MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at ELMIRA RIVER SHARKS
Tyler Gjurich Creates 300 Goal Club, River Sharks Fall 7-2
by Jon Kliment
Elmira, NY, - Motor City overcame home ice advantage on Friday night to beat Elmira 3-2 in the First Arena and the River Sharks went fishing for answers adding a defenseman and their all time FPHL leading goal scoring head coach to their lineup.
The Rockers came out strong against Elmira having Scott Coash, Declan Conway, Brad Reitter, and Jonathan Juliano all found the back of the net in the first period running Spencer Kozlowski from the game giving way to Brandon Collett his first professional appearance. Unfortunately Josh Colten welcomed Collett to the game putting another behind an Elmira goaltender making it 5-0 after one period.
Conway kicked off the second period expanding the lead as he scored on Collett, but a faceoff win by Steven Klinck gave an opportunity to Frank Trazzera to get to the slot and bury one. past Ricardo Gonzalez to close the gap to 6-1. Pavel Svintsov responded 21 seconds later to make it 7-1.
Never before in the FPHL had any single scorer breached 300 goals, but as Coach Tyler Gjuich picked his shot into an empty cage burying it for his 300th goal of his career he created a brand new club. Gjurich's power play goal made it 7-2, but despite have a major penalty advantage the River Sharks couldn't find the back of the net again.
Kozlowski stopped 6 of 10 in the loss, while Collett stopped 15 of 18.
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Motor City's Efficient Offense Carries Rockers to 7-2 Win over Elmira
by Ben Szilagy
Elmira, NY, - It took the Motor City Rocker offense a period to explode against the Elmira RiverSharks on Friday night.
But on Saturday, the Rockers turned the offense up to eleven immediately after puck drop beating Elmira 7-2 win at First Arena.
The first ten minutes was an all out blitzkrieg across three lines as the Rockers had five goals from five different goal scorers in the first ten minutes of play.
The first goal came off the stick of Scott Coash, who scored twice on Friday night with 2:50 into the first period when he picked up a chipped puck from Jaime Milam. Coash walked the puck into the offensive zone and fired a quick wrister topshelf stick side for a 1-0 lead.
Declan Conway earned his first goal in three games when he created a turnover at center ice and created a 2-on-1. Instead of passing the puck, Conway fired the puck in the same spot as Coash for a 2-0 lead 5:00 into the first period.
Shortly thereafter Brad Reitter put his personal touch with his second of the season with 13:20 remaining in the period when Pavel Svintsov found Danny Vanderwiel on a stretch pass that created another 2-on-1. Vanderwiel carried the puck deep and centered it to Reitter for a 3-0 lead.
As Elmira served a hooking minor, the Rockers went to work with its special teams.
On the ensuing face-off draw, Vanderwiel slid the puck to Milam along the point where Milam fired a hard shot on net. The puck caromed in between the hashes where Jonathan Juliano chipped at it for his third of the season, and first goal on the road this year and a 4-0 lead.
That was enough to chase starting goaltender Spencer Kozlowski out of his spot in net and he was replaced by Elmira backup Brandon Collett. Soon after, Josh Colten extended the lead, 5-0, when he scored his second of the season from the nearside circle.
Motor City extended its lead to 6-0 off Conway’s second goal of the season before the River Sharks were able to get on the board with a goal of its own late in the second period that came off the stick off Frank Trazzera that cut into the lead 6-1.
Twenty seconds later Reitter and Svintsov played a quick game of give and go the length of the playing surface where Svintsov finished the play for his fourth of the season and a goal that ended a five game drought for the Russian for a 7-1 lead.
The River Sharks were able to get a goal in the third period off the stick of coach Tyler Gjurich that ended up being his 300th regular season goal in his career that has spanned eight seasons.
Rockers Goaltender Ricky Gonzalez picked up his second career win stopping 38 shots in net.
The Rockers will return on the road to start the month of December as it prepares to face the Danbury Hat Tricks for the first time this season on Dec 1st and 2nd at Danbury Arena.