MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at PORT HURON PROWLERS
ROCKERS COME BACK TO DEFEAT PROWLERS
by Will Wiegelman
Port Huron, MI - The Port Huron Prowlers fell on Military Appreciation Night to the Motor City Rockers 3-2 at McMorran Place on November 11. It was the third time in four meetings the Rockers came back to beat the Prowlers.
“Disappointed with the effort last night, really happy with the effort tonight,” said Prowlers head coach Matt Graham. “I think our power play and special teams let us down a little bit.”
The scoring started in the second when Brandon Picard, who had hit the crossbar earlier in the shift, found a loose puck in the slot and beat Trevor Babin to the glove side. The goal was Picard’s fourth and all four have been the first goal of the game.
With time ticking down in the period, Port Huron got an offensive zone faceoff which Evan Foley won cleanly to Bryan Parsons. His shot looked like it hit a Motor City defender and went in to double the lead.
The Prowlers got into penalty trouble in the third and that’s when the Rockers made them pay. Derek Makimaa found Declan Conway on the doorstep for a tap-in goal and then 1:11 later, Josh Colten smacked home a loose puck on the back door to tie the game.
With just over five minutes to go, Jameson Milam settled down a puck in the slot and fired it home to give his team its first lead of the night. That held up as the game-winner.
Tucker Tynan made 32 saves in his pro hockey debut for Port Huron.
“You can tell that he’s played at a high level before,” Graham said. “I thought he played well, he gave us a chance to win.”
Makimaa had two helpers while Babin stopped 41 shots.
The Prowlers head on a seven-game road trip starting November 17 and 18 in Baton Rouge. Those games will be available live on the PHP Network YouTube channel.
Motor City Erases Two Goal Deficit To Beat Port Huron 3-2
by Ben Szilagy
Port Huron, MI - Motor City found itself in a familiar position at McMorran Place on Saturday night as the Rockers had to use the power play to erase a two goal deficit to beat Port Huron 3-2.
Motor City has won the first four games of the I-94 Rivalry this season, and has won 13 out of 20 games played between the two Michigan teams going back to last year.
The Prowlers were able to jump out to a 2-0 lead on the sticks of Brandon Picard and Bryan Parsons. The two goals came 9:18 apart in the second period.
All three of Picard’s goals this year have been openers, and his fourth was no different. Matt Graham fed the puck to Tucker Scantlebury who found Picard in the nearside circle and beat Trevor Babin low glove side for a 1-0 lead with 9:23 to play in the middle frame.
Parson’s goal was scored off the face off with 5.8-seconds left in the period as he collected the puck from Evan Foley and fired a blast through a crowd that beat Babin for a 2-0 lead.
The third period was the same story Motor City has written before here at McMorran Place as it erased a two goal deficit to take the game.
The Rockers used a 5-on-3 to get back into the game to beat an unsolvable Tucker Tynan.
The first goal came 42-seconds into the man advantage when Derek Makimaa fired a shot on net. The rebound found Declan Conway at the far side post, and he put the puck away for his second power play goal of the weekend to cut into the lead, 2-1.
1:10 later, Josh Colton also banged home a Makimaa shot that fell to his skates for his first of the season to knot the score at 2-2 before Jamie Milam gave Motor City the lead with a goal deep in the slot in between the hashes for a 3-2 lead with 5:15 remaining.
Motor City has a off week next week, and then will travel out east to face Watertown the night before Thanksgiving at Watertown Arena.