For Immediate Release:

December 3, 2016



Huntsville’s John Daniels records Hat Trick

ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs struck for three goals in the first period but allowed four unanswered goals and fell to the Huntsville Havoc, 6-3, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. Roanoke’s loss was its sixth in a row.

Things started well for the Dawgs as they found paydirt on the first shot of the game. Peter Gintoli carried the puck over the blue line on the right wing and fired a wrist shot low to the blocker side of Tyler Steel to make it 1-0.

Huntsville would quickly counter however when John Daniels took a pass from Tyler French and beat Ryan de Melo to tie the game at one. The Rail Yard Dawgs bounced back two minutes later while on the penalty kill. Jordan Wood lost the handle of the puck at center ice and Michael Turner scooped it up and was free for a breakaway. He carried the puck deep and wristed a shot past Steel’s catching glove to put Roanoke on top, 2-1.

The Havoc again answered, again with Daniels. Working in the offensive zone, Daniels weaved his way to the left wing and snapped a shot over de Melo’s right shoulder to tie the game at two.

Just 54 seconds later with Roanoke working on the power play, Tyler Gjurich moved the puck to Nick Schneider at the point. Schneider fired a slap shot that Jackson Brewer deflected and sent bouncing past Steel to again put the Dawgs on top. Brewer’s power play goal snapped the Rail Yard Dawgs 1-for-30 stretch on the power play over their last eight games.

But that was all the Dawgs would muster in the game as Huntsville scored the final four goals. Zach Carriveau tied the game at three late in the first period, then Jordan Wood and Lou Educate gave the Havoc a two-goal advantage with goals in the second.

Daniels wristed a shot into an empty net with 16 seconds remaining in the game to complete his Hat Trick and cement the Huntsville victory.

Schneider picked up a pair of assists and de Melo made 27 saves on 32 shots in the loss. Daniels’ Hat Trick was the second by a Rail Yard Dawgs opponent this season.

Roanoke fell to 4-8-2 thanks to its sixth straight loss and Huntsville improved to 12-4-0 with the win. The Rail Yard Dawgs will return to the ice on December 11 in Fayetteville against the FireAntz. The Sunday matinee is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM.