MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Come from Behind for OT Win
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - Thanksgiving eve found the Motor City Rockers in Watertown, NY to battle the Wolves in a Wednesday night matchup.
Although this was the first time this season these two teams met, it didn't take long for tensions to mount. Two scraps in the first nine minutes would set the early tone.
Motor City netted the first goal of the night at 13:54 when the Rockers leading scorer Scott Coash added to his total for the year, giving the Rockers the early edge 1-0, lifting a shot over Watertown netminder Eloi Bouchard. Newly signed Erik Oganezov was credited with an assist.
A power play goal from Danny Vanderweil at 18:26 extended the Motor City lead to 2-1. Motor City outshot Watertown 23 to 7 in the first.
The Wolves would battle back in the second period to cut the Rockers lead in half 2-1 at the 8:39 mark, when Trevor Lord scored his seventh goal of the season, taking advantage of a rebound off Rockers keeper Trevor Babin, and stuff the puck to the back of the goal.
Motor City again outshot Watertown 17 to 9 with totals after 40 minutes 40 to 26 in favor of Motor City.
The third period would turn out to be a frenetic pace as the Wolves tried to do everything to pull even, and Motor City doing everything in their power not to let it happen, but at the 15:52 mark, Chase Dibari grabbed a rebound of a Babin save and was able to get a wrap around goal to knot the game at 2 each.
The score would remain that way until the end of regulation and force an overtime period.
In the extra both goaltender were forced to make some outstanding saves, but at 4:12 Marc Bottero followed up his own shot and slid a pass to Trevor Lord who knifed a shot from fifteen feet out, to send the Wolves onto victory.
Motor City outshot Watertown 56 to 47 in the game.
Watertown will be back in action on Saturday December 2nd when they head to Elmira to take on the River Sharks. Motor City will be back in action this weekend for a 2 game set in Elmira.
Motor City Loses Two Goal Lead, Falls In OT To Watertown
by Ben Szilagy
Watertown, NY - After a bye week, the Motor City Rockers were back in action in Watertown on Thanksgiving Eve where the Wolves erased a two goal lead to win 3-2 in overtime.
The Rockers jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period thanks to goals from Scott Coash and Danny Vanderwiell.
With 6:15 left in the first period, the puck caromed off Trevor Babin who made a save from a deflected shot in the slot. The loose puck was picked up by Erik Oganezov who then lofted a pass from the end line to center ice to Coash. The forward from Plainfield, IL walked the puck into the offensive zone and earned his fifth goal of the season with a quick wrister for a 1-0 lead.
Vanderwiel scored his fourth of the season on the power play.
Defensemen Jaime Milam fired a hard blast from the point that was turned away by Eloi Bouchard. Brad Reitter picked up the rebound and tried a wrap around attempt, but lost the puck to the slot. Vanderwiel quickly fired the loose puck in the net for his power play goal of the 2023-24 campaign and a 2-0 lead with 1:34 to play in the period.
Watertown got back into the game and cut the lead to one, 2-1, off the stick of Trevor Lord midway through the second period.
Tate Leeson received a pass and tried to deke to the five hole, but Babin stopped the initial try. Lord followed up the play and fired the puck on the sprawled goaltender with 11:21 to play in the middle frame.
The Wolves added another goal in the third off the stick of Chase DiBari with 4:08 to play in the third period.
Lord offered a hard shot from the high slot that was turned away towards the nearside corner where DiBari picked up the rebound. In two steps around the net, he completed the wrap-around for the 2-2 tie that forced overtime.
In the extra frame, the Wolves earned the game winner with 49 seconds left in the overtime period.
Watertown forward Marc Bottero snuck behind the Rockers defense and fired a hard wrister at Babin that was turned away. The force of the shot forced the rebound back on the stick of Lord who fired the puck on net to the short side for the game winning goal and his second of the game.
Motor City will immediately travel back to Michigan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and then travel back to New York to face Elmira on Nov 24th and Nov 25th.