WATERTOWN WOLVES at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Motor City Rebounds Against Watertown, Wins 5-2
by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI — After a frustrating weekend against the Danbury Hat Tricks, Motor City had to quickly rebound against the defending Commissioner Cup Champion Watertown Wolves.
The Rockers used an explosive first period to coast to a 5-2 win over the Wolves.
Motor City (7-3-3) wasted little time getting on the board in the first period scoring with 1:13 into the opening frame.
Defenseman Dante Suffredini offered a stretch pass to Declan Conway at center ice. Conway carried the puck into the offensive zone creating a two-on-one with his trailer Cade Lambdin. As the defense pulled toward Conway, the forward offered a pass to Lambdin who fired the puck top shelf for his third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later the Rockers went back on the offensive to extend the lead.
Jonathan Juliano chipped the puck at center ice to Forward Scott Coash. Coash dropped the puck on a one-touch pass to Conway who fired a quick shot from the top of the far circle for a 2-0 lead.
After two even strength goals, the Rockers then went on the power play to earn its third of the night.
Motor City cycled the puck on a 1-3-1 from Coash to former Red Wing Ian White. White quickly offered a hard shot from the point on net that was deflected by Conway for his second goal of the night for a 3-0 lead with 6:30 left in the period.
Conway ended with two goals and two assists for four points.
Eight seconds later Ross Bartlett crashed the net and earned his fifth goal of the season and 4-0 lead, chasing starting goaltender Travis Smith for Greg Hussey.
Watertown (4-5) was able to stop the bleeding late in the 1st period on a scored by Fabian Lehner to cut into the lead 4-1 with 1:58 to play in the period when he picked the top right corner of the net.
The Rockers and Wolves couldn’t take advantage of power play opportunities in the second period as the Wolves went 0-for-3 on the power play, and the Rockers went 0-for-2.
But each team was able to score in the third period when Coash put in a Conway rebound for a 5-1 lead with 9:01 to play for his seventh in eight games. Brandon Baker added a slapshot from the high slot for the Wolves to make it 5-2.
Blake Scott earned his first home start for Motor City and earned his second win stopping 36 shots.
The Rockers now head on the road for two games against the Delaware Thunder on Friday and Saturday at the Delaware Fairground Ice Center before coming back home the weekend of Dec 3 to play the Thunder at home at Big Boy Arena