MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at PORT HURON PROWLERS
PROWLERS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT TO MOTOR CITY
by Will Wiegelman
Port Huron, MI - The Port Huron Prowlers fell 3-2 for the second straight night at McMorran Place to the Motor City Rockers, this time in regulation. Nick Magill-Diaz was the hero with the only goal in the third.
“I saw a lot of positive things out there, a lot of good things to take away from this weekend,” said Prowlers head coach Matt Graham. “The more time we get to spend together and bond as a group, the more you’ll see guys playing for each other.”
The Prowlers again opened the scoring and again, it was a player scoring his first FPHL goal. Davide Gaeta banged home a rebound for a power-play goal late in the first to give his team a 1-0 lead.
“We look for a lot of movement up top, get Babin moving a bit” Graham said. “You want to crowd the front of the net because he doesn’t like it and neither do they.The rebound control in the slot, leaving it right there for us to pick up, was perfect and it seemed to work for us tonight,”
Scott Coash tied things up with a long-range shot through traffic on a 5-on-3 man advantage early in the second to tie things up.
The same power play unit struck again for Port Huron late in the second as Sam Marit cashed in the loose change. Rocco DiCostanzo brought the score back to level with under two to play in the period as he crashed the net on an odd-man rush.
Magill-Diaz potted a shot on a two-on-one in the third and that was the only goal of the period as Trevor Babin turned aside all 10 shots the Prowlers threw his way in the final frame.
Matt Stoia and Alex Johnson picked up two assists apiece while Ian Wallace made 29 saves in the loss. The Prowlers power play went 2-5.
Nine Rockers recorded a point in the victory. Babin turned aside 29 shots and got his second victory of the new year.
The Prowlers return to action on Oct. 27 when Joe Pace and the Mississippi Sea Wolves come to McMorran Place for the first time. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. and tickets are available at phprowlers.com/tickets or by calling the box office at 810-985-6166.
Rockers Earn Early Season Sweep In Port Huron
by Ben Szilagy
Port Huron, MI - The Rockers earned an early season sweep of rival Port Huron with a 3-2 win on Saturday night at McMorran Place.
The Prowlers got on the board first in the first period on the power play for the only goal of the period for Davide Gaet’s first professional goal.
With 3:28 left in the first period, Matt Stoia offered a one-timer to Alex Johnson in the far side circle. Trevor Babin stopped the shot, but the puck caromed into the crease and Gaet put in the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
Friday night’s hero, Rocker forward Scott Coash, tied the score in the second period on the power play as well.
Dante Suffredini and Josh Colten were moving the puck around the point looking for a good angle to attack. Coash received a pass from Colton as he was in the near side circle. As he moved into the slot, he fired the puck for his second of the season.
The Prowlers regained the lead late in the second period when Sam Marit scored on the power play with 5:50 to play in the second period. Port Huron finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage on Saturday night.
From then on, it was the Rockers that led the way.
Answering the Marit goal was Rocco DiCostanzo who scored his first goal as a Rocker.
With 1:14 to play in the period, Pavel Svintsov carried the puck deep into the Prowlers end. As he approached the end line, he centered the puck to the slot for DiCostanzo who fired the puck in for a 2-2 tie. It was Svintsov’s first assist as a Rocker.
The third period was capped when Nick Magill-Diaz earned his first of the year when he carried the puck to create a 2-on-1 and decided to snipe the water bottle for a 3-2 lead.
The Rockers will travel back to Fraser and prepare for its home opener against the Blue Ridge Bobcats on Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th at Big Boy Arena.