The Pack traveled not to Portland but to Lewiston, Maine. The Pirates will be playing in the historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Colisee was built back in the late fifties. It was home to exhibition games of the Boston Celtics and the NBA back in the Red Aurebach days. At the time the Colisee had the worlds largest portable floor. The building has been home to hockey before as well. The were home to the Maine Nordiques from 1973-1977. The Colisee also held the Sonny Liston, Muhammed Ali(Ali was known as Cassius Clay in 1965) World Heavy Weight Boxing rematch on May 25, 1965. Tonight however it was host to an AHL match-up and a first season meeting between the Pack and the Pirates.
The Pack ended the first period down 1-0 on a goal by Portland Pirates right winger Gilbert Brule. Pack defenseman Conor Allen, just 16 seconds into the second period, scored on a goal assisted by Michael Haley and Brandon Mashinter. It was the Wolf Pack's defenseman's first goal of the season.
Just as the night before the Pack fell behind early in the second period, this time after just tying the game. They did tie the game at 2 about mid-way through the second period. Haley got on the board with a goal assisted by Shawn O'Donnell and Aaron Johnson. A few minutes later Danny Kristo put the Pack in front and goalie Cam Talbot sunk the Pirates chances on a comeback with a scoreless effort in the third period. Talbot stopped 39 of 41 shots in another great win. Kristo is the Pack's biggest scoring threat thus far he has, four goals, seven points in six games. Aaron Johnson the teams' Captain had his second two point night in as many games.
The Pirates, out of Lewiston, will get another shot at the Pack as they meet on Wednesday. Global Spectrum who runs the XL Center has a great promotion this season. It is called 'Winning Wednesdays' if the Wolf Pack win you will receive a free ticket to the next home game. Will the Pack's winning ways continue?
The team has been more than competitive compared to how the they ended last season. Last season ended on a brutal 5 game losing streak. Now the teams play is like night and day. The Hartford Wolf Pack have taken 9 out of 10 points in their first five games of the season. They have played their competition close but they haven't gone home without a point and for fans that can be a fun ride.
The Pack lead the league in points right now. If the Rangers take Talbot away for the season how much is that going to affect the teams play this season? That is going to be a hurdle for the team this year.