BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
UTICA, NY – Marek Hrivik’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout was the difference-maker in the Hartford Wolf Pack (12-15-2-0) snapping a two-game losing streak. The Pack’s 2-1 defeat of the Utica Comets (14-10-2-2) on the road comes on the heels of Saturday night’s horrendous 7-1 loss to the Rochester Americans.
What was a highly entertaining hockey game was decided by Hrivik, who had a game-high seven shots on goal. Hrivik snapped a 25-foot wrist shot off the post and past Utica’s netminder, Richard Bachman (31 saves). In addition to ending their two-game slump, the Pack win also snapped a four-game losing streak on the road.
Adam Tambellini, who scored in regulation play, also scored in the shootout with snap-shot high over Bachman’s right shoulder. Of the four Utica shooters, only Niklas Jensen was able to put one past the game’s second star, Jeff Malcolm (25 saves). This was the Pack’s third shootout win of the season and Hrivik has had the game-winner in two of those three games. Continue reading