Before the All-Star break, Hartford faced the Charlotte Checkers. The Pack won both games, with a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday. Then on Saturday, a 4-0 win. Alexandar Georgiev gets the credit for both wins in net. The Pack have won five straight entering this weekend. A home at home with the Providence Bruins is coming up this weekend.
The first twenty was scoreless. The game was tense with both clubs playing crisp and cautious. Shots favor the Checkers 7-5. The second period had most action of the night. Cristoval Nieves notched a power play goal to give Hartford a 1-0 lead, with assists to John Gilmour and Scott Kosmachuk. Then at 14:50, Charlotte tied the game at one. Adam Tambellini got the goal back at 15:53 to give Hartford a 2-1 lead. Cristoval Nieves and Scott Kosmachuk recorded the assists. Shots favor Hartford 17-15. Charlotte scored on their power play early in the third, at 4:20. Shots were tied at 21. Overtime solved nothing. The Pack won in the shootout, 2-1 and the game 3-2. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 21 of 23 shots in net, and stopped two of three shooters in the shootout.
Saturday was fun for the club. Hartford had three power play goals and an empty net goal. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 shots for the shutout, a second shutout within a seven-day span.
The Checkers were dominant in the first. Hartford held control and Alexandar Georgiev was clutch in net. Shots favored Charlotte 14-5. Then a three goal outburst for Hartford in the second sealed the deal. At 1:43, a power play goal by Scott Kosmachuk got past Charlotte’s goalie. Filip Chytil and Cristoval Nieves recorded assists. Then again at 2:54 with Vinni Lettieri scoring. John Gilmour and Neal Pionk recorded the assists. Then again at 11:12 with Adam Tambellini scoring with assists to Filip Chytil and Neal Pionk. Hartford was all over the Checkers and dominated offensively. All was going well. The Pack woke up and caught up in shots. The Checkers tried to come out in the third but were unable to do so. Hartford skated the time away. At 14:26, Dan Catenacci scored an empty net goal, unassisted. The streak goes to five.
Excellent weekend for the club. Everyone performed well and the offense is hot. The playoff push continues with Hartford four points out. February will make or break the season with huge games coming up against Bridgeport and Charlotte.
Hartford is back at it tomorrow night against the Bruins in Providence. Game time is at 7:05 pm.
Ricky’s 3 Weekend Stars:
- Alexandar Georgiev
- Filip Chytil
- Adam Tambellini
- Joe Whitney has been a healthy scratch for three straight games.
- Ryan Sproul is expected to return into the lineup on Friday.