River Sharks Turn Down the Rockers in Shootout, 3-2

by Jon Kliment

The River Sharks came into their third game at home looking to continue riding a winning streak against a non-conference opponent as Motor City made their way to Elmira for a back-to-back match up. Both teams came in off a win and looking to continuing climbing their respective division ladders.

The Rockers came out of the gate hot putting pressure on the River Sharks from the drop of the puck and landing the first goal of the game as after a power play came from a Rasmus Asp interference minor Pavel Svintsov was able to beat Spencer Kozlowski at 6:10 of the first period to give Motor City the 1-0 lead.

In the period of the long change Elmira came out with a renewed energy and on a power play of their own Nick Gullo was able to get free in the slot and on a Cooper Bowman pass Gullo hammered home the shot past Trevor Babin to tie it up 1-1. As time ticked down it looked as though the period was going to come to an end with a tie, but after some disorganized passing and a turnover saw Danny Vanderwiel gave the Rockers back a one goal lead, 2-1.

The River Sharks have came out in the third looking for a way to get the game tied up. As time continued to tick down and seconds dripped off the clock it was another late power play that saw the high fire power of Kona Jackson net his third of the season to tie up the game 2-2 with just 1:41 seconds to go in regulation.

It would take the shootout and another magnificent effort from Spencer Kozlowski stopping 3 of 3 and a Nick Gullo goal to give the River Sharks the win.

Kozlowski stopped 31 of 33 in his third win of the season.

The River Sharks are back at it tomorrow night at 6:07 pm against Motor City. Log on to Ticketmaster.com or call 607-734-PUCK and get your tickets today! #FeartheFin