Game Recap: Hat Tricks Losing Streak Extended to Four, Edged Out in OT by Motor City

by Doug Lattuca

DANBURY — The Hat Tricks were bested by Motor City 5-4 in overtime Friday night. Forward Scott Coash buried the game winner at 2:12 of the extra frame to win it for Motor City.

The Rockers got the party started 58 seconds in. Defenseman Josh Colten tapped in a netside feed to put Motor City in front early. But the Hat Tricks would respond with two goals in the back half of the first. D-man John Macdonald clapped a one-timer home for his first goal of the season after missing the last six games. Forwards Chase Harwell and Michael Falanga assisted on the score. About five minutes later, at 16:34, Falanga one-timed a slot pass from Nick DiNicola under the bar to put the Hat Tricks in the lead. 

Early in the second, Corey Cunningham blasted a power-play goal past the outstretched glove of Rockers goalie Trevor Babin for his first goal as a Hat Trick. Forwards Daniel McKitrick and Sam Dabrowski had the assists. 

After the Hat Tricks rattled off three consecutive goals, the Rockers did the same with two in the second and one early in the third.

Forward TJ Delaney found the back of the net at 9:10 to bring the Rockers within one while forward Brad Reitter knotted the score at 16:25 on the power play.

In the third, Motor City pushed ahead 2:02 in. Coash snapped the go-ahead goal inside the near post to give the Rockers a 4-3 lead. But the Hat Tricks answered 14 ticks later. Cunningham roofed his second score of the night to even it up again. The next 18 minutes were scoreless.

In overtime, the Rockers had a goal disallowed following a review but prevailed on that same power play at 2:12 to win it.

Babin made 46 saves for Motor City while Conor McCollum stopped 33 of 37 shots.

The Hat Tricks have dropped four straight games, two in extra time. Danbury sits in third place in the Empire Division at 6-7-1-1.

The Hat Tricks and Rockers do it again Saturday night at 7 p.m. inside the Danbury Ice Arena. This is the only weekend the teams square-off this year.

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