MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Motor City Down Wolves in OT
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - For just the third time this season the Motor City Rockers and Watertown Wolves would square off in FPHL action on this Friday evening. And just like the previous two meetings, this one took place in the Watertown Municipal Arena. The Wolves won both of the earlier season matchups with the Rockers.
The first twenty minutes of play was an up and down affair with each team getting a fair amount of good looks at the goal with Motor City outshooting Watertown 19 to 10, but the Rockers netminder Ricardo Gonzalez and Watertown's Josh Rosenzweig were up to the challenge keeping the score at zeros through the first period.
At 2:34 of the second, Watertown's Josh Tomasi would break the scoreless tie when he was able to lift a shot from the left side circle over the blocker of Gonzalez for his fourth goal of the year, giving the Wolves the 1-0 lead. Marc Bottero and William Godnbout were both credited with assists on the goal.
The Rockers' TJ Sneath would knot that game at 1 each on a beautiful redirect on a shot from the high slot area from Declan Conway at 10:25, for his 8th goal of the season. Pavel Svintsov would also get credited with an assist.
But just over a minute later, Watertown would jump right back into the lead on a Chiwetin Blacksmith goal as he was able to just race down the right hand side and then drive to the front of the goal and beat Gonzalez at the 11:50 mark giving the Wolves a 2-1 lead. Dustin Henning would get the helper on the goal.
At the 12:23 mark Chase DiBari was able to get loose in front of the Rockers goal on a pass from Blacksmith, and slid the puck through Gonzalez's five hole, extending the Wolves lead to 3-1. Also credited with an assist was Mike Mecurio.
Adam Kuhn added a powerplay goal for the Rockers to cut the score to 3-2 at the 17:24 point of the period as he got free in front of the Watertown goal and stuffed one under Rosenzweig to get Motor City back within one.
The second period ended with that score, with Watertown out shooting Motor City 16 to 9 in the frame.
Period number three again was a back and forth contest with each team getting quality scoring chances, but it took until the 15:21 mark before the goal lamp lit up once again. This time it was Motor City's TJ Delaney netting the second power play goal of the night for the Rockers knotting the game at 3-3. Josh Colton with the assist. For Delaney that was goal number 10 on the season.
Regulation time would end at 3-3 sending the game to overtime. The Rockers outshot the Wolves 17 to 10 in the third.
At 2:35 of the overtime the Motor City Rockers completed the comeback when Jameson Milam lifted a rebound over a sprawling Rosenzweig, with an assist from Roman Gaudet.
Total shots on goal for the evening would be 47 to 37 in favor of Watertown.
The Wolves will be home again on Saturday evening as they host the Danbury Hat Tricks at 730, while the Rockers will head two hours south in New York State to take on the Binghamton Black Bears at 7:00
Rockers Erase Two Goal Lead, Tame Wolves With 4-3 OT Win
by Ben Szilagy
Watertown, NY - The Motor City Rockers offense struggled to get going on Friday night, but it found a way to stop chasing goals and earn and overtime win on Friday night against the Wolves.
It was the first win of the season against the Wolves for Motor City.
Both teams skated to a scoreless tie in the first period before the Wolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second period.
Watertown forward Marc Bottero walked the puck from the d-zone into the offensive end. A poke check from the Rockers left the puck in the circle where Joshua Tomasi backhanded the rubber disc past Ricky Gonzalez for the first lead of the game 2:34 into the middle frame.
Motor City was struggling to find its offense but got an opportunity to tie the score, 1-1, when Declan Conway fired a shot from the point that was deflected in front by TJ Sneath for his third straight game with a goal midway through the second.
Sneath now has a point in eight of his first nine games in Motor City.
Watertown’s Chiwetin Blacksmith picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and worked his way into the Rockers’ end. As he entered the right circle Blacksmith offered a power move towards the goal and fired a shot for a 2-1 lead two minutes later.
The Wolves extended the lead when Blacksmith chipped the puck ahead to Chase DiBari as he slipped behind the Rocker defense for his sixth goal of the season and a dominating two goal lead, 3-1 with 7:37 to play.
The best power play in the league helped Motor City stay in the game when Josh Colten carried the puck into the zone and centered it to Adam Kuhn for a prime scoring opportunity in between the hashes. Kuhn buried the shot to cut into the lead 3-2 for his first PPG of the season with 2:36 to play in the second period.
Another Rockers power play Colten fired the puck from the outside that was initially saved. Kuhn slid the puck toward a sprawled Josh Rosenzweig that went through his five-hole. TJ Delaney picked up the puck in the crease and put it in the net for a tying goal 3-3 with 4:37 remaining in the third period.
Motor City earned the win when Roman Gaudet settled the puck down in the Rockers end, and gave an outlet pass to Jameson Milam. Milam quickly attacked the offensive zone and followed up his own shot in overtime and just beat a sprawling Rosenzweig for his first GWG of the year and a 4-3 win.
Ricky Gonzalez earned the start and stopped 44 out of 47 shots. Rosenzweig stopped 33 of 37.
The Rockers will travel to Binghamton to take on the Black Bears for the first time this season as Motor City looks to continue to chip into the Black Bears’ Empire Division lead. The puck drop is at 7:05pm.