COLUMBUS RIVER DRAGONS at DANBURY HAT TRICKS
Hat Tricks Fall in OT
by Chris Lynch
Danbury, CT.- Friday Night promised a spirited and excellent matchup between the FPHL’s first place teams. The Continental Division leading Columbus River Dragons and Empire Division leading Danbury Hat Tricks met expectations, offering a brilliant goaltending matchup.
Danbury’s Brian Wilson and Columbus’ Breandan Colgan made a great series of excellent saves to thrill the Danbury crowd and send the matchup the distance. Colgan stopped 28 shots while Wilson stopped 33. The three goals that went in were aided by wild bounces, leading to the goaltenders fighting the ice, and occasionally their teammates throughout the game.
Michael Marchesan’s second period goal went in off the skate of Columbus defender Paul Fregeau at the 5:37 mark of the frame. Luke Richards notched an assist on the goal.
Columbus tied the game at the 7:36 mark of the third period courtesy of Thomas Aldworth’s efforts. The shot knuckled on Brian Wilson and found its way into the twine.
Danbury killed all Columbus power plays in the game while the River Dragons did not take a penalty from the middle point of the second period through to the end of the game.
In overtime, both teams got a few good chances, but the final score rolled over Brian Wilson’s glove arm and ended the night in heartbreaking fashion for the Hat Tricks and uplifting fashion for Columbus. Cody Rodgers did the honors at the 2:54 mark of the frame to improve the River Dragons to 27-5-1 and drop the Hat Tricks to 24-4-5. This is Columbus’ fourth overtime win this season.
The teams complete their weekend series at the Danbury Arena on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7PM.
RIVER DRAGONS TRIP HAT TRICKS IN OVERTIME
Rodgers Scores Game Winner; Colgan
Records 28 Saves in Win
by Tom Callahan
Danbury, CT - Cody Rodgers scored the game-winning goal at 2:54 of overtime to help the Columbus River Dragons to a 2-1 overtime win over the Danbury Hat Tricks on Friday night at Danbury Arena.
Rodgers followed the rebound of his own shot, chipping the puck over top of Danbury goaltender Brian Wilson (33 saves) and just under the crossbar for his seventh goal of the season.
The Hat Tricks opened the scoring in the second period when Michael Marchesan’s cross-ice pass deflected past Breandan Colgan (28 saves) off a River Dragons defender at 5:37 of the second period.
Columbus finally managed to tie the game in the third period when Thomas Aldworth fired a wrist shot that leaked through the pads on Wilson at 7:36 of the third period to force the eventual overtime.
The two teams wrap up the season series tomorrow night at 7 pm in Danbury. The AirForce Heating and Air Pregame Show starts a half hour before puck drop on the Columbus River Dragons broadcast network.