The Eastern Professional Hockey League had its first games this Saturday, November 1st 2008. The Danbury Mad Hatters had their UNO Chicago Bar and Grill Opening Night in Danbury, CT in front of a raucous crowd of 1,891.
The Hatters came out flying as Dan Hickman scored the first goal in Danbury Mad Hatters history on the powerplay from Duane Whitehead and Igor Karlov. Less than one minute later former New York Ranger Billy Tibbetts made it 2-0 on the power play. Duane Whitehead scored in the second period to give the Hatters a 3 goal lead.
Hudson Valley got on the board as Eric Lind and Ryan Hughes got the Bears within a goal. Eric Lind got his second of the night to tie the game and the Bears took over the game. Tom Westfall scored with Brett Aimone scoring less than 20 seconds later.
Penalties called on Hudson Valley put them on their heels, including a 5 minute power play for Danbury. Obi Aduba scored just over 7 minutes into the third to put the Hatters within 1 but they couldn't tie it up as Bears goaltender Ryan Hull stopped 44 of 48 shots.
The Danbury Mad Hatters next game is Thursday, November 6th at 7pm as they host the Brooklyn Aces at the Danbury Ice Arena. Tickets are available online at www.madhattershockey.com or at the Danbury Ice Arena box office.