Sudden Death Loss to Dashers for Wolves
By Jay Harris
Watertown, NY - The Watertown Wolves started their final series of the 2017-2018 Federal Hockey League regular season against the Danville Dashers, sitting with a lock on 2nd place. Head Coach Trevor Karasiewicz and his Wolves looked to keep the momentum going as they head into the playoffs, maintaining their win streak. A win tonight extends the streak to 15 games, making it the longest current streak after Port Huron's 24 game streak came to an end at the hands of the Carolina Thunderbirds last weekend.
The Wolves and Dashers spent the first two periods playing fast and physical, resulting in two penalties for Watertown and four for the Dashers. However, netminders Sebastien Dube-Rochon for Watertown and Matt Kaludis for Danville were not letting any pucks tickle twine.
The third period saw more of the same action until the halfway point when Anton Lennartsson put the Wolves on the board on a rebound from Matt Caranci's shot via Aleh Shypitsyn. The Dashers responded in the next minute with a goal from Justin Levac, on assists from Justin Brausen and Ahmed Mahfouz to tie the game up. The score stayed unchanged and sent the game into overtime.
The Wolves looked to have scored a game-winning goal in overtime, but the officials waved the goal off, citing incidental contact with the goalie. The tie remained and sent the match into a shootout.
After only one successful shot from each team, the game went to sudden death where Danville's Jimmy Soper made the game-winning goal. The two teams are back in action tomorrow night at 7:30 PM in the Watertown Municipal Arena for the regular season finale.
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