Dayton Nails Road Wins at Danbury, Berlin
Dayton, OH - The Dayton club is on a hot streak in pursuit of the last playoff spot available, while having to tackle the Danbury Titans and the Berlin River Drivers on the road. Dayton comes out victorious on the weekend with a 4-3 win at Danbury and a 10-3 triumph in New Hampshire. Louie George and Jo St. Pierre combined for 80 saves in two games with two road wins.
After a 7-2 win at home versus Port Huron, Dayton took the long trip to Connecticut to mangle with the Titans one final time in the regular season. Things started off well for the home Titan team with Aaron Atwell's goal at the 9:09 mark of the first period with assists from former Dayton forward Mike Henderson and Razmuz Waxin-Engback. After the Danbury goal, Dayton went on to score four unasnwered tallies in the game on Danbury starter Nikita Ivandikov, starting with Robert Vanwynsberghe's goal at the 13:05 mark with one assist from Michael Dolman. Dayton took the lead for good with Brad Townsend scoring from Myles McCauley at the 18:21 of the opening period, giving the Dayton crew a 2-1 lead after the first.
In the second period, Dayton got the lone goal on a Jacques Lamoureux shot, with Dolman and Vanwynsberghe assisting at the 3:48 mark. Louie George stood strong against Danbury's 24 shots in the first forty minutes, only allowing the Atwell tally.
In the third, Dayton put up one more goal, which turned out to be the game winner. At 2:53, Martin Uhnak scores from Dolman and Vanwynsberghe assisting, giving Dayton a 4-1 advantage. Danbury could muster out two goals in another third period comeback, with Mike Henderson and Tyler Gjurich finding the back of the net from two John Scorcia assists and one each from Gjurich and Brett Liscomb. In the end, George kept the Titans at bay for his eighth win of the season with 36 saves under the belt.
On Saturday, Dayton made the trip up north to Berlin, New Hampshire to wrestle with the River Drivers. Another former Dayton member found the back of the net early on in the first, with Chris Wilcox zipping one past Jo St. Pierre from Chad O'Brien and Nicholas Wright at the 2:36 mark. From that point on, Dayton put up the next four goals before Berlin scored again. Myles McCauley tied the game up at 1-1 at the 4:48 mark past Berlin starter Ryan Donovan, with the assists belonging to Patrick Harrison and Brad Townsend. At the 13:44 mark with the score still tied, it was Martin Uhnak scoring to put the Dayton crew up for good, with Michael Dolman and McCauley helping out for the second. Dayton's other two goals would have to wait until the second period, with both teams off the ice after twenty minutes.
In the second frame, Jacques Lamoureux scored unassisted at the 3:22 mark, with Patrick Harrison tallying his first goal on the year with Eric Witzel providing the lone helping hand. Wilcox got on the board again for the host River Drivers to cut the deficit down to 4-2, only for Dayton to score two more unasnwered. Michael Dolman scored forty seconds after Wilcox's second goal and Cory Giroux tallies his first goal of the game at the 12:55 mark. With Giroux's goal and Dayton's sixth, Ryan Donovan was pulled for Andrew Gedert. Berlin got one more goal squeezed past Jo St. Pierre at the 16:38 mark from Pavel Kubena with Wilcox and Phil Lux assisting. Dolman registered his second of the period at the 19:16 mark, with Martin Uhnak assisting again and Robert Vanwynsberghe helping along. Dayton lead 7-3 after two.
In the third period, Dayton scratched three more goals against relief goalie Gedert. Cory Giroux scored his second of the gme at the 3:00 mark, with Witzel and Harrison assisting. Lamoureux also tallied his second at the 3:28 mark, with Giroux and Witzel helping out. Uhnak got the last lighting of the lamp, with Vanwynsberghe and Dolman connecting ahead. Berlin had no answers against St. Pierre in the final fame of regulation, giving Dayton a 10-3 victory in their final matchup of the regular season. With the 10 goals, Dayton broke their previous mark for most goals in a game at 8, back on December 5th vs. Brewster. Jo St. Pierre picked up his eighth win of the year with 44 saves.
With the two road wins, Dayton's record improved to 21-26-5 and the winning percentage rose up to 41%, 5.7% better than fifth-place Berlin and Brewster's 35.3%. The Dayton crew have two more home games and one last road trip to Port Huron before the playoffs begin, with the next home game on Thursday, March 31st vs. the Danville Dashers at 7:30. For tickets, broadcasting links, and event information, visit DaytonProHockey.com!
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