The Pack lost both games over this past weekend a terrible 3-0 loss to the Bridgeport Soundtigers on Friday night. They followed that up with a shoot out loss to the Springfield Falcons on Saturday night. The Pack provided the home crowd a non-thrilling one goal weekend. Bridgeport shut down the Pack easily and Soundtiger net minder Anders Nilsson earned a shut out in a 33 save performance. Nilsson played very well but he certainly didn't shut down a great offensive team.
The Pack are a dismal 0-7-0-2 in their last 9 games. In that time their offensive output has produced about 1.33 goals a game. That is only 12 goals in 9 games. They were shut out twice during this losing streak as well. An anemic offense is an understatement at this point. We have heard Assistant Coach Pat Boller say while being interviewed up in the "Hawks Nest" that this teams' challenge is their youth but so far the team has gone from bad to worse during this losing streak.
With a weekend with only one goal you have to say congratulations to Wolf Pack forward Akim Aliu who scored the only Wolf Pack goal and his first as a member of the Pack. That one goal allowed the fans to participate in the Teddy Bear Toss Night. Stuffed animals that are thrown onto the ice will go to benefit Toys for Tots program. Aliu didn't just score, he also got into his first fight as a member of the Pack. Aliu and Springfield Captain Ryan Craig meet at center ice. After a few punches were thrown Aliu just took Craig to the ice and held him down like a pinned wrestler. Aliu looks like a very tough customer on the ice and even tougher in a fight.
Aliu's goal also tied up the game and the Pack appeared to have a chance for a win, their were definitely chances to get the go ahead goal. After seeing the Pack play so poorly against Bridgeport there must have been a fear that Atlantic Division leading Springfield would tear the Pack apart but the Falcons could not get more than one past Grummet-Morris. Neither team could get the go ahead goal with a man advantage either, going 0-12 on the power play combined(SF 0-7 WP 0-5).
Goal Tender Dov Grummet-Morris is still trying to win his first game back in Hartford since a Whale playoff win in game four of the Northeast Division semi-finals in 2010-2011 season. He played well enough to win on Saturday night stopping 30 of 31 shots but he was only able to stop one out of three shooters in the shoot out. The shooters for the Pack had no ammunition as all four of them came up empty. The Pack are a woefully bad shoot out team to watch. Their goalies are constantly under pressure to make every save just to give the offense a chance. If there is a coaching checklist for the Wolf Pack staff this has to be in the top five going forward.
Holding Springfield to one goal may be a moral victory but it's a hollow one. The Pack are 0-4-0-2 against the Falcons so far this year. The teams have been pretty evenly split over the last two years.
The Pack have a long season ahead of them still and its not too late to turn the season around. They will have a chance to do it the day after Christmas in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers. The next home game is December 28 against the visiting Worcester Sharks. You can listen to the games on 1410AM Radio and even watch the games on AHLLIVE.COM