Last night during the second intermission the Wolf Pack auctioned off the "Pink in the Rink" jersey's for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. It is known as one of the best organizations for cancer research. The Auction was met with a fever of bids for people going for their favorite players jersey. Michael Haley and Dov Grumet Morris jersey's brought in the highest bids. J.T. Miller and other players went for a similar amount. The Jerseys are really sharp and the auction was a fun watch. There wasn't a jersey that didn't fetch several offers and not one of them was left when the auction ended.
What a great two games at the XL Center this past weekend. Over 16,000 fans came to see the two games this past weekend. The "Pink in the Rink" game on Saturday night drew over ten thousand people.
There were plenty of 2 dollar beer and 1 dollar hot dog sales on Friday night, the crowd was over six thousand as they saw the Providence Bruins win 6-4 over the Pack. The crowd as expected was split between the two teams. There were plenty of happy Providence Bruin fans early as their team jumped out to a 6-1 lead. I much expected the Pack to pack it in at that point in the game but they didn't. We all know the team has struggled all year and I am not one to hand out a medal for moral victories but I believe the team earned one on Friday night. The Pack battled back from 6-1 but they eventually lost 6-4. If the Pack had not run out of time they were heading to tie that game, the team was playing very tenaciously. Providence was back on it's heels. The Pack were ravenous in the final few minutes to get the another couple of goals, they were not giving up or surrendering but time ran out before they could even it up.
On Saturday night the arena was rocking as the Albany Devils took on the Pack. The Devils scored first when J. T. Miller took the puck from behind the net and threw it in front of the net to Devil right wing Mike Sislo who beat starting goalie David LeNevue. The Devils went up two nothing when LeNevue was trying to corral a rebound and the puck went into the net after players skated through the crease. It looked like another long night and the crowd of over ten thousand was not happy at all. The game officials received the loudest jeering of the season from the crowd as most felt that the Devils had kicked the puck into the net.
However the pack again showed resolve and dug deep to get back in the game. Michael Haley scored early in the third period getting the Pack on the board. They were down 3-1 until Darrel Powe scored and put them within a goal of tying the game up. Ryan Bourque scored with a little under four minutes left to tie the game.
They would go to a shoot out which has not been Hartford's strong suit this season. This time was quite different though as T. J. Hensick, J.T. Miller and red hot Jesper Fast scored on the Pack's first three shooting attempts. It was too much for the Devils to come back from as they only put one goal by LeNevue in four shots. The Pack would win 4-3 and complete a great comeback against a division rival.
The Pack have another division rival match up against the Adirondack Phantoms on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00pm. The Wolf Pack will need to keep up the pace of play like they did this weekend if they want any chance of making the playoffs at the end of the season.