The Hartford Wolf Pack is predicted to finish 14th in the Eastern Conference by some in the AHL community but the fight to win tonight to the naked eye looked better than that prediction. There was a small crowd on hand for a Friday night of two dollar beer and one dollar hot dogs.
Are you able to explain not coming out for a deal like that?
This was a promotion offered last year under a different management company but Ovations food and Global's management of the arena thus far has been far and beyond what Hartford hockey fans were getting last year. The dogs are better and the beer even appears larger.
Returning back to the reason we are here; the hockey. It wasn't even within the first three minutes of the game before fan favorite Dylan McIlrath grabbed Phantom defenseman Derek Mathers and they dropped the gloves and squared off, you can watch the battle by clicking on the video on this page.
The crowd of 2,273 saw the Wolf Pack go ahead early then fall behind and tie it up with a few minutes left. Leave it to Hartford's newest hockey hero. Danny Kristo who was acquired from Montreal for Christian Thomas. Kristo had a goal and an assist in the game and he even scored in the shoot out along with J.T. Miller to seal this win. A gritty effort to earn a 5-4 shoot out victory over the division rival Adirondack Phantoms.
The Wolf Pack has not played outstanding in there first three games but they are certainly playing better than their parent club whom has been outscored 15-2 in their last two games.
The Pack's next game is tomorrow against these same Adirondack Phantoms. Can they beat them two in a row?
Certainly and it may not matter whose in net. Cam Talbot was pretty solid tonight(31 saves and stopping 4 out of 5 shooters in the shootout) and Jason Missiaen could very well be solid tomorrow night if head coach Gernander gives him the start. The question is then will the offense and defense be solid to get their first win on the road?
Tune in on Radio 1410 AM to listen to the Hawk, Bob Crawford call the game from Glens Falls Arena.