Port Huron Survives See-Saw Battle over Dayton 7-6 in OT
Dayton, OH - What's a couple of lead changes, along with a large lead lost, followed up with several 3 point performances have in common? One fantastic battle between the Port Huron Prowlers and the Dayton Demolition at Hara Arena. Despite giving away a four-goal lead late in the 2nd period, Port Huron claws back to win in overtime 7-6.
In the first period, it was the Prowlers peppering the net quickly of Louie George. With this pressure, Port Huron got on the board at the 8:15 mark of the first with Jason Pietrasiak ringing home the first tally. Nathan Robson fed Pietrasiak from behind the goal line, along with Len Pelletier anchoring down the play. Dayton answered back nearly two minutes later, with Scott Kozlak hooking a rebound past Dan McWhinney. Kozlak's first of two on the night was from a combined effort of Jacques Lamoureux and Martin Uhnak's counter-attack up into the zone. With Kozlak's 14th tally of the season, Dayton tied the young game up at 1-1. Port Huron took back the lead with Dustin Skinner's first of three scores twenty-five seconds later. Austin Daae offered up his first of three assists on the goal, along with Justin Alonzo's first of three. The Prowlers left to the locker rooms with a close 2-1 lead.
Port Huron got off to another strong start in the 2nd period, with two goals in under four minutes and chasing away Dayton's starting goal. The Prowlers increased the lead to two with Julian Fraser's blast from the near point. Fraser was assisted by the duo of Alonzo and Daae for his fourth goal of the year. Shortly after, Robson scored at the 3:47 mark from Pietrasiak and Jared Hicks for his third of the season to finish the night on George. Enter Jo St. Pierre, who would shut the door on the Prowlers for the rest of the 2nd.
Dayton's comeback started at the 7:45 mark, with Martin Uhnak connecting on his team leading 21st goal of the season. Brian Marks and Adam McKenzie help out on Dayton's second goal of the night while on a 5-on-3 opportunity. The Demolition cut the lead down to one with another power play goal, resulting in a blistering shot from outside the face-off circle from Myles McCauley. McCauley's fifth Dayton goal was helped from Jesse Felten's first of three assists and Vanwynsberghe. Dayton tied the game shortly after McCauley's score from former Port Huron Prowler Robert Vanwynsberghe. The Sons of Hockey Player of the Week tallied his fourth Dayton goal and 10th of the year with some assistance from Michael Dolman and Felten's second assist. Then, at the 16:52 mark of the 2nd, Kozlak's second score nearly blasted the Hara Arena roof off into another zip code. The Air Force line of Ryan Timar, Lamoureux, and Kozlak help give Dayton a 5-4 lead after two and a streak of four unanswered goals against McWhinney and the Prowlers.
At the 1:41 mark of the 3rd Period, Dustin Skinner connected again on a Power Play dish from Daae and Matt Fuller to break the Wrecking Crew streak and tie things up again at 5-5. Things quieted down from an offensive side for nearly fifteen minutes, until Vanwynsberghe's speediness caught the Prowlers off guard from the faceoff circle. Vanwynsberghe's second score was assisted by Felten's third assist of the night to give Dayton a 6-5 lead heading into closing time. The Prowlers continued to battle, giving Dustin Skinner a chance to finish the Hat Trick. With Skinner's third, Alonzo's third assist, and Fuller's second on an Extra-Attacker Power Play chance, things ended up squared away at 6-6 after regulation.
In overtime, both teams continued to skate quickly, but the three-man crew of Roger Tagoona, Jared Hicks, and Len Pelletier scored the winning goal 1:48 into the extra frame to give the Prowlers their first win in March with a 7-6 OT decision.
Dayton fell to 13-24-4 on the year, but maintained a hold on fifth place as the Demolition continues to battle for a playoff spot. Port Huron improved to 26-13-1 overall and 12-1 in the series. Jo St. Pierre took the OT loss with his 15 save relief appearance of Louie George (who finished with twelve saves in nearly twenty-four minutes. Dan McWhinney picked up his fourth win to improve to 4-3-1 on the year.
Vanwynsberghe, in his first game playing against his former team to start off 2015-16, was the third star with a two goal/one assist performance. Dustin Skinner was award the 2nd star with his hat trick, and Roger Tagoona was the top star with the Game-Winning goal.
Both teams meet up again Saturday evening, March 5th at Hara. The puck drops at 7:30 PM. For tickets and broadcasting information, visit DemolitionHockey.com.
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