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Prowlers vs Fraser, April 13, 2024

Photos courtesy of David Dell – Delta Imaging Photography

By David Dell

FRASER-Looking to avenge a one-goal loss to the Motor City Rockers on Friday night, the Port Huron Prowlers traveled down I-94 to play their last regular season contest against Fraser.  These two teams started the season playing against each other, and this will be their 20th and last meeting in the regular season.

With Head Coach Matt Graham resting some of his first-line forwards, the Prowlers and Rockers managed just seven shots each in the opening stanza.  Fraser drew the only blood at 14:15, even strength from Avery Smith.  Oscar Wahlgren started in goal for Port Huron.  As in Friday night’s match up, there were no penalties called in the period.

The middle frame saw Thomas Delaney add to the Rocker’s tally with a shorthanded goal while Mike Winn served an Interference minor at 6:42.  Delaney would tangle with Adam Heinzl deep in the corner of Fraser’s zone and Dan Chartrand came to his rescue.  All three were assessed Roughing minors and Game Misconducts for Continuing an Altercation as they kept at each other on the way to the penalty box.  The penalties coming at 9:42. College Rookie Jake Vaughn drew a Slashing minor and the Rockers increased their lead to 3-0 on a powerplay goal by Scott Coash.  Another College Rookie Conor Foley (8th of the season) went all alone beating Trevor Babin 5-hole from the left side of the crease to chip away at the deficit but Declan Conway who had a pair of goals Friday night in Port Huron, got the goal back at 18:43. Shots on goal favored the visitors 7-6.

TJ Sneath made the game 5-1 at 1:12 of the third period and both teams put up good offensive attacks in front of each other’s goals.  Alex Johnson (13th of the season) hammered home a rocker from the left wing point that picked the corner high above Babin to make the score a bit more respectable 5:10 remaining in regulation.  Mike Winn’s Holding minor from Fraser put Port Huron on the powerplay and they added an extra attacker by pulling goalie Wahlgren at 16:29, but only managed a pair of shots. Tristen Wells fired a shot at the empty Prowler goal that found iron but the defense couldn’t corral it and he scorched the puck in from right at the crease.  Avery Smith’s taunting following the goal drew him an Unsportsmanlike Conduct minor to finish the game.  It was the first period of the night where either team broke into double digits on shots on goal with Fraser leading the way 12-10.

Port Huron begins the first round of the Federal Prospects Hockey League Commissioner’s Cup championship playoffs on Friday 19 April when they host the Carolina Thunderbirds.  Game two of the best of three will be played in Winston-Salem North Carolina on Saturday 20 April.  A third game if necessary will be played Sunday 21 April in North Carolina.

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