(KINGSVILLE, ON) – After three cancelled attempts, the North Shore Knights have finally returned to Kingsville for their second home game of the year. After two nixed matches against the Port Huron Prowlers earlier this season, and the Cornwall Nationals forfeiting a trip due to weather, the Knights hosted the Prowlers for the first time this year, on Sunday, in Federal Hockey League action at the Kingsville Arena.
The game, however, did not go as planned as the Knights fell to a record of 4-23-0 with a 12-5 loss, extending their losing skid to five games.
Matt Robertson opened the scoring for Port Huron just under nine minutes in during a closely fought first period. Knights goalie Rick Odria battled to keep Kingsville alive as they were outshot 17-7 in the frame, escaping the period down only 1-0.
Early in the second, the Prowlers caught fire and blasted a pair past Odria before the three-minute mark had passed. Scorers were Stepan Timofeyev and Alex Johnson. North Shore responded soon after with snipes from Josh Newberg and David Vostarek, drawing the game back within a goal.
Just before the midway mark of the game, Port Huron’s Austin Daae hammered a puck past Odria, ending his night with four goals allowed in just under 30 minutes of play. In relief, backup goalie Adam Zeman was soon accosted by the Prowlers as well, being beaten by a clapper off his first faceoff, just eight seconds into his night.
Although North Shore’s Patrick Porkka added another tally only a minute and a half later to bring the score to 5-3 in Port Huron’s favour, it was the beginning of the end for the home side. The Prowlers slammed home seven more goals on Zeman over the remainder of the game, only to be answered twice by North Shore’s Petr Panacek.
Port Huron outshot the Knights 46-35, with Prowlers goalie Andrei Bezkhlebny picking up the win.
The Knights are back in action this weekend with a home-and-home series with Port Huron. On Saturday, the Knights will visit the Prowlers, but on Sunday both teams will return to Kingsville Arena for a 2:30pm game time.