On Thursday January 15th the Danbury Mad Hatters took on the Jersey Rockhoppers at the Danbury Ice Arena in front of over 600 fans.
The Hatters got scoring winger Drew Madeiros back from injury and he had an immediate impact as the Hatters attempt to catch the Rockhoppers and Aces in the standings.
Stephen Schofield got the scoring going for the Hatters scored on the powerplay from Igor Karlov and Hank Carisio, both of whom had three points. Drew Madeiros made it 2-0, scoring his third goal of the year.
The second period saw Danbury extend its lead to three when Dan Hickman scored his 8th of the season on the power play. Karlov and Carisio both got assists again.
However the Rockhoppers were not going down easy. Logan Bittle took advantage of a power play to cut the deficit to two. Just over a minute later Matt Tyree scored and cut the deficit to one. The Hatters were able to get out of the period with a 3-2 lead.
The third period saw plenty of physicality as Matt Cosmos and Rich Jondo dropped the gloves. The Hatters dominated on the scoreboard as Hank Carisio and Drew Madeiros extended the lead to a final score of 5-2.
Nick Niedert stopped 25 of 30 shots while Derek MacIntyre stopped31 of 33 shots for the Hatters. Hank Carisio was the first star of the game with Igor Karlov receiving the second and Dan Hickman the third.
The next Mad Hatters home game is next Friday night as they host the Hudson Valley Bears at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at www.madhattershockey.com or at the Danbury Ice Arena box office.