DANBURY, CT – The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (NA3HL) dropped to 1-5-0-1 with a shootout loss to Bay State (2-4-0-1) on Sunday night 3-2.
In the third period, the Hat Tricks started a five-minute power play with 5:42 left in the game, up by one. Bay State forward Tima Basarab took matters into his own hands powering through to score and tie the game while shorthanded.
Rossi bounced back making a few big saves in overtime. The Hat Tricks spent almost the full last minute of the extra period in the offensive zone with Nikita Kovalev, Daniel Khatib and Egor Sheheglov controlling the puck, but couldn’t find the winning goal.
“Rossi did his job,” Head Coach Tyler Noseworthy said. “I was happy with his performance.”
Danbury got off to a great start Sunday, scoring the first two goals of the game. Forward Grant Hanifen started the scoring six minutes in with a rising wrist shot that found top corner of the net for his third of the year.
“As far as the team’s performance, I’ll get right to the point,” Noseworthy added. “It was not good. Luckily, every day is an opportunity to get better. That’s what we will do. Get right back to work.”
The Hat Tricks added a second off the stick of forward Reese Tamburo late in the second. Tamburo skated down the left wing all by himself to score his first goal with the Hat Tricks.
Goaltender Lorenzo Rossi made 28 of 30 stops in the game, some in crucial moments. He was a stabilizing force for a Hat Tricks team that struggled defensively in its last game.
The Hat Tricks scored just once in the shootout on a Nikita Kovalev goal, but ultimately dropped the shootout 2-1.
The Jr. Hat Tricks are back in action on Wednesday on the road against the New Jersey Titans. That game will start at noon on HockeyTV.