Game Recap: Hat Tricks Score Twice Late in the Third, Outduel Binghamton 4-3

by Doug Lattuca & Lexi Burkey

BINGHAMTON, NY — Once again, the Hat Tricks staged a late third-period comeback in Binghamton to best the Black Bears 4-3 on Friday night.

The Hat Tricks have won six of the last seven, eight of ten, and four of the last five against Binghamton. Friday’s victory marked the Hat Tricks’ first regulation win over the Black Bears in 12 tries this season.

With the Hat Tricks down one with under two and a half minutes left in the game, Chase Harwell, on the left-wing, backhanded the puck short side and under the arm of Connor McAnanama to tie the game at three. With 45 seconds left, the Hat Tricks completed the comeback when Corey Cunningham sniped the top right corner to give Danbury its first lead of the night. It’s Cunnigham’s third game-winning goal of the season and eleventh overall.

Despite an offensively quiet first and second period, the Hat Tricks got life from their reliable first line in the third. At 17:12, Jonny Ruiz cranked one over the blocker and into the top left corner for a power play goal. Ruiz now has a team-high four power play goals this season. Shortly thereafter, at 17:54, Nikita Ivashkin answered back for the Black Bears to reinstate Binghamton’s two-goal advantage. But halfway into the third period Connor Wooley deflected a long-range shot from Sam Tetreault inside the near post to give the Hat Tricks hope within one.

Similar to the Hat Tricks’ come-from-behind 4-3 shootout win on Dec. 31 in Binghamton, the offense clicked late to come out on top.

The Hat Tricks go for the weekend sweep against Binghamton Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on the Hat Tricks Digital Network.

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