Dashers Split Home and Home Series with Prowlers
The Danville Dashers never trailed in a 3-2 game that served to be the deciding one of the weekend home-and-home between themselves and the Port Huron Prowlers. Fred Hein made plenty sure that the Dashers never fell behind in a tight, physical game in Danville on Military Appreciation Night.
The David S. Palmer Arena in Danville was the place to be Saturday night in downtown Danville when the Port Huron Prowlers came to town, fresh off of defeating the Dashers in a shut-out home win the night before in Port Huron.
The storyline proved to be different in this matchup between the two teams, however.
Danville came out on the right foot, with Alex Pommerville carrying the puck behind the net of Port Huron's goaltender Chris Paulin, before placing an inch-perfect pass to the point where he found Fred Hein, who buried a slapshot into the net to put the Dashers ahead with just three minutes gone in the first period.
Other than penalties given to Matt Stoia for hooking to set Danville on the Jenna Worth power play, a Brad Denney tripping penalty to go for a Serv Pro penalty kill and a too many men penalty served by Haytham Oeid, the first period flew by at a rapid pace, with both sides getting plenty of clean, open-ice scoring opportunities.
Shots were fairly even at the end of the first period, with Danville outshooting the Prowlers by a total of twelve to eight.
It was three minutes into the second period when Matt Robertson found the back of the net, beating Dashers' goaltender Jessie Gordichuk to his stick side on another even strength goal. David Nippard and Alexander Strack got the assists. That proved to be the only goal of the second period, sending the two teams to the final intermission with a tie game.
From the jump, the third period proved to be the most interesting.
Just three minutes in, Dalton Young was booked for elbowing, the first of a whopping seven penalties that would occur in the period, a number greater than the sum of the other two periods combined. It was on one of those penalties, the aforementioned elbowing penalty to be exact, that the Dashers scored.
It was once again Fred Hein scoring three minutes into the period on a slapshot from the right hand side of Port Huron goaltender Paulin, bringing his tally to two goals on the night, and putting the Dashers back on top. Nigel Slide and Seth Ensor were the assisting parties for the Dashers second goal.
After a few brief scraps and scrums on the ice, it was Matt Robinson finding the back of the net on a power play on assists from Matt Graham and Justin Portillo. The trio created many an opportunity on the night, and connected to tie the game while the Dashers had three men in the box, and faced over a minute and a half of 5-on-3 hockey.
Just as the game looked sure to be going to overtime, David Nippard was sent to the penalty box for an elbowing call as he hit Fred Hein after the two had gone back and forth, with words and hits, all evening.
Hein responded not with the drop of the gloves, but with the drop of many Dasher fans' hats.
In the same week where he had a Gordie Howe hat trick against Battle Creek, Fred Hein secured the third goal of his standard hat trick in dramatic fashion, with just four and change left on the clock, he buried the shot much in the same way as he had his first two--- a slap shot from the point, directly into the left side of the netting.
The Dashers never looked back after that, and Hein, with his 24th point of the season, had put the Dashers ahead for good to seal the win on Military Appreciation Night.
Jesse Gordichuk sealed the gate on his goal after the second goal of the night, and put in a solid showing stopping 35 of 37 shots to continue his run of good form, providing a more than solid game on a night where the Dashers were down a plethora of players due to injury.
Danville moved up to 7-7 on the season, and sit in second place, three points ahead of the Columbus River Dragons. The Prowlers fall to 4-6 with two overtime wins on the season, two points behind the River Dragons.
Port Huron's Matt Robertson (2G) took the 3rd star in the close game between division rivals, with Danville defenseman Alex Pommerville (2A) taking the 2nd star, and Fred Hein (3G) taking the 1st star.
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