Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
The Wolf Pack have now won two straight games in regulation at home! They also recorded points in the last three games. Tonight the Wolf Pack pulled out a 4-3 victory against the Utica Comets. After a slow start, the group played a well-rounded game. Brandon Halverson earns the win in net, stopping 33 of 36 shots. Steven Kampfer and Nicklas Jensen recorded tallies for the group. Justin Fontaine notched two goals. The Pack had a well-balanced game on offense, defense, and goaltending. They definitely played to their potential.
The Pack had good chances early on. Then one bad break happens which caused them to go down, 1-0, 3:33 in. The Comets had a partial breakaway and buried the chance. There was good back and forth action. The physical play picked up early on as well. Hartford continued to generate chances along with Utica. There was no change in score for a while. It was a bit sloppy as well. Then at 15:46, Steven Kampfer had a blast from the blue line to tie the game at one on the power play. Chris Brown and John Gilmour recorded the assists. After twenty, it was even. Shots favored Hartford 13-12.
The second was sloppy as well, but the action picked up and Hartford converted on chances. The Comets had an early goal again, this time on the power play at 3:27 to retake the lead, 2-1. The Pack shook it off and kept generating solid chances. The Comets were pressuring Hartford often. Brandon Halverson was playing well in net, making terrific saves and kept them in. At 11:03, Nicklas Jensen tied the game at two with a pretty shot, top shelf. Marek Hrivik and John Gilmour recorded the assists. Then a short time later, 14 minutes into the period, Justin Fontaine buried on a fantastic opportunity to give Hartford a 3-2 lead. Marek Hrivik and John Gilmour recorded the assists. The momentum swung to Hartford’s side. They were buzzing. They hit post a couple of times. They were less sloppy as the game passed. The Comets were simply throwing pucks on net. After sixty, Hartford was up by one. Shots favored Utica 25-18.
The third was played well defensively and the Pack did not budge. Hartford continued to generate great chances. They came close as they continued to hit post, which was a common theme the entire night. Then at 6:15, Justin Fontaine did it again as he notched his second goal of the night to extend the lead to 4-2. Marek Hrivik recorded the lone assist. The Comets began to pressure Hartford in surges. Brandon Halverson and the defense was impressive. They blocked shots, pucks were saved, and nothing easy was given to Utica. Hartford kept it simple and had good puck control when needed. Then late in the game the Comets poured it in. Hartford could not get out of the zone, but Utica was not get anything easy. The Pack made it Hartford for Utica to set up or get any easy shots. After a lengthy time in the zone, the Comets finally got one at 19:47 to make it 4-3 Hartford. The rest of the frame was scoreless with a regulation win! Shots favored Utica 36-24.
The Pack had a well-played game. The offense had terrific chances. The defense was getting it done. Brandon Halverson had a few saves of the game. They played to their potential and produced a regulation win. They seemed to find a spark. Two straight wins in regulation, at home. That is a step in the right direction! The team played great. Hopefully they can continue this push tomorrow.
Hartford has one more home game left before they go on a four game road trip. They take on the Rochester Americans at 7:30 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Justin Fontaine
- Marek Hrivik
- John Gilmour
- Chris Brown recorded one assist. He had a great game on defense. Unfortunately he did not return after a fight with a Comets player. He was in a bit of pain afterwards.
- John Gilmour was great on defense. He had a few blocked shots and had a great offensive game. He recorded three assists and was a +2.
- Marek Hrivik had a great offensive game as well. He had nice passes and shots. Despite no goals, he recorded three assists and was a +1.
- Justin Fontaine recorded two goals.
- Robin Kovacs had a hard-working game. He won a few puck battles and tried to generate a few plays.
- The overall team effort was great. Everyone did their job and contributed to the win in either offensively or defensively. Brandon Halverson had a strong outing as well.
- Healthy scratches: None.
- Injured scratches: Malte Stromwall, Michael Paliotta, Cristoval Nieves, Adam Chapie, & Tommy Hughes.