by Will Wiegelman

Port Huron, MI - The Port Huron Prowlers dropped their first overtime game of the season to the Carolina Thunderbirds 5-4 at McMorran Place on Oct. 22, 2022. Lucas Rowe scored twice including the overtime winner on a two-on-one chance.

After a scoreless opening frame, Jiri Pestuka got things going with his first of the season. Dustin Henning responded a few minutes later with his first but the Thunderbirds took the lead 37 seconds later on Dawson Baker’s first of the year. 

Five minutes later Evan Foley opened the floodgates with a goal to knot the game at two. Tucker Scantlebury scored his second goal in as many games 33 seconds later to give the Prowlers their first lead of the night. Gus Ford responded less than two minutes later and Rowe put himself on the highlight reel, pulling off the Michigan goal to give his team the lead with 3.7 seconds left in the frame.

Foley, Larri Vartiainen and Joe Deveny teamed up for a tic-tac-toe goal to tie things up in the third and bring us to overtime.

Rowe took a pass from Josh Koepplinger to start a two-on-one and beat Danick Rodrigue from the circle to give Carolina its first win of the year.

Rodrigue finished with 27 saves in the loss while Scantlebury and Deveny finished with a goal and an assist apiece. Vartiainen chipped in two helpers for the Prowlers.

Cavaliere picked up his first win in the FPHL after making 33 saves. Dawson Baker led all scorers with four points on a goal and three assists.

Next up, the Prowlers have a home and home with the Motor City Rockers with a game at Big Boy Arena on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 PM and a game at McMorran Place on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:05 PM.