Photo Credit: Ricky Milliner
On Stick It To Cancer Night, the Wolf Pack pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory in front of nearly 11,000 fans! Hartford started slow, then began to get comfy and applied consistent offensive pressure. Philip McRae notched two goals while Matt Carey and Adam Tambellini recorded one. Brandon Halverson gets the win in net, stopping 20 of 23 shots. The Pack head into all-star break with a victory.
The start was not perfect, but Hartford fought back. Only forty-three seconds in, the Bruins scored a wraparound goal. Despite Hartford out shooting Providence, the Bruins had the upper edge early on. Then as the game went, the Pack began to generate offensive chances. They came close, but was unable to get it going. The Bruins had great offensive zone time and play. Then late in the frame at 18:39, Philip McRae notched his first goal of the night as the Pack crashed the net and it slides in to tie the game at one. Matt Bodie and Garrett Noonan recorded the assists. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Shots favored Hartford 8-4.
The second favored the Pack most. Hartford was pouring it on with shots and nearly converted on their opportunities. They continued to generate a three on two or a two on one. They were unable to bury anything it seemed. The Bruins had a few chances as well, but Brandon Halverson made terrific saves, along with the Bruins goaltender. There was good back and forth action. The puck was on net often. There was no change in score until late in the frame. At 16:20, the Bruins recorded a power play goal to take a 2-1 lead. A long shot from the blue line beat Brandon Halverson. Then a short time later, Matt Carey tapped it in after a crash the net play by Hartford to tie the game at 17:37, 2-2. Adam Tambellini and Spiro Goulakos recorded the assists. After two periods of play, Hartford was out performing the Bruins. They had to figure out how to grab a lead. Shots favored Hartford 23-12.
The third was close, but the Pack grabbed control of the game early on, then buckled down on defense. Hartford came out flying. They were rewarded early on. At 3:31, Philip McRae earned his second goal of the game to give the Pack a 3-2 lead. Ryan Graves and Chris Summers recorded the assists. Then at 5:36, a laser beam shot by Adam Tambellini extended the lead to 4-2. Nicklas Jensen recorded the lone tally. Afterwards, the Bruins began to pick it up. They did, but Brandon Halverson was playing well. The Bruins had surges. The Pack had to buckle down on defense, which they did. Then at 11:52, it became a one goal game as Providence made it 4-3. There was plenty of time left for anything to happen. The Pack kept cool and played defense. They ran the time. After sixty, they pulled out a regulation win at home! Shots favored Hartford 29-23.
The Pack worked hard and had a great game. They were ready to play and took in the energy. They had momentum. Things were going right for Hartford. The power play came close, and the penalty kill was aggressive. Tonight showed a more complete game, that worked after losing two games that they came up short on.
The Pack return back in action on Friday night as they take on the Utica Comets at 7:15 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Philip McRae
- Adam Tambellini
- Brandon Halverson
- Matt Bodie continues his point streak to four games. He earned an assist tonight.
- The power play could not convert on two chances.
- The penalty kill was successful three of four tries.
- Adam Tambellini recorded one goal and one assist for two points.
- Injured scratches: Malte Stromwall, Michael Paliotta, Cristoval Nieves, Adam Chapie, & Tommy Hughes.
- Healthy scratches: None.