Danbury Weekend Recap

by Mike Basile

    It was a weekend of missed opportunities for the Thunder in Danbury. Danbury got the better of the Thunder Friday and Saturday, winning by 3 goals combined. The Thunder fell to 2-12-0-0-0 on the season and The Hat Tricks improved to 9-4-0-0-2 on the season. Cody Karpinski who just signed a PTO with The Thunder would get the start Friday.

    Friday night the Hat Tricks fed off their home crowd and jumped on top of the Thunder early. Cory Anderson opened the scoring just 2:22 into the game and the Tricks were off and running. The Tricks would grab the second goal of the game as well, Phil Bronner scored on a great play from Carter Shinkaruk and Thomas Freeman. Just a little over a minute later Delaware would strike back. A big welcome to the team for Eli Kinsman as he patiently outwaited the defense and buried the biscuit.  The scoring didn’t stop there, just thirty seconds later Matyas Kasek scored for the Hat Tricks to restore their two-goal lead. Anton Kalinin then scored his first of the season for Delaware to get the lead back to one. 3-2 after one.

   The Thunder power-play struck early in the second to tie the game up. Taylor Cutting scored his first of the season on a wicked wrister from the point. The shootout would continue as Nick DiNicola scored his first goal in his first game with Danbury. Surprisingly, that would be all the scoring in the second. Danbury led 4-3.

   The third started with some good pace much like the first two periods. The fast start would lead to a Ryan Marker goal at the 6:14 mark of the third. With under four minutes left in the game a couple of penalties would do Delaware in. Nick DiNicola scored a power-play goal and then just over a minute later scored as the power-play expired to secure the win and first hat-trick in Danbury history. Friday night went to the home team 6-4.

   Saturday night started the same as Friday night with the Hat Tricks scoring early in period one. Six minutes into the first The Hat Tricks scored on a three on two. Kasek finished the play firing a wrister five-hole on Aaron Taylor. Vladyslav Gavrik would score the second goal of the game just past the halfway point in the first. Once again, Delaware would fight back. Charlie Pens scored his first of the season on the power-play to put the Thunder on the board. Kieran Devine potted his first of the season just under a minute later to tie the game at two.  Just like Friday, the scoring continued Cory Anderson wristed one top shelf to give The Hat Tricks the lead back. It was a short-lived lead thanks to Brennan Young tapping in a rebound to tie it up. 3-3 after one.

   The scoring slowed down in the second, but each team would still add to their score. Danbury took their lead back at the halfway mark of the game. DiNicola would score his fourth goal in two games to break the tie. Once again, the Thunder tied it up. This time it was Ryan Marker late in the second on a great flip pass from Dan Dicristofaro. The game-winning goal came with controversy. Thomas Freeman walked in and scored, but before the goal, Danbury was a couple of feet offside. Aaron Taylor was also tripped up by a Hat trick, and taken out of position. The goal would stand and hold up as the game-winner.

  The Thunder are back home this week against the Danville Dashers. Saturday Night is Star Wars night. We will be auctioning off game-worn jerseys! Make sure you get out to The Thunderdome!