Tyler Gjurich Creates 300 Goal Club, River Sharks Fall 7-2

by Jon Kliment

Motor City overcame home ice advantage on Friday night to beat Elmira 3-2 in the First Arena and the River Sharks went fishing for answers adding a defenseman and their all time FPHL leading goal scoring head coach to their lineup. 

The Rockers came out strong against Elmira having Scott Coash, Declan Conway, Brad Reitter, and Jonathan Juliano all found the back of the net in the first period running Spencer Kozlowski from the game giving way to Brandon Collett his first professional appearance. Unfortunately Josh Colten welcomed Collett to the game putting another behind an Elmira goaltender making it 5-0 after one period. 

Conway kicked off the second period expanding the lead as he scored on Collett, but a faceoff win by Steven Klinck gave an opportunity to Frank Trazzera to get to the slot and bury one. past Ricardo Gonzalez to close the gap to 6-1. Pavel Svintsov responded 21 seconds later to make it 7-1. 

Never before in the FPHL had any single scorer breached 300 goals, but as Coach Tyler Gjuich picked his shot into an empty cage burying it for his 300th goal of his career he created a brand new club. Gjurich's power play goal made it 7-2, but despite have a major penalty advantage the River Sharks couldn't find the back of the net again.

Kozlowski stopped 6 of 10 in the loss, while Collett stopped 15 of 18.

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