On Sunday evening, the Wolf Pack finished up a six game season series with the Hershey Bears. The Pack won their second game in the season series, 4-2. The weekend also finished a home at home series with the Bears. Hartford is 2-4 against Hershey in the 2017-18 season. Marek Mazanec gets the win in net as he stopped 30 of 32 shots. Vinni Lettieri, John Albert, Ryan Lindgren, and Adam Tambellini scored. The Pack have eight games remaining in the season (6 home, 2 away).
The Pack had a strong first period. The club came out stronger than the previous day against Hershey. They were looking for revenge and was hungry to play. At 5:08 on the power play, Vinni Lettieri kicked the scoring off with a goal to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. Cole Schneider and Ryan Lindgren recorded the assists. The Pack came close to other chances as well. At 12:56 John Albert recorded his first goal with Hartford. The Pack extended their lead to 2-0, with assists to Dan DeSalvo and Dawson Leedahl. The rest of the first was scoreless. The Bears pressured and Marek Mazanec was holding well in net. Shots favor the Bears 11-7.
The second period became interesting as the Hershey Bears began to push back. The Pack continued to shoot on net and came close to second-hand or rebound opportunities. The Bears had stellar chances as well. At 9:32, Hershey broke Marek Mazanec’s shutout bin. Shortly after, the Bears were called for a penalty. Moments later at 10:42 the Pack capitalized on the power play. Ryan Lindgren had a strong, beautiful shot from the point to extend Hartford’s lead to 3-1. Gabriel Fontaine and Simon Denis registered the assists. The rest of the frame was scoreless. The Bears had a few more opportunities. The Pack had additional chances too. Shots favor Hartford 21-18 after two.
The third was even. Both clubs traded chances and the Bears tried to comeback. The first half of the game was scoreless as Marek Mazanec was continuing to play well in net, bailing the defense out from mistakes. The offense had a few good opportunities as well. At 14:46, the Bears tackled another goal and the Pack was up by one again, 3-2. Hartford buckled down. Both clubs were playing more careful. The Bears had a late surge and eventually pulled their goalie. At 19:46, Adam Tambellini converted on the empty net to reassure Hartford will win, 4-2. Dan DeSalvo had the lone assist. Shots favor Hershey 32-31 after sixty.
The Pack responded back well from Saturday’s game. They also did this without Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson playing. Impressive. Marek Mazanec performed well and all was good. All the mistakes was corrected under 24 hours.
The Pack are back at it on Wednesday against the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:00 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Ryan Lindgren
- Marek Mazanec
- Dan DeSalvo
- The power play converted in two of five opportunities.
- The penalty kill was a perfect five for five.
- Ryan Lindgren recorded his first goal and assist on Sunday.
- Dan DeSalvo had two assists.
- Vinni Lettieri is on a four game point streak.
- Hartford is still “mathematically” in the playoff race. However, Charlotte needs three points to eliminate Hartford. If the Pack lose, they could get eliminated as early as Friday.
- John Albert notched his first goal with Hartford on Sunday. Ironically it was against his former club.
- Scratches: Ryan Gropp (Injured), Brandan Smith (Injured), and Brenden Kotyk (Healthy).