The River Sharks went on the road carrying with them a 3 game winning streak, but Elmira had yet to take a long road trip. Their first one of the year and minus a couple of impact players due to loans the River Sharks knew it would be a tall task ahead of them this weekend.
The first period got off to an inauspicious start as TJ Delaney wasted no time firing a shot past Sammy Bernard just 1:42 into the game to give the struggling Rockers the lead, 1-0. 1:18 later Declan Conway added to the lead on a Cade Lambdin pass to make it 2-0. Motor City scored again on two power play opportunities later in the period as Delaney added his second of the night and Josh Colten netted his first to give the Rockers a 4-0 lead.
Elmira began the second period with a power play advantage and took no time to cash in as Larri Vartiainen passed back to Cody Rodgers who slapped it past Trevor Babin to cut the lead to 4-1. Tristen Wells took a boarding major and was sent off the ice with a game misconduct after taking out Darius Davidson and Derek Makimaa added a cross checking minor of his own to give Elmira a 5 on 3 power play that found Rodgers another opportunity he wouldn't miss to close the gap to 4-2 Motor City. The Rockers responded however as Delaney completed his Hat Trick to put the Rockers back up 5-2.
Cameron Yarwood led the Sharks out and just 35 seconds into the final frame on a power play closed the gap again to 5-3. However Delaney continued scoring just 1:22 later and Scott Coash added more insurance to make it a 7-3 lead for Motor City. On an ensuing power play however Cody Rodgers finished off his hat trick to close the gap one more time, but an empty net goal from Niklas Magill-Diaz saw Elmira fall firmly 8-4.
Bernard stopped 23 of 30 in his first loss of the season.
The River Sharks are back in action tomorrow night for the season series finale against Motor City at 6:05 pm make sure to follow along on Mixlr or on Youtube!