The Rockers swept the weekend series against the Delaware Thunder with an impressive 6-3 win on Saturday night.
Just like in Friday’s game, the Rockers got on the board first and never looked back when Defensemen Ian White carried the puck from the neutral zone who offered a one-touch pass to Forward Everett Thompson along the boards.
After getting the puck back, White offered a quick pass into the slot to Forward Derek Makimaa for his fifth of the season and a 1-0 lead 1:14 into the first period. Thirty seconds later, the Rockers added to the lead, 2-0. Forward Arty Alekhin won a puck battle at the end line to the left of the Delaware net. As Alekhin moved down the line, he offered a quick pass to fellow Forward Brad Reitter who offered a one-timer to Tommy Cardinal who fired in the goal for his fourth of the season.
Delaware was able to claw back into the game in the second period off the stick of its captain Alex Soucy who recorded two goals in the span of 55-seconds. Forward Ryan Marker carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot on Blake Scott, who made an initial save. As the puck was bobbled, Soucy tipped it in to cut into the Rocker lead, 2-1. The second goal for Soucy was a hard wrister from the far circle for a 2-2 tie that was set-up on a quick feed from Pier-Luc Bellard, who settled a Marker pass with his glove, and moved into the offensive zone.
The Rockers regained the lead, 3-2, on the power play with 4:37 to play in the second period.
Scott Coash offered an entry pass to Cade Lambdin in the offensive zone. Lambdin carried it to the end line, and offered a quick crosser to Declan Conway who put in the puck for his seventh of the season and second of the weekend.
The Rockers continued to find the back of the net in the third period thanks to Cardinal’s second of the game that came off a rebound of an White shot for a 4-2 lead 1:26 into the period. White earned his third assist of the night on the power play when he found Coash on the far side dot with a saucer pass. Coash quickly offered a wrist shot for his ninth goal of the season in ten games for a 5-2 lead 3:34 later.
The Rockers went 2-for-6 on the man advantage on the night, while Delaware went 0-for-4.
The Thunder were able to get another goal to cut into the Rockers’ lead, 5-3, from Chris Corgan who played four games for Motor City earlier this season before he was released with 7:39 to play.
Coash added an empty net goal with 45 seconds left in the contest from 135-feet for a 6-3 lead and his second of the game. The Rockers will travel back to Fraser to host Delaware for two games on Dec 2nd and Dec 3rd. The Game on Dec 2nd is United For Ukraine Refugees Hockey Night where guests are encouraged to wear blue and yellow in support of those from Ukraine. A portion of the proceeds will go to refugees and their families at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools in Warren, MI.