MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Danbury Hat Tricks of the NA3HL returned to action for their first game since they swept the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine before Christmas. In their game against New Jersey on Friday, they would fall 7-5.

The first period started slowly, with both teams failing to get on the scoresheet until less than three minutes were remaining. However, the Titans would wake up late in the frame netting two in the last 2:55 of the period.

The Hat Tricks would respond in a crazy second period, where they tied the game up five minutes into the period, but eventually went down 5-2. The Hat Tricks would answer with a goal before the end of the second to make it 5-3 entering the third period.

Danbury would again claw their way back and tie it at five with just over twelve minutes remaining in the game. But after failing to score on a full two-minute five-on-three the Hat Tricks surrendered a goal to go down 6-5.

As the game was winding down, there were a ton of penalties doled out. 74 penalty minutes in total between the two teams including two game misconducts given to the Titans in the third period alone.

In the chaos, the Titans netted a shorthanded, empty-net goal to go up 7-5, which is how the game would end.

The Hat Tricks were led by their top line, who continues to produce at an impressive pace. Elijah Devereaux had a goal and two assists, Nikita Kovalev notched two goals to give him 19 on the season, and Dylan Walker added three assists in the loss.

Next up for Danbury is a road game next weekend against the Long Beach Sharks followed by a game against Bay State the next day. After that pair of games, the Hat Tricks return home for the remainder of January.