For Immediate Release:

February 28, 2017



Mike Baker scores first SPHL goal in loss

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs got a late goal from Mike Baker to avoid being shut out but fell to the Fayetteville FireAntz, 4-1, Tuesday night at the Crown Coliseum.

The FireAntz took an early lead less than three minutes into the game as Justin Hussar beat James Kruger to make it 1-0. Fayetteville padded that advantage later in the period when Tayler Thompson took a pass from Joe Kalisz and shot it past Kruger, extending the lead to 2-0.

Fayetteville managed two more in the second. Thompson netted his second just over six minutes into the period to make it 3-0. He finished with two goals and pushed his SPHL-leading point total to 45.

Brandon Lubin scored with 96 seconds to play in the second period to extend the lead to 4-0. Baker then got the Dawgs on the board at the 11:08 mark of the third period. Signed to a contract before the game, the blueliner’s first SPHL goal cut the deficit to 4-1.

Sean Bonar made 30 saves on 31 shots to earn the victory. Kruger stopped 35 of the 39 shots he saw and was tagged as the losing goaltender.

Roanoke dropped to 14-22-6 with the loss while Fayetteville improved to 26-13-2. The Rail Yard Dawgs will return to action on Friday night in Peoria for their first-ever meeting against the Rivermen. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM CST at Carver Arena

2017-18 Rail Yard Dawgs season tickets are on sale now! Seats can be reserved by visiting the Rail Yard Dawgs office inside of the Berglund Center or over the phone at 540-344-3294.