BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
Portland, ME, February 5, 2016 – Magnus Hellberg made 35 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Tommy Hughes had a goal and an assist Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won for the tenth time in their last 11 games, beating the Portland Pirates 5-0.
The win was the most decisive of the season for the Wolf Pack, whose previous biggest margin of victory had been three goals. Hartford also had a season-high 40 shots on goal in the game, their first after the AHL All-Star break.
“I think we had a really good team effort,” Hellberg said. “I think Portland was really good, I don’t think the score tells how the game was. But we scored on our chances, and I think that tells a lot about our team and our character right after this break, too, coming into their barn and taking two points.”
The Wolf Pack scored the only goal of the first period, with Jensen finding the net at 9:56, 13 seconds after a Hartford power play expired. Hughes fired from the right point and Jensen deflected the puck past Pirate starting goaltender Mike McKenna on the stick side. Continue reading