After taking two games out in Delaware last weekend, Motor City looked to keep its win streak alive at home.
The Rockers’ win streak now extended to four games with a 6-4 win over the Thunder.
Motor City (10-3-3) gave up a goal under the Delaware pressure in the first period. The Thunder’s forecheck at center ice created a turnover that captain Alex Soucy took advantage of. As the puck lay high in the slot Soucy chipped it past Blake Scott who came out of the crease to play the puck, and pushed it past the goal line for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later in the first period Motor City got on the board thanks to Dylan Johnson who was signed two days ago to replace Scott Coash who is on loan to the SPHL in Knoxville Ice Bears.
Cade Lambdin moved the puck to the point to Dante Suffredini. Suffredini offered a hard shot that was deflected in front by Johnson for his first goal as a Rocker for a 1-1 tie with 15:54 to play in the period.
Motor City built a lead in the second period thanks to the power play when Johnson received a pass right in front of the net, and fired the puck top-shelf from four feet away for a 2-1 lead. The second power play goal was scored by Everett Thompson five minutes later for a 3-1 lead.
Delaware (1-12-1) erased the two goal lead in thirty seconds around the 13 minute mark of the second.
Newly signed defensemen Alex DiBacco carried the puck into the offensive zone on the far side of the ice and fired a shot on net. Chris Corgan picked up the rebound and found the back of the net for his sixth of the season. Thirty seconds later Denis Gafarov tied the game at 3-3 with his eight of the season. As quickly as the lead disappeared for the Rockers, Motor City reclaimed it with goals by Declan Conway and Tommy Cardinal eight seconds apart with 7:31 to play for a 5-3 lead. Three minutes later, the Thunder added a goal by Matt Barzarin to make it 5-4 on Delaware’s lone power play goal of the night.
Motor City capped the scoring on the night when Ian White added his seventh point in eight games with a hard slap shot in the far side circle with 5:44 to play in the third period for a 6-4 lead.
Motor City hosts Delaware on Saturday night at Big Boy Arena at 7:00pm in their final match-up of the season.