Ruiz, Danbury doubles up Columbus for 6-3 win

by Casey Bryant

The Danbury Hat Tricks exacted revenge on the Columbus River Dragons Saturday night at Danbury Arena, topping the River Dragons 6-3.

Shayne Morrissey got Danbury on the board in the first period, burying a point-blank chance off a terrific feed from Carter Shinkaruk. Anton Lennartsson would return the favor for Columbus, potting a breakaway goal late in the first period.

Danbury's top line exploded in the second period, as Jonny Ruiz netted a pair of goals while Phil Bronner converted a lethal backhand goal. Nicola Levesque registered a pair of assists on the trio of goals.

Egor Kostiukov scored a powerplay goal with seven seconds remaining in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Hat Tricks would pull away in the final frame, however, as Ruiz completed the hat trick. Danbury would skate away with a 6-3 victory.

Tom McGuckin made 37 saves in the win.

The Hat Tricks will make their way down to Columbus, GA for a three-game set with the River Dragons next weekend. They return home March 6th and 7th for a homestand against the Danville Dashers. Tickets are available by clicking here.