Rookie Goalie D'Orso Leads Port Huron to 4-1 Win over Bloomington
PORT HURON, MI - Raffaele D'Orso turned in a spectacular performance in his first professional game as the Port Huron Icehawks eliminated the Bloomington PrairieThunder from playoff contention with a 4-1 victory Sunday at McMorran Arena.
Bloomington needed a win and a Flint Generals loss to move back into the fourth seed in the 2010 Turner Cup Playoffs. Fort Wayne did their part, defeating the Generals 2-1, but the PrairieThunder were unable to get past D'Orso, and will finish the season in fifth place.
D'Orso stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period. Bloomington's Andrew Martin turned away all seven Icehawks shots in a scoreless opening frame.
Mike Kinnie scored the game's first goal at 6:54 of the second period to put Port Huron on top. Brandon Kaleniecki assisted on Kinnie's 26th score of the season. Brandon Naurato's 11th power play goal of the season gave the Icehawks a two-goal lead at 10:42. Daniel Tetrault and Nick Lindberg assisted on the 4-on-3 goal. Bloomington outshot Port Huron 19-8 in the second period.
The PrairieThunder cut the lead in half with an unassisted goal by Jon Booras just 45 seconds into the third period. Icehawks captain Kris Vernarsky scored his eighth goal of the season at 11:52 to put Port Huron back up by two. Lindberg and Tetrault each earned their second assist of the night on the play. An empty-netter by Jamie Lovell gave the Icehawks the 4-1 victory. Each team put 13 shots on net in the third period.
The Icehawks were outshot by the PrairieThunder for the second night in a row, with 28 shots on goal compared to Bloomington's 40.
D'Orso earned his first victory as a professional, stopping 39 of 40 shots in his first start with the Icehawks. Andrew Martin took the loss for Bloomington, allowing three goals on 27 shots faced.
For game stats: http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/gamesheet_full.html?gameid=1057954.
The Icehawks wrap up the 2009-10 regular season with an overall record of 47-25-0-4. Port Huron was 29-9-0-0 at home this season and the Icehawks are the only IHL team to make it through all 76 games without taking a single overtime loss. Bloomington ends the season on a six-game losing streak to fall to fifth place with a 31-34-5-6 record.
The Icehawks kick off the 2010 Turner Cup Playoffs Thursday in Fort Wayne for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. The series shifts to Port Huron for game two Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Playoff tickets are available now at the same low prices as regular season games.
Single game tickets for all Icehawks home games are on sale now at McMorran Arena Box Office, any Ticket Master location or by phone. For more information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com or call 810-966-3800.
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