Red hot Hat Tricks battle Watertown at home - Game Preview (1/9)
The Danbury Hat Tricks are going streaking once again, gunning for their fifth consecutive win and eighth straight on home ice. A three-game weekend kicks off with a home matchup with the Watertown Wolves in an Eastern Division showdown.
Let's take a look at what fan's can expect on the ice.
SCOREY & KBP RETURN
Danbury has been near-unbeatable these last few months, winning 15 of their last 16 games. They have managed to keep their winning ways alive, even without some of their biggest players. Kendall Bolen-Porter and Cory Anderson combined for nine missed games between them, but now find themselves back in a Hat Tricks uniform ready to go for tonight.
Even with missed time, Anderson ranks third on the team in goal-scoring with 13. Bolen-Porter has nine points in 13 games, including a shorthanded goal and shorthanded assist. The pair are a welcome sight, as the Hat Tricks' forward depth finally receives the reinforcements it so desperately needed.
Wolves goaltender Jeremy Pominville faces a remarkably high workload, both in terms of total appearances and quantity of shots faced. After a hot start to the year, he is 3-8 in his last 11 games including a seven-game losing streak. Four of the losses in that unfortunate skid came at the hands of the Danbury Hat Tricks.
Pominville has allowed three goals or more in each of his last 11 appearances. With the Hat Tricks averaging 5.86 goals-for per game on their current home winning streak, this is a big test for the Watertown netminder.
TOP PAIR DOMINANCE
Danbury locked down the best team in the league last weekend in Bloomington, holding the Carolina Thunderbirds to just one goal in two games. The continued excellence of their top defensive pair, Aaron Atwell and Steve Brown, has transformed the team into a league powerhouse.
Atwell in particular has been a standout, performing on both ends of the ice. Prior to joining the Hat Tricks, Atwell had three points in eight games with the Danville Dashers. Since then, he has registered 15 points in 16 games. Brown has contributed seven points in 14 games, serving as a perfect stay-at-home bruising complement to Atwell's offensive tendencies.
The Wolves will be looking for revenge tonight against the Hat Tricks. They have yet to break into the win column against Danbury this season, with their most recent failing coming in overtime up in Watertown. League-leading scorer Tyler Gjurich and company will be coming out hot tonight looking to climb back into the running for the Eastern Division's top spot.
Live coverage of tonight's game will be featured on the Danbury Hat Tricks' Youtube channel at 7 p.m.