For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2016
DAWGS OUT-GUNNED IN OT, 3-2
Roanoke out-shot by Huntsville, 48-19
ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs got two goals from Tyler Gjurich but fell to the Huntsville Havoc in overtime, 3-2, Saturday Night at the Berglund Center. Roanoke goaltender Ryan de Melo made 45 saves on 48 shots in the losing effort.
With the game tied at two in overtime, Jackson Brewer was called for a tripping minor, sending Huntsville to the power play. Working with the man-advantage, Sy Nutkevitch found Dylan Nowakowski for a one-timer that snuck past de Melo short side for the game-winning goal.
Gjurich started the scoring in the second period. He gained the zone on a three-on-one rush, carried the puck on net and beat Adam Courchaine under the crossbar to give the Dawgs a 1-0 lead.
The Havoc answered quickly as Tyler French found open ice in the slot and sent a snap shot past de Melo’s blocker. French’s first career goal tied the game at one. But Roanoke countered just 23 seconds later when Steve Mele kept a puck in the attacking zone. He found Jackson Brewer on the left wing who snapped a pass to Gjurich streaking for the back post. Gjurich tapped the puck past the lunging Courchaine and put the Rail Yard Dawgs back on top, 2-1.
Nolan Huysmans tied the game in the third on a set play off of a faceoff. Nutkevitch won the draw to Nowakowski who set up Huysmans in front. He slid the puck through de Melo’s five hole and tied the game at two.
The Havoc out-shot the Rail Yard Dawgs 48-19 for the game and 20-2 during the third period and overtime. Gjurich scored twice, Mele and Brewer picked up a pair of assists and de Melo stopped 45 of the 48 shots he faced.
Roanoke dropped to 3-2-1 with the loss and Huntsville improved to 5-1-0. The Dawgs will return to action at the Berglund Center on Thursday against the Knoxville Ice Bears at 7:05 PM.