FLINT, MI– With Combat's 52cal hockey sticks in hand, the Michigan Warriors defeated the Port Huron Fighting Falcons 8-6 Friday night at the Perani Arena.
Port Huron (1-25-1) opened up the scoring at the 10:03 mark of the first period on a goal from Derek McPherson.
The Warriors (16-10-2) capitalized on a Port Huron penalty at the 1:47 mark of the secord period. Forward Andrew Kolb scored his fourth power-play goal of the year. Forward A.J White picked up the helper on the Kolb goal.
The Warriors took a 2-1 lead at the 3:26 mark of the period on a goal from defensemen Michael Szuma. Forwards A.J White and Andrew Kolb picked up the assist on the Szuma goal.
“A.J and Andrew worked well tonight, they moved the puck well and they worked hard all game” said General Manager and Head Coach Moe Mantha
Port Huron tied the game on a goal from Ryan Green at the 6:55 mark.
Forward Martin Gruse scored his third goal in five games on a pass from forward Brad Chapman at the 10:55 mark of the stanza.
“Marty has contributed since day one, in five games with our club he has three goals and three assists, he is a plus player and Marty is a huge asset to our team” said Mantha
The Warriors extended their lead to 4-2 on a goal from forward Chris Eckler. Forwards Martin Gruse and Brad Chapman picked up the assists on the goal.
Louis Educate scored at the 15:47 mark to cut the Falcons deficit.
Port Huron got even with the Warriors at the 3:22 of the third period on a goal from Taylor Pickering.
Forward Thomas McEachern scored at the 10:41 mark to put the Warriors up 5-4. Forward A.J White picked up the assist on the McEachern goal.
At the 15:23 mark of the period forward A.J White scored his second of the game on the power-play. Defensemen Michael Szuma picked up the helper on the play.
Brad Chapman capitalized on a Falcons mistake and scored at the 17:16 mark on the power-play. Gruse picked up his second helper of the night on Chapman’s goal.
40 seconds later, White scored his second of the game on the power-play on a pass from defensemen Ryan Trenz.
“A.J was a man on a mission tonight, he worked hard, he battled for pucks and everything was going in for him tonight” said Mantha
George Malliaras and Nils-Eric Soderlund both added goals in the third period.
“Our power-play went 5 for 10; I hope the same will happen tomorrow night. The Falcons will come out flying but we have to contain them and capitalize on their mistakes” said Mantha, as his Warriors will play the rematch on Saturday night at the Perani Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m EST.