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Prowlers vs Fraser, April 12, 2024

Photos courtesy of David Dell – Delta Imaging Photography

By David Dell

PORT HURON – In the two teams’ last series of the season, and their last regular season games, the Prowlers played host to the Fraser Motor City Rockers and were defeated in the final minutes of the game.

Port Huron got off to a good start, putting up a 10-3 shot count on the Rockers before finally Jeromy Rancourt (1st of the season) lit the lamp for the first time in his professional career.  Austin Fetterly fired the puck from the right-side goal line where Dan Chartrand centered it to Rancourt’s stick and after more than 11 minutes, there was a score.  Makar Sokolov wasn’t challenged much by the Rockers in the first period but stopped all 7 shots he faced.  Port Huron put up 15.

Unlike a very clean first, the second period would see a few minor penalties for both teams with the penalty kill strong at both ends of the ice.  Vincent Dekumbis (7th of the season) doubled up the score for the Prowlers at 12:03 when Evan Foley dug the puck out from behind the Fraser goal, right to Dekumbis’s stick who one-timed it from the slot to beat Ricardo Gonzales high on the glove side.  Shots on goal were nearly even 11-12 in favor of the Prowlers but at 19:39 Declan Conway split that lead with a goal for the Rockers.

Period three gave Port Huron a new goalie in Ian Wallace who came on in replacement for Sokolov.  Again the Prowlers put up a 15-7 shot advantage over the Rockers but they capitalized on those few shots.  Conway potted his second of the night at 7:04 beating Wallace from low in the slot on a breakaway, after Gonzales made kick save from the splits at the other end.  With the game now tied and with a little over 13 minutes there didn’t seem to be any panic among the 1,875 loud fans in the barn.  Liam Freeborn had his stick broken on a missed Slashing call against Fraser as he skated in alone and after having words with the officials, he was sent to the lockers with a Game Misconduct and Ejection for Abuse of Officials.  With just 6 seconds remaining in regulation, Motor City Rockers sealed the game with a goal from Scott Coash.  Port Huron Head Coach and General Manager Matt Graham who just the day before, was awarded the Federal Prospects Hockey League’s Achievement Award for his efforts in running the Prowlers organization drew a Game Misconduct and Ejection from the bench for Abuse of Officials.
The Prowlers play their last regular season game on Saturday at the Fraser Big Boy Arena against the same Fraser Motor City Rockers.  Port Huron holds the 3rd seed in the Continental Division playoffs against the Carolina Thunderbirds with the first round starting in Port Huron on Friday 19 April.

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