MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at DANBURY HAT TRICKS
Sea Wolves Upset Danbury
Snapping Hat Tricks 10 Game Winning Streak
by Chris Lynch
Danbury, CT - The Mississippi Sea Wolves snapped the Danbury Hat Tricks’ near franchise record 10 game winning streak with a 5-3 victory at the Danbury Ice Arena on Friday night.
Goaltender Blake Weyrick led the way with a 40 save effort, tying his career high for saves in a single game.
Yianni Liarakos and Yaroslav Yevdokimov led the way in scoring with a goal and three assists each. Yevdokimov extended his FPHL leading goal total to 46. The two stay tied for second in overall points scoring in the Fed with 83 points.
Mississippi jumped to a 3-0 lead with two in the first period, the first coming from Jeff Eppright and the next two coming from Kyle Russell, with Russell’s second tally coming early in the second period.
Danbury got off the mat and on the board with a Michael Marchesan power play goal, but fell behind on Liarakos’ goal at the 15:22 mark of the frame.
The Hat Tricks rallied in the third. Brendan Sheehan notched one following a Daniel McKitrick forced turnover while Lucas DeBenedet potted a power play goal with 1:56 left in the game. Yet, Danbury ran out of steam. Yevdokimov landed the empty netter and secured the Sea Wolves victory.
Mississippi is the only team in the FPHL who has not lost to the Hat Tricks all season, having won the first two matchups between the teams in Biloxi on January 13th and 14th.
This is Danbury’s second loss in regulation at the Danbury Ice Arena this season and first since January 6th when the Carolina Thunderbirds were in town. It also snaps a five game home winning streak, dating back to their February 3rd game against the Columbus River Dragons.
Brian Wilson stopped 16 of 20 shots in net.
Brendan Sheehan recorded a two-point game.
Danbury and Mississippi meet again on Saturday night in Danbury at 7PM.
Sea Wolves Dethrone Hat Tricks 5-3
by Nick Roesch
Danbury, CT – The Mississippi Sea Wolves snapped a three-game losing skid on Friday night, taking down the Danbury Hat Tricks by a 5-3 score at Danbury Arena.
The Sea Wolves began the game with good pace and jumped in front 2-0 with goals from Jeff Eppright and Kyle Russell. Eppright’s goal came 2:33 into the game and Russell’s was recorded at 13:40.
Mississippi got out to another fast start in the second period as Russell scored his second of the night after 1:42 had gone by. Both of his goals were assisted by Yianni Liarakos and Yaroslav Yevdokimov.
That 3-0 lead was trimmed by the Hat Tricks when Michael Marchesan rifled in the puck on a power play. Liarakos earned a goal right back for the Sea Wolves, representing his fourth point of the night.
Despite trailing 4-1 going into the final period, Danbury came rumbling back with Brendan Sheehan and Lucas DeBenedet bringing the Hat Tricks within one. DeBenedet’s strike was the second Danbury man-advantage goal on Friday.
Danbury went right back into the offensive zone trailing 4-3, but were ultimately extinguished on an empty netter from the Sea Wolves’ Yaroslav Yevdokimov with 1:02 to go in the game.
Goaltender Blake Weyrick received his fourth win of the season on 40 total saves. Liarakos and Yevdokimov each finished the night with one goal and three assists.
The Sea Wolves and Hat Tricks will play their fourth and final meeting of the season with each other tomorrow, March 25 at Danbury Arena. Fans can view the game live starting at 6:30pm Central Time on the Mississippi Sea Wolves YouTube channel.