On Sunday evening, the Wolf Pack earned themselves their first win of the season 2-1 as they defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the shootout, 1-0. The contest was tightly contested between both clubs on defense. The match up even throughout the game. Chris Nell gets the win in net, stopping 28 of 29 shots. Adam Tambellini recorded the lone goal in regulation and in the shootout.
The first twenty was even. Both clubs swapped offensive chances. There were not much happening, but good transitions for Hartford to get the quick offense going. Then at 9:40, Adam Tambellini recorded his second goal of the season as he converted on an opportunity to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. It was a power play goal, on the five on three with a one timer. Joe Whitney and Neal Pionk recorded the assists. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Chris Nell had a few saves as well that were almost a close call. Then at 17:53, the Phantoms tied the game at one as a quick release of a shot beats Chris Nell. The Phantoms won the face off and quickly shot it on net. After twenty, shots favored Lehigh Valley 13-10.
The second was scoreless. Both clubs continued to swap chances and both goalies were on their game. Little room was given and Hartford came close a few times. The Phantoms did as well, but Chris Nell was there to settle down the situations. After forty, there was no change in score. Shots were tied apiece at 23.
The third was scoreless. The Pack generated more chances than the Phantoms. There was surges briefly for both clubs. The post was both goalies friend in moments when both clubs hit the post. After all said and done, it was tied at one after sixty. Shots favored Hartford 33-29.
Overtime flew and Hartford had three chances. They were unable to convert. Shots favored Hartford 36-29.
Chris Nell stopped all three shooters. Matt Puempel and Joe Whitney were stopped. Adam Tambellini shot in the third round and scored.
The group played a well-rounded game. They were continuing to play as one unit. The structure was well and everyone played up to their fullest potential. There is room for improvement, but overall the group played well. There is not much to worry about. The start of the season has been good thus far.
The Pack are back at it on Friday against the Toronto Marlies. Game time is at 7:15 pm.
Ricky’ 3 Stars
- Adam Tambellini
- Chris Nell
- Scott Kosmachuk
- Adam Tambellini has goals in two straight games. He also had a shootout goal on Sunday.
- Dan DeSalvo blocked a shot and was limping to the bench. He may have a potential injury. More to follow.
- The power play converted in one of three opportunities.
- The penalty kill was a perfect three for three.
- Scratches: Malte Stromwall, Vince Pedrie, and Gabriel Fontaine.