Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
Despite a strong game by Hartford, they fell short tonight as they drop a 2-1 decision to the league leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They had the upper advantage for majority of the game. Unfortunately they had two costly errors that they could not recover from. Adam Tambellini recorded the lone Wolf Pack tally. Magnus Hellberg was in net as he stopped 25 of 27 shots. The group finish their weekend tomorrow afternoon in Bridgeport.
The first twenty was scoreless. Hartford was impressive when competing against a tough team. They generated plenty of scoring chances as they came close. They produced quality chances too. The Penguins goalie was busy in net as Hartford peppered them in shots. When the Penguins had opportunities it was limited. Magnus Hellberg was solid when the Penguins had the odd break. Shots favored Hartford 15-6.
The second was the roughest of the game. Both clubs traded quality chances. Unfortunately Hartford was unable to bury theirs while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did. The Penguins at 3:06 crashed the net and was rewarded as they went up by one. Then it was calm for a short time. The Pack continued to generate chances. The Penguins also did as well as both goalies were peppered with chances. Magnus Hellberg was busy in net. He came up huge when needed. The Pack continued to get close calls. The weakest part of the game was the power play with the man advantage. At 8:51 the Penguins extended their lead to 2-0 as a quick wrist shot beats the defense and Magnus Hellberg. The rest of the frame was scoreless. There was continual back and forth play. Both groups were coming close but missed chances. Shots favored Hartford 26-21.
The third started off interesting then it became close. Adam Tambellini scored from a bad angle shot fifteen seconds in the frame to make it a game. The Penguins lead was now one, 2-1. Dan Catenacci recorded the lone assist. It was more defensive sound for both clubs. The Pack had effort and tried to tie the game. They pushed themselves and worked hard. The Penguins were focused on defense as well giving Hartford a hard time to generate chances. Both clubs were effective on locking down their defensive zones. Time was running low and Hartford was down by one. After a while of back and forth action, Hartford was given a late power play at 17:36. It was a big opportunity for them. The power play improved but they could not get it together. They were sloppy and was unable to generate a solid chance or play. In the late seconds Hartford gave it their best. The horn sounded. They lost 2-1. Shots favored Hartford 35-27.
The power play struggled which was a deciding factor of the night. Hartford was given six opportunities. The defense also had two errors which they could not recover from. The Pack could not bury their chances. Considering the three factors they were going to lose a game despite a great effort. They had a quality game against a top team. I give them props for them catching the Penguins off guard and not get blown out.
The Pack finish their three games in three days as they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 3 pm.
Hartford is now on the road for four straight games. After that it is the off-season.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- The power play could not convert given six opportunities.
- The penalty kill was a perfect two for two.
- This was the closest game all series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. However Hartford is 0-8 in the season series.
- Healthy scratches: Brandon Halverson.
- Injured scratches: Michael Joly, & Cristoval Nieves.