The Springfield Falcons started off this season as one of the hottest teams in the AHL. That was proven over and over as they beat the Pack six consecutive times to start the season series. That changed ever since January 24. Amazingly the Hartford Wolf Pack have turned the tables on their I-91 rivals.
On Friday night the Pack erupted for a three goal third period that vaulted them to their fourth consecutive win against the first place Falcons.
The rivalry has gone upside down from how the season started. The Wolf Pack are playing better than they have all season while the Falcons are playing worse than they have all season.
The two teams would end up tied at the end of the first period as they each traded two goals. The Wolf Pack never play from behind in this game, they took a lead three times before putting the game away.
When the Falcons tied the game at two in the first period no one in the building would guess that Springfield was not going to get another chance to win the game. That was as close as the Flacons would get to winning this game.
The Wolf Pack took a final lead in the second when Jesper Fast scored to make it 3-2. Fast gave the Pack a lead they would not lose the rest of the way.
The third period became an eruption of offense that has rarely been seen this season. Arron Asham scored along with T.J. Hensick and even defenseman Tommy Hughes scored a goal, his second of the season. The three insurance goals would give the Wolf Pack an impressive victory over the Northeast division leader.
The win vaulted the Wolf Pack from 14th place in the Eastern Conference to an 11th place, 54 point, tie with Worcester. The Wolf Pack still remain well out of range of a playoff spot but they are clearly hitting a good stride with the current way the roster is structured.
The Wolf Pack will not get a long rest as they take on the Albany Devils on Saturday night at the XL Center. You can buy tickets at the box office in the XL Atrium or if you cant make the game you can listen to it on Fox Sports Radio 1410AM.