Game Recap: Hat Tricks Dropped 7-3 in Elmira Friday

by Doug Lattuca & Lexi Burkey

ELMIRA, NY — The Hat Tricks fell to Elmira 7-3 on Friday night in the first game of the home-and-home series. With the loss, the Hat Tricks have dropped three straight and four of the last five.

Despite defenseman Jarod Yau opening the scoring at 9:18 of the first, the Rivers Sharks answered with three unanswered goals, two in the first and one in the second. After Danbury got within one late in the second, Elmira responded with three straight scores and four of the final five tallies.

Forwards Bret Parker and Darius Davidson both recorded hat tricks for the River Sharks and goalie Sammy Bernard stopped 48 of 51 shots.

Shortly after Yau’s game-opening goal, Elmira struck back with two goals in under 40 seconds. First, Parker sniped the puck into the top right corner to even the score. Then, forward Cody Rogers followed it up to give the River Sharks a 2-1 lead at 11:05 of the first.

29 seconds into the second period, Davidson took the puck off the skate of Yau and flipped it over Murray’s pad and into the back of the net. Later in the period, with traffic in front of the goal, Connor Woolley backhanded the puck into the bottom right side of the net to make it a one-goal game once again. About a minute later, a wrap-around shot from Parker hopped over the pad of Murray to balloon the Elmira lead back to two.

With nine minutes gone in the third period, Davidson scored his second goal of the night on a rebound. Less than 10 minutes after his second goal, Davidson secured the hatty. A Yau point shot, late in the third, found its way through for Danbury’s third goal of the night. The River Sharks added an empty-netter with two second left.

The Hat Tricks return home tomorrow night against Elmira in hopes of splitting the weekend set. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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