Photo Credit: Mandy (Stat19)

The Wolf Pack dropped a wild 6-4 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight in Allentown, PA.  They came up short at the end.  Brandon Halverson stopped 21 of 27 shots in net, recording the loss.  Justin Fontaine, Robin Kovacs, Marek Hrivk, and Steven Fogarty recorded tallies.  Hartford finishes the weekend tomorrow night at home against Springfield.

Game Recap

The first twenty was a seesaw battle.  The first half of the game was solid for Hartford.  Then the game went downhill.  The Pack were firing shots early on and had tremendous chances.  Justin Fontaine capitalized on a great pass by Steven Kampfer to give Hartford a 1-0 lead, 3:01 in.  He had a quick wrist shot release.  Chris Brown recorded the secondary assist.  At one point, the Pack were out shooting the Phantoms seven to nothing.  Then the group began to take nonstop penalties.  They had four penalty kills, but one bit them.  At 7:18 on the double minor penalty to Steven Fogarty, the Phantoms converted on the power play to tie the game at one.  Brandon Halverson misplayed the puck and it ended up in the net.  Lehigh Valley was buzzing and the Pack were hemmed.  At 13:12, the Phantoms extended their lead to 2-1.  Lehigh Valley was rewarded after many chances.  Brandon Halverson was doing his best in net, giving Hartford a chance in the game.  He had a few great saves throughout the frame.  The Phantoms had the upper advantage towards the late stages.  After twenty, the Pack had to make adjustments.  Shots favored Lehigh Valley 11-8.

The second had good back and forth action between both clubs.  Hartford came back to tie, but still fell short after forty.  The Phantoms early on converted on a chance to make it 3-1 Phantoms at 2:03.  Then a short time later at 3:05 the Pack converted on a tally to make it a one goal game.  Robin Kovacs recorded his second goal of the year as he was near the net and tapped it in.  Malte Stromwall and Steven Kampfer recorded the assists.  Then the scoring calmed down a bit.  Hartford had two power plays but was unable to convert on them.  The Pack generated chances, along with Lehigh.  Shots wise it was even in the frame.  Brandon Halverson stood tall when needed.  Then at 9:29, Marek Hrivik tapped in his goal to tie the game at three, a similar play that Hartford done earlier.  Chris Brown and Justin Fontaine recorded the assists.  All was good now.  The Phantoms began to surge again.  At 14:15, Lehigh Valley retook the lead, 4-3 as they had a pretty play as the defense broke down.  Then a short time later at 16:05 after Hartford pressures the Phantoms, Lehigh Valley extended their lead by two, 5-3 on a breakaway chance.  The rest of the frame was scoreless but the Pack were hemmed in their end too much.  The Phantoms also had a penalty shot but could not convert.  Shots favored Lehigh Valley 22-20.

The third was wild as the Pack made it close once again, but they fell short.  The frame became to turn physical as well.  Early on Hartford was pressuring.  They came out surging, fire shots nonstop.  They finally got one in after many quality chances.  At 5:47, Steven Fogarty tapped it in to make it 5-4, a one goal deficit.  Matt Bodie and Adam Chapie recorded the assists.  The Pack at one point had a seventeen to nothing shots advantage in the frame.  The Phantoms held together their lead.  As the game turned physical, the Phantoms upped their game.  At 10:41, the Phantoms notched a power play goal to make it 6-4 Lehigh Valley.  The rest of the frame was scoreless.  Hartford continued to generate chances, but they were unable to do much.  After sixty, Hartford dropped the game.  Shots favored Hartford 44-27.

Final Thoughts

They were undisciplined which cost them the game.  The defense could not get the job done.  It was a wild game.  The offense showed up, but not the defense.  Brandon Halverson did his best, but it was not his best effort.  They had to adjust, which they tried to.  Now onto the next game.

The Pack finish the weekend tomorrow evening as they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at 5 pm.

Ricky’s  Stars

  1. Chris Brown
  2. Steven Kampfer
  3. Justin Fontaine

Game Notes

  • Steven Kampfer, Justin Fontaine, and Chris Brown had two point games.  Justin Fontiane had one goal and one assist.  Chris Brown recorded two assists plus a fight.  Steven Kampfer recorded just two assists.
  • The power play had four opportunities but could not convert on any.
  • The penalty kill was on display six times.  They were successful in four of six.
  • Injured scratches: Michael Paliotta, & Cristoval Nieves.
  • Healthy scratches: Garrett Noonan.