Pack Win Two in a Row… At Last
Saturday January 17th 2009, 2:55 am

For the first time in thirteen games the Hartford Wolf Pack were able to string together back-to-back wins on Friday night, defeating the Springfield Falcons by a score of 3-1 in Hartford.  A pair of power play tallies proved to be the difference, as the Wolf Pack converted on two of their five opportunities, including the eventual game-winner from Corey Potter at 1:23 of the final frame.

The Pack didn’t get off to a great start, taking the first four minor penalties of the game before the first period was even three quarters over.  Devin DiDiomete was whistled for the first call, at 2:42, and Springfield needed just over a minute to take their only lead of the game.  Forward Robbie Schremp, who mans the point on the Falcon power play, beat Hartford starter Miika Wiikman through a screen with a wrist shot from the top of the circles for his fourth goal of the season at 3:53.

The Pack rebounded well, holding Springfield to just three shots on goal through their four first period power plays before cashing in on a 5-on-3 opportunity of their own.  With just 1:13 remaining, Artem Anisimov feathered a pass right through the crease to P.A. Parenteau, who put the puck in the open side of Springfield starter Devan Dubnyk’s net from just off the left post.

Hartford held the Falcons to just six shots on goal in the opening period, while putting 10 of their own on the Falcon net.  The same margin would be repeated in a scoreless second period, sending the two teams into the final twenty minutes knotted at one.

With Falcon left win Patrick Bordeleau in the penalty box serving a roughing call assessed following the final whistle of the second period, Potter gave the Pack a 2-1 lead at 1:23 of the third.  Parenteau fed the puck to the front of the net from the left corner, looking for Mike Ouellette in the crease.  Dubnyk got a stick on it, keeping it out of Ouellette’s reach, but Potter had snuck in from the right point looking for the back-door play and was able to bang in the loose puck for his fourth goal of the season.

Ouellette got a goal of his own at 16:09 of the period, giving the Pack a 3-1 lead and some breathing room.  Jordan Owens used his speed to rush the puck into the Falcon zone, beating a defenseman to the outside and throwing the puck towards the slot as he was falling to the ice off to the left side of the net.  The pass was deflected in front and missed Brodie Dupont, but Ouellette was trailing the play and was able to put the puck past Dubnyk for his seventh of the year.  It was the second of only five Wolf Pack third period shots to find its way into the back of the Springfield net, while Wiikman was forced to stop 11 of the 23 shots he faced in the game in the final period.

With the win, the Pack improved their record on the season to 21-16-2-3 for 47 points, keeping them tied with the Portland Pirates, who defeated the baby Bruins in Providence on Friday and hold two games in hand on the Pack.  The  Bruins visit the XL Center in Hartford Saturday night with first place in the Atlantic Division potentially on the line.  A regulation win, coupled with a loss by the Pirates to the sixth place Manchester Monarchs, would tie the Wolf Pack with Providence in points with fewer games played.

Notes:

  • Michael Sauer earned his second fighting major in three games at 2:51 of the third, once again jumping to the defense of a teammate.  This time it was Tommy Pyatt, who was rocked by a high, dangerous elbow by Bryan Young.  The fight, which was more of a wrestling match, was a draw.
  • Parenteau’s two points extended his edge over Anisimov for the team scoring lead to two points.  His 44 points now tie him for 3rd in league scoring.  Anisimov’s assist maintains his point-per-game pace and his 42 points rank him 8th in league scoring.  He’s just a point away from matching last season’s 43-point output.

Scoring:
1. Schremp (4) (Roy, Lerg) 3:53 (PP)
1. Parenteau (17) (Anisimov, Rissmiller) 18:47 (PP)
3. Potter (4) (Parenteau, Ouellette) 1:23 (PP)
3. Ouellette (7) (Owens, Potter) 16:09

Lines:
Owens – Rissmiller – Moore
Dupont – Anismov – Parenteau
Pyatt – Ouellette – Weise
DiDiomete – Soryal – Stefanishion

Potter – Sanguinetti
Urquhart – Sauer
Fahey – Nightengale

Wiikman /  Zaba

Three Stars:
1. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
2. Corey Potter
3. Jordan Owens

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