Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch

Earlier this afternoon the Wolf Pack dropped their second straight game by the final of 6-3 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Early on they were measuring up good.  Then in the second they fell apart despite grabbing a lead for a brief time.  Brandon Halverson gets the loss in net stopping 18 of 23 shots while playing forty minutes.  Magnus Hellberg played the third, stopping 10 of 11 shots.  Matt Carey and Nicklas Jensen (2) earned goals for the group.

Game Recap

The first twenty was even.  The Penguins notched the first goal of the day 2:27 in on the power play.  Then a short time later at 6:28 when the Pack were buzzing, Nicklas Jensen tied it up at one on the power play.  Matt Carey and John Gilmour recorded the assists.  Hartford was battling hard.  Both clubs had terrific chances.  The Pack ran into penalty troubles early on and bit them.  After no change in score for the rest of the frame, the Penguins grabbed a 2-1 lead at 19:43 on the power play, once again.  After twenty, the Pack were down by one.  Overall it was a decent frame.  Shots favored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 12-10.

The second in the first half was great.  Then the second half was awful.  The Pack battled hard early on.  There was good back and forth chances.  At 7:47 on the breakaway, Nicklas Jensen tied the game at two.  Chris Brown and Garrett Noonan recorded the assists.  Hartford had a brief surge.  At 9:46 after the Pack crashed the crease, Matt Carey converted on a nice wrist shot to give Hartford a 3-2 lead.  John Gilmour and Dan Catenacci recorded the assists.  The Penguins became angry and pushed back.  At 13:23 they tied the game a three.  A pretty play was unable to be broken up by the defense for Hartford.  Then at 14:53, 4-3 Penguins with a good play with the Pack defense breaking down.  Hartford was down once again.  The Penguins began to pour it on.  They had solid passing and chances.  Hartford was hemmed in their own zone too much.  Then late in the frame at 19:59, a buzzer beater, the Penguins converted on a deflection goal to make it 5-3.  After forty, Hartford was down by two.  They had a good first half of the game, then a rough second.  Shots favored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 23-18.

The third was flew.  There was good back and forth action early on.  Both clubs had a few power plays.  Hartford was unable to do much on theirs.  There was not many whistles.  The Penguins had periodic surges.  Late in the frame at 16:35 the Penguins converted on another tally to make it 6-3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  The rest of the frame was scoreless.  The Pack lost control of the game and was eventually blown out.

Final Thoughts

The group at least shown fight in the first half of the game.  The second half they stopped and broke down.  The dangerous Penguins team made them pay in critical moments of the game.  It went from being up by one to becoming a blowout.  The defense broke down too often.  They also have to be more disciplined.

The Pack finish their home at home with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night on the road at 7:05 pm.  Friday begins their five game road-trip.

Ricky’s 3 Stars

  1. Nicklas Jensen
  2. John Gilmour
  3. Matt Carey

Game Notes

  • Healthy scratches: None.
  • Injured scratches: Michael Paliotta and Cristoval Nieves.
  • Nicklas Jensen, Matt Carey, & John Gilmour recorded two points each.
  • The power play converted once in four attempts.
  • The penalty kill struggled, killing three of five calls.