Comeback Comes Up Just Short In Bizarre Meeting With Marksmen

PHOTO CREDIT-Emily Fisher

The Storm finished on the wrong side of the most bizarre game in the young franchise’s history Friday night in their first ever meeting with the Fayetteville Marksmen. 

Things couldn’t have started worse.  Brandon McMartin scored 3:12 into the first period to put the Marksmen up 1-0 and the home team would go on to score three goals in a minute and nineteen seconds starting at the 9:20 mark to make it 4-0 with more than nine minutes remaining in the first frame. 

The third goal chased Peter Di Salvo and Ryan Mulder, after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced, proceeded to batten down the hatches.  Mulder finished with 35 saves on 36 shots and opened the door for a comeback to materialize.

Brian Rowland started the effort up front by going coast-to-coast short handed and sniping a wrist shot over the shoulder of Nathan Perry to make it 4-1 two and a half minutes into the second period.

Michael Casale made it a two-goal game against his former team when he deflected a Sean Kacerosky bomb from the point passed Perry.

The whackiness got rolling during the final media timeout of the third period.  The Storm, trailing 4-2, had come close to making it 4-3 on a 5 on 3 power play chance earlier in the period.  The goal light came on when Dean Yakura fired a shot by Perry that hit the post but was waived off emphatically by the linesman.  Minutes later during the first stoppage, after both penalties had been killed, the officials came together and reversed the no-goal to make it a 4-3 game, added the time elapsed back on the clock and returned Joe Osaka to the penalty box to recreate the game scenario when the goal had previously been waived off.

Unfortunately the Storm couldn’t find an equalizer and an empty net goal cut the comeback short giving the Marksmen a 5-3 win.

The Storm will be back at the Crown Coliseum for a 5:00 CST start tomorrow night!  Listen live on 107.7 Vintage Radio!

Brian Rothenberger