Kelley stops 46 in 3-2 squeaker over Carolina

by Casey Bryant

Dillon Kelley once more stood on his head for the Danbury Hat Tricks, turning aside 46 Carolina shots in a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Thunderbirds at Danbury Arena.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Matyas Kasek opened the scoring with a powerplay goal from between the hashmarks, burying a feed from Jonny Ruiz. Carter Shinkaruk would add to the lead by wiring a wrist shot over the glove of Jacob Mullen to give Danbury a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.

Casper Dyrssen would strike early in the second period, just four seconds into a 4-on-3 powerplay. Carolina would begin mounting a comeback in the middle frame, as Konner Haas would pot a shorthanded goal and Daniel Klinecky would sneak one through Kelley's leg pad. 

Kelley would hold firm in the final period, stopping 13 goals to seal a 3-2 win.

"We played really well in our d-zone in the third period," commented Jonny Ruiz after the game. "We'd love to get the series sweep here tomorrow."

The Hat Tricks and Thunderbirds will complete their three-game set tomorrow night at 7pm at Danbury Arena.