Wolf Pack Earn First Road Victory
Sunday November 16th 2008, 7:09 pm

It took six tries but the Hartford Wolf Pack finally earned their first road win of the season on Sunday against the Lake Erie Monsters, thanks in large part to a two goal, two assist performance by P.A. Parenteau. The final score was 5-3, with the Pack scoring 5 of the last 6 goals in the game after falling behind 2-0 in the first period.

For the second consecutive game the Pack played a sluggish opening period, allowing the Monsters to out-hit and out-skate them in earning a 15-9 shot advantage. It looked like special teams might once again cost them two points, after they surrendered the first marker of the game to Lake Erie on the Monsters’ very first power play opportunity while failing to cash in on their own first three attempts. Monster defenseman Ray Macias got the goal, his first of the season, by swatting a deflected cross-slot pass out of mid-air and into the net at 9:29 of the first.

Lake Erie got their second goal just under five minutes later when Pack goaltender Miika Wiikman, making his 4th consecutive start, kicked the rebound of Chris Stewart’s blast from the right circle on to the waiting stick of an uncovered Peder Skinner on the left side. Skinner had no problem putting the puck into the open side of the net for his first of the season, in only his second AHL game.

But the Pack got one back with just 30 seconds to go in the period when they converted on a 4-on-4. Greg Moore got his fourth of the season and third in three games by battling for the rebound of Bobby Sanguinetti’s point shot while being checked by a Lake Erie defenseman. The goal proved to be the momentum-changer in the game.

Hartford returned from the locker room a different team and carried the play early in the second. Their efforts finally paid off at 7:31 when Artem Anisimov rushed the puck up the right wing boards and poked a pass past a Monster defender to a breaking Brodie Dupont, who slid a low shot past Lake Erie goaltender Jason Bacashihua.

It looked like their strong play might be for naught when the Monsters re-took the lead on only their second shot of the period, a snap shot by Kyle Cumisky that deflected off a Pack defender and over Wiikman’s glove at 11:51.

But the Wolf Pack rallied to tie the game three minutes later when Michael Sauer’s wrist shot from the right point was deflected by Patrick Rissmiller right on to the stick of Parenteau, who was parked alone off the left post. Parenteau had plenty of time to settle the puck, freeze Bacashihua, and pick his spot.

Then, with just 23 seconds remaining in the period, Sanguinetti slapped a rolling puck past Bacashihua from the center point, giving the Pack the 4-3 lead. Hartford outshot the Monsters 13-3 in the period.

Lake Erie’s best opportunity of the third period came in the opening minute when they hit the crossbar while Dale Weise sat in the penalty box on a roughing call earned by jumping to Brian Fahey’s defense when Chris Durno hit him after the buzzer ended the second period. The Monsters had few quality scoring chances, especially in the final five minutes of the game, when the Pack dominated puck possession and prevented the Monsters from pulling Bacashihua for the extra skater. Lake Erie managed only 8 shots in the period to the Pack’s 15.

Parenteau put the icing on the cake with his second of the game at 11:51, one-timing a perfect cross-ice pass from Rissmiller past Bacashihua for Hartford’s second power play goal of the game.

A game recap and photo gallery are available at the Monster’s web site.  Video highlights are available from AHL Live.

Notes:

  • Parenteau has earned at least a point in each of his last six games (5g, 6a) and leads the team with 16 points (8g, 8a) in 14 games
  • Moore has goals in three straight, and 4 in his last 5 games, after going 9 games without a goal to start the season
  • With a goal and an assist today, Sanguinetti has 5 points (1g, 4a) in his last five games
  • Anisimov’s two assists give him 7 points (1g, 6a) in his last 5 games and 13 points (2 mng, 11a) in 14 games on the season
  • Lake Erie had lost 6 of their last 8 games and are 5-8-0-1 on the season, good for 5th in the North Division
  • Today marked the first ever meeting between the two teams

Pack Scoring:
1. Moore (4) (Sanguinetti, Parenteau) 19:30
2. Dupont (3) (Anisimov) 7:31
2. Parenteau (7) (Rissmiller, Sauer) 14:54
2. Sanguinetti (2) (Parenteau, Anisimov) 19:37 (PP)
3. Parenteau (8) (Rissmiller, Potter) 11:51 (PP)

Lines:
Rissmiller – Moore – Parenteau
Dupont – Anisimov – Ford
Pyatt – Oullette – Owens
Soryal – Sugden – Weise

Potter – Sanguinetti
Denisov – Sauer
Graham – Fahey

Wiikman / Zaba

Three Stars:
1. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
2. Bobby Sanguinetti
3. Patrick Rissmiller

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