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January 1, 2016 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) News Release

Dashers Silence Demolition at New Home, Fallen Heroes Night 2-0

By Lee W. Mowen

DAYTON, OHIO - A new year, a new home, a great annual event, a new start to a new year. For the Danville Dashers, 2016 looks like their tremendous start from 2015 as they pick up a 2-0 win against the Dayton Demolition.

Dayton made their debut at the South Metro Sports complex in Centerville, on the opposite side of town. Both teams came up firing in the first, with Louie George and Matt Anthony both preserving shutouts after twenty minutes. The Demolition outshot Danville 11-9 after one.

Danville jumped ahead early in the second with a precise laser past George from A.J. Tesoriero (his tenth goal of the year.) Justin Levac and Justin Brausen helped on the cause for Danville's Game-Winning Goal, and both teams stayed that way until the 3rd Period. Dayton had several chances with Power-Plays, but Matt Anthony continued to come up with big saves in his crease.

Danville added the icing on the cake on their 18th victory on an Andrew Harrison Power-Play goal early in the third, with Aleh Shypitsyn assisting on the second goal on the night. That's all the book would foretell on the offensive side of things, as Danville won 2-0 over the host Dayton Demolition.

Justin Levac was credited with the Third Star honors with the assist, as Tesoriero won the 2nd star with the GWG. Matt Anthony turned in a shut-out performance with thirty-seven saves and the 1st Star of the game. Danville improved to 18-6 on the year, and 9-1 away from the David S. Palmer Arena. Dayton fell to 5-11-3 with a hard-fought tangle, also falling to 4-5-3 on home ice. Louie George tallied 27 saves on the loss.

Dayton will head back on the road on the 2nd day of 2016, as they tangle with the Danville Dashers once again. The Demolition will see the Dashers again at their next home game on January 21st.

Kubena Hat Trick Leads Berlin To Comeback Victory

By: Tommy Pecoraro

It was a night full of fireworks on this first day of Year 2016 A.D., and Berlin and Brewster continued to share fireworks of their own on the ice for tonight's game, with Berlin scoring 5 unanswered goals to win 7-3.

The game started with a fight, as Berlin started enforcer Nicholas Wright and Brewster responded by starting Joe Cannan, their own tough guy with similar large size and equal toughness. It was also time for Wright to answer the bell after exiting the ice the meeting prior after engaging in a fight and leaving with a Tie Domi style championship belt signal to the bench, which Brewster did not forget. The two dropped gloves in a very intense battle, with Wright taking the worst of it, being bloodied up in the process. With that out of the way, hockey would start, and Berlin struck first on the power play as Pavel Kubena made it 1-0 before Brewster tied the game on a power play goal of their own from Mike Zanella. The Bulldogs would score first in the 2nd on a goal by Dustin Jesseau, his first Bulldogs goal in his 1st game since coming over from Danbury. 13 minutes into the period a collision between benches would spark the night's second fight, between Sean Maktaak and Matias Simontaival. The River Drivers would gain momentum from the fight as Troy Polino would score the equalizer less than 2 minutes later. Dustin Jesseau gave Brewster their final lead of the night less than 2 minutes after the Polino goal and things soon after fell apart for Brewster. With a 3-2 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd period, Berlin struck twice, Stathis Soumelidis with 1:27 to go, and then Matias Simontaival with 57 seconds to go. The Bulldogs could not recover despite heavily outplaying Berlin in the first 2 periods. Pavel Kubena would score on a turnover in the Bulldogs zone to make it 5-3 8 minutes into the 3rd. Then a defensive lapse left Jiri Pestuka all alone for a breakaway 2 minutes later, he would bury the puck to make it 6-3, and finally on a late power play, Pavel Kubena scored on the doorstep for the extra point and the hat trick to make it 7-3.

For Brewster, Dustin Jesseau had two goals, Mike Zanella had a goal, and Cory Giroux had 2 assists. Jeromy Semtner stopped 18 of 25 shots for the loss. For Berlin, Pavel Kubena had 3 goals and an assist, Troy Polino had a goal and 2 assists, Jiri Pestuka and Stathis Soumelidis had a goal and assist each, Matias Simontaival had a goal, Donald Olivieri, Andre Niec, Curtis Warren and Steven Gallo had 2 assists each. Valery Pronin stopped 65 of 68 shots for the victory.

Berlin returns home tomorrow to take on the Danbury Titans, who were not in action tonight, but defeated 3-2 two nights ago. The Bulldogs hit the road tonight to play the Port Huron Prowlers tomorrow night, who also did not play tonight but beat Brewster 5-1 in their last meeting, also two nights ago. Paid attendance for tonight's game was 175.

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