Hat Tricks Smash Mammoth in Danbury

by Herm Sorcher

Danbury, CT- After two difficult games, the Danbury Hat Tricks hoped some home-cooking would be good for their hockey souls. Against the Elmira Mammoth and with a raucous crowd at their backs, the Hat Tricks found exactly what they sought.

Elmira opened the Saturday night game by scoring a goal 1:30 into the game, courtesy of Dalton Anderson’s efforts. From there, the Hat Tricks controlled the pace and rhythm of the evening, pumping in six unanswered goals on the Elmira Mammoth.

Jarod Yau went first, scoring at the 3:31 mark of the first on a rolling puck to the slot. Igor Borschev went next at the 16:33 mark and Dustin Jesseau completed a three-point period, after notching assists on both prior goals, with a goal of his own at the 18:21 mark of the frame. From there, the Hat Tricks were in control of the game.

Michael Falanga potted two goals in the second period, one at the 14:13 mark of the frame and another at the 16:26 point of the stanza.

Daniel McKitrick landed one more score for good measure in the third to end the night’s scoring at 6-1.

Hat Tricks’ defenseman Jarod Yau ended the night with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick while Dustin Jesseau notched three points on the evening.

Danbury’s Frankie McClendon stopped 12 of 13 shots faced in net while Elmira’s Harley White stopped 38 of 44 shots faced.

The Hat Tricks improve to 23-4-4 on the season, staying two points ahead of Binghamton for first place of the FPHL’s Empire Division. Elmira drops to 11-17-3, only sitting three points ahead of Watertown for the third spot in the Empire Division.

The teams rematch on Sunday afternoon in New York’s Southern Tier. Puck drop at First Arena, in Elmira, is scheduled for 3 PM.