For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2016



Roanoke wins first home game


ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs rode two power play goals to a 4-2 victory over the Fayetteville FireAntz, Friday night at the Berglund Center. Roanoke won its third straight game and its first at home.

The Dawgs never trailed in the game as they struck first on the man advantage at 13:21 in the first. Peter Gintoli found space in the high slot and snapped a wrist shot over the catching glove of Fayetteville goaltender Sean Bonar. It was Gintoli’s first of the season, the first home goal for the Rail Yard Dawgs and it gave Roanoke a 1-0 lead.

On the ensuing shift, the Rail Yard Dawgs won the faceoff and quickly gained the zone. Gintoli fed Michael Turner to the right of the crease and he snuck a one-timer past Bonar’s short side. Eight seconds elapsed between goals and the Dawgs took a 2-0 lead.

Fayetteville would answer 47 seconds later however as Vytal Cote threw a puck on net and played the rebound off of Anderson’s pad. He buried the second chance to cut it down to 2-1.

In the second, Steve Mele provided some breathing room. After Nick Schneider scrambled to keep the puck in the attacking zone, he found Mele at a sharp angle on the left wing. Mele’s initial shot was turned aside but he followed with a rebound between the legs of Bonar to extend the lead to 3-1.

The FireAntz gained momentum late in the period after Sean Roberston blocked a Mele shot and led an odd-man rush the other way. He slid a pass to Joe Harcharik who slapped it past Anderson, once again bringing the Roanoke lead back down to one.

Fayetteville controlled the action in the third, out-shooting the Rail Yard Dawgs, 11-5. But they could not solve Anderson, who made 11 saves in the period as Roanoke held onto the lead. At 18:28 with the Dawgs on the power play, Tim Boyle fired a one-timer from the point. Bonar made the save but Jackson Brewer was waiting for the rebound and knocked it in the open net to make it 4-2 and cement the victory.

Roanoke went 2-for-5 with a man advantage and now has power play goals in four straight games. Anderson made 32 saves on 30 shots, Schneider and Bryan Dallaire each notched two assists and Gintoli picked up a goal and an assist.

The Rail Yard Dawgs improved to 3-2-0 in the winning effort while Fayetteville dropped to 3-2-0 with the loss. The Rail Yard Dawgs will welcome the Huntsville Havoc to town on Saturday to complete the weekend set. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at the Berglund Center.