BLAINE, MN – The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks spent the week in Blaine, battling teams from around the United States in the NA3HL showcase. The Hat Tricks had their most dominant three-game stretch of the season, never trailing throughout the three-game showcase.
Danbury played Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and went 3-0 in the weekend, all against first-time opponents.
Monday’s Hat Tricks game was the first game of the entire showcase when they battled the Butte Cobras. Danbury and Butte were scoreless through one, but a goal only 52 seconds into the second period from Nikita Kovalev (17) was enough for the Hat Tricks as Brennan Churchill was perfect on the 28 shots he faced en route to a 1-0 win.
Tuesday saw the Hat Tricks take on the New Ulm Steel – a team similar to the Hat Tricks in that they also have an NAHL team in their organization.
The contest against the Steel was never in doubt for Danbury as they went up 40 seconds into the first, and 3-0 before New Ulm got on the scoreboard. Eventually, Liam McGibbon registered 27 saves on 29 shots en-route to a 4-2 win.
The third and final game of the showcase for Danbury was an early start, puck drop scheduled at 9:15 a.m. local time in Blaine. The Hat Tricks jumped ahead 2-0 early in the second and never looked back, cruising to a 4-0 victory to send them back to Danbury happy.
The Hat Tricks scored nine goals throughout the showcase, seven of them were scored by the combination of Nick Rogers, Dylan Walker, and Daniel Khatib all of whom registered big weekends.
Nikita Kovalev and Dylan walker got points in all three games, and the Hat Tricks did not have a single-player register in the ‘-‘ for the week of games
Brennan Churchill stopped all 60 shots he faced en-route to two straight shutouts, and the Hat Tricks registered a power-play goal in each contest.
“Very proud of this group,” said Hat Tricks head coach Tyler Noseworthy. “This team is dangerous, and everyone is starting to realize it. The older guys showed what they had, and the rest of the team followed. It was a great experience and a huge step for the organization.”
Hat Tricks will be off now until January 7th when they head to New Jersey to battle the Titans and won’t be back at Danbury Arena until the 22nd of January against those same Titans.