Icehawks crush Quad City

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go….  If Elmer Fudd handled ducks the way Port Huron man-handled the Quad City Mallards, Donald would be in bird heaven.

   When the feathers finally settled on Friday, April 2 at McMorran, the Icehawks had flown away with a 6-0 victory. Icehawks goalie Larry Sterling stopped 26 shots while notching his 20th victory of the season.

   “We were solid from start to finish,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. “We had a couple breakdowns early but we battled back.

   “I liked our desperation that we showed at times when we were vulnerable. The team didn’t make it easy for them. Our battle was very good and when there was a breakdown Larry (Sterling) was there for us.”

   Port Huron’s Mike Kinnie opened the scoring for the Icehawks at 5:42 of the first period. A minute later, Hawks’ Mickael Bedard scored his 33rd goal of the year to make it 2-0. After Hawks’ Kris Vernarsky scored a power play goal six minutes later, the die was cast.

   Two minutes later Port Huron’s Peter Flache made it 4-0 with his 7th goal of the campaign.

   “We have three excellent lines,” Flache said. “Guys are coming back into the lineup … all of whom can play. When everyone plays to their potential, it is no wonder you get six different scorers in a game like this.”

   The Icehawks added one in the second and one in the third to seal the deal.

   Sterling played down his shutout after the game.

   “It was more important for me to get a win than the shutout because it’s been quite a while for me,” he said. “The shutout is nice but the only reason I’ve got it is because we played a 60 minute game tonight.

   “Forget how many goals we scored,” Sterling said. “Our defense paved the way. They had only one or two odd man rushes. It was tough for them to move the puck as we always had a forward responsible in the offensive zone. That’s the way we need to play the rest of the year.”

   Drulia knows a second place finish will be tough.

   “I think we are going to have to win out to get the second seed,” Drulia said. “The energy on the bench and the commitment by the players we saw tonight …  we have to continue this for the next month.”

   The Dayton Gems visit McMorran on Sunday, April 11. Face off time is 5 p.m. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

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