By David Dell
FRASER- Pancakes. Kansas highway. The ACME black circle ‘hole’ that Wiley E. Coyote tries to trap the Coyote in. All things that are flat. Add to that the Port Huron Prowlers efforts on Thursday the 19th. Fraser’s Motor City Rockers controlled the first period by doubling up the shots on goal 16-8 and lighting the lamp behind starting Prowler goalie Wyatt Hoflin. The Rockers first goal came on a horrible miscalculation by Hoflin at 8:15 when he came out his crease to play the puck and passed it straight to Tommy Cardinal at the top of the slot, who promptly buried it into the gaping maw of an empty net. Sam Williams drew the first Prowler penalty on a Hooking minor at 14:17 and shortly thereafter Gino Mini followed him on a Game Misconduct for Abuse of Officials. the Rockers with the man advantage took advantage when Josh Colten nailed the back of the net from the slot, on his birthday. Colten’s goal coming at 15:14. Port Huron was on their heels the rest of the period.
The second frame picked up where the first ended. Mini still in the box on his 10-minute Misconduct, Fraser kept up the attack on the Port Huron goalie. It would last until 7:29 when Sam Marit (14th of the season) picked up Dan Chartrand’s rebound, and with Rockers’ goalie Trevor Babin coming to the short side to defend, snuck it in behind him. Liam Freeborn also picked up an assist on the play. The celebration was short lived as Roman Gaudet made it a 2-goal game again a half minute later and then promptly picked a fight with the ever vexing Alex Johnson. They both drew Fighting majors at 8:00 of the period. Derek Makkima added a goal at 10:36 and then Tommy Cardinal picked up his second at 12:12 to put the Prowlers down 5-1 with nearly half of the game remaining. With 2:30 left in the frame, Evan Foley, recently back from an injury tried to rectify the situation with his 14th of the season. The play started on a risky move by Hoflin in the Port Huron zone. Foley, Alex Johnson and Joe Deveny brought the puck up and gained the Rockers zone. Johnson took the puck to the right of Babin at the face off circle near the boards and shot it towards the goal. Babin trying to hold the post came off far enough for Foley to lift it through the gap for the score. Shots on goal were a more respectable 14-17 in favor of the Motor City Rockers who held a 3-goal lead going into intermission.
The bane of the Federal Prospects Hockey League is often cited as being the officiating. At 14:05 of the third period, the same referee, made the same bad Interference call against the same Port Huron goalie Wyatt Hoflin. As Hoflin stood in his crease, Dante Suffredini skated into him and fell, drawing the penalty. Hoflin rightfully took exception to the call and wanted Suffredini to answer up. Joe Deveny served the two minute minor penalty. Fraser controlled the game through the power play and most of the next 10 minutes before Zachary Frescura in his first game back from a season ending injury last year, put the Rockers back on the power play for a High Sticking minor. For the first time in the night Port Huron outshot Fraser 16-11 for a total on the night of 38-44 but there would be no more scoring. Vaughn Clouston of the Rockers ended his night early with a trip to the locker room for Fighting and Aggressor minor and Game Misconduct at 19:54. Clouston missed wide on a one-on-one with Dustin Henning and when checked by Sam Gagnon, turned and jumped Gagnon, resulting in his game ejection.
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Port Huron stands at 18-12-3 with 56 points, still holding second place in the Continental Division, while Fraser snaps a 5-game skid. Both teams play again Saturday night at McMorran Arena where the Prowler mascot Mitts, will be celebrating his birthday. Puck drops at 8:05pm