April 7, 2017 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) - Danville Dashers
The Watertown Wolves took on the Danville Dashers in the first game of the Federal Hockey League semi-finals at the Watertown Municipal Arena Thursday night. The Wolves came into the playoffs in the fourth seed and the Dashers finished the regular season at the top of the Federal Hockey league series. The winner of the 3-game series will advance to the Championship series against the winner of the contest between the Berlin River Drivers and the Danbury Titans.
The Wolves fans were excited to see the return of Mark Petaccio to their starting line-up. Prior to being loaned to the Evansville Thunderbolts in the Southern Professional Hockey League, Petaccio was the Federal Hockey League's leading goal scorer.
The Wolves successfully killed two penalties earned by Kyllian Kirkwood and Kyle Powell respectively. Kirkwood was charged with delay of game and Powell earned his time in the box for hooking. The Wolves came up on the power play they received from Easton Oliver's tripping penalty. The Dashers got the first goal of the night on Brian Soskin's pass to Darius Cole.
Danville accumulated three penalties in the second period from Brian Soskin and Marc Thompson for high sticking and Brad Denney's was an interference. The Wolves tied the game up with just three minutes left in the period on a play where Justin Apcar-Blaszak and Brett Liscomb got the puck to Mark Petaccio for the goal.
The Dashers came back in the third with two goals from Justin Levac and Gehrett Sargis to beat out the Wolves 3-1.
The three stars of the game went to Danville's Justin Levac, Brian Soskin, and Watertown's Mark Petaccio. The Wolves travel to Danville for games 2 and (if needed) 3. Those games will be played on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday April 9th at the David Palmer Arena.
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