Wolves Pull Away From Prowlers
By Dennis Stuckey
Port Huron, MI - The Watertown Wolves broke a four game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Port Huron Prowlers on Saturday night, at McMorran Arena. Mark Petaccio fired home three goals to pace the Wolves attack.
The first period was largely controlled by the Prowlers, who had five power play chances, and fired 18 shots at Edward Zdolshek, but it was the Wolves who opened the scoring at 4:10, with Petaccio netting his first of the night on a back hand try from the top of the crease. Port Huron tied the score at 17:31 of the period, just three seconds after a power play, when Austin Daae tapped in a cross crease pass from Ahmed Mahfouz. It was Daae's second goal in as many games, since being acquired in a trade with Watertown last Wednesday.
Mahfouz broke the tie 31 seconds into the second period, giving the Prowlers their only lead of the night. Allowed to skate through the left circle right to the net, Mahfouz put a back hand by Zdolshek to make it 2-1. The score stayed that way till the 12:12 mark of the period, when Brett Liscomb's game tying goal set off an explosion that saw four goals scored in just 3:38 of playing time. Petaccio followed at 13:46 with an unassisted effort, on a laser shot under the bar from just inside the blue line. The Prowlers responded at 15:13 on a Branden Parkhouse wrap around goal. The 3-3 tie lasted just 38 seconds, when Petaccio got loose for a shot in the slot that found the back of the net for his hat trick goal, and a 4-3 Watertown lead after two.
The Wolves tacked onto their lead early in the third, when Jesse Facchini put in a rebound at 1:18, and put the game on ice with a power play goal at 9:55 by Colin Mcintosh. Watertown out shot Port Huron 33-30 in the game, despite Port Huron having seven power plays, to the Wolves two.