Photo Credit: Chris Rutsch
Hartford wrapped up their six game road-trip tonight as they dropped a 5-2 decision against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Pack went win-less and now lost eight straight. Hartford only won once so far in the month of March, on the first against Springfield. Chris Brown and Marek Hrivik recorded tallies on the night. Jeff Malcolm gets the loss in net stopping 14 of 19 shots before getting pulled. He played a total of 26:39. Mackenzie Skapski played for 33:21 and went perfect twenty for twenty.
The first twenty was filled with action as both clubs exchanged scoring chances. The Penguins had the jump early on. However, the Pack tried to fight back which they did. The Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead 4:25 in the first as a breakaway beats Jeff Malcolm. Then a short time later at 4:48 Hartford crashed the net to even the game at one. Chris Brown buried it home and Steven Fogarty recorded the lone assist. The Penguins continued to push Hartford. At 7:34 the Penguins grabbed a 2-1 lead as another breakaway got past Hartford’s defense and Jeff Malcolm. Then Hartford tied it right back up at 8:29 with a short-handed tally. Marek Hrivik had a terrific deflection. Chris Summers and Nicklas Jensen recorded the assists. Then scoring wise it was calm. The Penguins continued to produce stellar chances keeping Jeff Malcolm busy. Hartford had a few chances as well, but missed or gotten close. At 19:42 another defensive breakdown caused the Penguins to bury an opportunity home to make it 3-2 Penguins. After twenty, Hartford was down by one. They are still in the game despite their mistakes. Shots favored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 16-8.
The second was quieter but the Penguins had the upper advantage early on. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued to pour it on Hartford. Sure enough they extended their lead at 3:36 to make it 4-2 Penguins. Then a short time later on the power play, 5-2. The Pack swapped Jeff Malcolm out and put in Mackenzie Skapski. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Mackenzie Skapski had a few nice saves throughout the second. The Pack came close a few chances as well but could not convert. It became a bit physical as well. There was good back and forth action. After all said and done, shots favored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 29-16.
The third was calm. No change in score as both clubs skated the time away. Hartford produced five shots on goal in the frame. They came close a few times. Mackenzie Skapski stopped ten for ten. There was continual back and forth pace with not much going on. A few hits and chances. Hartford was unable to make the game interesting. After sixty, another loss. Shots favored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 39-21.
Hartford enters into another rough streak of losses. The first was decent and the Penguins eventually pulled away. The road-trip did heavy damage to the roster as they went 0-6. Not a single point earned. In fact, they only won against Springfield in the month of March so far. One win in 21 days.
Hartford returns home from their six game road-trip with three straight home games this weekend Friday through Sunday. The first game is at 7:15 pm on Friday night as the Providence Bruins visit.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Chris Brown
- Marek Hrivik
- Mackenzie Skapski
- Healthy: Adam Chapie.
- Injured: Adam Tambellini.
- The power play had three chances and was unable to convert.
- The penalty kill was busy. They successfully killed 4/5 penalties.
- Hartford dropped eight games.
- Taylor Beck‘s point streak was snapped.