Hat Tricks Sweep Mammoth

by Herm Sorcher

Danbury, CT- Friday night saw a dominant offensive performance for the Danbury Hat Tricks in an 8-4 victory over the Elmira Mammoth. On Saturday night, with hockey royalty Steve Hansen in attendance, the Hat Tricks and Mammoth provided a more straightforward game with similar offensive control by the home team and fewer goals and penalties.

Jarod Yau appeared to score the game’s first goal before goaltender Thomas Proudlock made the best save of the young FPHL season. Danbury kept up the attack and got the season’s first goal from Ollie Venstrom, who took a head long pass from Xavier Abdella and buried it 11:17 into the opening stanza. The assist was Abdella’s first as a Hat Trick in his second game in Hat City. 

Elmira offered a strong counter-punch at the 15:50 mark of the frame when Parker Moskal scored his fourth goal of the weekend off a feed from Lance Hamilton. Proudlock’s performance in net kept the score even into the first intermission at 1-1. 

The second period saw only one goal, a wire from Hat Tricks Captain Jonny Ruiz for his seventh goal of the season a mere 42 seconds into the stanza. Danbury had a power play eleven seconds later, but the Mammoth killed it off and kept the score 2-1 into the second intermission. 

Danbury potted two more goals in the third period. First, Evan Lugo scored off a centering feed from Dustin Jesseau at the 1:47 mark of the frame. Then, Brendan Sheehan capped the night’s scoring with beautiful top corner ripper to make the final 4-1. 

The Hat Tricks improve to 7-0-1, and remain the only team in the FPHL without a regulation loss. 

Frankie McClendon got the win in his second appearance in net and stopped 16 of 17 shots on net. 

Elmira drops to 0-9-1, still seeking the first victory of the franchise’s existence. 

Thomas Proudlock stopped 37 of 41 shots faced on the Mammoth net. 

Danbury is on the road for the next four games, including a two-game series against Motor City next weekend, games in Binghamton & Elmira on November 23rd and November 25th before returning home to face Carolina on November 26th.