Game Recap: Hat Tricks Topped 6-3 by Elmira Saturday, Lose Fourth Straight

by Doug Lattuca & Lexi Burkey

DANBURY — The Hat Tricks were bested 6-3 by Elmira Saturday night in the second game of the weekend set. The Hat Tricks have dropped four straight and five of the last six.

The Hat Tricks lead 3-2 at 6:30 of the second period, but Elmira rattled off four straight goals, three in the second and an empty-netter in the third, to pull away. Danbury has allowed three-plus goals in ten straight games. The Hat Tricks are 4-5-1 during that span.

At 6:43 of the first period, River Sharks forward Steven Klinck chipped the puck over the left pad of Hat Tricks goaltender Conor McCollum to give Elmira a 1-0 lead. At 13:49, Brandon Stojcevski’s power play goal pinballed around in front and entered the back of the net to even the score at one. Just over a minute later, Elmira took the lead right back when MJ Maerkl snapped a point shot through traffic. The Hat Tricks responded less than two minutes later. Corey Cunningham sniped the puck into the top right corner to tie the score at two. 

The Hat Tricks took their first lead of the night six minutes and 30 second into the second period on a backhand goal from forward Zach Pamaylaon. But at 14:17, forward Marquis Grant-Mentis wacked home a rebound off of McCollum’s pad to tie the score. A minute and six seconds later, Klinck one-timed the puck past the outstretched blocker of McCollum for his second of the night. Klinck added another one just three minutes later to secure the hat trick. Elmira had three hat tricks over the weekend, two Friday and one Saturday.

For the second night in a row, the last River Sharks goal came via the empty netter. 

The Hat Tricks travel to Watertown next weekend for three straight road games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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