MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at DANBURY HAT TRICKS
Hat Tricks Offensive Outburst Leads to Weekend Split
by Chris Lynch
Danbury, CT - The Danbury Hat Tricks responded to a rare home loss on Friday night against the Mississippi Sea Wolves with a dominant 9-4 victory on Saturday night, the second highest offensive output of the season for the Hat Tricks.
Tobias Odjick led the way with a two-goal and two-assist night for four points. Jonny Ruiz contributed another two goals and an assist to power the offensive push.
Mississippi potted the first goal of the game on a power play only 4:06 into the game thanks to Yianni Liarakos. The Sea Wolves appeared to have the offensive control of the game before a stretch of two minutes and twenty seconds flipped the script completely. Gordy Bonnel opened the scoring to send the Danbury Arena into a frenzy. Ruiz, Odjick, and Marchesan followed before Yaroslav Yevdokimov answered for the Sea Wolves and Ruiz notched his second of the game to end the scoring at 5-2 ahead of the intermission.
Danbury added three more goals in the second period behind the efforts of Zach Pamalayon, Odjick, and Jacob Ratcliffe. Brendan Sheehan ran the Hat Tricks scoring to nine with a third period power play goal while Lucas Hellend and Jake Raleigh notched two more Sea Wolf goals to end the night at 9-4 in Danbury’s favor.
Brian Wilson recorded 46 saves and added two assists to the night’s scoring effort. All in all, 13 of the 18 players Danbury dressed scored a point in the effort.
The Hat Tricks improve to 36-7-5, moving into a tie with the Columbus River Dragons for most points in the FPHL.
Mississippi falls to 15-30-4. This was the first Hat Tricks win against the Sea Wolves in the brief existence of their franchise.
Blake Weyrick started the game for the Sea Wolves, stopping 18 of 25 shots on net. Joseph Sheppard entered in relief and stopped 22 of 24 shots.
Mississippi travels to play Carolina next weekend for a three game series in Winston-Salem.
Danbury concludes their three-game weekend on Sunday afternoon against the Delaware Thunder. Puck drops at 3 PM at the Danbury Ice Arena.
Sea Wolves Held to Weekend Split in Danbury
by Nick Roesch
Danbury, CT – The (15-30-4) Mississippi Sea Wolves’ search for a regular season sweep over the (37-7-5) Danbury Hat Tricks came to a halt on Saturday night with a 9-4 defeat at Danbury Arena.
Yianni Liarakos opened the scoring for the Sea Wolves with his second goal of the weekend at 4:06 of the first period. The assistants on the play were Sam Turner and Philip Wong.
With four minutes remaining in the opening stanza, things fell apart for Mississippi as the Hat Tricks scored four goals in a span of one minute and 20 seconds. Gordie Bonnell, Jonny Ruiz, Tobias Odjick and Michael Marchesan were the scorers in the impressive run.
Yaroslav Yevdokimov scored for the second night in a row to cut the Sea Wolves’ deficit to 4-2, but Ruiz would hit the net again late in the period. The teams stood at a 5-2 Hat Tricks lead after just 20 minutes in the books.
The first intermission did not slow down Danbury’s progress, as they came out and added three more goals to their total from Odjick, Zach Pamaylaon and Jacob Ratcliffe. The Sea Wolves were silenced in the second period and saw their deficit balloon to an 8-2 score.
Mississippi showed in the final period that they still had some fight in them with Lucas Helland and Jake Raleigh lighting the lamp. But any chance of a dramatic Sea Wolves comeback run was cut short with Brendan Sheehan’s top-shelf goal which closed the game at 9-4.
Yianni Liarakos and Yaroslav Yevdokimov once again had matching performances with one goal and two assists apiece. Blake Weyrick started in net for the Sea Wolves before Joe Sheppard entered in relief 1:50 into the second period.
Next weekend, the Sea Wolves have their third straight road series, this time heading to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face the Carolina Thunderbirds. The three-game series opener is set for Friday, March 31 at 6:35pm Central Time. The action can be viewed all weekend long on the Mississippi Sea Wolves YouTube channel.