Danville Downs Wolves
By Jay Harris
Watertown, NY - Coach Phil Esposito and the Wolves looked to get their first win against the Danville Dashers of the season as they faced off at the Watertown Municipal Ice Arena. The Wolves saw the return of Zach Dymock to the line-up and the addition of Colin McIntosh who recently played in the SPHL with the Fayetteville Fire Antz.
Anton Lennartsson helped Michael Harris put the Dashers on the board first 12 minutes into the first period. Watertown responded 30 seconds later when Ryan Connolly and Colin McIntosh set Brad Townsend up to score. Brian Marks and Brett Liscomb got the puck to Mark Petaccio who made the goal by bouncing the puck off goalie Storm Phaneuf's glove. The Dashers would get a power play when Mark Petaccio received two minutes for tripping. The Dashers benefited from the one-man advantage as Cameron Dimmitt flipped the puck over Tsaruk's skate to tie the game back up. Justin Brausen would make the last goal of the period on assist from Easton Olive and Justin Levac to make the score at the end of the period 3-2 Danville.
Esposito started the second period with a switch in goal tenders, replacing Denis Tsaruk with Ed Zdolshek. Petaccio got his second goal of the night with assistance from Brett Liscomb and Jesse Facchini to tie the game at 3. The Dashers refused to let the period end in a tie and got one final goal for the period from Mitchell Mueller on an assist from Gehrett Sargis.
Danville would continue to score in the third period. Cameron Dimmitt would make the fifth goal for Danville on assists from Gerhett Sargis and Michael Harris. Daniel Turgeon would cap the night off for the Dashers with an empty net goal. Danville were the victors with a final score 6-3.
The three stars of the game were Danville's Cameron Dimmitt, Michael Harris, and Watertown's Mark Petaccio. The teams will face again on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 in the Watertown Municipal Ice Arena.