Demolition Defeat Berlin 7-4 on Vanwynsberghe's Home Return
DAYTON, OHIO - On Robert Vanwynesberghe's return to Dayton and Eric Witzel's first game as a member of the Demolition, the home team went to work on a solid Berlin River Drivers team that brought an eight-game winning streak to town.
Dayton scored twice in the first against Ryan Donovan, with Scott Kozlak and Martin Uhnak providing the offensive power. At the 8:22 mark, Kozlak notched his 12th goal of the year on re-routes from Martin Uhnak and Brian Marks. Nearly three minutes after the Demolition scored, Marks received a Michael Dolman pass and bounced one home past Donovan. Dayton led 2-0 while being outshot by the undermanned River Drivers squad 16-12.
Berlin came to work in the 2nd Period, out-scoring Dayton 4-2 and out-shooting the Wrecking Crew 20-10. The River Drivers got on the board at the 3:35 clip from Curtis Warren's first on the night. Jay Croop and Tom Tracy helped Warren score past Jo St. Pierre for the first time this Thursday Night. Berlin tied the game up on Dayton's first Power Play, with the River Drivers' 14th Short-Handed goal of the year. On a breakaway, Berlin's Brantley Sherwood received a saucer from Jiri Pestuka to deliver the tying goal at the 8:02 mark.
Dayton went back to work to tie it up at the 9:09 mark of the 2nd, with Robert Vanwynsberghe scoring his first Demolition goal and his seventh of the year. Vanwynesberghe's first of the night was led with Dolman and Jesse Felten driving up to the attacking zone, giving the home team another lead at 3-2. Berlin then scored the next two tallies from Warren and Pestuka. At the 11:22 mark, Warren squared the game away at 3-3 from Pestuka and Kubena assists. Pestuka gave the River Drivers their first lead of the night on a flurry up the middle, with Brantley Sherwood help steering the puck at the 14:21 mark. Things quieted down offensively until the last minute, when Uhnak ties the game up on a Power Play from Jacques Lamoureux at the 19:29 mark. Both teams came back to the locker rooms locked at 4-4.
Dayton scored three goals in the third to send the fans home happy, with Michael Dolman's goal occurring at the 5:00 mark of the 3rd. Dolman scored the Game Winner with some help from Felten and Ryan Timar. Over three minutes from the deciding goal, Jacques Lamoureux scored on a defensive tip into the net, giving Dayton their second Power Play goal on the night. At the 8:13 point, Lamoureux's goal was directed by Vanwynsberghe's first Daytonian assist and Scott Kozlak's second point on the night. Lastly on the offensive recap, Vanwynsberghe scored an Empty-Netter goal at the 19:18 mark from Eric Witzel's first Dayton point to seal the victory for the Wrecking Crew. The Demolition knocked off the Berlin River Drivers 7-4.
With the win, Dayton improved to 12-23-3 on the season and tied the season series record up at 3-3. Berlin fell to 8-1 in the month of February and 17-17-4 overall. The Demolition also improved their home record to 9-9-2 in the Gem City.
Jacques Lamoureux was the 3rd star tonight with a goal and an assist, followed with Michael Dolman's one goal/two assist night. Robert Vanwynsberghe, on his home return to Dayton since being a member of the Demonz, was the 1st Star of the match with two goals and an assist. Jo St. Pierre turned in a 39 save performance for his second win in Dayton.
Dayton will hit the road this Saturday and Sunday at Danville before returning home on March 4th to face the Port Huron Prowlers. For tickets, deals, and broadcasting information, visit demolitionhockey.com.
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