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But Ferraro struck again soon after, a shot sneaking past Storm keeper Peter Di Salvo at 12:20.
In the right place at the right time, Ferraro completed the hat trick less than three minutes later, foiling a shot past Di Salvo to give the Thunderbolts a 3-1 lead at 12:47.
“In the first half we looked scared, in the second half we looked scared,” said head coach Dave Pszenyczny. “Your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and then everyone has to do their job too. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that tonight.
The Storm returned to the game shortly before the end of the period. After Tommy Tsicos and Paul Fregeau both received two-minute minors, Cole Golka hit the puck through the air and into the net. After a brief discussion about a high stick, the goal was to reduce the lead to 3-2 at 4:13 pm of the period.
Fournier also assisted on Golka’s goal, a welcome sign for the 2012 NHL Draft pick, who was playing his first game since Oct. 29, 2016.
The Thunderbolts doubled their lead early in the second period. After the Storm failed to capitalize on a solid scoring attempt, Brandon Lubin picked up the puck the other way around and buried a shot over Di Salvo’s shoulder at 5:51 in the second period. .
“We’re not burying that one, they go down and mark and it’s like, sacred, what a turn of events,” Pszenyczny said. “Hit poles, that’s the game of hockey. “