by Doug Cahn
Port Huron, MI - After a rough weekend in Danbury, the Prowlers came looking for a massive response against Carolina in today's game. Another storyline coming into this game is the special teams play because, in the last series played, the Prowlers were able to take advantage of their special teams' opportunities. In contrast, Carolina was unable to capitalize on its chances.
The first period was tightly contested, with both teams getting grade-A scoring chances. The Prowlers were able to take advantage of their chances of finding the back of the net twice in the 1st period. The first goal came off the stick of Dalton Jay. After a great feed from Matt Graham, he deflected the puck in for his 14th goal of the season. Nick Manzo scored the 2nd Prowlers goal as he was able to squeeze one by Carolina goalie Chris Paulin for his first career goal.
The second period continued to be a very evenly played hockey game as each team was able to find the back of the net during the period as both teams could find the back of the net. Dawson Baker scored Carolina's goal as he was able to make some nice moves in the Prowlers zone and get one past Prowler’s goalie Greg Harney. About midway through the period after Gus Ford was able to make a few nice moves to have a grade A scoring opportunity, Greg Harney made a beautiful pad save to keep the score at 2-1. Shortly after that, the Prowlers were able to find the back of the net as Mike Moroso had a beautiful deflection find the back of the night to put the Prowlers up 3-1 at the end of two.
The third period was a solid defensive effort by both teams as each team was able to bunker down. Greg Harney was incredible all game, stifling the Thunderbirds offense and finally ending the Prowlers 4 game skid. Dalton Jay was able to add an empty-net goal for his 15th of the year. The Prowlers will be back on the ice Thursday in Biloxi, and Carolina will be back on the ice Wednesday against Delaware.