Icehawks edge Bloomington

Donald Lierman          

Sports Editor

   The Icehawks gaveth yet the Icehawks managed to taketh away.

   After squandering a two goal lead to take the game to overtime, Hawks’ Matt Auffrey performed his version of the spin-a-rama to give Port Huron the win.

   The final score was Port Huron 4, Bloomington 3 at McMorran on Tuesday, March 30.

   “We went with three forwards in overtime and one defenseman,” Port Huron Coach Stan Drulia said. We were down two defensemen so we tried to go for it. The team got their chances and Auffrey was able to get the big goal.”

   Mike Kinnie of Port Huron opened the scoring ten minutes into the game with his 20th of the season. Bloomington tied the game before the end of the third period.

    Kinnie scored another two and a half minutes into the second to give the Hawks the lead, 2-1. 

   “Mike Kinnie can shoot,” Drulia said. “He’s dangerous every time he gets the puck.  What’s more, he has been very responsible defensively this year. 

   “His line (Peter Flache and Robert Cowan) plays the game right, plays it smart, and knows how to play the defensive side.”

   Kinnie agreed on his line’s play.

   “We’ve got a lot of games between us,” he said. “We’re probably the most experienced line on the team. The line knows what to do to get the puck to the net.”
   On a four on three power play, Brandon Naurato scored to make the score 3-1 with less than three minutes on the clock in the second period. Naurato’s goal was his 24th of the year.

   Bloomington cut the lead to one in less than a minute into the third period. Later, the Prairie Thunder tied the score on Craig Macdonald’s third goal of the night.

   “We played forty excellent minutes,” Drulia said. “Then we got ourselves down to four defensemen. The team turned the puck over twice and Bloomington got right back in the game.

   “We were unable to get any shots in the third. At one point we were down fourteen to one in shots.”

   Auffrey’s overtime goal saved the day.

   “There was not much of an angle to shoot,” Auffrey said.  “I didn’t want to give the puck up but as I turned away, there was a shot.”

   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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