DANBURY HAT TRICKS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Fall to Hat Tricks, 5-3
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - The ninth meeting of the season between the two squads took place on Friday evening. This would be Danbury's last trip to Watertown in the regular season.
The two starting goalkeepers would turn out to be the story of the first twenty minutes as Danbury's Brian Wilson and Watertown's Owen Liskiewicz kept the game scoreless through the first frame. Danbury outshot Watertown 17 to 12 in the period.
Period number two found tempers getting heated with several small scrums that didn't amount to much more than some pushing and shoving, until the 3:10 mark when the Hat Tricks Daniel Amesbury and the Wolves Tim Payne decided to drop the gloves and have a go. Both would get 5 minute majors.
From that point, the anger would only grow from there. At the 14:55 point, Danbury's Tobias Odjick would go after Kolt Maguire, resulting in Odjick getting 2 minutes for instigating, 5 for fighting, and a 10 minute game misconduct and ejection.
The Wolves would take full advantage of the 5 minute power play, first at 18:09 when Sam Hrabcak knocked home a rebound giving Watertown a 1-0 lead, assisted by Larry Yellowknee and Parker Moskal.
Just :53 second later, Larry Yellowknee would also take advantage of a big rebound off of Wilson, and potted one to the top left corner extending Watertown's lead to 2-0. Assists on the goal belonged to Parker Moskal and Elijah Wilson. The period ended with that score with Watertown also outshooting Danbury 14 to 11 for the second period.
Period number 3 would turn out to be a completely different game as Danbury would strike 5 times in the last 20 minutes. First, at just :31 seconds in, Daniel McKitrick put the Hat Tricks on the board on a one timer off a Johnny Ruiz pass. Also getting an assist was Michael Marcheson.
McKitrick added his second goal at 8:37, assisted by Ruiz and John MacDonald knotting the game at 2. Just under 2 minutes later Egor Borshchev gave the Hat Tricks their first lead of the night, at the 10:19 as he was able to slide one through the 5 hole on Liskiewicz assisted by Dmitry Kuznetsov and John MacDonald, making the score 3-2.
Borshchev would add his second goal of the night with an empty netter at the 18:16 mark, with the helpers going to Lucus DeBenedet and Xavier Abdella, extending the lead to 4-2.
Watertown again tightened up the score at 4-3 when Samuel Hrabcak sniped one over the shoulder of Wilson, assisted by Zach Horn and Kolton Maguire at 19:33, but just 13 seconds later, McKitrick scored the second empty net goal of the period giving him a hat trick for the evening. The lone assist on the goal would go to Johnny Ruiz.
Danbury outshot Watertown 19 to 9 in the third for a total of 47 to 35 for the game. Watertown was 2 for 5 on power play chances while Danbury went 0 for 4.
Danbury scores the 5-3 win in their final trip to Watertown this season. The two teams will meet on Saturday evening, this time in Danbury.