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Prowlers vs Fraser, Jan. 21

Photos courtesy of David Dell – Delta Imaging Photography

By David Dell

PORT HURON- Shoot outs.  You either love them or hate them.  The Port Huron Prowlers have reason to like them as they beat the visiting Fraser Motor City Rockers with a 2 goal shoot out performance Saturday night.  In the most evenly matched game the teams have played against each other this year, the came away with 10 shots each in the opening stanza and with the Rockers tallying only one goal for the effort.  Right at the halfway point of the period Austin Fetterly drew a Tripping minor, that Motor City could not capitalize on, managing only one shot during the power play. 8 seconds after the having the man advantage, the Prowlers would get a try, when Brad Reitter was penalized with an Interference minor.  Again, there were no goals scored.  Fraser’s Tommy Cardinal got them going at 16:44 with assists from Brad Reitter and Jonathon Juliano.

The Prowlers played clean hockey through the beginning of the second period when a very questionable Too Many Men on the Ice penalty was assessed.  Joe Deveny served the bench minor at 9:37. The Rockers were again unsuccessful in converting and in Darren McCarty of the Red Wings fashion, just as Deveny (19th of the season) was leaving the penalty box, he picked up Dan Chartrand’s pass at the Fraser blue line, skated straight down the slot and beat Trevor Babin high on the glove side to even the score. That would be the end of the scoring for the next 34:53. A season high attendance of 2,014 fans stuck around until the very end to see a dramatic finish.  Prowler goalie Wyatt Hoflin drew a High Sticking minor at 17:47 and Dante Suffredini drew the same at 19:42. While shots favored the Rockers 10-9, Port Huron got the one that matters.  

Port Huron dominated the play for the first half of the 3rd frame, getting 15 of their 18 within 10 and a half minutes.  They got a lot of those chances on a power play opportunity resulting from a dust up on the left of Fraser’s net.  Ryan Rotondi Cross Checked Dan Chartrand, who Slashed back and then Babin had to get involved by giving a Prowler a face wash with his trapper.  The Prowlers picked up the two minute power play from the extra minor Babin tossed in at 6:09.  From 11:36 Fraser mounted a serious attack on Port Huron but Hoflin, playing arguably his best game as a Prowler kept the goal light off.  Shots at this point were even at 37 and the score even at 1.The ensuing Overtime period produced no solid chances although both teams managed 5 shots on goal each.  Liam Freeborn gave the Rockers an extra man with his Tripping minor at 2:08 but skating 4-3 they could only manage a pair of shots on goal, again with the shots and score tied up.  With Overtime expired the game moved to the best of five Shoot Out.  Joe Deveny failed to get the puck over Babin’s outstretched pads giving Rockers’ Tim Perks a chance to draw first blood which he did. Austin Fetterly tried to stay on the ice but couldn’t get the bisket past Babin and Scott Coash failed to score for Fraser, on their second attempt. Dalton Jay (24th of the season) evened up the Shoot Out tally in typical Jay fashion. Brad Reitter had his shot stopped by Hoflin but Dan Chartrand put the Prowlers up 2-1. With the game on the line, Connor Inger had to put up but Hoflin challenged on the play in and stoned Inger for the win. Port Huron by way of the winning goal in the Shoot Out totaled 43 shots to Fraser’s 42.  On paper at least, this was as evenly matched a game one could have seen.  Port Huron evened the series up again 6-6 and sits in second place in the Continental Division with 58 points.  The Prowlers travel to Columbus Georgia to take on the first place River Dragons, the 27th and 28th of January.

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