Injury depleted Pack gets mashed by Monarchs
Sunday January 24th 2010, 11:38 pm

The Wolf Pack arrived in Manchester on Sunday afternoon to face the first place Monarchs missing three of their top four scorers and two of their top four defensemen.  If you were expecting much better than the eventual 6-1 final result, you’ve got more faith than I.

Hartford is an offensively-challenged, middle-of-the-pack bunch on a good day.  Without P.A. Parenteau, Dale Weise, and Bobby Sanguinetti, and Corey Potter… well, lets just say they never really stood a chance against the team that’s currently sporting the third best record in the AHL.

To make matters worse, Steven Valiquette continued to struggle.  Making his first start in 18 days, the veteran netminder gave up five goals on 22 shots before getting the mercy pull at the start of the third period.  Two of the goals came off cross-slot passes on which he didn’t stand a chance.  Two others — long shots, unscreened, to the glove side — looked pretty stoppable.

I’ll be honest, I have neither the time nor the inclination to write a blow-by-blow account of this debacle, so suffice to say: the better team won.  If you want to read the gory details, Bob Crawford’s account is available over at the Wolf Pack web site.

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