Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
One more game left for Hartford! Tonight they dropped their fourth straight game by the final of 5-3 against the Utica Comets. Dan Catenacci, Ty Ronning, and Nicklas Jensen recorded tallies for the group. Brandon Halverson was in net stopping 31 of 36 shots.
The first twenty favored Utica then Hartford. The Comets had the dominance and pressure early on with solid chances. Four minutes into the contest Utica grabbed a 1-0 lead. Then at 4:56, they extend their lead to 2-0. The Pack had a rough start as they had troubles early on, especially on defense and breaking out. Then the momentum shifted toward Hartford eventually as they generated chances and pressured back. At 12:43 Dan Catenacci had a penalty shot and converted on it to make it a one goal game, 2-1 Comets. There was good back and forth action. At 17:03 Hartford tied it at two as Ty Ronning had a great shot. It was unassisted. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Shots favored Hartford 14-13.
The second was calmer, but Utica had the upper advantage. The Comets registered the lone tally in the middle frame. They notched an early goal four minutes into the frame to retake the lead, 3-2. The Comets had stellar chances. They were frequent as well. Hartford had a few as well. There was good back and forth action. Both clubs had a few power plays. Shots favored Utica 32-26.
The third became interesting but Hartford fell short. Utica once again registered an early tally to extend their lead to 4-2 Comets two minutes and thirty seconds in. Then Nicklas Jensen recorded a quick tally for the answer at 4:24 to make it 4-3 Comets. Vince Pedrie and Taylor Beck recorded the assists. The goal was a power play tally as well. Then at 6:55 the Comets regained a two goal lead, 5-3. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Hartford had the upper advantage afterwards as they produced opportunities but could not convert. After all said and done, shots favored Hartford 39-36.
The Pack had defensive troubles once again. It means nothing much since they have one more game left in the entire season.
The last game is tomorrow night as the Pack end on the road in Springfield to play the Thunderbirds at 7:05 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Nicklas Jensen
- Dan Catenacci
- Ty Ronning
- Healthy scratches: Malte Stromwall.
- Injured scratches: Cristoval Nieves, & Michael Joly.
- The power play converted in one of four tries. They also gave up a short-handed goal, which has been a trend as of late.
- The penalty kill was a perfect three for three.