DANBURY, CT – The NA3HL Jr Hat Tricks welcome the Long Beach Sharks on Saturday, after Danbury bested New Jersey in a midweek tilt on Wednesday. After a slow start to the season, the Hat Tricks have been rolling, winning three of their last four games.
Long Beach is coming off of a 2020-21 season where they went 9-24-1-4, totaling 23 points in 38 games. This year has been a massive turnaround, as they sit in second place in the NA3HL East, holding a 9-4-1 record.
Last time against Long Beach “we got up a few goals and coasted,” said Hat Tricks head coach Tyler Noseworthy. “They haven’t seen our best 60 minutes yet.”
The Hat Tricks had a tumultuous start to the season, going 1-7-1 over their first nine contests before going on this streak they look to continue. Danbury is coming off a season-high eight goals.
The high-scoring night included six multi-point scorers, including two-goal games from Ivan Kovalev and Reese Tamburo. It was the first multi-goal and point games for each of those two players.
Danbury and Long Beach have battled three times already this season, with the Sharks going 3-0 against the Hat Tricks in three meetings.
Long Beach is led by a three-headed monster of Dylan Harbour with fourteen points (6G+8A), Jake Weikel with sixteen points (12G+4A), and Tyler Zembrzycki with eighteen points (7G+11A).
The Hat Tricks on the other hand are being paced by a group of five players averaging a point per game. Nikita Kovalev, Daniel Khatib, Nick Rogers, Reese Tamburo, and Elijah Devereaux all average a point per game. Nikita Kovalev has thirteen points on the year to lead the team while Daniel Khatib leads the team with nine goals.
Saturday’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. and can be found online via the Hat Tricks social media channels and online via HockeyTV, the broadcast will be video-only.