Thunder Win Third Straight

by Mike Basile

      The Delaware Thunder were off to Watertown looking for their third win in a row. The Wolves have struggled a bit of late and the Thunder were looking to take advantage of that. The two met in Watertown for game one of their home and home weekend series. 

    It was Aaron Taylor against Jeremy Pominville, the same goaltending matchup as the first two meetings. Early in the first, both teams had a few defensive breakdowns, but both goalies stood tall. The first goal of the game would come late in period number one on a Wolves power-play. It was a short-handed goal scored by the Delaware Thunder. Anton Kalinin cleared the defensive zone and sprung Evgeni Demin on a breakaway. Demin made no mistake and scored over the blocker of Pominville.  Aaron Taylor stopped all 19 of the Wolves shots in the first. 

   Delaware would score the opening goal of period two as well. Once again, it was a short-handed goal. This time it was Evgenii Demin to Anton Kalinin. Kalinin got in alone and buried a backhander glove side on Pominville. The Wolves would finally solve Aaron Taylor with less than one minute to go in the second. Joseph Deveny forced a turnover in front and Dominik Bogdziul made no mistake.  After two periods of play, it was 2-1.

   Delaware came out guns blazing to start the third. The first goal of the third came just 4:28 in. Thomas Munichiello netted his first of the season to give the Thunder a 3-1 lead. Jack Weng would add to the lead to put the Thunder up 4-1. Then with just over 5 minutes to play Watertown would score twice within 14 seconds of one another. Joseph Deveny scored followed by Kyle Powell.  The Wolves made a late push to tie the game but couldn't beat Aaron Taylor. Taylor made 55 saves on 58 shots. The Thunder are back at the Thunderdome Saturday night for a rematch with the Wolves.