Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
The Pack finish their three games in three days this afternoon as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Providence Bruins. Hartford has given up 256 goals in 70 games. They have tied a franchise record of most goals given up in a season with six games left in the season. Malte Stromwall recorded the lone tally in the contest. Chris Nell played his second pro game stopping 36 of 40 shots. This was his second straight game with Hartford as he debuted last night. Despite being a rookie, he played solid enough with lack of help from defense.
The first twenty was scoreless. Both clubs were playing their third game in three days which caused some sloppy hockey. The Pack struggled with puck control early on as the Bruins had it for most of the time. They generated chances. As the game went, Hartford began to generate chances and create plays. There was back and forth of chances. Chris Nell kept it calm in net and handled the Bruins well. Hartford had a few close chances but did not convert due to a save by the Bruins goalie or the shot missed the net. The Bruins thought they scored on their power play but it was overturned. The game was even so far. Shots favored Providence 13-11.
The second was deflating for the club as Hartford gave up three straight to Providence. The group began to break down on defense and was not efficient on the penalty kill. At 4:57 the Bruins converted on a Wolf Pack defensive collapse to make it 1-0 Providence. The Bruins began to surge and continued to pressure Hartford. Chris Nell was busy in net and was doing his best despite his team struggling. At 8:35 the penalties finally bit Hartford. A power play goal was converted to extend the Bruins lead to 2-0. Afterwards the Pack was not doing much as they were sloppy and fatigued. The Bruins had solid control of the frame and generated significant chances. Hartford was unable to convert on their chances and began to taper off. Most of the action seemed to be in Hartford’s own end. Then late in the frame at 19:16 the Bruins extended their lead to 3-0 on another power play goal. Just like that they were down by three. Shots in the frame favored Providence 16-7 and in two periods a total of 30-18 Bruins.
The third was quieter but Hartford was unable to do much. The Bruins continued their dominance early in the frame. Providence extended their lead to 4-0 at 5:56. Hartford had a few chances but the quality was decent. They were looking sluggish. Providence was as well but they followed up their chances. Chris Nell continued to face solid chances but held well. Time was running low and the Pack were skating the time away. Then under a minute left in the game at 19:15, Malte Stromwall broke the shutout bin for Providence to make it 4-1. Steven Fogarty recorded the lone assist. After all said and done Hartford fell 4-1. Shots favored Providence 40-24.
Everything what Hartford was not done well. The penalty kill was poor along with poor defensive decisions. A combination of those two caused today’s loss. Providence was too dominant for Hartford to handle.
The Pack return home for the final time of the 2016-2017 season as they have two home games remaining. They play those two on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday at 7:15 pm the Springfield Thunderbirds visit.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Chris Nell
- Malte Stromwall
- Steven Fogarty
- Injured scratches: Cristoval Nieves, & Michael Paliotta.
- Healthy scratches: Brandon Halverson, & Robin Kovacs.
- The penalty kill gave up two goals in four chances.
- The power play did not convert in three of their chances.
- Chris Nell was in net for his second straight game, his second game all time with Hartford as well. This was also his second straight game in the pros. He had a good effort in both games.
- Nicklas Jensen‘s point streak was snapped.
- Vince Pedrie led a team high in shots of four.