Wolves Sweep Weekend Series with Dashers
By Jay Harris
Watertown, NY - The Watertown Wolves wore down the Danville Dashers over the course of their three-game series at Watertown Municipal Arena. After taking the win in a shootout on Friday and a one goal win on Saturday, Sunday's win was a decisive 8-5 victory for the defending Federal Hockey League Champions.
It was a scoring frenzy in the first period. The first of the gaggle of goals was scored by Watertown's Tyler Prendergast and assisted by Josh Newberg and Aleh Shypitsyn. Danville retaliated with three goals, scored by Nathan Campbell, Levi Armstrong, and Jared Henderson. The Wolves got one back from Anton Kalinin on assists from Kyle Powell and Prendergast. The Dashers got their fourth goal on an extra man advantage from George Holt's tripping penalty; the power play goal came courtesy of Brian Dunford. That prompted a switch in Watertown's net, so Jared Rutledge came out and David Otter went in. Henderson tallied the fifth goal of the night for the Dashers less than two minutes after Watertown's goalie change. The Wolves persevered and seized the opportunity on Campbell's holding penalty when Deric Boudreau made the power play goal with the aide of Lane King and Powell.
The Wolves continued their scoring in the second period with three unanswered goals. Despite being down a man from Christian Whitcomb's slashing penalty, Boudreau and Shypitsyn still found a way to set up King with a great shot on the net. Tim Santopaolo tied the game with a goal from Boudreau and King. And Kalinin took the lead back for Watertown, marking his 2nd on the night with a nasty shot over a sprawled out Matt Arnold in the Danville net.
Watertown extended their lead in the third, adding two additional unanswered goals. Yianni Liarakos tallied via Justin Coachman and Prendergast. The night was topped off by a 2nd Prendergast goal, assisted by Cameron Dimmitt and Shypitsyn.
The game-winning goal by Anton Kalinin earned him the 1st Star of the Game. With two goals and two assists on the night, the 2nd Star was accredited to Tyler Prendergast. Aleh Shypitsyn was award the 3rd Star of the Game for his four assists.
The Wolves and Dashers will have a two-game series on Danville's ice next weekend before the Wolves round out the road trip with a stop in Port Huron to take on the Prowlers. The Wolves will make a quick trip to Mentor to face the Ice Breakers on Thursday, April 4th before their next home game against the Elmira Enforcers on Friday, April 5th at the Watertown Municipal Arena. Friday's game will start at 7:30 PM.