Prowlers Swept in first weekend of 2017-18
Danville, IL - On a misty November evening in Illinois a battle took place. The setting of this was the David S. Palmer Arena, where the ice was the battlefield. Two teams who know each other well geared up for game 2 of a weekend series that had a familiar outcome.
The scoring came early and often for the Dashers, as they scored two goals within the first four minutes. The first coming from Andrew Harrison after the puck was intercepted in center ice by Justin Levac. The second being scored by Kyle Stevens, again off of a center ice intercept by Levac. Port Huron would answer back two minutes later with an unassisted goal from Branden Parkhouse putting the score, 2-1 Dashers at the end of the 1st.
The Dashers would continue their center ice dominance in the second period with two additional goals scored from intercepts. These two goals again were in the early goings of the period, again within the first five minutes. Kyle Stevens got his second goal of the evening, followed up shortly by a goal from FHL points leader Shayne Morrissey for the Dashers.
The physical nature of the game would rear its head towards the end of the second period with both teams getting heated and tempers flaring. Hard hits and gloves being dropped were the outcomes. Leading to 5 on 3 power plays for both teams down the stretch.
The third period saw Port Huron attempt to comeback, with their forwards skating hard and fast, keeping possession of the puck for most of the period. Scoring chance after scoring chance racked up for the Prowlers but nothing was getting past goalie Aaron Taylor of the Dashers until with 12:44 remaining, Matt Robertson of the Prowlers got one by Taylor to bring the Prowlers within 2 goals.
That was until the game came winding down to the last two minutes when during a Dashers power play, Joe Pace, Sr. pulled his goalie attempting to give his team the best opportunity to tie it up. Jimmy Soper was able to get possession of the puck and break free of the swarming defense of the Prowlers to score an open net goal to bring home the 5-2 victory for the Danville Dashers.