ELMIRA MAMMOTH at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Rockers Sweep Elmira In Convincing Fashion With 7-2 Win
by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI - Motor City once again jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Rockers earned a 7-2 over Elmira on Saturday night.
Motor City (21-12-6) jumped out to an early lead thanks to Tommy Cardinal’s 14th of the season.
Elmira goaltender Harley White played the puck out of the crease to the farside boards where Danny Vanderwiel was waiting. Vanderwiel offered a no-look pass to Cardinal who fired the puck to the top shelf on the short side for a 1-0 lead 3:23 into the first period.
After not cashing in on the power play last night, the Rockers converted on its first opportunity of the night off the stick of Scott Coash.
The Rockers were moving the puck around keeping it in the offensive zone. Brad Reitter offered a quick pass to Connor Inger who feathered the puck from the corner to Coash’s stick. Coash came off the boards atop of the near side circle and fired the puck for his 25th of the season and a 2-0 lead with 12:41 to play in the period.
Elmira (12-24-5) got back into the game also on the power play when Mo Levac played the puck down low and centered it for a crashing Tate Leeson. However, Leeson didn’t get to meet the puck as it bounced off a Rocker skate and into the net for Levac’s fifth of the season that cut into the lead 2-1 with 9:35 to play in the first period.
The Rockers went 2-for-3 on the power play on the night, while killing 2-out-of-3.
In the second period, Motor City kept its offense humming along to build its lead.
Derek Makimaa controlled the puck on the nearside boards and pushed it to the point onto the stick of Jamie Milam. Milam slid the puck to Nick Magill-Diaz who walked in the puck and fired the puck that sniped the water bottle for a 3-1 lead for his second of the weekend with 13:23 to play in the 2nd.
Declan Conway added to the lead a few minutes later when the Rockers were working on the power play.
Coash received the puck from Josh Colten from the point and feathered a pass to the far side post where Conway tipped in the goal for a 4-1 lead and his 18th of the season. It was his fourth goal of the weekend.
The third period, like much of the game, was controlled by the purple and black.
Tommy Cardinal added his second of the game in the opening moments of the third period when he finished a one-timer from Vanderwiel a point blank range for a 5-1 lead.
Elmira got one back off the stick of Luke Richards for his 7th of the season when he carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot on the short side that tucked under Trevor Babin’s arm to make it a 5-2 game two minutes later.
Motor City then closed out the game with two more goals in the span of two and half minutes.
Conway fished a hard pass from Inger in the corner out to Coash. The forward from Plainfield, IL walked it into the slot and fired it through the five-hole for his second of the game and Tim Perks added his third of the weekend off a back-hand for a 7-2 lead.
This marks the first time since early December Motor City took six points from the weekend as the Rockers climbed up a spot in the Continental Division to third place.
The Rockers will host the Carolina Thunderbirds on March 3rd and 4th at Big Boy arena next weekend. The last time the two met each team won a game in a weekend series.