Despite a poor attendance showing on the team’s only Tuesday night game this season, the Wolf Pack continued a current trend of playing better hockey. The Adirondack Phantoms were in town and they found themselves down to the Wolf Pack 2-1 at the end of the first Period. The Pack piled on two additional goals while going on to a solid 4-1 win after a penalty filled but scoreless third period.
The Pack have played the Phantoms four times in the last 9 games and they have won all four of them. The Pack seem to have the Phantoms number right now. The Wolf Pack also have moved out of the last spot in the league jumping the Utica Comets by one point.
The first line play of Pack forwards Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg have been the biggest bright spots of what has been a tough 2013-2014 campaign. Kristo scored again last night giving him 31 points in 42 games. Lindberg who has 30 points in 45 games has also been a strong starter for the Pack throughout this current season.
The Wolf Pack have been playing their best hockey since October as they have won six out of their last nine games. All six wins have been against division opponents, four against the Phantoms, one against the Springfield Falcons and one against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The team has begun to play with a tenacity and commitment that hasn’t been seen this year. When they fall behind they still give the effort that they would if they were in the lead and when they have the lead they haven’t allowed teams back into the mix as easily.
When fans see effort they will pay attention to the team. The fact that it appears the team is reestablishing their commitment to the season is great but it may have come too late to make a playoff push. Even with winning the last six out of 9 games the Pack still remain 15 points behind the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference which is currently in a tie between Hershey and Providence.
The Pack hit the road this weekend making one of their longest trips of the season down to play the Norfolk Admirals. They haven’t played the Admirals since the start of the season. They will play back to back games before heading to Springfield next Friday and then home against Manchester.
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