Demolition Outlast Dashers for 7-6 OT Victory
DAYTON, OHIO - The Dayton Demolition started the game off great and finished with a 7-6 overtime victory over the Danville Dashers. With the numerous events happened in the past weeks, new faces, and a return to the home that the Wampler's built, Dayton was ready tonight.
The Demolition began the scoring at the 3:52 mark, off a Chad Bennett blast over Dalton McGrath's shoulders. The first goal was the catalyst for Dayton's offensive burst tonight, with Chad Bennett picking up his first goal on the year and first points with the Demolition. Bennett's tally was assisted by Scott Kozlak. Danville answered back nearly three minutes later, on a Marcus Mitchell goal from Brent Clarke and Andrew Harrison. Mitchell's first with Danville was a Power Play goal, tying the game up for the first time.
Dayton closed out the 1st Period on two Scott Kozlak scores. His first goal had some help from Ryan Timar and Chad Bennett, coming with 4:26 to play in the first. Kozlak's second was with 1:32 to go in the opening period, with Bennett and Danny Carter assisting. Dayton's fans and team was happy with the 3-1 lead after one, but the game marches on.
The Demolition scored twice more on Dalton McGrath before his night came to a close early, with a Derrick Schwartz and Mike Henderson tip. Schwartz scored at 4:13 of the 2nd Period, with Jacques Lamoureux and Carter dishes. Henderson's one-timer buried its way home from Carter and Bennett set-ups, chasing McGrath out of the net. Enter Matt Anthony.
With 11:16 to go in the 2nd, Anthony and the Dashers chewed out a little of the four-goal deficit. Four unanswered goals would hit the twine against Brent Troyan. Danville's first goal was a Short-hander from a rushing Scott Morongell (his third goal on the year), with some crisp passing from Ray Tremblay and Justin Levac with 9:34 to go. Ninety seconds later, Danville's Rock Einersen races out of the penalty box to cut the lead down to two (with more Tremblay directing.) Over a minute later, Danville cut the hole down to one with Aleh Shypitsyn between the points (from Tremblay and Morongell.) The lead stayed put for Dayton, until the last minute of the 2nd, where the Dashers overcame a four-goal lap. Justin Brausen's 26th goal of the year came at the right time, with Brent Clarke and Morongell working hard to make this a new game. After two, the score was knotted up at 5-5.
The goal flurries settled down in the 3rd, with Martin Uhnak scoring a crucial goal for Dayton halfway through. Uhnak (10th goal of the year) and Harry Mahesh worked together to get their first goal on the night over Matt Anthony. While the Demolition kept a hungry Dasher team at bay, Justin Levac slips on through with a high-goal to tie things at 6-6 in the last minute of regulation (Shypitsyn with the lone assist on Danville's sixth goal.) Overtime was needed tonight.
The last time Danville and Dayton got together at Hara, the Dashers came away with a 2-1 OT win from Justin Brausen. Tonight, the Wrecking Crew got their turn.
Halfway through the overtime frame, Brian Marks and Chad Bennett found Harry Mahesh, who found the back of the net to sound the goal horns and the send the fans home happy. Dayton won 7-6 in OT in their first game back at Hara since December 20th.
With the win, Dayton improves to 6-15-3 on the season, snapping an eight-game losing streak. Danville's record dropped to 23-7-2, 12-2-2 away from the David S. Palmer Arena.
Danny Carter was awarded the third star with his three-assist night. Newcomer Scott Kozlak was the #2 star tonight for his two-goal, one-assist game. Chad Bennett, with his impact on tonight's game with three assists and one goal, won the first star.
Dayton hosts Danville again this upcoming Sunday at 5:00, back at Hara Arena. For more information, visit demolitionhockey.com.
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