as Ahmed Mahfouz and Stepan Timofeyev came in two on one but they couldn’t seem to find a way to bury it until Kyle Stevens came in and tapped home the puck at 18:52. The first period ended with a huge discrepancy in the shots on goal as Carolina had 21 and Elmira had only 6.

The second stanza started much like the first as Walker and Bunn both scored again for Carolina in the first 10 minutes of the period. Jiri Pestuka put a sixth by Passingham at 11:27, but once again the Enforcers got the last word in the period as Sean Reynolds was able to put a puck by Pavlas again this time after getting his own rebound on a wrap around and finally sliding it past the Carolina netminder. The shots on goal ended 37-20 after two in favor of Carolina with the third period on the horizon.

The third period saw the Enforcers pushed the pace, but Carolina struck first yet again as Josh Pietrantonio gave them a 7-2 lead which brought in Nick Niedert to replace starter Troy Passingham. JT Walters buried one :50 later, but that is all Elmira could muster. The Enforcers lost out on the shot board in total 47-29


 The series sits in Carolina’s favor 1-0 with another game tomorrow night at 6:05 pm in Carolina. Tickets are still available for game 3 back at home at First Arena by calling 607-734- PUCK, going on to Tickets.com, or visiting our box office!