Rumble Bees Drop Three Over Long Weekend
The Battle Creek Rumble Bees opened this past weekend with their first home game of the new year against in-state rival Port Huron. The game saw both team put a lot more shots on goal than either is accustomed to with the Prowlers leading in that statistical category with 58 shots to Battle Creek's 50. However the final score did not reflect the shot category as Port Huron found the back of the net 7 times to the Rumble Bees 2. There was no shortage of physicality between the two Michigan clubs as they combined for 39 penalty minutes on the night including 4 unsportsmanlike calls and 2 roughings. Port Huron's David Nippard would also be given a game misconduct in the late stages of the game for an illegal check to the head.
On Saturday the Rumble Bees traveled across the state to face the same Prowlers at McMorran Place. The first period went much better for Battle Creek seeing Jakub Volf and Adam Howey strike early for the first 2 goals of the game. The early lead would not last as Justin Portillo and Austin Fetterly notched goals for the Prowlers late in the period to bring the game to a draw heading into the second. The 2nd period continued to be an Achilles heel for the Bees as the Prowlers put up 7 goals in the period while also blanking Battle Creek. The third period from Port Huron would be rather uneventful as both team added a goal to bring the final score to 10-3 Port Huron.
The Rumble Bees would only have one day to rest as they prepared for a Monday matinee game in Mentor, Ohio. Facing the Ice Breakers short handed after travel issues forced the team to only bring a roster of 14 players on the trip, the Rumble Bees fought valiantly in the game. In one of the closest games of the year Marco Luciani knotted the game up with 1 goal apiece with only seconds remaining in the 2nd period. The Ice Breakers would strike first in the 3rd adding a pair of goals to assume a 3-1 lead with 9 minutes to go. Jakub Volf would continue his impressive weekend adding a short handed goal to pull the Rumble Bees within 1 with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. Despite the Bees best efforts in those 2 minutes they were unable to come up with the equalizer and gave up an empty net goal to Mentor in the closing seconds to bring the final score to 4-2.
The Rumble Bees will not get much time to rest after the hard fought weekend as they have a quick turn around traveling to Danbury, Connecticut for games on Friday and Saturday against the cross-division rival Hat Tricks. The Hat Tricks are currently leading the Eastern Division by 12 points but have seen their lead dwindle in recent weeks. The Rumble Bees first trip to Danbury did not go well as Battle Creek dropped both games on the trip. This is however a very different Rumble Bees lineup than the first time they faced off with the Hat Tricks and actually includes many players that began the season in Danbury. You can follow all the action on the road with Terry Ficorelli on WFAT 102.7 The Fat One.