The Wolf Pack defeated the Springfield Thunderbirds in the shootout, 1-0 to win the game by the final, 4-3! Alexandar Georgiev gets the win in net, looking well as he stops 33 of 36 shots. In the shootout, he stopped all three shots. Vinni Lettieri extended his point streak to five games. The goal scorers for Hartford were Vinni Lettieri, Brandon Crawley, and Adam Tambellini. Scott Kosmachuk scored the lone tally in the shootout session. The Pack won two straight. Springfield now dropped seven straight.
The first period was quiet and good back and forth action. The Pack strike first early in the contest at 5:26. Vinni Lettieri converted on a good opportunity to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. Cole Schneider and Gabriel Fontaine recorded the assists. The Pack had strong chances early in the contest. Then Springfield became aggressive and had chances. Alexandar Georgiev was getting tested as the frame progressed. At 12:02 the Thunderbirds tied the game at one. The rest of the frame was scoreless. There was good action both and forth as both goalies had work. Both clubs traded off strong chances. Shots favor Hartford 12-10 after one.
The second was scoreless. The clubs took turns crashing the net and each had momentum periodically. Hartford had the edge, followed by Springfield, then Hartford again. After an entertaining period of back and forth action, both goalies were on point. Shots favor Springfield 23-19.
The third had the most action of the night. The offense picked up for both clubs. Fifty one seconds in, Brandon Crawley had a nice mid shot from the blue line to give Hartford a 2-1 lead. Matt Beleskey and John Albert recorded the assists. The Pack were buzzing a bit with opportunities afterwards. Hartford struck again at 6:25 as Adam Tambellini had a nice wrist shot, which he buried to give Hartford a 3-1 lead. Scott Kosmachuk and Cristoval Nieves recorded the assists. Springfield was not stepping back. The Thunderbirds had chances and crashed the net. Eventually they were rewarded. At 9:08 the Thunderbirds converted on the second opportunity after crashing the net to make it a one goal game, 3-2. The Thunderbirds continued to have chances along with Hartford. At 12:17, Springfield tied the game at three. Both clubs buckled down and was afraid to commit. Both clubs was afraid to make another mistake. The Pack was close a few times along with Springfield. Alexandar Georgiev made impressive saves as the night went on. After sixty, the game was going into overtime. Shots favor Springfield 35-32.
Overtime was mostly four on four action as the Pack began the extra session killing a penalty. Hartford missed on a two on one and Springfield had close opportunities in the early stages. The overtime session was quick as Springfield had the lone shot on goal. Shots favor Springfield 36-32.
Hartford shoots first in each round. Adam Tambellini was saved in round one. Dan DeSalvo was saved in round two. Scott Kosmachuk scored the lone goal in the skills competition, in round three. All three Springfield shooters missed the net. Wolf Pack win 4-3!
Despite the Pack blowing another lead, they managed to savage the game at the end. Two points are good, despite their situation this late in the season. Always feels good to win, especially against a rival. Alexandar Georgiev impressed me in net after spending a while in New York.
The Pack are back at it on Friday as they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:15 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Vinni Lettieri
- Alexandar Georgiev
- Scott Kosmachuk
- The power play had two opportunities. They were zero for two.
- The penalty kill was a perfect, killing all three penalties.
- Vinni Lettieri extends his point streak to five games.
- Scott Kosmachuk had one assist and the shootout winning goal.
- Cole Schneider’s point streak goes to six games.
- Scratches: Ryan Gropp (Injured), Brenden Kotyk (Healthy), and Brandan Smith (Injured).