The Hartford Wolf Pack carried a 1-0 lead into the third period of their match-up with the division-leading Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday night, but a pair of Monarch goals just 2:27 apart early in the frame cost them the game and brought their season high, four-game winning streak to an end. The final score was 2-1.
Following a scoreless first period in which the Wolf Pack out shot their hosts 9-5, P.A. Parenteau scored his team-leading tenth goal of the season just 1:49 into the second session. With Hartford on its fourth power play in the game, Corey Locke saucered a pass through the slot from the right circle which rookie Evgeny Grachev deflected on to Parenteau’s stick. Parenteau, who’s tied for the AHL lead in goals with Norfolk’s Brandon Bochenski, wasted little time in snapping the puck into the empty side of Manchester netminder Jonathan Bernier’s net.
It looked like the Wolf Pack would take a 2-0 lead as the period ended, but referee Mark Lemelin ruled that time had run out before Dale Weise’s shorthanded shot crossed the goal line.
Things fell apart quickly for the Pack in the third period. With Corey Potter serving the remainder of a second period interference penalty, Manchester defenseman Andrew Campbell evened the score 54 seconds in when he snuck in from the left point and one-timed a perfect cross-slot pass from Andrei Loktionov past Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson.
The Pack should have gone on the power play a little over a minute later when Kevin Westgarth ran directly into Johnson, sending him and the net flying, but no penalty was assessed on the play.
Viatcheslav Voynov put the Monarchs ahead to stay at 3:21 when his shot from the top of the right circle deflected off either Grachev or Nigel Williams — or both — and snuck past Johnson.
Manchester was dominant in the third period, proving why they’re the third best team in the league by forcing multiple turnovers — most notably a pair each by Williams and Grachev — and outshooting the pack 13-5. Despite the third period disadvantage, the Wolf Pack finished with a 27-24 edge in shots for the game.
The Pack will get the opportunity to avenge their loss on Friday when they host the Monarchs in the second half of their home-and-home series at 7:00pm.
- Williams made his return to the line up after missing three games as a healthy scratch. He took Michael Sauer’s spot on the blueline. No reason for Sauer’s absence was provided, but he appeared to suffer an upper body injury during Friday’s game against Providence. He did play on Saturday, however.
2. Parenteau, (10) (Grachev, Locke), 1:49 (PP)
3. Campbell, (1) (Loktionov, Moller), 0:54 (PP)
3. MCH Voynov, (4) (Azevedo, Mikus), 3:21
Owens – Locke – Parenteau
Grachev – Dupont – Weise
Garlock – Crowder – Ambuhl
Couture – Chappell – Soryal
Heikkinen – Sanguinetti
Williams – Potter
Dandenault – Henley
1. Viatcheslav Voynov
2. Andrew Campbell
3. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
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