Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
Tonight the Pack fell short by the final of 4-2 as the Rochester Americans pull out a victory. Hartford was not doing much. Magnus Hellberg had a rough game in net, giving up a few goals that he wished he could get back. He records the loss, stopping 20 of 24 shots. Justin Fontaine and Philip McRae recorded goals. The Pack’s two game winning streak ends. They now go on the road for four straight.
The first frame, shot wise was even. There was good back and forth action with plenty of physical action. The Pack were unable to bury while the Americans figured out Magnus Hellberg. It was scoreless until late in the frame. The Pack had two power plays but came up short. There was rough plays. Rochester had the upper advantage in plays, making better passes and plays. The Pack seemed to had trouble early on. After Tanner Glass‘s fight, the Americans scored at 16:18. A quick shot beats Magnus Hellberg to give Rochester a 1-0 lead. After twenty, the Pack had some adjusting to do. Shots were tied apiece at 8.
The second was not great either as the Pack were slipping away opportunities to turn it around. Rochester had the early pressuring and it paid off. At 5:34, the lead was extended to two as a pretty play by Rochester was executed perfectly. A cost to cost goal with pretty moves and the Pack were fooled. Hartford had a bit of frustration. They were unable to do much offensively, and they seemed to play with less intensity. At 12:05, the Americans extended the lead to 3-0 on the power play as Magnus Hellberg was unable to set up in time for a slap shot. It was looking ugly for the group. Then late in the frame, Hartford finally had something going right for them. While short-handed, Tanner Glass skated into the offensive zone and gave Justin Fontaine a great pass for the empty net to give Hartford their first goal of the night, 3-1. Tanner Glass had the lone assist while Justin Fontaine buried the opportunity. After forty, Hartford was down by two. They needed to raise the bar if they wanted to tie the game. Shots favored Rochester 15-13.
The third was calmer, but Rochester had the upper advantage. The Pack were still unable to do much. There was good physical play of hits and forcing turnovers, but the Americans was one step ahead of them. The game pace was fast with little stoppages. There was no change in score until late in the third. At 15:49, Rochester sealed the deal with another goal, 4-1. The Pack had a late power play, and converted. At 19:18, Philip McRae converted on a solid opportunity to make it a two goal game again when it was too little, too late. It was now 4-2 Hartford and the assists were given to Steven Kampfer and John Gilmour. After sixty, that was a wrap. Shots favored Rochester 24-20.
It was not the best effort tonight. Hartford never really was in the game. Rochester had the skill and physicality. It was a rough night for majority of the guys. Nothing was going right and the effort was not fully there. Tanner Glass was the hardest worker on the team, notching a fight then setting up a play to get Hartford on the board. He had a few nice hits as well. Now the Pack will have some time on the road. They are a better road team than home. Hopefully that continues for some success for the next two weeks.
The Pack start their four game road-trip on Friday when they take on the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:05 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Tanner Glass
- Justin Fontaine
- Philip McRae
- The Pack had to do a few line shuffles tonight due to illness or injuries.
- Justin Fontaine now records goals back to back games.
- The Pack recorded a short-handed goal along with a power play tally.
- The penalty kill went one for two.
- The power play converted in one of four opportunities.
- Healthy scratches: None.
- Injured scratches: Malte Stromwall, Michael Paliotta, Cristoval Nieves, Adam Chapie, & Marek Hrivik (sick).