The Eastern Professional Hockey League had its first games this Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. The Danbury Mad Hatters had their UNO Chicago Bar and Grill Opening Night in Danbury, CT in front of a raucous crowd of 1,891.
The Hatters came out flying as Dan Hickman scored the first goal in Danbury Mad Hatters' history. It was on the power play from Duane Whitehead and Igor Karlov. Less than one minute later, former New York Ranger, Billy Tibbetts, made it 2-0 on another power play. Duane Whitehead scored in the second period to give the Hatters a three-goal lead.
Hudson Valley got on the board as Eric Lind and Ryan Hughes got the Bears within a goal. Eric Lind got his second of the night to tie the game, and the Bears took over the game. Tom Westfall scored, and Brett Aimone scored less than 20 seconds later.
Penalties called on Hudson Valley put them on their heels, including a five-minute power play for Danbury. Obi Aduba scored just over seven minutes into the third, putting the Hatters within one. But, they couldn't tie it up. The Bears' goaltender, Ryan Hull, stopped 44 of 48 shots.
The Danbury Mad Hatters' next game is Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 pm. They will host the Brooklyn Aces at the Danbury Ice Arena.
Tickets are available online at www.madhattershockey.com, or at the Danbury Ice Arena box office.