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GAME RECAP: Exhibition Game - Rockers at Port Huron Prowlers 10/13/23

Signed to PTO's (2)

The Motor City Rockers and Port Huron Prowlers will see a lot of each other in the 2023-24 FPHL season, facing each other eighteen times. So why not include an exhibition contest between the two Michigan rivals as well? The Rockers traveled to McMorran Place, on Friday the 13th no less, to take part in the franchise's first ever exhibition game and came back home with a 4-2 win under their belts.

As you would expect for an exhibition contest, this gave Motor City and head coach Gordie Brown a chance to look at a lot of the new players in camp on PTO's in game action as final roster decisions are fast approaching. The Rockers dressed twelve players that were not with the team at the end of last season, with only five returning players seeing action. Three of those new players were involved with the first goal of the game as Glynn Robitaille was able to find a loose puck in front of the net and poke it past Prowlers goalie Makar Sokolov to put Motor City up 1-0 at 9:56 of the first period. Clayton Hightower and James Kakos were credited with the assists on the goal. With 56 seconds left in the period the Prowlers tied it on the power play as Tristan Simm ripped one past Rockers goalie Ricardo Gonzalez to even things at one after one.

The second period was scoreless as both teams switched goalies at the halfway point. Rookie Eli Bowers took over for Gonzalez in the Motor City net while David Anderson took over in the Port Huron cage. It was a solid start for the returning Gonzalez who joined Motor City late last season after finishing his collegiate career. He stopped fifteen of the sixteen shots fired his way in just over thirty minutes of action as he tries to win a spot on the roster.

It didn't take long for Motor City to break the tie in the third on a pretty power play goal. Returning defensive stalwarts Josh Colten and Dante Suffredini drew the assists as newcomer Pavel Svintsov took the feed in the slot and buried it past Anderson for the 2-1 lead just 1:01 into the final stanza. Suffredini drew his second assist at 3:42 when he shoveled a pass to Rocco DiCostanzo, another new addition to the roster, who flicked it past a stick-less Anderson for the 3-1 Motor City lead. Port Huron pulled back within one at 9:24 when Aleksis Ostankovics beat Bowers to make it 3-2, but the Rockers took advantage of a terrible giveaway that sent Svintsov in alone on a breakaway and the Russian rookie did what goal scorers do and capitalized on the mistake to make it 4-2 Motor City. I'd be shocked if this young man doesn't make the Rockers final roster based off his performance in this game.     

The next few days will be ones to watch as the roster gets cut down and we see which newcomers keep a spot. Especially of interest is the goaltending situation with Trevor Babin currently in camp in the ECHL with Kalamazoo. Both young goalies played well in the exhibition, only giving up one goal each. Bowers faced more shots than Gonzalez, stopping 23 of 24, so will be interesting to see how the goaltending depth shakes out. Even in an exhibition game, the win is nice as Motor City now prepares for the regular season to start this coming weekend, back in Port Huron for back to back games Friday and Saturday. Of course, the team on the ice will look much different as key returnees like Scott Coash, Declan Conway and Roman Gaudet, to name a few, should be in the lineup.

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