The Hockey Hall of Fame was on hand to lend a hand with the Hartford Hockey Heritage weekend. There were a few trophies on hand and some more classic Hartford Hockey jerseys and equipment. See the video of the display attached.
One thing is certain, that was two exciting wins that greeted over 17 thousand Hartford Hockey fans this weekend at the XL Center. After last nights action packed 8-6 win the Pack tonight held the fort down in a gritty 3-1 win.
The Springfield Falcons were sitting one point ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Northeast Division. The Pack win put them in front of Springfield and also into second place behind Syracuse. The Pack are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and they only have fewer points than Manchester and Syracuse.
The Pack grabbed a 1-0 lead on an early power play goal in the first period when Marek Hrivik scored his seventh goal of the season and second goal in two nights. The Pack held onto that 1-0 lead for the remainder of the first period.
They played solid defensively and so did Mackenzie Skapski in net. At least until a huge breakdown in the Wolf Pack zone led to a Falcon tying goal. The Falcon line of Luke Adam, Josh Anderson and Marko Dano created a pretty bang, bang passing play that lead to the goal. Mackenzie Skapski did all he could to defend the net but by the time the puck was on Marko Dano’s stick it was impossible to recover and make a save.
The Falcons and Pack remained tied at one for around another seven minutes before Danny Kristo scored the game winning goal. He fired a shot from outside and to the left of the crease. Initially Springfield goalie Scott Munroe made the save but the shot’s momentum carried the puck through his pads and the puck slowly slid towards the goal line. Munroe and anyone else within reasonable reach went after the puck trying to get the puck before it crossed the goal line but it was too late. The goal lamp was lit behind the net. It appeared to be a good goal and after a short and quick review it was official. Kristo had scored his second goal of the weekend and both were game winners.
There was no scoring in the third period until the Falcons pulled Munroe for an extra attacker. Then as time started to run out Joey Crabb sealed the victory with an empty net goal with 31 seconds left in the game. The weekend wins were well deserved but there is no time to take a break in the Wolf Pack’s season.
The recent Wolf Pack wins set up another huge match up on the road this coming Wednesday at 7p.m. against the Northeast Division leading Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch hold a four point lead on the Wolf Pack for the division lead. You can listen to Bob Crawford, the voice of the Pack, call the game on FOX Sports radio 1410AM.
The Pack have won five division games in their last seven division match ups.
The Pack are 7-2-1 in their last ten games.
The Pack have won five out of their last six games.
The Pack over the weekend scored four power play goals on 12 opportunities.
Tonights win was the Wolf Pack’s third win in a row over the Springfield Falcons.
Joey Crabb has three goals and two assists in his last two games.