The Heat team was made up of first responders from within our local area. There was a rumor that one of the players on their roster used to play in the AHL for Lowell at one time. I haven’t been able to get a name to check, but if true you would think it would have had to be the Heat player that scored a hat trick in this game.
The Hat Trick wasn't the only memorable moment in this game.
Just the evening before on the same ice, Hartford Wolf Pack forward Jesper Fast scored the fastest goal in Wolf Pack team history doing it in just seven seconds to start the game against the Springfield Falcons on Friday night.
The Wolf Pack fan team topped that with their own incredible start. Center Matt Gingras of the fan team scored just six seconds into the game against the Heat on Saturday. One second faster than Fast had done the evening before.
That’s the only lead the Wolf Pack fan team had though as they found themselves down 5-1 to the Heat in the second period. Both goalies Ryan Kiely and Grant Sampson had their gloves and pads tested as the Heat kept up pressure in the Pack fan teams’ end of the ice.
The Pack fan team was down but not out. They were able to mount a comeback to give their team a shot at a win. It began with defenseman Tim Thomas who scored to make it 5-2 in the second. Forward Justin Boice got on the board when he scored with a blast of a slap shot form between the face off circles making it 5-3. Thomas netted a second goal when he raced down the ice and scored his second goal of the game. The Pack fan team pulled within one goal making it 5-4, but that was as close as they got before the Heat turned it on to finish off the game.
The Heat burned the Pack fan team for some late period goals and they cruised on to a 7-4 win in front of a few dozen fans, friends and family.
Quite a few people were on hand to witness the game and it is for a good cause as well. Both the Heat and the Wolf Pack fan team contribute to a charity to be able to play in the XL Center. It’s also a great way for fans to see a hockey game before the AHL hockey game begins.
The next game for the Pack fan team is scheduled for February. The opponent and date will be announced soon.