The winning streak goes to four games! The point streak goes to six games! The Wolf Pack continue to roll. Tonight featured the first blowout of the season in favor of Hartford as they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by the final of 7-3. The club had control of the game and never looked back. Ryan Graves, Scott Kosmachuk, John Gilmour (2), Gabriel Fontaine (2), and Anthony DeAngelo recorded goals for Hartford. Marek Mazanec earned his second win in net as he stopped 31 of 34 shots.
The first period started the fun. The Pack strike first at 6:52. Ryan Graves had a strong shot that slipped past the Penguins goalie to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. Cole Schneider and Peter Holland recorded the assists. The beginning stages of the first was calm with not much action. Then at 13:29, the Penguins tied the game at one. Then moments later on the power play, Hartford retook the lead, 2-1 at 15:58. Scott Kosmachuk buried an opportunity. Ryan Gropp and Steven Fogarty recorded the assists. The rest of the frame was scoreless. The Pack played an up tempt tempo against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They were impressive. Shots favored the Penguins 13-8.
The second featured Hartford scoring three goals. John Gilmour opened the frame with a quick goal at 1:05 to extend Hartford’s lead to 3-1. Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland recorded the assists. Then John Gilmour notched another goal at 3:37. This time it was on the power play as he had a terrific wrist shot to extend the lead to 4-1. Scott Kosmachuk and Steven Fogarty recorded the assists. The Pack were buzzing and on fire. At 3:53, Gabriel Fontaine converted on a strong opportunity to extend the lead to 5-1. He had a rebound opportunity and buried the puck. Dawson Leedahl and Adam Chapie recorded the assists. Despite being out-shot in the frame, Hartford had the upper advantage. They were opportunistic. At 10:08, the Penguins converted on a chance to cut Hartford’s lead to three, 5-2. The rest of the frame was scoreless. Hartford continued to generate odd man rushes and opportunities. The game was turning chippy as well. After twenty, all is good. Shots favored the Penguins 28-19.
Hartford poured it on in the third while the Penguins gave up. The pack were all over the Penguins and had strong opportunities. Marek Mazanec had action and stood tall when the Penguins buzzed periodically. At 7:21 Gabriel Fontaine notched his second goal of the night as he tipped John Gilmour’s shot to give Hartford a 6-2 lead. The club was not done scoring. At 8:09 Anthony DeAngelo notched his first goal of the season to extend the lead to 7-2. He had the open net and converted. Ryan Sproul and Peter Holland recorded the assists. Then the Penguins answered back at 9:20 to cut Hartford’s lead to 7-3. Scoring wise the game was over. The Pack continued to play full shifts and did not led up. The Penguins were irritated and continued to cause problems for Hartford. After all said and done, a strong win for the Pack. Shots favored Hartford 38-34.
This is the best game of the season. The Pack had difficulty against the Penguins in the past. Tonight they changed that. This is a statement win. Hartford can beat anyone if they played like tonight. I am impressed. They have to continue to roll.
The club is back at it tomorrow night against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Game time is at 7:05 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- John Gilmour
- Gabriel Fontaine
- Scott Kosmachuk
- The Pack allowed no power play opportunities for the Penguins.
- Hartford converted in two of three power play opportunities.
- John Gilmour and Scott Kosmachuk recorded three points. Both had one goal and two assists.
- Gabriel Fontaine had two goals.
- Anthony DeAngelo’s point streak continues to four games.
- Peter Holland recorded three assists.
- Steven Fogarty recorded two assists.