Wolf Pack drop third in a row
Saturday October 24th 2009, 12:17 am

The Hartford Wolf Pack made their first ever trip to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday and came away with their third straight loss, falling 3-2 to the Adirondack Phantoms.  That puts their record at 2-5-0-0 for the season, just one point ahead of the last place Chicago Wolves.  I only saw the first and parts of the second and third periods of the game — not enough to write a full game wrap — so I’ll leave you with the Wolf Pack’s recap from Bob Crawford and a few random notes.


  • With the reassignment of Patrick Rissmiller to Grand Rapids, Brody Dupont centered the third line.  Dupont was drafted as a center, but has played exclusively on left wing with the Pack prior to this season.
  • Dane Byers finally got on the scoreboard with his first goal of the season, a typical Byers special on a rebound right in front of the net.
  • Justin Soryal finally found someone who would drop the mitts with him, and what a fight it was between “Scaryal” and and 6-5, 235-pound Garrett Klotz.  The two traded haymakers for a good 60 seconds, with each connecting with more than their fair share.  If pushed, I might say Soryal had a slight edge, but it was a pretty even and very entertaining scrap.
  • Down in Charlotte, both goaltender Ryan Munce and defenseman Trevor Glass have been placed on 21-day injured reserve.  Munce apparently suffered a shoulder injury in the third period of Charlotte’s season opener.


Byers – Crowder – Parenteau
Grachev – Locke – Weise
Hillier – Dupont – Owens
Soryal – Arnason – Ambuhl

Sanguinetti – Heikkinen
Henley – Potter
Urquhart – Sauer

Johnson / Wiikman

Adirondack Phantoms 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Glens Falls, NY, October 23, 2009 – David Laliberte had a goal and two assists, and Jon Matsumoto added a goal and an assist, as the Adirondack Phantoms handed the Hartford Wolf Pack their third straigt loss, 3-2, Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

It was the first-ever meeting between the Wolf Pack and Phantoms in Glens Falls.  P.A. Parenteau and Dane Byers scored power-play goals for the Wolf Pack, and Corey Locke had two assists.

The Phantoms jumped on top only 1:20 into the game, taking advantage of a Wolf Pack defensive breakdown.  Patrick Maroon circled the Hartford net and centered to Laliberte, who was wide-open in front of the net and easily beat Wolf Pack goaltender Chad Johnson.

Hartford replied on a power play only 4:07 later, at 5:27, on a power play.  Locke found Parenteau in the left-wing circle with a pass from behind the net, and Parenteau snapped a shot past Phantom netminder Johan Backlund on the short side.  It was Parenteau’s fifth goal of the season, tying him with Locke for the team lead.

The Wolf Pack gave up an early goal again in the second period, with Matsumoto socring on a partial breakaway at 2:26 on a shot past Johnson’s catching glove.  The Phantoms then made it a 3-1 lead at 11:13 on a power-play, as Oskars Bartulis blasted in a slapshot through a screen from the left point.

Hartford got that back on a power play of their own just 1:01 later, as Byers notched his first goal of the season.  Stationed right in front of Backlund, Byers jammed in a rebound off of assists from Locke and Ilkka Heikkinen.

The Wolf Pack dominated the third period, outshooting the Phantoms 11-5, but could never manage an equalizer against Backlund, who finished the game with 26 saves.  Johnson made 24 stops in the Wolf Pack net.

The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 2-5-0-0 on the season, headed into a home game Saturday night at the XL Center vs. Lowell (7:00 faceoff).

Hartford Wolf Pack 2 At Adirondack Phantoms 3
Oct 23, 2009 – Glens Falls Civic Center

Hartford 1 1 0 – 2
Adirondack 1 2 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Adirondack, Laliberte 1 (Maroon, Matsumoto), 1:20. 2, Hartford, Parenteau 5 (Locke, Sanguinetti), 5:27 (pp). Penalties-Soryal Hfd (fighting), 3:35; Klotz Adk (fighting), 3:35; Clackson Adk (holding), 3:56; served by Hillier Hfd (bench minor – too many men), 10:24; Hillier Hfd (tripping), 12:41; Laliberte Adk (hooking), 14:14; Kolanos Adk (cross-checking), 19:59.

2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Matsumoto 2 (Laliberte, Maroon), 2:36. 4, Adirondack, Bartulis 2 (Bourdon, Laliberte), 11:13 (pp). 5, Hartford, Byers 1 (Heikkinen, Locke), 13:14 (pp). Penalties-Urquhart Hfd (roughing), 4:49; Marshall Adk (roughing), 4:49; Mormina Adk (roughing), 4:49; Parenteau Hfd (tripping), 9:44; Bartulis Adk (interference), 13:05; Locke Hfd (roughing), 19:20.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Curry Adk (hooking), 5:22; Lehtivuori Adk (interference), 13:13; Byers Hfd (hooking), 17:16.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 10-7-11-28. Adirondack 13-9-5-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 2 of 6; Adirondack 1 of 5.
Goalies-Hartford, Johnson 2-3-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Adirondack, Backlund 3-2-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Rich Patry (52).

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    Was at the game last night. Here’s my report..

    I didn’t see any of the Ranger hierarchy but heard that Schoenfeld was there.

    Noted that Dandenault was scratched. Did the Rangers call him up or didn’t they have the room for him yet?

    Grachev is not ready, got stripped of the puck numerous times and on one play touched the puck when he was going off the ice and caused a too many men on the ice penalty. But you can see the talent there, just a matter of time.

    Sanguinetti may never be ready, fell down twice when trying to skate backwards. Best defenseman was Sauer, who cleared the crease a couple of times and went after a Phantom player who shot the puck at the goalie after the whistle blew.

    Best fight I saw in quite a while was Soryal and didn’t catch the name of the phantom guy. They dropped their gloves removed their helmets and went at it. They both landed numerous blows right on the button and I gave the edge to Soryal since he landed slightly more blows and looked like he connected a little more, quite a fight.

    Johnson was in net and made some nice saves even though he gave up three goals. The first one was within a minute or two after the start of the game on a wraparound which he should have stopped, the second was on a breakaway and the third was a screen shot that he never saw. He definitely got potential, glad I had a chance to see him.

    Comment by Lenny 10.24.09 @ 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the report Lenny.

    I suspect they didn’t play Dandenault on Friday because the Pack were gearing up for a 3-in-3-days weekend and that’s probably a little too much to ask of a guy who hasn’t played since last spring. He was in the line-up against the Devils on Saturday.

    Here’s the video of Soryal’s fight with Klotz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tglJvAiZqF4 Soryal rarely disappoints in a scrap. His biggest problem is that he’s got such a reputation as a fighter that most guys won’t go with him. He’s been dying for one all season, but hadn’t been able to find a partner until last night.

    Comment by laurie 10.25.09 @ 1:55 am

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