Prowlers Drop Season Finale to Danbury
The Port Huron Prowlers ended the regular season with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Danbury Hat Tricks on April 15 at McMorran Place. Port Huron finishes 28-24-4 with 86 points.
Jonny Ruiz opened the scoring with a power play goal 7:24 into the game. He banked the puck off of Wyatt Hoflin after the net had come off its moorings. The goal stood and Danbury took a 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Daniel McKitrick started a two-on-one and sauced a perfect feed to Ruiz for the game’s second goal.
Later in the frame, Daniel Amesbury and Alex Johnson exchanged words and then Amesbury went after Johnson with a linesman in the middle. Both got five minutes for fighting while Amesbury picked up an extra 12 penalty minutes.
The 2-0 score held into the second period until Tucker Scantlebury’s pass hit a Hat Trick defender and got through Brian Wilson to cut the lead in half.
With under seven minutes to play in the game, Amesbury came through the crease and took out Hoflin’s leg. Adam Heinzl went right after Amesbury and a brouhaha ensued. It resulted in Heinzl, Riley Robertson and John MacDonald being sent to the locker room early with 10-minute misconducts.
Michael Falanga scored a dagger with under five minutes to play and then more misconducts were handed out a couple of minutes later. Amesbury and four Prowlers each got 10 minutes and early showers. The teams combined for 144 penalty minutes in the game.
Dmitry Kuznetsov hit the empty net to seal the deal.
Wyatt Hoflin returned to the crease for Port Huron and made 28 saves.
Ruiz scored twice and McKitrick had two helpers for Danbury. Wilson made 50 saves in his franchise-record 31st win.
The Prowlers begin their quest for the Commissioner’s Cup on April 21 with puck drop at McMorran Place scheduled for 7 P.M. Tickets are available online at phprowlers.com/tickets or by calling the box office at 810-985-6166.
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