DANBURY, CT – The NA3HL’s Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (3-8-0-1) won 3-1 over the Bay State Bobcats (3-8-0-1) on Sunday night.
The Hat Tricks had two newcomers to the lineup on Sunday in Dillon Cowles and Ian McGrath. The two defensemen were acquired from Sunday’s opponent Bay State and bolstered the Hat Tricks’ defense to allow just one goal for the first time since Sept. 22 at Bay State.
The Hat Tricks held a 2-0 lead 12 minutes into the second period when Nikita Kovalev was assessed a five-minute major penalty for illegal head contact. From that point on, after another penalty, the Hat Tricks spent nearly seven straight minutes on the penalty kill.
“It still, to me, wasn’t a perfect game,” said head coach Tyler Noseworthy. “I think, thus far, it was probably the closest one that we’ve had.”
At the end of that stretch, the Hat Tricks led the game 3-0. Nick Rogers scored his sixth of the season on a short-handed two-on-one with Elijah Devereaux.
The penalty kill and short-handed goal put the game away for the Hat Tricks. Before Kovalev’s departure from the game, he netted his fifth goal of the season and added an assist for his 11th point.
Daniel Khatib scored his team-leading ninth goal early in the second to extend the Hat Tricks lead to 2-0.
Goaltender Lorenzo Rossi picked up his second win of the season after stopping 29 of 30 shots in the contest. The Hat Tricks have recorded at least one point in three of Rossi’s four appearances this season.
“I thought he looked really good,” said general manager and goaltending coach Matt Voity on Rossi. “He kept us in the game and I think for an ’05 to be in this situation is very difficult. His composure and the way he comports himself is a credit to him. This was a really big step for him.”
The NA3HL Jr. Hat Tricks now have nine days off before a Nov. 3rd matchup on the road against New Jersey.