Jr. Hat Tricks best Generals 4-1 in Danbury homecoming

DANBURY, CT– After a month based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks returned to the comforts of home in style with a 4-1 victory over the first place Northeast Generals.

“It was a really good team effort,” said assistant coach Brian Allen. “We played our best complete 60 minutes of the year, and we hope to keep building off that.”

Danbury opened the scoring with a Kade Bacon rising wrist shot from the point. The Jr. Hat Tricks maintained strong pressure through the first period, eventually earning a powerplay goal off the stick of forward Brandon Cope.

Danbury would fire 21 shots on goal in the opening frame.

Nick Cullinan continued the scoring into the second period, earning his eighth goal of the season. Nikita Kovalev would tack on a tally of his own, beating Northeast goaltender Espen Reager five-hole to give the Jr. Hat Tricks a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.

Though the Generals would snap the shutout in the third, Danbury held on for a 4-1 victory. Goaltender Nathan Hadley stopped 35 of 36 in the contest.

“It felt great to bounce back after a couple of tough games last weekend,” said Hadley after his team-leading seventh victory in net. “Our offense has been on fire lately, and we were strong defensively today. We’re hoping to get on a roll and finish the regular season strong.”

“It was great to be back in our home barn,” commented forward Nikita Kovalev, who finished with a goal and an assist. “We need to make sure we keep that energy going into this weekend and keep these good habits.”

The Jr. Hat Tricks visit Massachusetts this weekend to play four games in five days. They return home next Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. for a rematch with the Generals.