A complete comeback team effort took place Friday night at the XL Center. The Hershey Bears were in Hartford to make their only appearance of the season. The Pack came into this game after two come from behind wins on the road that had most of the Hartford hockey circles talking.
Last Saturday night the Wolf Pack came back in the third period to upset the first place Springfield Falcons then on Wednesday they came back from a three goal deficit to win 4-3 against the Portland Pirates.
The Pack has had a solid February of improved play. They finished the month with a 7-4 record and haven't lost a game by more than two goals since February 4.
This game would test the Wolf Packs defense. Dov Grumet-Morris was the games second star and made 29 saves on 30 shots. He also would stop four out of five shots in the shootout.
By the start of the third period the Wolf Pack found themselves possibly facing a shut out from Hershey goalie David Leggio. The Pack were without 17 goal scorer Danny Kristo and also without the teams fourth leading scorer, J.T. Miller, who was called up to New York.
Hershey made some mistakes and the Pack received the opportunity they needed. Hershey strung three penalties together through the seventh and twelfth minutes of the third period. One point during the penalties the Pack found themselves on a 5 on 3 for over a minute. It was Ryan Bourque who capitalized on the Washington Capitals top affiliate. Bourque scored his 15th goal of the season and tied the game on a much needed power play goal.
The game remained tied throughout the rest of play including the overtime. The Pack have had issues all season with scoring in shootouts and not having Miller and Kristo put them further in need of someone to step up.
Jesper Fast missed on his first shot and Hershey's Ryan Stoa didn't giving Hershey an early edge 1-0.
Marek Hrivik took the second shot, as he came down the ice he held Leggio low to the ice with the angle of the blade on his stick and as he went off to the right side of the net he flipped the puck like a pancake over Leggio's right shoulder and into the back of the net. Leggio made a sprawling attempt to knock the puck out of the air but he was too late and the Pack tied up the shoot out 1-1. T.J. Hensick would get the games first star. He scored on the next Pack shot and Grumet Morris stopped the remaining four shooters to preserve the win.
The Wolf Pack will be up to prove if they can keep the win streak going tonight as they play their first game in March at home. The game starts at 7pm. The Wolf Pack are playing the Portland Pirates. This will be the last visit the Pirates make to Hartford this year.