Jr. Hat Tricks Drop High-Scoring Affair to Long Beach

DANBURY, CT – In an eventful, high-scoring game between the Long Beach Sharks and the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, Daniel Khatib, Nikita Kovalev and Elijah Devereaux filled the score box. The trio combined for five goals and two assists for the Hat Tricks.

Khatib led the team offensively, scoring two goals and notching an assist. One of his goals came on the power play for his team-leading third power-play goal of the season. He also leads the team in total goals with seven.  

Kovalev also netted two goals in the game, giving him four for the season. Kovalev started the scoring by stealing a puck at the circle and firing it top-shelf to get the Hat Tricks’ offense going. 

The Sharks were led by forward Dylan Harbour, who netted a hat trick in the contest. Christopher Barnard added two goals for the Sharks. 

Devereaux scored a beautiful short-handed goal during the second period by beating the Long Beach goaltender Ryo Murakami with a short-side shot from a sharp angle on the rush. He added an assist in the first period as well. 

The game went into the first intermission tied at two, but a five-goal second period for the Sharks ended up sinking the Hat Tricks on Friday night. The Hat Tricks scored twice in the second with Devereaux and Khatib, but the comeback was stymied by the Sharks’ five goals.

“The other team wanted it more than we did,” said Head Coach Tyler Noseworthy. “Simple as that. Without the will compete for 60 minutes, success will be hard to come by.”
Antonio Felidi added a late goal with a power move from the corner on his backhand. He’s now scored in back-to-back games.
“I have all the faith in the world in my guys. They need to start believing. Tomorrow is another day, we will get right back to work and keep moving forward,” Noseworthy added.

The Jr. Hat Tricks return to the ice this Sunday, Oct. 3, hosting the Bay State Bobcats at 7 p.m. in Danbury Arena.