By David Dell
PORT HURON- The Port Huron Prowlers opened the 2022-2023 Federal Prospects Hockey League Season with a pair of wins and one lost, all against the League’s newest expansion team the Motor City Rockers. Motor City is based in Fraser playing in the Big Boy Arena.
Thursday’s Inaugural Season Opener for the Rockers didn’t go well in a 3-2 loss to the Prowlers at home. Port Huron went 2 up, half-way into the first period and would hold that lead until six minutes into the third. Both of Port Huron’s goals coming from Joe Deveny. Deveny had 10 points in 6 games with the Delaware Thunder of the FPHL last season. With the score knotted at 2 apiece, Dalton Jay would slip the game winner past Motor City goalie Trevor Babin at 16:38 of the final period. This goal put the Prowlers in the W column and garnered a First Star for Jay.
Friday brought the teams to Port Huron. The Prowlers would score one, then two then four goals in the three periods respectively for a total on the night of seven. Rockers picked up one in the first and a pair in the third to fall short by four. Jay gathered another First Star for two goals, Alex Johnson assisted three times in the game for Second Star and Joe Deveny picked up Third Star for a goal and an assist. Shot totals were 47 each when the buzzer sounded. The game was filled with infractions on both sides of the puck with Port Huron racking up 15 penalties while Fraser took 11 of their own. Tensions were high and expected to continue into Saturday night’s match up between the two teams. The win came in front of 1,370 spectators.
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Taking a losing record into the final game of a three-game series, Motor City kept a lid on the powerhouse offense of the Prowlers throughout most of the game. Port Huron scored first in the opening frame, before letting in a tying goal just before closing out the second period on a power play goal by former Prowler Jonathan Juliano. This game was filled with bad blood as was Friday night with the Rockers again drawing 11 penalties. The Prowlers came away with only 12. Port Huron looked tired with a definite lack of jump in their step managing a shocking low 5 in the second period and 8 in the third despite having a lot of power play time. 1,139 fans were in attendance.