Between Thanksgiving this week and the Wolf Pack on Friday night everyone should have seen plenty of stuffing. Last night at the XL Center the Hartford Wolf Pack put up 35 shots. The Pack were completely stuffed, stumped and shut out by Norfolk Admiral goaltender Yann Danis in a 2-0 loss.
Although the Pack had the man advantage four times in the game they could not even light the lamp once. Coach Ken Gernander even pulled goaltender Mackenzie Skapski with over two minutes left in the game but a man advantage didn’t seem to even improve the Wolf Packs’ chances at scoring. The irony for the Wolf Pack is Norfolk won the game on a set of power play goals.
Norfolk didn’t waste anytime, they scored on their first man advantage a little over seven minutes into the first period. Norfolk forward Louis Leblanc scored to make the game one to nothing less than a minute into Connor Allen’s hooking penalty. That was literally all Norfolk would need to win the game. But they added on another that soon made the game feel far out of reach for the Wolf Pack. Norfolk defenseman Mike Friberg scored midway into the second period to give the Admirals and admirable lead over Hartford. It was Friberg’s second point of the night. Leblanc assisted on the goal for his second point of the night as well.
Norfolk goalie Yann Danis made 35 saves in the shut out and that earned him the games first star. Mackenzie Skapski played well in net for Hartford. The rookie goalie faced 39 shots Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win for the Wolf Pack. He made a penalty shot save in that game and he made one against Norfolk tonight. He has a 5-4-1-0 record with a 2.28 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
I don’t think it was the Wolf Pack’s plan to rely on Skapski but he has been carrying this team over the last few games. The defense has had its issues and recently the power play has taken a turn for the worse. The Wolf Pack has only capitalized on 1 of 14 power plays over their last three games.
They will be back at it again tonight against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena. You can listen to the game on Fox Sports Radio 1410AM and you can watch the game live on AHLLIVE.COM.
Wolf Pack fans who are Jared Nightingale fans must have been happy to see that he has received a try out offer from Norfolk. Nightingale played several seasons with the Wolf Pack and recently had a try out with the team about a month ago. Nightingale was a plus – 0 in the game with a penalty in the first period for high sticking. He is closing in on reaching his 400th AHL game played.
Norfolk entered the game against the Wolf Pack last in the conference and seven spots out of a playoff spot.