Dashers Game Recap: March 8th vs Mentor
The Danville Dashers took down the Mentor Ice Breakers in an overtime thriller between the league’s bottom two teams. Digging themselves out of a 3-0 hole, the Dashers scored four straight goals to grow the gap between themselves and the last-placed Ice Breakers.
The game was an absolute thriller, and was tense from the start, with both teams exchanging breakaway opportunities, but seeing Mentor take a majority of the shots thanks to speedy offensive play. At 15’ into the first period Mentor’s Vaugh Clouston scored on assists from Mark Essery and Parker Moskal, with some nice passing that led to the game’s opening goal after the teams exchanged power plays.
Just two minutes later Mentor increased their lead as Parker Moskal, who assisted on the first goal of the night, found the back of the net on an even strength goal thanks to some beautiful passing in front of Matt Kaludis’ net, which left the Dasher goalkeeper unable to defend the shot from the slot.
Mentor had many offensive opportunities, piling up a massive thirty shots between the first two periods, compared to Danville who had just 21. Mentor’s third and final goal of the game came from the speedy winger Brett Oldaker, who scored on the power play as Matt Kaludis was unable to hold onto the puck as it bared down on his net. Thomas Devesvre and Tommy Mahoney combined for the assists on that goal.
Danville struck back with nearly the full second period gone as they scored on a short-handed opportunity with Patrik Zilak and Daniel Martin finding a streaking Dasher captain in Dustin Henning who, just after passing over the offensive blue line, fired home a slapshot past John Sellie-Hanson. The Dasher captain lit the spark that would eventually power the Dashers to their second home overtime win of the season.
It took three more goals before that point, however, the first of which came from a Fred Hein shot in the slot which was fed by a beauty of a pass from Taylor Cutting, who saw Hein open to Sellie-Hanson’s left, and found the back of the net to cut the lead to one.
It was Taylor Cutting who became the hero of the Dasher faithful, and the bearer of bad news to Ice Breaker fans, as he fired home a slapshot on an assist from Fred Hein and Jared Henderson to tie the game with just 41 seconds left in the third period. The Ice Breaker lead went from 3 to 0 as the Dashers went on the attack, and Danville never looked back.
Other than a Matt Kaludis save on Steven Fowler, in which he stretched out his blocker to close a gap on his left post, the Dashers took control of the overtime 3-on-3 period. It was Brandon Contratto, who had hit the post with just 4 seconds left in regulation on an otherwise open shot on goal, who fired home the winning goal for the Dashers in overtime on an assist from Daniel Martin.
The Dashers won the game, with Taylor Cutting, Fred Hein, and Brandon Contratto taking home the third, second, and first stars on the night. Matt Kaludis and John Sellie-Hanson also had standout nights, blocking 37 shots and 33 shots, respectively.
The two teams square off again tomorrow night on Breast Cancer Awareness night at the David S. Palmer Arena, for the second game of the three-game weekend series, the finale of which will be played in Mentor on Sunday.
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