The Motor City Rockers are in its worst stretch of the season since the season started in early October.
Entering Friday night, the Rockers hadn’t earned a point in over 145 minutes, and were riding a three game losing streak. The Rockers were also without starting goaltender Trevor Babin who entered concussion protocol earlier this week after taking a puck to the head.
It was the first time Babin missed action since late November. The Rockers were also without Derek Makimaa who is serving a two game suspension. The House of Horrors of Friday the 13th followed Motor City into 2023 as the Rockers dropped its fourth straight game with a 6-3 loss to Port Huron at Big Boy Arena. The Prowlers (17-11-3) opened the scoring a minute into the first period as veteran Larri Vartiainen opened the scoring on a floating rebound in the slot for his 14th of the season for a 1-0 lead. Motor City (14-10-3) were able to get the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead. The first goal was off the stick of Declan Conway who stopped the puck in the neutral zone and created a semi-breakaway with an offensive rush and put in his first goal since Dec 16th stopping a five game drought. The goal stopped the scoring drought Motor City was facing at 150 minutes.
Jonathan Juliano added the second goal five minutes later when he deflected a Tim Perks shot in front of the net for his sixth goal of the season. From there Port Huron regained a lead it wouldn’t give up as Austin Fetterly added a rebound goal and a hard wrister a minute apart for a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.
Vartiainen added his second of the game entering the third period with a shot through the five-hole of Blake Scott for a 4-2 lead. Motor City pulled Scott in the final 2:28 to create any hopes of completing a comeback and was within a goal thanks to a goal by Everett Thompson who banged in a one-timer from Ian White to pull the Rockers within one, 4-3.
An ill-timed penalty with under two minutes remaining allowed the Prowlers to earn a power play goal by Sam Marit for a 5-3 lead. Liam Freeborn added an empty net goal with six seconds remaining for a 6-3 lead.
With the win, the Prowlers have moved within a game of the season series, trailing Motor City 5-4 after nine games. Port Huron will host Motor City tonight at 6:05pm at McMorran Ice Arena in Port Huron.