Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hatters Hang On to Defeat Aces 6-5 in Overtime

Another thriller at the Danbury Ice Arena ensued as the Hatters hosted the Brooklyn Aces in a battle of two teams that already have a history in the first EPHL season.

            Danbury started the scoring off when Erik Kent put the puck past Aces goalie Eddie Neville. A short time later, the Hatters took advantage of a power play as Igor Karlov took a pass from Duane Whitehead and put it by Neville as the Hatters finished the first period up 2-0.

            The second period saw a shootout as Brooklyn came within a goal as Eric Frank and CJ Tozzo scored goals just over a minute a part. Danbury answered with Hank Carisio and Igor Karlov scoring for the Hatters quickly to give them a three goal lead. Mike Thomson got Brooklyn back within two with less than two minutes to go.

            The third period saw the best of Brooklyn as they stormed back to tie the game late in the period. Kyle McCullough and CJ Frank scored power play goals to tie the game up at 5. For the second time, the Aces and the Hatters were heading for overtime.

            In the last meeting, the Aces defeated the Hatters in a shootout. However, the Hatters were not going to let the game get that far. With a power play in the extra frame the Hatters sealed the win. Dan Hickman sent a pass to the half boards to Whitehead who ripped a one timer past Eddie Neville on the short side causing the crowd of 1,202 Hatters fans to explode in celebration.

            Eddie Neville stopped 31 of 37 shots while last week’s EPHL goaltender of the week Derek MacIntyre stopped 28 of 33 Aces shots. The Hatters bring their record above .500 for the first time.

            They get right back in action on Saturday January 10th in Jersey to take on the Rockhoppers.

            The next Hatters home game is Thursday January 15th as the Hatters host the Jersey Rockhoppers at 7pm at the Danbury Ice Arena. Tickets are available on www.madhattershockey.com and at the Danbury Ice Arena box office. 

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