Game Recap: Hat Tricks Shutout Prowlers 4-0 Friday Night

by Doug Lattuca & Brian Germinaro

DANBURY — The Hat Tricks' dominance over Port Huron continued on Friday as they shutout the Prowlers 4-0. The Hat Tricks were led by goaltender Connor McCollum who picked up his first shutout of the season, stopping all 24 shots. It is the eighth straight time the Hat Tricks have beaten the Prowlers in Danbury.  

It was a defensive battle through the first portion of the first period. However, at 11:29 forward Jonny Ruiz gave the Danbury faithful something to cheer about. After fighting for a free puck in front of the net, the Captain secured his team leading ninth goal of the season sliding it past Port Huron netminder Ian Wallace to give the Hat Tricks a 1-0 advantage. The New Jersey native currently leads the team in all three offensive categories. 

Early on in the second period, the Hat Tricks extended their lead thanks to a new addition. Forward Connor Woolley, who signed with the team Friday morning for his second stint with the Hat Tricks, buried a rebound in the crease to extend the lead to 2-0. Woolley, who last played on Nov. 22, made his presence felt Friday night racking up three points.

Tempers flared halfway through the period with five players receiving penalties in a three minute span. 

The Hat Tricks came out fast in the third with Ruiz potting his second goal of the night 19 seconds into the period. The offense wouldn’t stop there as at 11:42 forward Chase Harwell tucked in a wrap-around for his first goal of the season and the only goal that didn’t come from the Hat Tricks top line. 

The Hat Tricks top trio of Ruiz, Woolley, and Jacob Ratcliffe combined for eight points in the win.

The Hat Tricks look to give their fans an early gift Saturday, Dec. 23, in their final game before Christmas, as they go for the weekend sweep over the Prowlers. The puck drops at 7 pm. 

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