I missed the first period thanks to a combination of ice, flooding and the Rangers game. By the time I tuned it, the Pack had a 2-0 lead, had already chased Falcon starter Jeff Delauriers, and had held Springfield to only 2 shots on goal in the 1st period. In the second, Brodie Dupont picked up his second goal in as many games, putting a rebound of a Mike Ouellette shot past Springfield backup Devan Dubnyk. Parenteau built the Pack’s lead to four with his second of the game after Bourret fed him for a breakaway as he was coming off the bench. Pock finished off the 2nd period scoring with a one-timer from the top of the left circle on the power play. The Pack went to the locker room at the end of two with a 5-0 lead on the scoreboard and a 26-14 lead in shots.
The third period got nasty, with 74 penalty minutes handed out. The Pack got a couple favorable penalty calls early and on one of the ensuing power plays Callahan got his second of the game with a wrister from the left side of the net off a nice saucer pass from Anisimov through traffic. Byers spoiled Wiikman’s shutout run around the halfway mark of the 3rd when he took and undisciplined instigator penalty to put the Pack down two men. Springfield d-man T.J. Kemp scored 10 seconds in to the 5-on-3. All hell broke loose at the 12:21 mark after Parenteau took a hard, high hit and his teammates all jumped in to stand up for him. Various single and double roughing minors were handed out, but no fighting majors. Owens picked one up 3 minutes later, and added an instigator penalty (and got his arse kicked) when he went after Peckham, who had been pissing the Pack off all night, before the puck was even dropped following a stoppage at 15:52. The Pack killed it off, but Kemp added a second goal to finish the scoring with three minutes left to play in the game.
Wiikman continued to look good, though was largely untested, with the Pack giving up only 22 shots and the Falcons never really generating much sustained pressure. For the Pack it was their 4th straight win, and with Portland losing to Manchester tonight, they moved into 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, with one game in hand on the Pirates, a 14 point lead on the 4th place Monarchs, and a 15 point lead on 5th place Springfield. Baranka (shoulder) and Jessiman (elbow) were listed as “questionable” before the game, and neither played, but it sounds as if both might be close to returning.
1. Callahan (6) (Byers, Hutchinson) 9:23
1. Parenteau (17) (Hutchinson) 13:06
2. Dupont (7) (Ouellette, Korpikoski) 2:11
2. Parenteau (18) (Bourret, Pyatt) 9:49
2. Pock (7) (Dupont, Hutchinson) 16:54 (PP)
3. Callahan (7) (Anisimov, Byers) (PP)
Byers – Anisimov – Callahan
Parenteau – Moore – Bourret
Dupont – Pyatt – Korpikoski
Ouellette – Owens
Liffiton – Taylor
Potter – Hutchinson
Pock – Sauer
Wiikman / Montoya
1. P.A. Parenteau
2. Ryan Callahan
3. Brodie Dupont
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