The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks made the most of their specialty teams opportunities Sunday evening as they doubled up the Bay State Bobcats 4-2 at Danbury Arena. Ryan Wojciechowski paced the offense with a goal and an assist while Trey Hirschfield was stout in net as he made 25 saves to earn his first junior hockey victory in the Jr. Hat Tricks net.
Danbury was able to build a 2-0 lead after the opening period on the strength of two power play goals. Wojciechowski netted the first one when his shot from the slot found its way through a maze of legs to the back of the Bobcat net 13:11 into the evening. Connor Lefkof assisted on the goal. The hosts’ second power play goal was a beauty as Brandon Cope’s strong hip check caused a turnover that linemate Nicholas Rogers pounced on in the neutral zone. Rogers accelerated into the offensive zone, powered past the Bay State defender and tucked the puck home to extend the lead with just 1:59 left in the period.
The Jr. Hat Tricks doubled their lead in the second period as Wojciechowski stepped up in the neutral zone which caused a turnover that found its way to Kolby Donovan’s stick. The speedy winger knifed into the offensive zone before hammering a puck into the top corner of the net for a shorthanded goal just 2:39 into the middle stanza. Drew Goodman’s first junior hockey goal 13:58 into the second put Danbury up 4-0. Goodman gathered a loose puck caused by heavy forechecking pressure before his bad angle shot eluded the Bay State netminder, chasing him from the game.
The third period saw the Bobcats score a power play goal off the stick of Cameron Kinsell that deflected past Hirschfield to get the guests on the board 2:48 into the period. With just under six minutes left to play Troy Harwell scored to tighten the game to 4-2, but Hirschfield and the Danbury defense shut the door from that point forward to secure the win for the home side. Hirschfield made 25 saves in all and played very well.
“I thought we were resilient tonight and able to string together our best effort of the season so far,” commented Associate Coach Brian Allen. “Trey simplified things in net and our core group was impactful. We will get back to work Monday to build on these positive signs.”
The Jr. Hat Tricks return to action Sunday, November 1 when the Long Beach Sharks come to town for an 8:15 PM tilt. Tickets are available for all remaining games at Danbury Arena here: https://www.otitickets.com/event/11.