The Hartford Wolf Pack's hot start to the season came to a Falcon screeching halt this past weekend.
In the teams first two meetings of the season the teams played close throughout both games but the Falcons won in a shoot out on Friday night, 3-2 and they won 3-2 again in regulation on Saturday night.
It was former Whale player Jonathan Marchessault who got the game winner on Friday night scoring the final goal in the shoot out. Marchessault led the Connecticut Whale, now the Hartford Wolf Pack, in points in his rookie season in Hartford two seasons ago. Since he signed with Springfield he has certainly been a thorn in Hartford's side. Hartford lost in the shoot out round 2-1. Hartford has not done well in shoot outs in terms of scoring over the last few years. That continued on Friday night.
On Saturday night the Pack lost 3-2 again but this time in regulation as they came back to close the game within one but could not rally to tie the game. Danny Kristo continued his hot play with another tally giving him eight goals and 13 point in 12 games. On Saturday night the Pack gave up two short handed goals and that killed their chances. The second short handed goal was the game winner as well for the Falcons. The Pack had to have at least a split to be happy with the weekend games. They would only came home with one point out of a possible 4 this weekend.
The Falcons moved up on Hartford, cutting the Pack's division lead to one point. The Pack have 16 points and still lead the Northeast division despite the two losses and one point.
The bright spots of the games for Hartford are the play of defenseman Dylan McIlrath. His size and physical play have been noticed and they are a big part of his game. McIlrath who had played 47 games for Hartford's AHL club without a goal. He now has three in the seasons first 12 games. If he continues to play this well New York may cast some attention his way when call ups are needed.
Andrew Rowe, who was called up from Greenville of the ECHL when J.T. Miller, Brandon Mashinter and Chris Krieder were called up to New York, scored a goal in the game and scored in the shoot out as well. Rowe has scored two goals and an assist in his first five games with the Pack.
Coach Ken Gernander split the goal tending duties this weekend between the two games. Jason Missiaen(Mountain Missiaen at 6' 8") made 32 saves on Friday night and was only able to stop two of the four Falcon shooters in the shoot out.
Scott Stacjer would make his second start and third appearance of the season. He made 19 saves on 22 shots in Saturdays contest. Stajcer who replaced former Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm as the Wolf Pack's new backup goaltender has shown he can handle the position so far.
Next up the Pack go back to the XL Center to wait for a Friday night tilt with another old foe. The Providence Bruins will make their first appearance of the season agains the Pack. The game starts at 7:00pm.