BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
PORTLAND, ME – The Hartford Wolf Pack train keeps rolling along.
The first game since the All Star break was their most complete game of the entire season for the Wolf Pack as they shut out the Portland Pirates 5-0 on the road. For the Pack, the win is their tenth in their last eleven.
The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates put a season high forty shots on net and received stellar goaltending from Magnus Hellberg (35 saves). Hellberg’s performance earned him his third shutout of the season and the game’s First Star honors. Hellberg’s performance was supplemented beautifully by good, sound and timely defensive work.
Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist while Travis Oleksuk chipped in two assist while Tommy Hughes recorded a, “Gordie Howe Hat Trick.”
The Pack are now 24-20-2-0 (50 points) and move into sixth place in the Atlantic Division, but remain just outside the playoff invitation list sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Hartford travels to Albany Sunday for a 5pm contest against the North Division’s second place team, the Devils.
The Pirates record drops to 26-17-1-0 (53 points) and they sit in the third place in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference. They will play host to the Providence Bruins on Saturday night.
The Pack got the only goal of the first period. Continue reading