DANBURY HAT TRICKS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Nip Hat Tricks
by Jeff Barett
Watertown, NY - After splitting a home and home series on opening weekend, the Wolves and Hat Tricks were back in action once again in the Watertown Municipal Arena on this Friday evening.
It didn't take long for the game to start to resemble the very first meeting this year. Danbury would strike twice in the first six minutes to take a two goal lead.
The Wolves started the game short handed due to a delay of game penalty before we even started, and Sam Dabrowski would make the Wolves pay just :43 in. Giving Danbury a 1-0 lead.
At the 5:51 mark Nick DiNicola would add the second goal for Danbury, assisted by John McDonald and Sam Dabrowski.
That's when things became eerily reminiscent of opening night as the Wolves scored the next two goals to tie the game. First it was Trevor Lord on a power play netting the goal, assisted byTate Leeson and Michael Mercurio, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Mercurio would tie the game at 2 each just 2 minutes later, assisted by Tate Leeson and Dustin Henning.
It only took Watertown 1:58 longer to take their first lead of the evening. Mark Bottero lit the lamp at the 10:11 mark assisted by Mercurio and Toivo Hannikainen.
The Hat Tricks would not be outdone, and tied the game once again at the 17:34 mark, when Dmitry Kuznetsov would strike assisted by Daniel McKitrick and Jarod Yau.
Shots on goal were dead even at 11 a piece after the first 20 minutes. Both teams were 1 for 2 on power plays.
Period number two started with the Wolves jumping back into the lead 4-3 on a Tate Leeson goal, assisted by Vladislav Pavlov and Marc Bottero.
At 2:05 of the frame, Dustin Henning would get a 5 minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct and ejection leaving Watertown short handed for 5 minutes. But Watertown would strike with a short handed goal from Carter Thornton for his first goal of the season, giving Watertown a two goal lead. Vladislav Pavlov would be credited with his second assist of the night.
But just as earlier, Danbury fought right back to get within one on a Sam Dabrowski goal assisted by John McDonald. Making the score 5-4 at the 10:18 mark.
At the 12:17 mark, Danbury once again tied the score with a Jacob Ratcliffe goal. Johnny Ruiz would get the helper on the goal.
Tate Leeson struck once again for Watertown at 17:01 giving the lead back to the Wolves 6-5 on a power play goal. Trevor Lord and Mike Mercurio were credited with the assists on the goal.
Period number 3 ended up being a scoreless affair, and the Wolves held on for the 6-5 win.
Danbury outshot Watertown 39 to 29 for the contest with Danbury going 1 for 8 on the power play while Watertown was 2 for 6. The Wolves will be back in action on November 17th when they once again host these same Danbury Hat Tricks.
The Hat Tricks will head right back home to host the Binghamton Black Bears on Saturday night at 7:00
Hat Tricks on Losing End of Another Track Meet in Watertown
by Doug Lattuca
Watertown, NY - In a back-and-forth barn burner inside the Watertown Municipal Arena on Friday night, the Hat Tricks were outdueled by the Wolves, 6-5 in the third meeting between the teams this season. Reminiscent of the first time these teams met back on Oct. 13 in Watertown, eleven goals were scored in first two periods. And just like the opener, no one found the back of the net in the third.
If you tuned into the first period of Friday night’s game, you might have thought you were watching a replay of that season opener, also a 6-5 Watertown victory. That mid-October night saw four goals in the first frame while Friday night had six scores in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hat Tricks were granted an early power play due to a Watertown pre-game warm up violation and didn’t waste much time getting on the board. Forward Sam Dabrowski wristed a left circle shot into the top right corner just 43 ticks in to give the Hat Tricks a 1-0 lead.
About five minutes later, the Hat Tricks struck again. Forward Nick DiNicola tipped a centering pass from defenseman John Macdonald inside the right post to extend the lead to two. DiNicola has three goals and one assist in three games against the Wolves this season.
But like game one of the 2023-24 campaign, the Wolves howled back with three consecutive goals to push ahead. D-man Trevor Lord struck first with his fifth goal of the season at 7:13. Lord scored four goals in the season opener against the Hat Tricks and has eight points against Danbury this year. Then exactly two minutes later, 9:13, Michael Mercurio tied the game in his return for the Wolves. At 10:11, Marc Bottero made it three goals in 2:58 for Watertown to put the Wolves in front 3-2.
Despite being on the opposite end of the momentum, Danbury’s Dmitry Kuznetsov wacked home a rebound at 17:34 to knot things up at three and that’s how the period ended.
The second session didn’t provide much of a break for either side as five more goals were scored. Watertown forward Tate Leeson netted his fifth score and eighth point against the Hat Tricks this season to restore a one-goal advantage.
The Hat Tricks were granted a five-minute power play following a Dustin Henning elbowing major and game misconduct, but Watertown was the team that benefitted. Carter Thornton was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway and snapped it over the left shoulder of Hat Tricks goalie Kevin Lake for a 5-3 advantage.
But the Hat Tricks stormed back with two goals of their own in a 2:09 span. First, Dabrowski tapped home his second of the game at 10:08. Then, forward Jacob Ratcliffe evened things up at 12:17 on a three-on-one pass from captain Jonny Ruiz.
The Hat Tricks nearly killed off a five-minute cross-checking major (and game misconduct) handed out to defenseman Zach Pamaylaon at 13:28 but Leeson found the top left corner of the net for his second of the night to nudge Watertown ahead.
In the third, the Hat Tricks fired 11 shots at the cage but couldn’t beat goalie Josh Rosenzweig. Rosenzweig entered the game in relief of the starter Eloi Bouchard after the Hat Tricks jumped ahead 2-0 in the first.
The Hat Tricks outshot the Wolves 39-29 in the game.
Tate Leeson has six goals and four assists in three games against the Hat Tricks.
The Hat Tricks host Binghamton Saturday night at 7 p.m.