Wolves Bounce Back to Defeat Dashers in Overtime

By Jay Harris

Watertown, NY - 3rd place in the Federal Hockey League was on the line for the Watertown Wolves when they hosted the Danville Dashers at the Watertown Municipal Arena Friday night. The fans and the Wolves donned their red attire and jerseys for Remember Everyone Deployed (RED) Friday.

Gavin Yates put the Wolves on the board first on a play from John Scully and Dallas Ingram. Nick Williams tied the game up for the Dashers, and then Vincent Caligiuri doubled-up on the Wolves during a power play from Scully's slashing penalty.   Dallas Ingram was served an interference penalty giving the Dashers their third scoring opportunity that Kyle Stevens made good on. Stevens extended the lead again two minutes later, going 5-hole on new Wolf Gregory Hussey. The fourth goal prompted Head Coach Trevor Karasiewicz to make a change in the net, with Cody Karpinski taking over. Karpinski stopped the bleeding for the rest of the period to hold the score at 1-4, Danville.

The Wolves came back out in the second period with renewed vigor. New Wolf CJ Hayes scored two goals just 13 seconds apart. His first lit up the lamp with the aid of Dustin Jesseau and Tyler Gjurich, while his second was assisted Jesseau and fellow new Wolf Martin Trudman. Jesseau's power play goal tied the game at 4 all, and the Wolves held the Dashers to a scoreless second period.

League-leading scorer Tyler Gjurich put the Wolves in the lead on a power play goal from CJ Hayes and Dustin Jesseau. It was short lived, however, as Brandon Wahlin tied things up for the Dashers, and put the game in overtime.

After many close calls, Dallas Ingram's laser bounced off Dustin Jesseau to put the game away for the Wolves in overtime with a final score of 6-5.

Ingram, Hayes, and Jesseau received the Stars of the Game for their role in the comeback. The Wolves are back in action Saturday night in a rematch with the Danville Dashers for Seniors Night. The puck will drop at 7:30 PM.

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