Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch

Two words: PAVEL BUCHNEVICH!  The Wolf Pack win a wild tonight in overtime 4-3 against the Springfield Thunderbirds to win two straight!  Pavel Buchnevich had a strong offensive game and looked noticeable in every shift.  He recorded three points, including the game winning goal on the power play in overtime.  Brandon Halverson gets the win in net stopping 26 of 29 shots.  Steven Kampfer and Nicklas Jensen also had a great night on the stat sheet.  Pavel Buchnevich (2), Dan Catenacci, & Matt Carey recorded tallies for Hartford.  After a few moves for the Pack, they look solid.  The next game is against the tough Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday at 3pm in Hartford.

Game Recap

The first twenty was even for the most part.  Hartford had the advantage after tying the game.  At 4:51, the Thunderbirds converted on a shot to grab a 1-0 lead.  Shortly after at 5:24, Matt Carey converted on a juicy rebound to tie the game at one.  Steven Kampfer and Adam Tambellini recorded the assists.  The rest of the frame was scoreless.  The Pack came close but could not convert.  The Thunderbirds also had a few chances as well.  After all said in done and the first, it settled in a tie.  Shots favored Hartford 14-8.

The second unchanged the score.  Early on Springfield had the better opportunities and Brandon Halverson came up strong in a few close chances.  Then as time went, the Pack began to generate chances.  They came close as well.  The power play had opportunities but could not convert.  They moved the puck quite well with a few they already had.  After good back and forth pace, the period ends with Hartford leading in shots 25-16.

The third began the offensive show and wildness.  The Pack had the early spark early on.  At 1:49, Dan Catenacci, who recently joined Hartford through a trade, tapped in a shot to give Hartford a 2-1 lead.  Pavel Buchnevich set up the cross crease pass nicely.  Nicklas Jensen recorded the secondary assist.  The Pack began to buzz.  Then at 5:13, Pavel Buchnevich had a terrific pass from Nicklas Jensen to extend the lead to 3-1.  It was another cross crease setup.  Steven Kampfer recorded the secondary assist.  All was well early on.  The game began to turn rough.  The Thunderbirds began to push back.  They got one back at 7:00 to make it a one goal game, 3-2 Pack.  Then majority of the frame was scoreless.  The Pack had nifty chances to extend the lead again.  The Thunderbirds came close as well.  They had chances on the power play.  As time was running low, the Thunderbirds pushed more and more.  Sure enough they tied the game at 19:40, new game, tied at three.  Hartford was unable to clear the puck.  After sixty, overtime it is.  Shots favored Hartford 34-28.

Overtime favored Hartford heavily.  Marek Hrivik, Pavel Buchnevich, and Nicklas Jensen all had terrific chances but were stopped by Springfield’s goalie.  Then late in overtime the Pack received a power play.  It was their opportunity to end it.  They did!  At 4:43 after the Pack moved the puck around, Pavel Buchnevich ended it with a top shelf goal to give Hartford a 4-3 overtime win on the power play!!!  Adam Tambellini and Steven Kampfer recorded the assists.  Shots favored Hartford 38-29.

Final Thoughts

The offense showed up.  The defense did to a certain extent, but they at least got the job done.  The Pack seemed a bit different since their trades.  They looked energized, focused, and seemed to be playing with urgency.  They did had a few mistakes, but overall they did better than I thought.  They had a chance to win and they did.  They had lots of positive momentum in the third and overtime.  Well done to finish the Thunderbirds despite blowing the lead.

The tougher task comes on Saturday afternoon as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms visit for a 3pm game on Military Appreciation Day & Mark Twain Bobblehead Day.

Ricky’s 3 Stars

  1. Pavel Buchnevich
  2. Nicklas Jensen
  3. Steven Kampfer

Game Notes

  • Healthy scratches: Spiro Golakos, Tommy Thompson, Taylor Beck (Did not arrive in time for the game), & Adam Chapie.
  • Injured scratches: Cristoval Nieves, & Michael Paliotta.
  • Pavel Buchnevich had fire in his eyes.  He created chances early on and jelled with his line mates.  He was focused right from the first shift.  He produced solid points, recording two goals and one assist for three points.  He had five shots and they were close chances.  He had nice speed and was never out of sync.  Amazing game.  He was the reason Hartford won the game.
  • Nicklas Jensen was also on fire when he was on a line with Pavel Buchnevich.  He recorded two assists and had six shots.  The chemistry was strong and it brought the best out of him.
  • Steven Kampfer was buzzing the entire night with good defense and produced offense on the score sheet.  He recorded three assists.
  • Adam Tambellini recorded two assists.  He was quiet for a few games as he is streaky.  He had more chances than normally.  He had a well positioned game and contributed.
  • Dan Catenacci had a well decent game overall.  He was adjusting but did had a few chances.  It was nice to see him get a goal.
  • The power play had five chances.  They converted once.
  • The penalty kill was perfect two for two.