HAT TRICKS RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

HOLYOKE, MA – The Hat Tricks traveled to Holyoke on Sunday to battle the Bay State Bobcats, looking to get the bitter taste of a 5-1 defeat out of their mouths. Danbury was able to avenge the loss from only 16 hours prior, beating Bay State by a score of 4-1.

Danbury played host to Long Beach on Saturday night and unfortunately fell to the Sharks 5-1. After the completion of yesterday’s game around 9:30 p.m., the Hat Tricks anxiously awaited a chance to get back on the ice. The Tricks wouldn’t need to wait very long, as the Bay State Bobcats awaited Danbury for a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday afternoon.

The Bobcats and Hat Tricks came up empty through the first frame, riding a scoreless tie into the second. Both Lorenzo Rossi and Ben Di Fiore were solid in the first, Rossi stopping all six shots he faced and Di Fiore stopping all twelve shots.

The second period saw the Hat Tricks open up a 2-0 lead thanks to familiar faces lighting the lamp. The first goal of the afternoon went to Daniel Khatib who scored his team-leading 10th goal of the year. Nikita Kovalev would score near the end of the second, after taking a beautiful pass from Connor Brown and burying a one-timer.

Ivan Kovalev (3) added a power-play goal in the third period to make it 3-0. Bay State would get on the board at 14:50 of the final stanza to make it 3-1, but that was the only goal that Bay State would score.

Jake Harshman added an empty netter to give the Hat Tricks a 4-1 victory.

With the win, Danbury improves to five wins on the season and gains a crucial two points over the New Jersey Titans who sit above the Hat Tricks in the NA3HL Eastern division. Bay State’s losing streak grows to seven games with the loss on Sunday.

The Hat Tricks will play again against Norwich next Saturday, inside the friendly confines of Danbury Ice Arena.

Danbury ended up going 2-1 over the week, with wins against New Jersey and Bay State, and their lone loss coming on Saturday to Long Beach.