DANBURY HAT TRICKS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Hat Tricks Nip Wolves, 2-1
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY, - For the fourth time this season, and third time in Watertown, the Wolves and Hat Tricks dropped the puck on another FPHL Empire Division battle on this Friday evening.
Watertown's only two wins so far this season have been at the expense of the Hat Tricks, winning both games with identical scores of 6-5 here in Watertown. Danbury won the one meeting on their home ice by a score of 5-2.
The Wolves would strike first on this evening with Tate Leeeson getting his 9th goal of the season at the 2:13 mark of the first, beating Hat Tricks netminder Connor McCollum, to put the Wolves up 1-0. Assists on the goal belonged to Trevor Lord and Lincoln Gingerich.
That score would stand through the remainder of the period, sending the Wolves to the locker room with the lead. Watertown outshot Danbury 17 to 14 in the first twenty minutes. Watertown went 0 for 2 on power plays while the Hat Tricks were 0 for 1 with the extra skater.
Five minutes into the second frame, the Hat Trick got on the board when newly signed Narek Aleksanyan scored his first goal for Danbury on a rifle of a wrist shot past Watertown's Josh Rosenzweig, knotting the score at 1 goal apiece. Assists on the goal would go to Nick DiNicola and Steve Brown.
Shots on goal for the second twenty minutes were 12 for the Hat Tricks to 10 for Watertown. The period ended tied at 1 each after forty minutes of play.
Period number three found both teams getting ample opportunities to take the lead, but Rosenweig and McCollum were both outstanding keeping the game knotted at 1 each.
But at the 14:08 mark, a miscue by the Wolves left the door open for a breakaway by the Hat Tricks. Connor Wooley was able to slide a pass out of the Hat Tricks' defensive zone to a streaking Samual Tetreault who carried the puck down the right side before sliding it at the last second to Nick DiNicola who tipped it past a sprawling Josh Rosenweig, scoring the game winner for Danbury.
The Hat Tricks would fight any comeback chance for the Wolves, and held on for the 2-1 win, although the Wolves outshot Danbury 42 to 36 for the game.
Watertown will be right back in action Saturday night as they host the Binghamton Black Bears in a 7:30 start. The Hat Tricks will head for the southern tier region of New York state to take on the Elmira River Sharks at First Arena with a start time of 6:07
HAT TRICKS CAPITALIZE LATE IN THE THIRD TO GET OVER THE HUMP IN WATERTOWN
by Doug Lattuca
Watertown, NY, - The Danbury Hat Tricks held off a late third period push from the Wolves in Watertown to seal a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Coming into the night, playing in Watertown had not been too kind to the Danbury Hat Tricks this season. In their two trips to the Municipal Arena, the Hat Tricks – despite scoring ten goals in both games – found themselves on the losing end of two 6-5 finals. Friday night was different in every aspect.
In each of the first two contests in Watertown, the teams had combined for ten first period tallies. Friday night saw just one goal cross the line in the opening frame. And to no one’s surprise that score came off the stick of alternate captain Tate Leeson who found himself on a breakaway and went five-hole on Hat Tricks goalie Connor McCollum at 2:13 of the first. Leeson came into the night second in the league in goals and third in points.
The Hat Tricks evened the score in the second period when the newcomer, Narek Aleksanyan, roofed a mid-slot snapshot under the crossbar to tie it up at one. The 6’1” forward, who played one game with Binghamton earlier this season, made an immediate impact in his Hat Tricks debut.
Through two periods, the shots were 27-26 Watertown.
The score stayed locked at one midway through the third period until Hat Tricks leading goal scorer Nick DiNicola cashed in on a feed from defenseman Samuel Tetreault at 14:08.
The Hat Tricks survived a late third period attack from the Wolves thanks to McCollum stopping all 15 third period shots. Danbury improves to .500, 5-5, through the first ten games of the season.
The Hat Tricks are back in action Saturday night in Elmira at 6:07 p.m. The Hat Tricks knocked off the River Sharks 6-5 last Saturday in Elmira.