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Port Huron vanquishes Minot in shootout, 3-2 (2-1 SO)

Schwan SR-1    Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Port Huron Fighting Falcons defeated the Minot Minotauros in a shootout 3-2 (2-1 SO).

The shootout featured 12 attempts between both teams. Minot got a shootout goal from Cameron Rowat. Port Huron's other shootout goal was scored by Vito Aluia.

The Fighting Falcons' penalty kill excelled, as Port Huron gave up zero goals despite allowing eight power plays.

The Fighting Falcons stifled the Minotauros' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The 29 shots that Port Huron put on net surpassed the Fighting Falcons' average of 25.2 shots per game this season. Port Huron's offense was helped by the efforts of its defensemen, who managed to put 13 shots on net during the game. The Fighting Falcons were forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as they racked up 24 penalty minutes.

Port Huron was led by Mitch Maloney, who had one goal and one assist. Maloney scored on the power play 18:37 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Port Huron. The Fighting Falcons had gained a power play chance when Jake McCann was whistled for hooking. Joey Lindberg assisted on the tally. Matt Jones also scored for Port Huron. In addition, Port Huron received assists from Nick Le Sage and Jonathan Kopacka, who contributed one a piece.

The defense for Minot played an important role offensively, racking up 10 shots on goal.

The Minotauros were helped by Tim Donohue, who racked up one goal. Donohue scored short handed 18:09 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Minot. Minot was on a disadvantage when Max Pernhem went off the ice for holding. Jake Johnson picked up the assist. Minot also got a goal from Jadin Martin as well. Other players who recorded assists for Minot were Jared Brandt and Krisztian Nagy, who each chipped in one.

Port Huron's Alex Blankenburg stopped 22 shots out of the 24 that he faced. The Fighting Falcons registered two goals on seven power play opportunities. Brandon Wildung made 26 saves for the Minotauros on 28 shots. Minot incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.