Rockers Continue To Roll With 5-2 Win Over Blue Ridge

Fraser, MI — The Motor City Rockers resumed its winning ways at Big Boy Arena behind a 5-2 win over the Blue Ridge Bobcats on Saturday night.

It took DeVon Fields nine games to record his first professional goal in the FPHL, but that drought ended at the 12:59 mark of the first period. The puck bounced off the far side boards and Fields fired a shot from the point that fluttered past Connor Green for a 1-0 lead 

Jonathan Juliano recorded his fourth goal in five games when he created a turnover at the nearside post a minute later on the forecheck. Juliano shoved the puck through an opening for his 11th of the season and a 2-0 lead with 6:18 to play in the first period. 

Juliano’s 11 goals are the most he’s had in a season since 2018-19 when he was with Port Huron. 

Blue Ridge was able to cut into the lead when Andrei Ivanov fired a blast after a face-off win by Savva Smirnov that was deflected in front of Trevor Babin deflected off Vladislav Vlasov’s stick and into the net that cut into the lead, 2-1 with 3:07 to play. 

Babin stopped 28-of-30 shots on the night. 

The Rockers penalty kill had been elite all weekend so far stopping seven power plays in two days, including a 5-on-3 on Saturday. In addition to killing a penalty to start the second period, TJ Delaney recorded his short-handed goal of his career when he intercepted the puck at center ice and walked it into the offensive zone for a quick wrister for a 3-1 lead. Blue Ridge chipped back into the lead, 3-2, off the stick of Ricards Jelenskis near the midway point of the third period before Roman Gaudet finished a pass from Delaney to increase the lead back to 4-2. Scott Coash added the last goal of the night with 2:00 left in the game when he stepped into a shot from the slot for his second of the weekend and 16th of the season. The Rockers and Bobcats wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 2:00 pm at Big Boy Arena in Fraser, MI. Lions fans can wear their gear and receive 4 tickets for $24.