Last night the Hartford Wolf Pack took on the Adirondack Phantoms at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Hartford, Connecticut. The teams played their ninth match-up of the season and this was the final one in Hartford this season for the Phantom franchise from Glens Falls. The Phantoms are moving to Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania next season.
The Wolf Pack hold a 5-3 edge in the 8 meetings and they have scored 29 goals in those 8 games. They have given up 19 goals against in those same eight games. With a descent amount of scoring in most of the match-ups one would expect this match-up to be another offensive filled night.
That wasn't the case at all as only two goals were scored in regulation play. The Adirondack Phantoms got on the board first. Center Chris Vandeverde scored in the first period and it was the only goal of the first two periods in what was a tight hard checking game. There were several stoppages in play for rough hits.
The Pack played well defensively and only had to use their penalty killing unit twice in the game. Adirondack gave the Pack five power play opportunities and it was Danny Syvret who cashed in on the fourth chance over with a little under four minutes left in the game. Adirondack winger Jason Akeson was called for hooking at 15:41 of the third period. It was Pack defenseman Danny Syvret who blasted a shot and scored from the point 35 seconds later to tie the game at one a piece. The Wolf Pack got another late power play chance when Phantom defenseman Steve Delisle, who played four games for the Connecticut Whale last year when he came to Hartford in part of the Rick Nash trade, was called for boarding at 17:23 of the third period. The Wolf Pack could not get the go ahead goal so to over time and then on to a shoot out the game went.
The Pack have had trouble scoring in shootouts. They haven't had great accuracy but luckily for them they have Dov Grumet Morris as their goal tender. The Pack did not score on their first four attempts and neither did the Phantoms thanks to Grumet Morris.
It was Wolf Pack winger Danny Kristo, just back from injury,who took the fifth shot and beat Phantoms goal tender Danis Yann to give the Pack the lead 1-0 in the shoot out. Dov Grumet Morris sealed the victory when he stopped the final shot. He stopped all five shooters to preserve the win.
The win gave the Pack the series winning edge as they won their sixth game of 9 and fifth in a row against the Phantoms.
The Wolf Pack have a busy weekend as they play in Albany this afternoon and then again on Sunday in Providence.
You can listen to the games on Fox Sports Radio 1410AM with Bob Crawford calling the game or you can watch WWW.AHLLIVE.COM