By David Dell
COLUMBUS Georgia- In game two of the Prowlers v Riverdragons weekend match up, the numbers were different but the results the same.
In game one Columbus went up 5-0 in the first period. Saturday’s game two they only managed 2 goals in the first. Port Huron would get an extra tally but still fall 5-3.
Danick Rodrique would continue on from Friday night between the pipes but Columbus swapped out Bailey MacBurnie for Breanan Colgan. The first period started out badly for Port Huron and ended the same way. The Prowlers held even with the host Riverdragons for 11 minutes of play when Columbus pounded Rodique for 12 shots earning the reused nickname Felix (from the Toronto Mapleleafs’ goalie Felix Potvin) the Cat. Rodique was turning and twisting, flipping and flopping, standing on his head as he faced shot after shot after shot. Half way through the frenzied attack Kirk Underwood would be credited with picking up a loose rebound from Cody Wickline to start the scoring. Dalton Jay managed the only other shot for the Prowlers in the frame before Jacob Kelly would make it 2-0 after 20 minutes of play, both goals coming at even strength.
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Lane King would put up another Riverdragon goal at 1:17 of the second after a missed pass and a resultant breakaway, as they would again appear to dominate play with six more shots and yet another score to the Prowlers one shot by Tucker Scantlebury at 1:29. Paul Fregeau increased Columbus’ lead to 4-0 only a minute-seventeen later. Jacob Kelly and Port Huron’s Bryan Parsons would trade Slashing minors at 4:08 before Justin Schmidt and Port Huron’s Gino Mini would go for a dance right after the ensuing faceoff at 4:11, both drawing Five for Fighting. Adam Heinzl (1st of the season) would put up his first Federal Prospects Hockey League marker for the Prowlers at 4:49 with teams at even strength. Shortly thereafter Michael Greco would draw a major for Boarding and a Game Misconduct after running Prowler Alex Johnson into the end boards behind the Columbus goal. Johnson was on the ice, requiring attention from trainer before leaving the game. Prognosis after the fact is good for his availability next weekend at home against the Binghamton Black Bears.
Paul Frejeau would pick up 2 minutes for Cross-Checking, the officials finally calling him after his third hit on Evan Foley. Port Huron would put Columbus goalie Colgan to the test with a solid run of shots, which he managed to turn away, before Dalton Jay (6th on the season) got one on the powerplay from Joseph Deveny and Tucker Scantlebury, while Josh Pietrantonio was in the Riverdragon penalty box for a minor Tripping penalty. The second intermission score shows Columbus up 4-2 and a 30-22 shot lead.
Tucker Scantlebury would open the scoring for the Prowlers with Matt Graham and Bryan Parsons getting the helpers at 3:39. With Port Huron threatening, Columbus doubled down on shots picking up another eight before the Prowlers were able to pull Rodigue for the extra attacker with 1:23 remaining in regulation. They were unable to collect another goal and managed no more shots before Frejeau put it away for the Riverdragons at 19:58 with an empty netter for a final of 5-3.
Port Huron falls to fourth in the Continental Division with a record of 5-5-2. They play host to Binghamton Friday 25 November and again Saturday 26 November.