The Port Huron Prowlers won’t officially begin their inaugural season for another week.
But on Saturday night in front of a sparse crowd at McMorran Arena, the new team went through a test run.
The Prowlers defeated the Danville Dashers, 4-2, in front of 200 people at McMorran. Several of the Prowlers regular players didn’t play much or at all in the game, as coach Trevor Karasiewicz used the exhibition as a chance to firm up his final roster.
“We looked at some guys on the bubble,” he said. “Some of the main guys didn’t play too much. But it was good to play and get a feel of the game.”
The Prowlers scored the first four goals of the game and led 4-0 until the final five minutes. Two of the Prowlers goals came on the power play and Port Huron was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.
However, the game was marked by penalties. Danville was only 1-for-13 with the extra man advantage as Port Huron racked up 74 minutes of penalties on 14 infractions.
“We had a few tussles,” Karasiewicz said. “One of our guys hit one of their guys and they thought it was from behind. One of their guys jumped our guys. Our penalty minutes are not where I wanted them to be, but we got the win.
“We would like to keep the penalty minutes down, but it’s tough in an exhibition. If you are a fighter who isn’t going to score three goals, you have to go out and fight. He’s got to fight to show you what he’s got. The last few years my teams had the highest in penalty minutes, as well. That isn’t good, but you have to have tough guys on the team.”
The Prowlers will now turn their attention to the opening week of the regular season. They will play three weekend games starting on Friday night at Dayton before returning home Saturday and Sunday against Danville and Berlin respectively.
“We are going to get our roster down to our final 18 guys Monday and go to work,” coach Karasiewicz said. “It was awesome to get back out on the ice in McMorran. After a week of training camp, everyone wanted to get on the ice.
“We are going to be working on our systems and so forth this week. Once my main guys are here we will set all of that up. The guys will be playing more aspects of the games. Until now, we have been trying different guys in different spots.”
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