DANBURY, CT – The Danbury Hat Tricks (15-11-0-4, 34 pts) dropped a back-and-forth contest to the Northeast Generals (29-2-0-0, 58 pts) 4-3 in overtime on Monday night.
Nikita Kovalev continued his hot stretch, scoring twice on Monday night. He has six goals in his last two games and now has 25 on the season.
After Kovalev opened the scoring at 16:40 of the first, Northeast responded with two in the second period.
Early in the third, Kovalev scored his second to tie the game, but just under two minutes later Northeast came back with Matthew Nuzzolilo tying the game.
Nick Rogers answered with his 17th of the season with 5:08 to go in the third.
Brennan Churchill made 44 saves in the loss as both goaltenders were busy. The Hat Tricks put 40 pucks on Northeast goaltender Luke Fundator.
The Hat Tricks overcame two third-period deficits to force overtime with Kovalev’s second and Rogers’ goal.
Early in overtime, Northeast developed a two-on-one rush and Caiden Hess buried it to win the game.
“We are the better team,” said head coach Tyler Noseworthy. “I think it’s a learning experience and that adversity is only going to reveal the character we have on our team when it matters. Great effort and I’m super proud of the boys.”
The Hat Tricks are back in action on Thursday when they host the Norwich Sea Captains at noon.