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NO LUCK FOR DAWGS IN 4-3 OVERTIME LOSS

 

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2017

 

NO LUCK FOR DAWGS IN 4-3 OVERTIME LOSS

Zach Tatrn scores twice in OT setback to Peoria

ROANOKE, VA – 60 minutes were not enough for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and the Peoria Rivermen on Friday night at the Berglund Center as the Dawgs were edged by the Rivermen in overtime, 4-3. Zach Tatrn had two goals and Cody Walsh recorded a goal and an assist in the loss.

Peoria struck first in the opening period. Connor Gorman intercepted a pass and teed up Jeff Jones for a one-timer that beat James Kruger to make it 1-0.

The Dawgs offense would rebound in a big way in the second. Just under five minutes into the period, Walsh took a slap shot from the high slot that rang off the post. Tatrn was waiting on the doorstep and slammed the loose puck home to tie the game.

Later, with Roanoke on a penalty kill, Tatrn took the puck away from a Rivermen skater at center ice and glided in on the attack. He toe-dragged around a defender and slung a wrist shot past Storm Phaneuf to give the Dawgs the lead.

Roanoke would extend that lead later in the period when Peter Gintoli put a shot on net that bounced off Phaneuf’s pad, deflected off a skate and sat to the right of the left-wing faceoff circle. Walsh sprinted in from the blue line and hammered a shot to the back of the net, extending the Roanoke advantage to 3-1.

Peoria went back to work in the third however, first with Jones netting a rebound goal. Later, with less than five minutes to play in regulation, Ryan Keller beat Kruger from the right wing on a power play and the game was tied at three.

Both teams had chances in overtime, notably for Roanoke when Phil Bronner was taken down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. He glided in and deked to his backhand but could not get the shot on net and the game remained tied.

The Rivermen eventually netted the game-winner on a slap shot by Dave Pszenyczny that deflected off a body on its way to the net before sneaking by Kruger, forcing the Dawgs to settle for one point.

Tatrn finished with two goals and now has six goals in his last six games. Walsh had a goal and an assist and Kruger made 34 saves on 38 shots.

The Rail Yard Dawgs moved to 15-26-7 in the overtime loss while the Rivermen improved to 27-11-10. Roanoke and Peoria will conclude the season series against one another on Saturday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at the Berglund Center.

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.

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