For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2018
ROANOKE SPRINTS PAST FAYETTEVILLE, 4-2
Tanner Creel stops 42 in Dawgs win
ROANOKE, Va. – Tanner Creel made 42 saves and the Roanoke offense scored three unanswered goals in the second period as the Rail Yard Dawgs handled the Fayetteville Marksmen, 4-2, Saturday night at the Crown Coliseum.
Roanoke snagged control in the second period. With the Dawgs working on a power play and trailing 2-1, Ben Bauer fired a shot from outside the left wing circle that Alex Murray stopped. Cody Dion however was able to swat the rebound into the net, tying the game at two.
Just over two minutes later the Dawgs power play connected again, this time while working with a two-man advantage. Jeff Jones controlled the puck along the left wing boards and patiently waited until Colin Murray drifted to the slot. He slid a pass that Murray one-timed high past Alex Murray and Roanoke regained the lead.
The Dawgs added to that advantage later in the third when Dion found the puck loose on a broken play and fed Lane King in the high slot. He fired a snap shot that hit the back of the net, pushing the advantage to 4-2.
Meanwhile, Creel was solid in the Dawgs net. Fayetteville hurled 16 shots at him in the third period but was unable to break through again as the Dawgs held on for the 4-2 victory.
Roanoke struck first just under a minute and a half into the opening period. King put a shot on net that Murray stopped but Jones crashed the net for the rebound and smacked the puck in to make it 1-0.
The Marksmen fought back later in the first period with a Carl Greco power play goal that tied it. Fayetteville struck again just ten seconds later after winning the ensuing faceoff and setting up Travis Jeke for a one-timer that made it 2-1.
Dion, Jones and King each had a goal and an assist to pace the Dawgs offense. Creel faced 44 shots and made 42 saves to earn the win in net.
The Rail Yard Dawgs improved to 4-4-0 with the victory while Fayetteville dropped to 4-5-1. Roanoke returns to action at home on Thanksgiving Night again against the Marksmen. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Berglund Center. Air time on the Haley Toyota Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey Network is set for 6:50 PM.