Game Recap: Hat Tricks Extend Win Streak to Six, Take Down Watertown 7-4

by Bella Myshrall & Doug Lattuca

DANBURY — Rookie forward Billy Berry recorded his first professional hat trick in his eighth pro game Friday night to lead the Hat Tricks to a 7-4 victory over Watertown. The Hat Tricks have won six straight games and 13 of the last 16. Danbury took nine of the 13 games against Watertown in the regular season series. 

Forwards Jacob Ratcliffe, Jonny Ruiz, and Connor Woolley recorded two assists each, while rookie Kolby Johnson secured his first professional goal. 

With 8:30 left in the first period, Hat Tricks captain Ruiz led a three-on-two into the offensive zone and delivered a cross-slot feed to forward Daniel McKitrick for the wrist shot goal under the arm of Spencer Kozlowski. McKitrick’s eleventh goal of the season gave Danbury a 1-0 lead and that is how the period ended. Danbury outshot Watertown 16-7 in the opening frame.

The offenses started to click in the second. 57 seconds into the period, Berry lofted a point shot off of Kozlowski’s helmet and under the crossbar to extend the lead to two. Berry struck again soon after at 3:47 of the period when he swooped around the left side of the net and snuck it inside the post to make it 3-0. Watertown’s Carter Thornton notched a power play goal with 4:38 remaining in the period, which was confirmed by video review. The Hat Tricks responded minutes later at 17:38 of the middle frame after Kyle Gonzalez scored his first goal since Nov. 11. With eleven seconds to go, Watertown’s Thornton scored his second off of a rebound shot to cut the deficit to two.

6:58 into the third, Berry buried his third of the night after snapping the puck past Kozlowski on a one-timer in tight. Seconds later, at 7:14, Johnson tallied his first goal of the season. Watertown responded with two goals to get back within two, but Danbury’s Corey Cunningham sealed the deal with an empty-netter at 16:50.

The Hat Tricks return to action next Friday night in Binghamton against the first-place Black Bears.

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