The Wolf Pack dropped last Saturday’s game by the final of 7-3 against the Charlotte Checkers. The club is now 13 points out of a playoff spot. With 13 games remaining, the Pack are mathematically in the race. The Pack would have to win out, and hope Charlotte plus Bridgeport go on lengthy losing streaks. Jeff Jakaitis takes the loss in net, stopping 18 of 23 shot. Scott Kosmachuk, Matt Beleskey, and Cole Schneider recorded goals.
The Checkers capitalized on their chances early in the first. The first half of the game was scoreless. Then at 11:37, the Checkers scored on the power play to make it 1-0. Then again at 15:26, then at 19:10. Before you know, the Pack were down 3-0. The defense was terrible and Charlotte was buzzing. The Pack had not much going right. Shots favor the Pack 10-9.
The second period was an improvement for Hartford. The boys attempted to come back. Early in the frame, Scott Kosmachuk converted on a solid opportunity to cut the deficit to 3-1. Cristoval Nieves and John Albert recorded the assists. Charlotte did not score in the period. Jeff Jakaitis kept the Pack in the game, including stopping a penalty shot. Hartford made adjustments for the better. Late in the period at 17:25, Matt Beleskey converted on a good shot to make the deficit one, 3-2. Cristoval Nieves and Ryan Sproul recorded assists. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Shots favor the Pack 24-19.
Despite out shooting Charlotte, the Pack was unable to come back. The Checkers extended their lead at 7:24 to make it 4-2. The Pack continued to generate chances but was unable to convert. Then at 13:35, the Checkers extended their lead once again, 5-2. The Pack were on the power play and the Checkers converted while short-handed. The game was escaping away fast. The Pack answered back at 14:06 as Cole Schneider capitalized on a solid opportunity. Lias Andersson recorded the lone assist. At 17:38, the Checkers converted on an empty net goal, 6-3. Then…..another empty net goal…….for the Checkers goalie. 7-3 Charlotte. Shots favor the Pack 38-25 in the contest.
The Pack were unable to come back once again. In the midst of the losing streak, it seems they cannot get it together when points matter the most. The six game losing streak has not been fun to watch. There is continual issues in the crease or on the blue line.
The Pack return home Friday to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:15 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Cristoval Nieves
- Matt Beleskey
- Scott Kosmachuk
- The power play could not convert on all three chances.
- Charlotte’s power play converted in one of two opportunities.