Enforcers Run Streak to 6, Beat Prowlers 6-3

by Jon Kliment

The Enforcers came into Port Huron riding a 5 game winning streak. After taking the Friday and Saturday matchups in Danville, Il a Sunday matinee was the weekend finale against the Prowlers with whom the Enforcers had split the season series so far at one game a piece. The deciding rubber match would be the season series finale. 

Elmira arrived for the game 5 minutes before warmups to the point that Glen Patterson came off the bus fully dressed. The Enforcers did make it on to the ice in time for puck drop, however the long trip took its toll early as Elmira came out a bit sluggish and Joe Young was peppered early with a 6-0 shot deficit for Elmira at the media time out. After weathering the blitz Elmira was able to score first as Gino Mini took a shot from inside the right circle and buried it past Cory Simons to give Elmira a 1-0 lead they would take into the locker room. 

The second period saw the Enforcers start on a power play that Joe Pace Jr quickly turned into a 5 on 3 after taking a tripping call. Thought Port Huron killed the initial penalty Tyler Gjurich fed Ahmed Mahfouz at the top of the slot and Mahfouz buried the puck behind Simons to put Elmira up 2-0 just 2:39 into period two. The Prowlers Dalton Jay answered back halfway through the period finally solving Young, but Elmira's Hudson Michaelis regained the Enforcers two goal lead. 1:08 later Port Huron closed the gap again on a Bobby Sokol goal. It took two minutes for Elmira to regain their lead on a Kyle Stevens tally.

Jonathan Juliano and the Prowlers came out full steam in the third period as Juliano scored 10:22 into the third to once again close the gap to just one at 4-3, but Tyler Gjurich and Ahmed Mahfouz would sync up again as this time Mahfouz passed to Gjurich for a power play goal. A final empty net goal from 150 feet away by Gjurich ended the game at 6-3.

Young made 35 saves on 38 shots to get his fifth win on the season. 

The Enforcers return home this weekend as they battle with the Watertown Wolves on Friday February 14th and Saturday February 15th at 7:05pm at First Arena. The Enforcers come home riding a 6 game winning streak and taking at least point from their last 13 games, and will look to add to their lead for second place in the Eastern Division. Get your tickets early call 607-734-PUCK or go online to Tickets.com! Go Enforcers Go!