by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI — Two weeks ago, the Rockers opened the season with hopes of earning a win during its home opener against Port Huron. That had to wait two weeks as the Rockers captured a 6-2 win over the Prowlers for the teams first home win in franchise history.
Port Huron (3-2-1) opened the scoring midway through the first period. Dalton Jay carried the puck into the offensive zone and dropped the puck off for Gino Mini at the point. Mini walked to the nearside circle and fired the puck through the five-hole for a 1-0 lead with 10:43 to play in the period.
The Rockers (3-2-1) used the power play to get back into the game going 2-for-3 on the man advantage in the first period.
Josh Colton pushed the puck ahead to Roman Gaudet in the neutral zone with 1:22 left in the powerplay. Gaudet carried the puck on the near side and offered a saucer pass that stopped dead in front of the crease. Ross Bartlett pushed the puck far side for a 1-1 score with 7:02 left in the period for his first power play goal of the season, and third overall.
Five minutes later on the power play the Rockers took the lead, 2-1, when Barlett passed the puck to the end line to Derek Makimaa. Makimaa offered a centering one-timer to the far side post where Everett Thompson buried the puck for his second of the season.
Motor City extended its lead to 3-1 on a goal scored by Roman Gaudet 5:10 into the second period before the Prowlers cut back into the lead on a goal scored by Evan Foley to make it a 3-2 game.
The Rockers then killed a 5-on-3, and a four minute minor midway through the second period with key stops by Trevor Babin. Babin stopped 46-of-48 shots faced tonight, and Motor City’s penalty kill unit earned seven power play pelts as well.
This spurred a big goal with 6:16 left in the second period by newly signed Scott Coash, who rifled a slap shot from high in the slot for his first FPHL career goal and a 4-2 lead.
The Third period was all Motor City as the Rockers completed its scoring on the sticks of Tommy Cardinal, Declan Conway for a 6-2 lead. The scoring came from six different goal scorers throughout the game.
Motor City faces Port Huron again on Saturday night in McMorran Arena in Port Huron as the two battle for sole possession of first place in the Continental Division.