MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Lose in a Shootout
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - Game number 4 of the regular season between the Wolves and the Motor City Rockers moved back into the Watertown Municipal Arena on this Saturday evening. All 3 previous games were also played here in Watertown, with the Wolves holding a 3-2 edge in those meetings.
The Wolves would be the first to strike when Lincoln Gingerich was able to sneak in from his right defensive position and lift a rebound past Rockers starter Ricardo Gonzalez at the 2:53 mark. Assist on the goal would go to Trevor Lord.
At the 6:59 point, the Rockers knotted the game up at one each when Josh Colton got one on one with Wolves starting keeper Eloi Bouchard, and knifed a shot over the shoulder. Mike Winn and Roman Gaudet were credited with the helpers on the goal.
The Rocker extended their lead at the 10:56 mark when Nick Gullo took a pass from Pavel Svintsov on the left side and blasted a shot past Bouchard to make the score 2-1.
Next it was the Wolves turn to tie the game when Carter Thornton found a loose puck in front of the crease and lifted a shot over a sprawling Gonzalez at 14:56 of the frame.
The period would end with the 2-2 score, with the Wolves outshooting the Rockers 16-13 in the first.
Just 1:22 into the second, the Rockers jumped back into the lead when TJ Delaney took advantage of a big rebound and slapped the puck past Bouchard making the score 3-2. The assists on the goal belonged to Jonathan Juliano and Mike Winn.
At the 9:34 mark Marc Bottero powered the puck out of the Watertown zone and carried it up ice beating the Rockers defenders and getting a blason on Gonzalez, who made the save, puck bounced right back ini front and Bottero was able to poke it past the keeper to tie the game at 3 each.
Chiwetin Blacksmith would then put the Wolves in front at the 15:35 point of the period, lifting a shot to the top corner over Gonzalez, exciting the Watertown crowd once again.
The Wolves took the 4-3 lead to the room after 40 minutes of play, while outshooting the Rockers 24 to 12 in the second period.
3:19 into the third, the Rockers tied the game again when Jameson Milam blasted a shot from the mid slot area over Bouchard's shoulder for a power play goal. Nick Gullo and Scott Coash were the assists on the goal.
At the 6:45 mark, the Rockers added another power play goal, this time from Jonathan Juliano, to take the lead 5-4, assisted by Mike Winn and Josh Colton.
The scoring wasn't done just yet, as just 1:12 later, Tate Leeson tied the game again on a beautiful pass from Chase DiBari, and slipped the puck to the back of the goal. Also on the assist was Trevor Lord.
With the game knotted at 5-5, both teams would increase the intensity of the pace of the game. Both teams had to kill off penalties, and both keepers were tested several times, before Tristen Wells would once again put the Rocker out in front 6-5 with an even strength goal at the 15:34 mark. Assists on the goal belonged to Mike Winn and Roman Gaudet.
The Wolves were able to power play goal scoring drought when Noah Dolye lit the lamp at 17:34, again knotting the game in a tie, 6-6.
Regulation time was not enough for these two teams, so we headed to an overtime period tied at 6 each. The overtime frame saw both teams having some quality scoring chances, but the Rockers Ricardo Gonzalez and the Wolves Eloi Bouchard were both outstanding in the extra frame, stopping every shot they faced.
The game moved to the shootout where again, the first three shooters were not enough to decide the winner, so we went to an extra shooter round where Motor City's Pavel Svintsov was able to beat Bouchard to the top corner of the net giving the Rockers the lead.
Mike Mercurio would be the Wolves last hope, but failed to capitalize when he moved Gonzalez but couldn't slide the puck past him. The Rockers scored the 7-6 win in front of a packed Watertown Municipal Arena, despite being outshot 56-36 by Watertown.
Next weekend the Wolves will Travel to Port Huron, MI to take on the Prowlers in a 2 game set Friday and Saturday, while the Rockers head back home to host the division leading Binghamton Black Bears both nights.
Motor City Rockers Earn Franchise's 50th Win In Shootout With Watertown
by Ben Szilagy
Watertown, NY - Shootouts haven’t been kind to the Rockers this season. Motor City entered Saturday’s game against the Watertown Wolves winless in games that were decided by the skills competition.
However, that changed after a back and forth affair when Rockers Forward Pavel Svintsov buried the puck in the fourth round of a shootout for a 7-6 win at Watertown Arena.
The win is also the franchise’s 50th win in Rockers' history.
Motor City entered the third period down a goal, 4-3, but a three goal period allowed Motor City to take the lead before Watertown tied the score with 2:17 left in the final frame.
Jonathan Juliano recorded two goals for his 12th and 13th of the season to help propel the Rockers and Tristen Wells deflected a Jameson Milam shot for his third goal of the year that earned the Rockers a 6-5 lead. Wells and Juliano both had power play goals.
Motor City went 2-for-3 with the man advantage.
A power play goal from Watertown’s Noah Doyle tied the score, 6-6 on his fifth of the season when he offered a rocket from the point that went over the left shoulder of Ricky Gonzalez.
Gonzalez stopped 50-of-56 shots on the night, while the Wolves’ Eloi Bouchard stopped 29-of-35.
The first period was also a tightly contested affair as both teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Lincoln Gingerich and Carter Thornton notched two goals for Watertown, while Josh Colten and Nick Gullo scored for Motor City.
It was Gullo’s first goal as a Rocker when he was acquired earlier this week.
The second period belonged to Watertown as the Wolves earned two more goals off the sticks of Marc Bottero who went end-to-end for his eighth of the season and Chiwetin Blacksmith that helped the Wolves regain the lead after a TJ Delaney goal that started the middle frame.
The Rockers and Wolves will square off again on Sunday night at 7:00pm at Watertown Arena before Motor City returns to Michigan to host the Binghampton Black Bears on Feb 9th and 10th.