Wolves Lose Lead Late; Claw Out 6-5 OT Victory in Dayton
By Lee W. Mowen
DAYTON, OHIO- In a battle of 1st and 2nd Place teams in the Federal Hockey League, there’s only one thing fans can expect: A no-holds-barred battle, clawing and mangling a way for a victory. Hold on tight, this turned out to be a battle for all the marbles.
Watertown got the scoring off, with Chad Bennett scoring an unassisted goal past Dayton’s Matt Kinsella at the 1:41 mark. Bennett scored his 5th goal of the season, early on in the contest. If you thought the scoring stopped there, this game has more surprises for you.
Dayton tied it up nearly two minutes afterward, with August Aiken scoring his third goal of the young season, past Josselin St. Pierre. Aiken had assists from Ahmed Mahfouz and Seth Ronsberg, who the latter is playing in just his second game back.
Watertown then scored on back-to-back takeaways to end the 1st Period at 3-1. Junior Harris and Justin MacDonald scored within 55 seconds of each other, with some help by Bennett and Corey Evelyn.
Nearly halfway through the second period, the Demonz’ Brandon Blair tussled with Watertown’s Phil Grainger, sparking a charge into the Hara fans. It seemed the circuit of electricity went through the Demonz’ break, as Jared Hicks scored on a Power Play goal shortly thereafter. Hicks scored his fourth goal, Skinner and Len Pelletier assisted, with the Demonz now trailing 3-2 with 8:40 left in the second.
Watertown wasn’t done either, as Junior Harris pounced again off a defection off Kinsella. As Nathan Judd-Warren took a shot off the Daytonian goalie, Harris took the loose puck and fired it home. Watertown led 4-2 after two periods.
Now enter the third period, a hockey period which sometimes is designated as the magic to comebacks. Tonight, it’s how it almost panned out for the Demonz. Brian Marks, halfway through the third, scored on another Demonz Power Play, bringing Dayton down by one again at 4-3. Marks’ second goal of the year was capped by Ahmed Mahfouz and Robert Vanwynsberghe assists. Watertown, just a minute and change after, scored with Junior Harris completing the hat trick. MacDonald and Erickson assisting on Harris’s third play, and Watertown led 5-3, late in the third.
The Demonz would slice the deficient again down to one, with Robert Vanwynsberghe’s Power Play goal, his third of the year. Mahfouz picked up his third assist of the night, and Brian Marks contributed on this goal.
Time ticking away, the Demonz would battle Watertown on a 4-on-4. A miscue at the far point would see the puck find Seth Ronsberg. On a hurried breakaway, it was Seth Ronsberg tying the contest up at 5. We would need some Overtime tonight at Hara Arena.
Watertown, on the short-handed side of a power play, converted on a costly turnover. Phil Bronner coaxed the puck on the far end side, finding a streaking Dane Erickson. Game. Set. End.
Watertown won win tonight in OT, 6-5. For the Wolves, it was the first game in now six tries where Watertown failed to pick up three points. The Wolves, however, kept perfect after a ferocious storm and moved to 6-0-0. Dayton fell to 3-1-1 on the season.
Kinsella took the loss, allowing six goals in nearly sixty-two minutes recording 29 saves on 35 Wolf shots. St. Pierre picks up the win, with 34 saves on 39 Demon flurries.
The Demonz now host Steel City this upcoming Friday, here at Hara.
This post-game report was written by me, used by the Federal Hockey League for “Ice Chips.” This is posted on my website to share some of my work. This is from the November 1st game, where the Dayton Demonz lost 6-5 in OT.
You can listen to my call of this game, available from the Gem City Sports Network: http://www.gemcitysports.com/1112014-demonz-vs-watertown-fhl-hockey/