Under normal circumstances, this space would be filled with a recap of Sunday afternoon’s Hartford Wolf Pack game, but yet another technical failure on the part AHL Live meant I could only see the game’s first period. The Pack ultimately lost the game by the final score of 6-3, despite outshooting the Providence Bruins 30-25 and earning nine of the twelve power play opportunities awarded in the game. Hartford’s penalty killing, which had been perfect through two games this weekend, got burnt twice in the first period, though only one of Portland’s goals shows as a power play marker — their second came five seconds after a penalty to Corey Potter expired. On the positive side, Devin DiDiomete picked up his second goal in as many games after going pointless in his first nine. He also got in his first pro scrap with fellow rookie Jordan Knackstedt, who came out on the losing side. P.A. Parenteau became the first Pack player to break into double digits in goals with his 10th of the season, and Artem Anisimov maintained his point-per-game pace and extended his points streak to six games with an assist on Dale Weise’s third period goal. Matt Zaba played in his first back-to-back start of the season and was less than stellar, stopping only 19 of 25 Providence shots — there’s still no word on the nature of starting netminder Miika Wiikman’s injury or when he might return. With the loss, Hartford dropped back to the .500 mark, just one point ahead of the surging Lowell Devils, who hold a game in hand.
Half a world away, Avangard Omsk finally halted its losing streak at five games with a 3-2 shootout win over Khimik Voskresensk. Czech Jakob Klepis scored both Omsk goals in regulation, and added the game winner in the shootout for good measure. Jaromir Jagr was held scoreless in the game. Highlights and photos are available from the Avangard Omsk Schedule page.
On the junior front, thanks go to reader Rob for pointing out this interview with Evgeni Grachev over at RussianProspects.com. Grachev will once again face Brampton teammate Cody Hodgson and fellow Ranger prospect Michael Del Zotto on Monday night in the fourth game of the ADT Canada Russia Challenge. Grachev’s junior team won both its games this weekend, breaking the club winning streak record on Saturday and extending their current run to 16 games on Sunday afternoon. Grachev added another goal and two more assists in the process, re-taking the rookie scoring lead in the OHL; he currently leads all rookies in both goals and points.
Finally, for a glimpse at how Grachev’s fellow 2008 third round pick Tomas Kundratek is settling in after a fractured hand delayed the start of his junior season, see this story in the Medicine Hat News about the Czech rookie and his unlikely defense partner.
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