Dashers Snap Elmira's Winning Streak
The Danville Dashers snapped a nine-game Elmira win-streak on Friday night at the David S. Palmer Arena as Danville snapped a losing streak of their own, stealing a win from the second-place Enforcers to open the Dasher homestand.
The Dashers and Enforcers were both held scoreless through the first period as both sides exchanged some sloppy turnovers, and neither could really get much going on the offensive end. Despite Alex Basey going to the penalty box with seven minutes left in the period, the Enforcers, who entered today's game fresh off a 7-1 win against the Mentor Ice Breakers last week, were held scoreless in the first. Despite thirty combined shots (17 for Elmira, and 13 for Danville) goaltenders Matt Kaludis and Troy Passingham held firm to end the period.
The second period started off fast as Danville's Justin Brausen scored with just thirty-four ticks of the clock off the on an assist from Brandon Contratto. It was just over a minute and a half later until Fred Hein found the back of the net to give the Dashers a 2-0 lead on an assist from Aaron Atwell, who returned for this weekend's games from a stint in the SPHL with the Peoria Rivermen.
The Enforcers found the back of the net for the first time four and a half minutes later as Ryan Alves and Alex Basey spent time in the penalty box for hooking and holding, respectively. On assists from Brent Clarke and Ahmed Mahfouz, Glen Patterson got the Enforcers on the board with a redirect from a Mahfouz pass that rocketed through the slot, leaving Kaludis with no opportunity to make the save.
Four minutes later was the fourth goal of the period as Kyle Stevens found the back of the net on even strength from an assist from Stepan Timofeyev with eleven minutes gone from the second period, knotting the game up at two goals for each side. The two teams increased their attacking prowess, as the goaltenders took a step backwards, each letting in two goals on 21 shots.
The third period promised an exciting finish between the two teams, who also went to overtime in their first game of the year. It was Danville that found the back of the net as Aaron Atwell got his second point of his return on a slapshot assisted by Brandon Contratto that beat Passingham five-hole and sent the Danville crowd into a frenzy and gave Danville the 3-2 advantage.
Fred Hein went to the box for slashing almost 30-seconds later as it only took ten seconds of the resulting power play for Elmira's Brent Clarke to fire home and even the score at 3-3. Stepan Timofeyev and Ahmed Mahfouz assisted on the goal that increased the already-growing tension between the two sides.
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