Hat tricks force Game 3, Best Rockers 4-2 on the road

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April 20, 2024 – Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL)
News item Danbury Hat Tricks

FRASER, MI – The Hat Tricks defeated the Rockers 4-2 on Saturday night in the second game of the best-of-three Empire Division Semifinals, setting up a win-and-advance scenario on Sunday. Rookie Kolby Johnson’s second goal of the game at 4:21 of the third period proved to be the game winner, while Jonny Ruiz added an insurance count, shorthand, at 17:09 to thwart Motor City’s comeback attempt.

At 14:23 of the first period, Johnson picked up the puck in the right circle and put it over the left shoulder of Rockers’ netminder Trevor Babin to open the scoring in a must-win Game 2 for the Hat Tricks.

At 7:22 of the second, Motor City forward TJ Sneath, who scored Friday’s overtime winner in Game 1, deflected a point shot past Danbury’s goalie Conor McCollum to tie the score at 1-1. Five minutes later, Daniel McKitrick fired a shot from the left circle over Babin’s glove and down the crossbar to put the Hat Tricks back in front.

At 4:20 of the third frame, Johnson scored his second of the match on a wrist shot from the other end to push the lead to two. Two minutes later, the Rockers responded when defenseman Josh Colten nailed a point shot for a hat trick. With time winding down and the Rockers on the power play with less than three minutes remaining, Ruiz roofed a short-handed backhander over Babin’s glove. for the insurance goal to extend the lead to 4-2.

Hat Tricks netminder Connor McCollum stopped 34 of 36 shots, while Babin allowed 4 goals on 30 shots.

The third and final match of the opening round is Sunday at 5:05 PM at Big Boy Arena in Fraser, Michigan. The winner will advance to the second round against top-seeded Binghamton.

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