PORT HURON PROWLERS at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Rockers Home Streak Snapped Behind 5-3 Loss To Port Huron
by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI - The Motor City Rockers home winning streak was snapped at the hands of the Port Huron Prowlers on Friday night in a 5-3 loss.
It’s the first time the Rockers lost to Port Huron on home ice since Dec. 9th.
After a scoreless first period, Port Huron delivered the first punch early in the second period at the 34-second mark.
Tristan Sims moved the puck out of the defensive zone for Port Huron and on the stick of Sam Merit. Merit walked the puck on attack creating a 2-on-1 for the Prowlers with Mitch Jones. After centering a pass to Jones, Jones held it and sent it back to Merit for a 1-0 lead.
The Prowlers were able to add onto its lead with 2:30 left in the second period when Alex Johnson received a quick outlet pass in stride from Dalton Jay and fired the puck from a shallow angle in the near circle that cut through the fabric of Trevor Babin’s sweater for a 2-0 lead and his seventh of the year.
Austin Fetterly intercepted the puck in the far circle and fired in a goal for a 3-0 lead to start the third period before Motor City got on the board.
Rockers Forward Adam Kuhn received a no-look back-handed pass from Tim Delaney for Kuhn’s fourth in seven games since joining Motor City on Dec 30th that cut into the lead 3-1.
Delaney’s assist broke a 20-game point drought and was his first professional point of his career. Cam Burt who is playing in his second game with Motor City earned his first assist of the season as well.
Dalton Jay added the Prowlers’ fourth goal of the night stopping any gained momentum on a short handed goal during a Rockers’ power play with 13:08 left in the third period. The Rockers added a power play goal back, however, 28-second later off the stick of TJ Sneath who scored his ninth of the season to pull the Rockers within two, 4-2.
Jonathan Juliano added another tally on the rebound two minutes later that pulled Motor City within one, 4-3, with 10:14 to play before Liam Freeborn capped the scoring with his 13th of the year with 2:21 to play.
Motor City and Port Huron will play on Saturday at McMorran Place at 8pm on Silverstick Night where the Prowlers honor PeeWee and Bantam aged teams who come to the region to play in SilverStick Tournaments.
PROWLERS SURVIVE ROCKERS IN MOTOR CITY
by Will Wiegelman
Fraser, MI - The Port Huron Prowlers edged out a 5-3 win over the Motor City Rockers at Big Boy Arena on Jan. 19. The Prowlers scored three times on five shots in the third period.
The scoring didn’t begin until the second as Tucker Tynan and Trevor Babin were perfect in the opening 20. Less than a minute into the middle period, a series of bounces off the boards sent Sam Marit on a rush with Mitch Jones. Marit sent a pass across, Jones returned it and Marit tapped it home to make it 1-0.
With under three to play in the period, Alex Johnson flew up the left-wing wall and sent a wrist shot from below the hash marks and outside the faceoff circle that fooled Babin to make it 2-0.
Less than two minutes into the third, Austin Fetterly tried a return feed to Liam Freeborn on a two-on-one but it was blocked by a sliding Jameson Milam. Fetterly stole the puck back and fired it home to open up a three-goal Port Huron lead. A few minutes later, Cam Burt found Tim Delaney who, in turn, fed Adam Kuhn on a three-on-two to put Motor City on the board.
The Rockers got a power play but Josh Colten’s pass along the blue line was stolen by Dalton Jay. He scored on the breakaway to restore the three-goal advantage. The goal was Prowlers’ all-time leading scorer’s 200th with the team.
Motor City did get a power play goal seconds later as the puck slid through for TJ Sneath on the back door. Then, Jonathan Juliano banged home a rebound at the side of the crease to pull the Rockers within one.
Johnson jumped up on a rush with under three minutes to play and sent a pass to the middle of the ice that Liam Freeborn touched home to make it 5-3 and end Motor City’s hopes at a comeback.
Johnson and Jay finished with a goal and an assist apiece while Jones had two helpers. Tynan made 30 saves in net.
Milam and Burt led the way for Motor City with two assists each while Babin took the loss after stopping 18 shots.
The rivals are back at it at McMorran Place on Jan. 20 at 8 P.M. Tickets are available at phprowlers.com/tickets.