Coming into tonight, the Danbury Mad Hatters had blown a three goal lead in each of their first two games. Despite blowing a one goal lead early and going down by two, they stormed back to get their first win in the franchise's history.
The Hatters got the scoring started as Billy Tibbetts made a beautiful cross ice pass to find defenseman Andrew Scampoli breaking down the wing. Scampoli tapped it past Bears starting goalie Scott Rowan just over 15 minutes into the first frame. However, Hudson Valley would not be behind for long as Chris Seifert tied things up, beating Hatters starting goalie Drew MacIntyre. At the end of the first period it was all tied up at one.
The second period started out very well for the Hatters. Dan Hickman ripped a one timer at the net after receiving a pass from Igor Karlov. Adam Sinewitz was in front creating problems for the Hudson Valley defense. Danbury was in control with a 2-1 lead. But the Bears would not go down quietly as they rang off three unanswered goals with Seifert getting his second goal while Scott Estey and Brandon Doria potted one each. It seemed like Danbury was in for another long night as they ended the second down 4-2.
What happened or what was said in the locker room during the second intermission is unknown but it worked. The Hatters came out flying as Eric Linkowski scored just 26 seconds in followed up by Alex Redmond scoring just 29 seconds later. Suddenly, the game was tied. Danbury kept coming as Drew Madeiros scored to give Danbury the lead for good with Igor Karlov getting an insurance goal to complete the big comeback for Danbury.
Karlov lead the team in points tonight with a goal and two assists while Drew MacIntyre stopped 27 of 31 shots.
The Danbury Mad Hatters next home game is Wednesday November 26th at 7pm as they host the Jersey Rockhoppers. Tickets are available at the Danbury Ice Arena and at www.madhattershockey.com.