DANBURY HAT TRICKS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Defeat Danbury in SO
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - For the first time this season the Wolves and Danbury squared off in a Saturday night match up that brought the league leading Hat Tricks to Watertown.
The first period of action brought a couple of good scoring opportunities for each team, with the Hat Tricks being the first team to put points on the board when Dmitry Kuznetsov got behind the defense on an outlet pass from Luke Richards and was able to lift a shot over the shoulder of the Wolves starting net minder Greg Hussey at 14:47 of the period making tghe score 1-0.
The Hat Tricks added to their lead just 2:23 into the second period on a Brendan Dowler goal, assisted by Conner Lind and Daniel Amesbury, making the score 2-0.
Although continuing to outshoot Danbury, it wouldn't be until the 7:49 mark of period 2 before the Wolves were able to put the puck behind Hat Tricks net minder Brian Wilson to cut the Danbury lead in half, when Trevor Lord lifted a shot over the right shoulder of Wilson off a feed from Larry Yellowknee, making it 2-1.
Matt Brown would eventually tie the game at 2 a side on a power play goal at 10:20 of the third period assisted by Shai Rabinowitz and Mathias Tellstrom. The score would remain tied late into the third when Watertown keeper Greg Hussey would be called for a double miner high sticking call, forcing the Wolves to kill off the final 1:40 of regulation play to hold onto the 2-2 tie.
The game would go to overtime with the Wolves having to kill off the remaining 2 of the Hat Tricks power play. Hussey would be stellar in the extra five minutes with Danbury getting several decent scoring chances, and sending the game to a shootout.
In the shootout, Michael Marchesan would go first for Danbury, dragging the puck from left to right but being denied by Hussey on the backhand try. Watertown's Mathias Tellstrom would be the first skater for Watertown, and was able to beat Wilson over the blocker side to give the Wolves a one goal lead.
Dmitry Kuznetsov, who scored on a breakaway back in the first , was Danbury's second shooter and failed to fool Hussey, leaving the Wolves a chance to steal the win if Matt Brown could convert as Watertown's second shooter. Picking up speed quickly on he left hand side he the crossed in front of the goal and was able to beat Wilson to the far post, bringing the Wolves all the way back from a 2 goal deficit to score the win over the first place Hat Tricks.
The Wolves outshot Danbury 41 to 20 for the game. Danbury went 0 for 6 on power play opportunities while Watertown was 1 for 7.
The 3-2 win gives new head coach Steve Esau 2 wins in as many tries behind the bench for Watertown.
The Wolves will travel to Binghamton on Friday the 23rd to face the Black Bears , while the Hat Tricks will head home to host the Delaware Thunder on Friday night.
Hat Tricks Drop Shootout in Watertown
by Chris Lynch
Watertown, NY- The Danbury Hat Tricks ended their two game weekend swing with a physical matchup in Watertown against the defending Commisioner's Cup Champion Watertown Wolves. For the first time all season, the Hat Tricks were outshot heavily in every period of the game and still got the matchup into overtime, but could not complete the victory in overtime or the shootout.
Danbury jumped into the first period lead with a Dmitry Kuznetsov goal 14:47 into the first period and held that lead into the first intermission.
The Hat Tricks doubled their lead on a Brendan Dowler bomb 2:23 into the second period. Watertown answered at the 7:49 mark with a Trevor Lord goal and the score held at 2-1 into the second intermission.
Watertown tilted the ice heavily in their favor 11-3 in the third period and were rewarded for their efforts with a Matt Brown power play goal. Danbury got an extended four-on-three power play late in regulation that carried into overtime, but could not capitalize on the chance and the game went beyond the overtime session and into a shootout for only the second time on the Hat Trick's season.
For the first time this year, Danbury fell in the shootout. Michael Marchesan and Dmirty Kuznetsov were both stopped while Mathias Tellstrom and Matt Brown scored for the Wolves to deal the Hat Tricks their second overtime loss of the season.
Brian Wilson starred for the Hat Tricks in net, stopping 39 of 41 shots he faced.
Gregory Hussey stopped 18 of 20 shots in the Watertown net.
Watertown improves to 9-10-0 and sits at 23 points for third place in the FPHL's Empire Division.
Danbury drops to 16-1-2, and gains a point for the regulation tie, increasing their total to 45 points, staying two points ahead of the Binghamton Black Bears for the top spot in the Empire Division, but fall to two points behind the Columbus River Dragons for first place in the FPHL overall.
Connor Lind, Daniel Amesbury, and Luke Richards all recorded one assist each.
The Hat Tricks return home for the first of four straight matchups with the Delaware Thunder on December 23rd. Puck drops at the Danbury Ice Arena at 7:30 PM ET.