MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Rockers Close Regular Season With 5-2 Win Over SeaWolves
By Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI – Motor City Rockers cruise to a 5-2 win over the Mississippi SeaWolves to close out the regular season with two straight wins before the playoffs.
The Rockers were able to leave the first period with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal scored by Cody Oakes.
Dante Suffredini stopped the puck at the blue line in the defensive zone and then quickly chipped it to Brad Reitter. Reitter then offered a stretch pass rink wide into the neutral zone to Oakes. Oakes walked it into the offensive zone and fired a quick shot through the five-hole for his second of the season and 1-0 lead with 3:25 to play in the first.
Motor City was able to build its lead in the second period when Suffredini offered the puck to Connor Inger in the neutral zone. Inger then floated a saucer pass to Declan Conway who gathered the puck in the slot. He then deked, forehand to back-hand, for a 2-0 lead and his 27th of the season.
The SeaWolves got back into the game on a breakaway midway through the second period.
Yanni Liarakos cleared the puck to center that hopped over a Rocker stick and behind the defense. Racing to collect the puck was Yaroslav Yevdokimov as he collected and started the breakaway that he finished through the five-hole to cut into the lead to 2-1 with 9:23 to play in the second.
Two minutes later, Scott Coash earned his first of the night finishing a give and go from Conway that Coash put away in the near side corner, top shelf for a 3-1 lead.
In the third Yevdokimov added his second of the game to pull Mississippi within one, 3-2, for his 52nd of the year before the Rockers pulled away with two goals of their own.
Ryan Rotondi added his second of the weekend when he collected the puck at the point and fired a quick hard shot that was deflected by Jackson Bond who covered the play late. That deflection directed the puck over the shoulder of Joe Sheppard for a 4-2 lead with 13:34 left in the game.
It was the second of the weekend for Rotondi, and third of the season.
Coash finished the scoring with his second of the night with 7:52 remaining earning his 40th of the season with a little puck luck. As he entered the zone, he entered the zone and was about to offer a centering pass but the puck bounced off a defender’s skate and into the net for a 5-2 lead.
The Rockers will host the either Carolina Thunderbirds or the Columbus RiverDragons on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at Big Boy Arena in the first round of the FPHL Playoffs. Tickets are $10 at the door or on MCRockershockey.com/tickets.
Sea Wolves Season Ends With 5-2 Loss
By Nick Roesch
Fraser, MI – The Mississippi Sea Wolves were unable to find redemption on Saturday night as they suffered a 5-2 defeat against the Motor City Rockers at Big Boy Arena.
The first period saw just one goal when Motor City’s Cody Oakes tucked in his shot at 16:35 with help from Dante Suffredini and Brad Reitter.
Declan Conway extended the Rockers' lead 9:18 into period two. One minute and 19 seconds later, Yaroslav Yevdokimov struck on a breakaway for his 100th point of the season and the Sea Wolves’ first goal of the night. Scott Coash replied on Motor City’s behalf for the final goal of the stanza.
The score was 3-1 entering the third period, but Yevdokimov scored again after five minutes. Ryan Rotondi and Coash combined insurance goals to keep the Sea Wolves away for good.
The Sea Wolves see their season conclude with a record of 17-35-4, while the Rockers take the Continental Division’s third seed heading into the Commissioner’s Cup Playoffs.