DANBURY, CT – The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (1-7-0-1) fell on Sunday night 6-3 to the Northeast Generals (4-0-0-0).
After a strong start, led by two Nick Rogers goals, the Hat Tricks gave up a goal to the Northeast’s Owen McNamee with 6.1 seconds left in the first period.
Rogers scored two breakaway goals in the first period for his first tallies of the year. Ten minutes into the game, he coasted in and ripped one by the blocker of Mason Joseph.
With just under three minutes to go in the first, Rogers stole a puck at his own blue line and blazed by the Generals’ defense to chip a puck over Joseph’s glove and into the net.
“He was one of the shining lights that were out there for us,” said Head Coach Tyler Noseworthy on Rogers. “Obviously two nice goals and really didn’t stop with his energy. We certainly need more guys to take a page out of that book.”
After Rogers’ two scores, the Hat Tricks conceded six consecutive goals starting with McNamee’s goal until the 12:24 mark of the third.
Danbury didn’t score again until there were less than three minutes left in regulation. Jacob Deitsch scored a power play goal at the 17:43 mark of the third, but it was not enough for the Hat Tricks.
“I said it in the room, complacency is a cancer,” said Noseworthy. “It seems like we keep banging on the same drum. Get a couple goals, get complacent, put the work boots away and the other team turns it on at that point.”
Noseworthy and his team have a chance to regroup on Wednesday when they travel to Norwich for a noon face-off. That game can be seen on HockeyTV.