By David Dell
FRASER- In their sixth of sixteen games against the Motor City Rockers, the Port Huron Prowlers dropped another that should have been won. The Rockers, in their inaugural season, haven’t been able to come up with any Off-Ice Officials, including the critical Goal Judges who sit behind the nets and signal if a goal is good. They are also responsible for NOT signaling a goal if there is a discrepancy such as a net being off the mooring pegs. Fraser’s overtime game-winner was just such the case. Video frame capture from the league’s YouTube streaming clearly shows the net off the peg prior to the referees indicating a good goal.
The first period ended in a dead heat with Port Huron and Fraser tallying a marker on 16 and 15 shots respectively. Each team sat a man for two minutes on Minor penalties. Joe Deveny started it all for Port Huron with his 6th goal of the season, coming at 11:35 of the opening period. Adam Heinzl assisted on the goal. Fraser’s Jonathon Juliano, who played for Port Huron from 2017 through 2019, would tie it up 1:07 later. His goal was assisted by Brad Reitter and Vaughn Clouston.
Motor City Rockers picked up the only score of the second period while being doubled up on Shots on Goal. The Prowlers’ 13 shots did not produce any goals. The Rockers however began a run of penalties that should have benefitted the Prowlers. Derek Makimaa drew a two-minute Minor for Hooking while Port Huron’s Alex Johnson got called for Charging, with two minutes for the infraction. Ross Bartlett, who gathered a one-game suspension on 15 October in Port Huron for throwing a Prowler stick into the seats after some after-game extracurricular activities picked up a two-minute Minor for Elbowing and a Match Penalty ejection for Illegal Check to the Head of Port Huron’s Austin Fetterly. Fetterly who went to the ground after the hit came back for his next shift. Prowler Tucker Scantlebury got two minutes for an Unsportsmanlike Minor and Tommy Cardinal from the Rockers got two minutes for a Roughing Minor. Scott Coash was awarded a Penalty Shot that went over goalie Ian Wallace’s shoulder, on a questionable interference call against Port Huron’s Dalton Jay.
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With Fraser up 2-1 coming into the final frame, Matt Graham would tip in a Dalton Jay shot on the Power Play for his 2nd goal of the year. Fraser was shorthanded for their second, Too Many Men on the Ice Bench Minor, the goal coming just 20 seconds into the penalty. The Rockers wouldn’t leave the game tied for long picking up their second Go-Ahead goal less than two minutes later on a Brandon Contratto shot, fed from Declan Conway and Brad Reitter. Now leading 3-2 Fraser once again let Port Huron knot it up with just under nine minutes remaining at 10:35. Tucker Scantlebury and Tommy Cardinal would both be tossed from a face-off and receive two-minute Minors for Unsportsmanlike Conduct at 7:18. When Scantlebury returned he, made good on his transgressions with his third goal of the season, fed from Vincent Dukumbis and Matt Graham. Scantlebury’s goal was on the Power Play while Tommy Cardinal served another Unsportsmanlike Conduct Minor. Cardinal got a lot of time in the penalty box, drawing yet a third Minor this time a Cross-Checking penalty with 17 seconds left. His cohort in crime was Port Huron’s Tucker Scantlebury who drew HIS third Unsportsmanlike Conduct Minor.
Regulation playing time expired and five minutes of 3-on-3 hockey commenced. Brad Reitter and Scott Coash would team up just 23 seconds into the extra period to close out the game in favor of host Fraser, 4-3. This goal had there been the required Off-Ice Officials in place, should have been disallowed due to the aforementioned goal being dislodged and out of place.
Port Huron goes on the road until the day after Thanksgiving, 25 November, when they will play Binghamton Black Bears that Friday and Saturday. Port Huron is in third place in the Continental Conference with a record of 3-3-2 (Overtime Losses).