The return of Goalie Dov Grummet-Morris to Hartford and the return of former Wolf Pack/Kris Newberry made a great side story to what turned out to be a tightly contested match-up. Dov Grummet-Morris earned the second star of the game with a 32 save performance in which he also stopped 4 of 6 shooters in the shoot out. He would have been the games first star if it wasn't for a Adirondack goalie Cal Heeter. Heeter had 37 saves and stopped 5 of 6 shooters.
The Pack held a 1-0 lead and Grummet-Morris had not allowed a goal at the half way mark of the game. The Phantoms tied it up on a goal by right wing Jason Akeson with just under four minutes left in the second period. Newberry assisted on the goal giving him a point on the night. He later would get a chance to shoot on Grummet-Morris where he hit the post. You can see the shoot out in the video attached to this page.
Adirondack would take the lead early in the third on a goal by Adirondack Captain Ben Holmstrom. Just a little over a minute later Marek Hrivik scored to tie the game at 2 goals a piece. The scoring in regulation would end there.
The two teams both had their chances, I doubt the Pack would have earned a point if it wasn't for the play of Grummet-Morris. Some of his saves were met with gasps by the crowd and then followed by cheers, they appreciated some of his more dynamic saves. Grummet-Morris made some saves that had him stretching as he moved from post to post.
Heeter, at the other end of the rink, had moments where his glove and waffle/blocker were busy too. Several times Heeter dealt with a loose puck in front of his net. He was on his hands and knees looking for it like he had lost a contact or a button. The Pack just couldn't knock the loose puck in. You thought it might happen when Wolf Pack winger Shawn O'Donnell was awarded a penalty shot but he couldn't beat Heeter.
The Pack offense continued with their struggles, that was clear. Losing to Adirondack kept the Pack in last place in the division and in the conference. They are currently 9-13-0-3 with 21 points. They are 16 points behind first place Springfield. Thats a large deficit to overcome. The Pack should focus on one game at a time until they can produce more winning ways. If they miss the playoffs this year it will be the first time the team has missed the playoffs two seasons in a row since the team came to Hartford in 1997.
The Wolf Pack will get another shot at a win tonight in Albany against the Devils. You can listen to the game live on Fox Sports Radio 1410AM. You can also listen on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com. The game can be seen live at www.ahllive.com.