Photo Credit:  Chris Rutsch
Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch

The 2014-15 season is officially complete in Hartford.  Last night, they were defeated by the Manchester Monarchs, 3-1 in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals.  They were tired.  The Monarchs are the best team of the league, and the Pack gave them a fight.  Ryan Haggerty recorded the lone tally.  Yann Danis stopped 28 out of 31 shots in net.

I’m still proud of this group!  They played well for majority of the season.  They accomplished a lot and went far.  They will learn from this series.  The next regular season game will start at home!  Save the date, October 10th will be opening night!

Throughout the off-season here, I will give updates on contacts and players.

Game Recap

The Monarchs stormed in quickly.  Only 3:13 in and it was shot past Yann Danis.  It was not the start that the Pack were looking for.  They still had troubles on defense, but had more offensive zone pressure.  The second was the best frame of the night despite the Monarchs registering two goals.  This time, 1:23 in, Ryan Haggerty tapped it in from a crash the crease type of play.  Oscar Lindberg and Carl Klingberg recorded the assists.  The Pack raised their game and gave the Monarchs trouble.  Despite this, the Monarchs found a way to get it back at the 6:18 mark as they crashed the net as well.  The rest of the frame was scoreless but it was nonstop physical back and forth action.  A huge third was coming up.  The Pack ran out of gas.  They were tired and could not do anything to tie it up again.  At the 8:10 mark the Monarchs put a dagger in the heart as they converted on a wrist shot to make it 3-1 Manchester.  Time was ticking and it was tough to regroup from a two goal deficit.  They tried, they fought back, they did everything possible with the remaining minutes.

Final Thoughts

They had a great post-season run.  They had exciting games against the Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears.

Ricky’s 3 Stars

  1. Ryan Haggerty
  2. Yann Danis
  3. Oscar Lindberg

Game Notes

  • Justin Vaive missed majority of the playoffs due to an injury.
  • They only had one power play.
  • The penalty kill went three for three.