Elmira came into another three in three weekend looking ahead to six games in eight days kicking it off with a home and home against the Hat Tricks. Danbury sits as the defending champions and wear that crown with a reason.
The Hat Tricks, despite a depleted lineup, were able to find the back of the net first on a Jarrod Yau shot that eked its way past Sammy Bernard and trickled over the goal line for a 1-0 advantage at 9:18 of the first period. 1:04 later Bret Parker took advantage of Danbury playing far side heavy and walked in and took a shot from the top of the circle to bear Liam Murray to tie up the game at 1 a piece. 43 seconds later Cody Rodgers snagged the puck off a failed breakout and cut wide around the zone before depositing the puck between Murray's legs for the 2-1 Elmira lead.
Elmira didn't waste time in the second as just 29 seconds in Darius Davidson beat Murray to put the River Sharks up 3-1. Each team traded special teams chances until Danbury was able to send all five guys at the net and in a flurry beat Bernard as Connor Wolley made it 3-2. Despite giving up a goal late Elmira kept on the attack and 1:05 later Parker took a wrap-around attempt beating Murray to give the River Sharks a 4-2 advantage.
In the final 20 minutes both sides continued to attack something that has not been the MO for the River Sharks when they have a lead. It was met with success after Darius Davidson scored at 8:45 of the period on a rebound of a Steven Klick shot to give Elmira the 5-2 advantage. The period continued to tick down and in the last three minutes an outpouring with a first ever event occurred as Darius Davidson completed his hat trick at 17:09 of the third on a perfect feed from Marty Moucha right into the slot and put it past Murray. Jarrod Yau got one back for the Hat Tricks 1:12 later, but with just a couple seconds to go Bret Parker was able to fire one into an empty net to complete a Hat Trick of his own to make it 7-2.
Bernard stopped 48 of 51 for the win.
Elmira goes back at it in Danbury tomorrow night at 7:00pm. Follow along live on Youtube and Mixlr. #FeartheFin