MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at COLUMBUS RIVER DRAGONS
RIVER DRAGONS BEAT ROCKERS 7-2, ADVANCE TO DIVISION FINAL
Storjohann Leads Offense with Hat Trick
by Tom Callahan
Columbus, GA - Alex Storjohann recorded a hat trick while four other players recorded multi-point efforts as the Columbus River Dragons beat the Motor City Rockers 7-2 and swept the first round playoff series 2-0.
Storjohann scored the first two goals of the game, part of a five-goal first period that rocked Motor City back on its heels. Josh Labelle, Jacob Kelly and Josh Pietrantonio also scored to give Columbus a lead it would not relinquish.
After Storjohann recorded his third goal of the game in the third period, Thomas Aldworth scored on the power play to cap the River Dragons scoring.
Breandan Colgan recorded his second straight win, making 37 saves to earn the victory.
Columbus will now await the winner of the Carolina Thunderbirds Port Huron Prowlers series.
The on sale date for second round tickets will be unveiled in the coming days.
Rockers Season Ends After RiverDragons Sweep Round One With 7-2 Win
by Ben Szilagy
Columbus, GA - An explosive first period was all Columbus needed to sweep the Motor City Rockers in two games to advance to the Continental Division Finals of the FPHL Commissioner Cup Playoffs.
The Rockers fell to the RiverDragons 7-2 at the Columbus Civic Center on Friday night.
The first period was one to quickly forget for the Rockers as the RiverDragons put away five goals, three off breakaways.
The first goal came after Motor City iced the puck, keeping its skaters on the ice for an extra long shift that Columbus took advantage of. Paul Fregeau fired the puck on net that was blocked but Alex Strojohann beat out two Rockers defenders and slid the puck through the five-hole for his second of the playoffs and a 1-0 lead with 12:20 to play in the first period.
Two minutes later Lane King cycled the puck down low to Fregeau in the nearside circle. Fregeau then found Storjohann slipping past the defense into the slot for a quick wrister for his second of the night, and an early 2-0 lead with 10:04 to play in the opening period.
While Motor City was on a power play, Alexander Jmaeff scooped up the puck in the defensive zone, while the Rockers were cycling away from the puck. He raced into the offensive zone and offered a drop pass to Josh Labelle who picked the glove side corner of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Four minutes later, the puck bounced off the nearside boards in the Rockers offensive zone that Jay Croop collected. As he looked for a stretch pass, Croop hit Jacob Kelly in stride behind the Motor City defense for the second breakaway of the night that Kelly put away for a 4-0 lead.
A minute and a half later, Josh Pietrantonio capped the scoring at 5-0 with the third breakaway of the period.
When the first period ended the RiverDragons scored five goals on 12 shots, while Motor City collected 11 shots, including a crossbar early in the first period.
After a scoreless second, the Rockers didn’t stop fighting as they were able to get on the scoreboard in the third period.
1:48 into the third, Dante Suffredini held the puck at the nearside point and fired a hard shot through traffic and over the shoulder of Brendan Colgan that cut into the RiverDragon lead 5-1.
Storjohann was able to finish off his hat-trick with 5:37 left in the third period when he finished a centering pass from Kelly on the near side for his fourth goal of the series and a 6-1 lead.
Thomas Aldworth got the only goal on the power play on Friday night when he took the puck end-to-end and put away a back-hand shot past Babin for a 7-1 lead.
The Rockers got one late in the third with 1:13 left in the game when Cade Lambdin put away a rebound that was initially fired off the stick of Tim Perks for his first of the playoffs.
Motor City finished its inaugural season 32-20-6 on the year, and will look to begin its second season in the FPHL in October of 2023. Season tickets can be secured on the team’s website at MCRockershockey.com/Tickets as deposits are currently being accepted.