Evgeny Grachev scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 3:19 of extra time, giving the Hartford Wolf Pack their second consecutive overtime victory over the Providence Bruins, 3-2.
The goals were Grachev’s first since the pair he scored in a game against Bridgeport on January 2nd. In fact, of the rookie forward’s eleven goals this season, six have come in a trio of two goal games.
P.A. Parenteau scored the other Wolf Pack tally, and Matt Zaba stopped 36 shots to earn his second win in three games since breaking back into Hartford’s goalie rotation earlier this month.
Grachev opened the scoring at 7:18 of the first period when he took a drop pass from Ryan Garlock and fired a laser beam over Providence netminder Dany Sabourin’s shoulder.
Providence forward Mikko Lehtonen has scored half of his twelve goals this season against the Wolf Pack, adding his sixth on Saturday night on the rebound of Andrew Bondarchuks‘ shot at 3:37 of the second period to knot the score at one.
Parenteau broke a rare six game goal drought at 15:20 of the period with a perfectly placed stick-side wrist shot from the hashmarks to once again give Hartford the lead. He was fed by Dale Weise, the AHL’s Player of the Week, who extended a point-scoring streak to five games, but saw his four game goal-scoring streak brought to an end in the game.
The Bruins poured on the pressure in the final frame, outshooting the Wolf Pack 11-6. It looked like Pack would be able to hold them off, but Guillaume Lefebvre scored on a delayed hooking call on sophomore defenseman Nigel Williams with 3:59 to go to send the game in overtime.
Both goaltenders got a workout in the contest, stopping 36 shots apiece — Zaba on 38 shots, while 30 year old journeyman Sabourin faced 39.
It was the final shot tha resulted in Grachev’s first career overtime goal at 3:19 of the extra period. The 19-year old Russian deflected David Urquhart’s shot from the point to give the Wolf Pack their seventh victory in nine games. Jordan Owens, returning to action for the first time since being struck in the face with a puck on December 19th, also assisted on the play.
The Pack are back in action Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm, when they travel to Manchester to face the Atlantic Division leading Monarchs.
1. HFD Grachev, (10) (Garlock), 7:18
2. PRO Lehtonen, (12) (Bodnarchuk, Larman), 3:37
2. HFD Parenteau, (13) (Weise), 15:20
3. PRO Lefebvre, (5) (Fata, Roche), 16:01
OT. HFD Grachev, (11) (Urquhart, Owens), 3:19
1. Evgeny Grachev
2. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
3. Jordan Owens
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