A little under five months after being unceremoniously ushered from the Calder Cup playoffs in six games by their Atlantic Division foes, the Hartford Wolf Pack earned a dose meaningless revenge by defeating the Worcester Sharks 4-1 in preseason action on Wednesday. I wasn’t able to catch the game, but here’s the game recap, courtesy of the Wolf Pack…
Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Worcester Sharks 1
Hartford, CT, September 23, 2009 – Derek Couture scored two goals, and Ryan Munce came within 2.1 seconds of a shutout, Wednesday night at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Worcester Sharks 4-1 in the AHL preseason opener for both teams.
Hartford also got goals from Chris Chappell and Andrew Carroll, and Ryan Hillier had two assists. Munce made 25 saves.
The Wolf Pack jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead, as Chappell and Couture both scored on close-range shots. Chappell gave Hartford the game’s first lead on a power play at 12:50, taking a centering pass from Ryan Garlock and burying it behind Shark goaltender Ryan Nie. Couture made it a two-goal advantage at 15:06, when his shot from the left side of the slot hit Worcester defenseman Jon Landry’s leg and deflected past Nie.
The Wolf Pack controlled the second period, outshooting the Sharks 13-4, but could not get anything further past Nie.
Hartford then added two more goals in the third frame. Couture upped the Wolf Pack’s lead to 3-0 at 13:08, off of a feed from Hillier on a three-on-two. Carroll then scored on a shorthanded rebound at 17:11, while he was being knocked down in front of the net.
The Sharks’ Evgeni Saidachev ruined Munce’s shutout bid at 19:57, with Worcester on a power play.
The Wolf Pack outshot Worcester 38-26 in the game.
The game was a fund-raiser for the Ryan Gordon/Hartford Wolf Pack Community Scholars Fund, a memorial to young Wolf Pack fan Ryan Gordon, who passed away in 2006 and asked that a portion of the monies set aside for his college education be donated to the Wolf Pack Community Foundation. Spectator donations at the game raised a total of $1,549 for the fund.
The Wolf Pack continue their preseason schedule this Friday night, September 25 at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT at 7:00, when they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Worcester Sharks 1 at Hartford Wolf Pack 4
Sep 23, 2009 – Koeppel Community Sports Center
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
Hartford 2 0 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Hartford, Chappell 1 (Garlock, Ward), 12:50 (pp). 2, Hartford, Couture 1 (Zaborsky, Hillier), 15:06. Penalties-Carroll Hfd (hooking), 3:00; Wilson Wor (cross-checking), 6:03; Jones Wor (hooking), 8:45; McClellan Wor (hooking), 11:35; Crowder Hfd (hooking), 17:08; Klassen Hfd (slashing), 18:40.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-O’Connor Wor (hooking), 0:36; Ambuhl Hfd (high-sticking), 1:21; Clark Wor (hooking), 2:39; Wilson Wor (fighting), 8:40; DiDiomete Hfd (fighting), 8:40; Kundratek Hfd (roughing), 12:33; Clark Wor (fighting), 16:54; Carroll Hfd (fighting), 16:54; Curadeau Wor (holding), 19:12.
3rd Period-3, Hartford, Couture 2 (Hillier, Henley), 13:08. 4, Hartford, Carroll 1 (DiDiomete), 17:11 (sh). 5, Worcester, Saidachev 1 (Curadeau), 19:57 (pp). Penalties-Morrow Wor (tripping), 8:02; Couture Hfd (interference), 13:36; Henley Hfd (tripping), 15:15; LaCouture Hfd (roughing), 19:47; Henley Hfd (cross-checking), 19:57.
Shots on Goal: Worcester 13-4-9-26. Hartford 13-13-12-38
Power Play Opportunities: Worcester 1 of 9; Hartford 1 of 7
Goalies: Worcester, Nie 0-0-0 (38 shots-34 saves). Hartford, Munce 0-0-0 (26 shots-25 saves)
Referee: Mark Lemelin (84)
Linesmen: Paul Simeon (66), Kevin Redding (16)
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