The Wolf Pack completed a home winning weekend defeating two Northeast Division opponents back to back. The Albany Devils came to the XL Center holding onto the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Wolf Pack was just off a 6-2 dominant win over the Northeast Division leader Springfield.
The game was scoreless through the entire first period. No one would score until the game was about half over. It was Albany that struck first blood when defenseman Brandon Burlon scored a power play goal at 9:04 in the second period. Kyle Jean was in the penalty box for goaltender interference. The Pack scored close to five minutes later when Jesper Fast beat Albany goal tender Scott Wedgewood, the goal was assisted by Ryan Bourque and J.T. Miller. A highlight goal gave the Pack a 2-1 lead. Wolf Pack defenseman Bretton Stamler made some incredible moves coming into the Devils defensive zone. Somehow he was able to split three Devil defenders and still make a deke move to beat Wedgewood.It was Stamler's second goal of the season.
The line of Miller, Bourque, and Jesper Fast took care of the rest. They really had a great night. Both Miller and Bourque ended the night +4 and Fast was a +3. Bourque ended up scoring the game winner 12:25 into the third period and Miller assisted on two more goals. That was enough to hold off Albany for a 4-3 win. Miller had four points on the night,1g3a, making him the games first star. Bourque had 3 points,1g2a,and earned the games second star.
The Wolf Pack have been sitting at the bottom looking up at fourteen teams for most of the season. Recently the team has made some changes that have really turned the season around. The Wolf Pack have won 12 of their 18 games. That a 66% winning percentage, winning every two out of every three games is something that doesn't last. If the Pack has even the slimmest chances of getting into the final spot they need to duplicate this feat throughout the remaining 18 games. They will also still have to hope for teams in front of them to go on some losing streaks.
How tough of a season has it been?
With last nights win the Wolf Pack improved their record to 25-27-0-6. The last time the Pack were .500 was November 19. They are just three wins away from getting back to that point.
The Pack is back at it again later today when they travel to New Hampshire to take on the Monarchs. This will be a tall order as the Monarchs lead the Conference with 84 points. The Pack have just knocked off the 8th and the 2nd spot holders in the Conference and it is quite possible they may be able to pull off a win.
You can listen to them go for it on Fox Sports Radio 1410 or you can watch the game at WWW.AHLLIVE.Com.