Thunder fall in overtime
PORT HURON, Mich. - Daniel Tetrault scored 28 seconds into overtime to give Port Huron a 5-4 victory over the Bloomington PrairieThunder in International Hockey League action Saturday at McMorran Arena before 1,821 people.
The outcome left the PrairieThunder tied with Flint, which defeated Muskegon, for the fourth and final spot in the upcoming postseason playoffs with 73 points. Bloomington's record dipped to 31-33-5-6 while Port Huron moved to 46-25-0-4 (96 points).
The PrairieThunder needs a victory Sunday in its regular season finale at Port Huron at 4 p.m. and a Flint loss at Fort Wayne to earn the playoff spot. Flint owns the tie-breaker based on overall wins.
Port Huron took a 3-0 lead in the first period. Nick Lindberg started the scoring 4:52 into the game on a rebound off a Brandon Naurato shot. Kris Vernarsky also had an assist. Mike Kinnie and Peter Flache had the other IceHawk goals.
Kinnie's goal came at the 12:36 mark off assists by Pete Rouleau and Mike Gershon. Flache scored on a power play two minutes later on assists by Daniel Tetrault and Kinnie.
The PrairieThunder came back with three goals during a four-and-half minute span in the second period. Robin Gomez started the spree with a score at the 15:16 mark off assists by Jon Booras and Preston Briggs.
Brett Holmberg followed with a power play goal three minutes later on assists by Craig Macdonald and Briggs. One minute later, Booras scored on assists by Jamie Carroll and Cole Ruwe.
Ruwe gave the PrairieThunder a short-lived advantage at 4-3 with 14:36 left in the third period on an assist by Matt McIlvane, but Kinnie tied the game one minute later with a goal off assists by Tetrault and Flache to set the stage for overtime.
Andrew Martin took the loss in net for Bloomington, stopping 21 of 26 shots. The PrairieThunder outshot the IceHawks, 34-26.
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