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MCGINNISS: TITANS WIN AGAIN

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Graham Tricks Watertown, Danbury Wins 5-2

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT Matt Graham recorded his first hat trick as a Danbury Titan and Nikita Ivandikov stopped 34 of 36 shots as Danbury rolled to their third straight victory by defeating the Watertown Wolves on a snowy Sunday night at the Danbury Ice Arena.

A scoreless first period gave way to Jason Dolgy scoring 39 seconds into the second frame, giving Watertown the first lead of the game. Danbury was quick to respond with James O’Reilly scoring his first professional goal less than three minutes later to make the game even. O’Reilly now has a goal and a fight to his credit as a pro. Matt Graham and Dalton Jay would tally a goal each within the next five minutes to pace the Titans to a 3-1 lead at the end of two periods of play. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: DANBURY WINS WITH “OLD-TIME HOCKEY”

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Goals and Fists Lead to Danbury Victory

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

Danbury, CT Nikolai Okhlobystin recorded two goals in a Gordie Howe hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as the Danbury Titans won their second in a row over the Cornwall Nationals by a 5-2 score on Saturday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Nikita Ivandikov stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Titans retook sole possession of fourth place in the Federal Hockey League. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: TITANS FALL TO WOLVES IN OUTDOOR GAME

Wolves Defeat Titans in Outdoor Classic

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

BREWSTER, NY Two goals in the first period by Ryan Connolly and Danny Chang paced the Watertown Wolves to a 4-1 victory over the Danbury Titans in the second annual Outdoor Classic at The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena on Sunday evening.

The Pond is a small rink, comparable in size to the old Boston Gardens. Head coaches Phil Esposito and David Lun knew their game plans would need to be changed from the normal to contend with the conditions. The two coaches faced each other last year with Esposito behind the Danbury bench and Lun coaching the Brewster Bulldogs. Ryan Connolly would get things started for the Wolves by deflecting a shot from Justin Blaszak past a screened Nikita Ivandikov as a pair of former Titans combined to get Watertown on the board first. Later in the period Danny Chang was sprung on a breakaway from Zach Dymock and deked around Ivandikov to make it 2-0 for the visitors going into the first intermission.

A scoreless second period saw a change in tactics for both teams as they utilized the shortened length of the rink and the darkening conditions to shoot the puck from anywhere on the ice to try and generate a fluky goal. Both Ivandikov and Danila Alistratov had to contend with these shots, though neither would ultimately surrender a nightmare inducing goal. The Titans continued to press offensively, but Alistratov erected a wall in front of the net and maintained the 2-0 lead for Watertown going into the third period.

More back and forth action would not yield another goal until the Wolves found themselves on their sixth penalty kill of the game. Lun would pull Ivandikov to give the Titans a six on four man advantage. Blaszak picked up the puck deep in the Watertown zone and cleared the puck down the ice and into the empty net to make it 3-0 Watertown. Off the proceeding faceoff the Titans would breach the Wolves zone and John Scully finally beat Alistratov to once again pull the Titans within two. For Scully, it was his 10th of the season, his second coming as a Titan. Ivandikov would again get pulled with now under a minute remaining, and Mark Petaccio, the league’s leading scorer, potted Watertown’s second empty net goal to deliver a 4-1 victory.

With the win, the Wolves jump over the Titans in the standing into third place with 49 points. Danbury trails the Wolves by two points in the standings. The teams will face each other for the third game in a row on Friday at the Watertown Municipal Arena before the Titans cross the border to duel with the Cornwall Nationals on Saturday. Then, the Titans will return home on February 11th to host the Nationals and finish the home and home series. Fans will be able to bid on the special black uniforms the Titans have worn for the month of January.

The Danbury Titans, home to hockey’s most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at DanburyTitans.com or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

HARRIS: WOLVES EDGE TITANS IN FHL ACTION

Wolves Edge Titans in 3-2 Win

BY: Jay Harris, Watertown Wolves

WATERTOWN, NY – The Watertown Wolves and Head Coach Phil Esposito faced the Danbury Titans at the Watertown Municipal Arena. The Wolves saw a lot of changes to their lineup over the last week. Jason Dolgy from the Cornwall Nationals was added to the roster in a trade for Stanislav Vlasov and the rights for Lou Dickenson. Marley Keca (also from the Cornwall Nationals), Joe Cangelosi, and Ryan Whitell also made their debuts in blue and white. Wolves fan favorites Jeremy Akeson (injury), Shane Halaas (injury), Brett Liscomb (injury), and Brad Townsend (loaned to Elmira) were all missing from the bench.

The Wolves were the first to light up the goals. Ryan Connolly and Nate O’Brien set up the scoring opportunity for Mark Petaccio. The Titans tied the game at 1 on their third power play when Nikolai Okhlobystin got one passed Watertown goalie Danila Allistratov. Danbury would earn two penalties simultaneously with just thirty seconds left in the first period. Matt Graham was charged with slashing while teammate Sean Maktaak earned a high-sticking penalty.

Petaccio scored his second goal of the night with assists from Jesse Facchini and new Wolf Jason Dolgy. Dolgy assisted Facchini with his first goal of the night to make it a 3-1 game for the Wolves. Danbury would make the score 3-2 with just 12 seconds left in the period on a goal from Taylor Bourne.

The scored would remain unchanged in the third period to give the Wolves a 3-2 victory. The Wolves received all 3 stars for the game. The first star went to Mark Petaccio with Jesse Facchini and Jason Dolgy receiving the second and third respectively.

Head Coach Phil Esposito had the following statement after the game:

“The guys that played tonight played hard and did what they’re supposed to do. We got a lead and were protecting the lead in the third period. Our goal tonight was to get the points and that’s what we did. We just gotta move forward from there and try and get better tomorrow.”

Watertown is in fourth place in the Federal Hockey League standings. The Wolves are back in action Saturday, January 28th against the Berlin River Drivers. The puck will drop in the Watertown Municipal Arena at 7:30 pm.

MCGINNISS: (SAT) DANBURY TAKES DANVILLE IN OT

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DANBURY WINS ANOTHER IN OVERTIME

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT A game deadlocked at zero through two periods saw six goals scored in the third before Danbury’s Steve Brown sneaked a shot past the glove of Danville’s Storm Phaneuf 2:49 into overtime to mark Danbury’s third win in a row. Pucks and Paws night was a success at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night as the Danbury Animal Welfare Society collected donations from the crowd.

The Danbury Titans came into the game riding a two game winning streak with a pair of victories over the Watertown Wolves after dropping two in a row to the Dashers by identical 4-1 scores last weekend. Meanwhile, the Dashers were coming off of a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Berlin RiverDrivers on Friday evening in New Hampshire. Getting the call in goal again for the Titans was Nick Niedert, who has not relinquished control of the crease to Nikita Ivandikov since returning from a call up to the Elmira Jackels of the ECHL.

Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period, though the Titans would outshoot the Dashers by a 12-8 margin. The second period would be a repeat of the first as Niedert and Phaneuf both made important saves to keep the score deadlocked at nil. Through two periods the Titans were 0-1 on the power play and Danville’s top-ranked power play, converting at a league-best 29%, were 0-2.

Dalton Jay would break the tie and score his 15th of the season 3:26 into the final period to give the Titans the first lead of the game. A minute and a half later Taylor Love potted his 2nd of the year and the Titans were in control. The momentum would not last for more than five minutes as Jonathan Hall scored his first of the year to pull the Dashers within one. A minute and five seconds later the Titans responded with Tyler Noseworthy knocking home a rebound to restore the two-goal lead.

Momentum would teeter on a disallowed goal minutes later as John Scully one-timed a shot home from the blue line and the Titans would have gone up by three, but referee Erik Holvig called the goal back, claiming the shot was hit by a high stick before ending up in the net. The Dashers took full advantage of the break, and Gehrett Sargis would again bring Danville back within one at the 16:34 mark.  The Dashers pressed offensively again and quickly tied things up on Justin Brausen’s team-leading 21st goal of the season to draw even on the Titans with only 2:11 to go.

With a tied game and only 1:30 to go, Taylor Love would take his second penalty of the game to give the Dashers a power play with the game on the line. After forcing overtime, the Dashers began the extra period with a 4 on 3 man advantage.  The Titans were able to kill the penalty, holding the league’s best power play scoreless on four opportunities. Off an offensive zone faceoff, Steve Brown found himself with the puck at the top of the blue line, and he snuck one under the glove of a screened Phaneuf to give the Titans a 4-3 overtime victory.

Danbury moves into a tie with Berlin for second place in the Federal Hockey League with the win, although the RiverDrivers have three games in hand. The Titans will be off until taking a trip up to Watertown to face off against the Wolves for the third time in their last four games for a 7:30 game on Friday night at the Watertown Municipal Arena. After that, the Titans will take things outside with Watertown, hosting the Wolves on Sunday afternoon at The Pond at Brewster Ice Arena for a scheduled 4:30 PM start under the open sky.  The game will mark the last game of Danbury’s special black uniforms worn for every home game in January, and the jerseys will be auctioned off at the next Titans home game on February 11th.

The Danbury Titans, home to hockey’s most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at DanburyTitans.com or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

MCGINNISS: (FRI) TITANS BEAT WATERTOWN IN OT

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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Titans overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and would score on the power play in overtime to skate away with their second victory in a row over the Watertown Wolves by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. With FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan watching on, it was Danbury captain Dean Yakura who had a goal and an assist en route to being named the first star of the game.

After a scoreless first period in which the Wolves outshot the Titans by a 13-9 margin it was Colin McIntosh who would get Watertown on the board first, beating Danbury’s Nick Niedert on a rebound to make it a 1-0 game.  The Titans would have multiple chances on the power play but would be unable to solve Watertown’s Danila Alistratov.  With Nicolai Okhlobystin in the box serving a double minor for boarding it was Mark Petaccio sniping a power play goal with only 2.8 seconds remaining to give the Wolves the momentum going into the second intermission.

Imploring his team to find their game in the third, Titans’ head coach David Lun watched his team to continue to pour things on offensively but continue to be stymied by Alistratov.  It would take until the 8:58 mark of the third period before John Scully was able to pot home a rebound and finally get the Titans on the board. Scully’s 9th of the season and first as a Titan was assisted by Okhlobystin and Taylor Love. Still trailing, Lun pulled Niedert with 1:40 left to play.  Now with the extra attacker on, Alistratov made an initial save on a Junior Harris shot, stopped the first rebound from Mike Dolman, but the second rebound found its way onto the stick of Dean Yakura and into the back of the net to tie things up with 44.9 seconds remaining in regulation time for his 7th of the year.

The Titans would maintain momentum and possession of the puck early in overtime, and found themselves on the power play after the Wolves’ Mark Petaccio hauled down Taylor Love behind the Danbury net. On the power play, the puck was cycled up to Love at the point and he unleashed a shot that Alistratov got most of with his blocker, but the force of the shot caused it to trickle over the goal line to give the Titans the come from behind victory. Yakura and Dalton Jay had helpers on the game-winning goal.

With the victory, the Titans keep pace with the 2nd place Berlin RiverDrivers who were victorious over the Danville Dashers tonight. The Titans will be in action again tomorrow evening, Saturday January 21st, scheduled for a 7:15 EDT faceoff with the Dashers. The game will be Pucks and Paws Night at the Danbury Ice Arena, and fans are encouraged to bring blankets, towels, dog and cat food and other items for donation to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society.

The Danbury Titans, home to hockey’s most passionate fans, are entering their second season in the Federal Hockey League after finishing in first place and making a trip the Commissioner’s Cup Finals. Full season and individual game ticket plans are now on sale at DanburyTitans.com or by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY. Follow the Danbury Titans online at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

MCGINNISS: THE FORCE PUTS TITANS BACK ON WINNING WAYS OVER WATERTOWN

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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT Tyler Noseworthy had two goals and Nick Niedert stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Titans snapped a 3 game losing streak by defeating the Watertown Wolves by a score of 6-2 on Star Wars night at the Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday. The Danbury faithful came out for Star Wars night and posted the highest attended game of the season so far with over 1500 fans in attendance.

Tim Richter was signed yesterday by the Titans and made his season debut, taking the spot of Tyler Becker in the Danbury lineup. The Naugatuck native would not wait long to make his presence felt as his shot from the point was put home by Mike Dolman to give the Titans an early 1-0 lead. Dean Yakura would receive the second assist on Dolman’s 6th of the season and 2nd in as many games. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: (SAT) DANVILLE KNOCKS OFF DANBURY AGAIN

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DANBURY DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT TO DANVILLE 4-1

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Danbury Titans dropped their second in a row to the Danville Dashers by the same score of last night’s game, 4-1.  Louie George stopped 26 of 27 shots while Dan Turgeon and Justin Brausen each recorded a goal and an assist each for the Dashers as Danville extended their winning streak to a franchise-best 12 games in a row.

After falling 4-1 to the Dashers last night, Danbury head coach David Lun stressed the importance of scoring the first goal of the game to his players before the opening faceoff.  They responded in kind with former Dasher Mike Dolman knocking home a rebound on the power play 7:55 into the first period to give the Titans a 1-0 lead. Captain Dean Yakura and Steve Brown assisted on Dolman’s 5th of the season. Once again, the Titans had momentum going into an intermission, but once again, Darius Cole was able to score late in the period, this time with 25.8 seconds to go in the first to knot things at 1. Shots on goal for the first period were tied at 11. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: DASHERS BEAT TITANS IN DANBURY

TITANS’ EFFORT NOT ENOUGH, FALL 4-1 TO DANVILLE

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Danbury Titans managed only one goal as they dropped an important three points to the first place Danville Dashers on Friday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Storm Phaneuf stopped 21 of 22 shots in his first appearance back in the FHL after being returned on loan from the Peoria Rivermen

The first period would be a back and forth affair with both teams trading chances early on and neither team able to establish consistent offensive pressure. This would continue until Junior Harris was sent to the penalty box for checking from behind with under 5 minutes to go in the period, and the highly touted Danville power play took to the ice for the first time. As time expired on the penalty Easton Oliver was able to beat Danbury’s Nikita Ivandikov for the first goal of the game and the only goal of the first period.  Shots were deadlocked at 9 for each side as the teams went to the locker room for the first intermission. Continue reading

MCGINNISS: TITANS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SIX

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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Danbury Titans extended their winning streak to six straight games with a 4-1 victory over the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints on Faith and Family Night and CityCenter Danbury Night, presented by 1 Kennedy Flats at the Danbury Ice Arena. Danbury goaltender Nick Niedert would stop 23 of 24 shots on the way to his fifth victory of the season, and the Titans penalty kill would go a perfect 8 for 8.

The Titans would score their first just 1:19 into the game as Tyler Noseworthy scored his first as a Danbury Titan, finishing off a two on one with Dalton Jay.  Matt Coleman’s 7th of the year would extend the lead to two just over halfway through the period with Matt Graham and John Schiavo picking up the helpers.  Shots on goal would be tied at 9 to end the period, though the quality scoring chances were decidedly in Danbury’s favor. Continue reading