The Fresno Bee
FRESNO, Calif. – For a guy with a 9-to-5 job, Kris Porter still can play some hockey.
Porter, who retired after last season — when he led the team in scoring — to become an accountant, re-signed with the Fresno Falcons for the holidays because the team’s front line has been decimated by injuries and a defection.
It didn’t take long for Porter to shake off the rust, as he scored the first goal of Thursday’s game to spark the Falcons to their fourth consecutive ECHL victory at home, a 4-2 decision over the Victoria Salmon Kings.
“I think he plays rec hockey some days,” Falcons coach Greg Spenrath said of Porter, who spent the previous four years with the Falcons and scored the winning goal in overtime when they won the West Coast Hockey League’s Taylor Cup title in 2002. “It was nice to see Portsey come back and score a goal for us. I think he was gassed [by the end of the game], but he enjoyed himself.”
The Falcons’ front line was further depleted this week as Jim Lorentz was placed on seven-day injured reserve — where he joined Lanny Gare and John Wroblewski — and player/assistant coach Shawn Heaphy left to play for a team in Germany.
Enter Porter, whose goal at 3:23 of the first period came on a rebound of a David Brisson shot. Brisson added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left in the game.