All of a sudden, the Port Huron Fighting Falcons are looking behind them.
A season-high, eight-game winning streak has moved the mucking Michigan Warriors to within two points of first-place Port Huron in the North Division of the North American Hockey League.
Riding the crest of eight victories in succession, the Warriors take a record of 23-12-8 and 54 points into play this weekend.
No one player has stood out in this Warrior surge.
In fact, a Warrior trademark has been a four-line balance and now that the goaltending is up to par, the Flint-based crew can set its sights on a possible first-place finish in the rugged, six-team North Division.
Third-year twine tender Trevor Gorsuch has elevated his game of late and his numbers show a 12-5-5 record, 2.44 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Pushing Gorsuch has been 1996 birth-year rookie Robbie Beydoun, who joined the Warriors last month when veteran Dillon Kelley was dealt to the Austin Bruins.
In four starts, Beydoun has a 4-0-0 record to go with a 1.25 goals-against-average and .953 save percentage.
Scoring-wise, the Warriors continue to blend.
Zack Szajner tops the chart with 10-20-30 totals followed closely by fellow veteran forwards Colin Larkin at 17-12-29, Jake Hopfner at 15-12-27, Jon Farkas at 8-18-26, T.J. Stuntz at 9-12-21 and Tyler Groat, who has 12 goals, 5 assists, 17 points in just 18 games as a Warrior.
Groat was acquired from Topeka earlier this season for forward John Nugent, who was recently released by the RoadRunners.
PHOTO: Michigan Warriors forward Colin Larkin. (NAHL photo.)