The Wolf Pack won in overtime beating the Worcester Sharks 3-2. The winning play came when Captain Aaron Johnson passed the puck to Oscar Lindberg who was open in front of the Shark net. Lindberg beat Worcester goalie Harri Sateri glove high to win the game. The Pack are on a point streak, five points in their last three games, after going through a nine game streak in which the team under performed going 0-7-0-2.
The Pack lost a battle to Springfield in a shoot-out last Saturday night. They finally got that elusive win the day after Christmas in Bridgeport. They beat the Sound Tigers 3-1 and tonight they've won again.
The Wolf Pack grabbed a very early lead in this game. Wolf Pack winger Danny Kristo came in alone with the puck and beat Sateri to give the Pack a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game. The Pack would make it two to nothing when Arron Asham took a pass of a face off win by Brodie Dupont and drilled an NHL slap shot up into the right hand corner of the net. The shot was rifled by Asham who took the shot with a quick and full wind up.
The Sharks would get their first goal with just 59 seconds left in the first period. They would tie it up early in the third period and the teams remained tied through the end of regulation play. The tie was broken when Lindberg got open in front of the Shark net in over time to win the game.
Notice a difference in the way the team played?
The Pack average around 24 penalty minutes a game it's one of the highest averages in the league but last night they had only 6 minutes. Also Dylan McIlrath was a healthy scratch last night, that cut down on some of the minutes. McIlrath still leads the team and the AHL with 119 penalty minutes. If he had played there would have been at least 11 penalty minutes as he averages a little over five a game.
You could see the team was very happy about the win. Pack net minder Dov Grumet-Morris, 34 saves on 36 shots, was outstanding in net. After Lindberg scored, Grumet-Morris looked like a 10 year old kid as he skated down the ice did a 360 on his skates and jumped onto the crowd of players around Lindberg. The team really wanted this win.
Its great to see players having a passion to win in Hartford. It also brings the crowd into the game. After getting points in three straight games there is a little hope that the Pack can turn this season around and get back into a playoff spot.
Is it too premature to think that way on a three game point streak? Sure it is but all climbs start with a few first steps.
The Pack will continue that climb or fall today to Manchester. They play the Monarchs in Manchester at 3pm today.
You can watch the game on AHLLIVE.COM or listen to the game, announced by the voice of the Wolf Pack Bob Crawford on 1210am Beethoven Radio.