The Pack won their first game ever on the road against the St. John's Ice Caps. The Wolf Pack have always had trouble with the Ice Caps since they joined the league after Winnipeg returned to the NHL. The Ice Caps are the Jets top affiliate.
J.T. Miller scored two goals, Danny Kristo had a goal and an assist and Danny Syvret had two assists lead the Pack to a seventh straight win. The Wolf Pack have been on an impressive run and all of it with David LeNeveu in net. He has only allowed six goals in seven games.
The Pack will be back to play the Ice Caps again today in a Sunday matinee. Can they make it eight straight?
It won't matter for the postseason as the Pack were eliminated the day before. They can no longer catch the final playoff spot. If they were playing like this most of the season they would be one of the top teams in the league.
If anything you can take from this season its definitely that the Pack have hit a groove and now can stand toe to toe with any team in their conference. They have handled Springfield, Manchester, and Providence lately by beating them head to head. They have rattled off seven straight wins including knocking the Worchester Sharks out of playoff contention the other night 2-1. In those seven wins David LeNevue has played lights out and continues to get the start in net. The first three wins of the streak had no goals scored against the Wolf Pack.
With three games left and on the outside looking in at the playoffs is a tough place to be, but you have to give them credit for turning their season completely around. It wasn’t an easy start to begin with.
The Pack began the season losing their standout goal tender Cam Talbot. He was called up to the New York Rangers to fill their backup goaltender roll. The season also began with a completely overhauled defensive unit. The only returning defenseman was Dylan McIlrath and he had only about 40 games of AHL experience. After Talbot left the Pack were left with there young net minders whom Gernander has since said were not ready to take the lead in net for a full AHL season. The Wolf Pack brought back two goalies who had previously played with the AHL franchise. Dov Grumet Morris and David LeNeveu have both played well, LeNeveu is playing as well as a goalie can right now.
A mid-season roster clean up in January was a turning point. The team is 24-13 since that roster shake up and has done it beating some teams that they had no chance of doing so earlier in the season.
I believe this is Germander’s best coaching performance so far as head coach. He really turned this team around and molded them into a tough out for any team in the conference. They could have just rolled over in January and February but they didn’t. The New York Rangers have to appreciate that, ending on a high note is how every team, coach and player wants their season to end.