CHECKERS UNABLE TO COMPLETE COMEBACK, FALL 3-2
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CHECKERS UNABLE TO COMPLETE COMEBACK, FALL 3-2
Saturday hosted one of those rare nights where both the NHL and their AHL affiliates would squared off on the same day. The AHL Connecticut Whale did their part with a 4-2 victory, their fifth in seven tries, against the Worcester Sharks. After that game concluded, some three hours later the parent New York Rangers went on to beat the San Jose Sharks in a shootout 3-2.
The last time the Hartford Wolf Pack won two straight games (Oct. 16-17) they followed it up with a slide into near oblivion going 1-9-2-2 over he next 14 games.
For Coach Ken Gernander’s sake hopefully this one doesn’t start a streak like that one as once again, the Wolf Pack failed to put a full 60-minute effort together and were beaten 4-3 to the Hershey Bears Sunday afternoon in front of 10,799 at the Giant Center.
Hershey’s Chocolate World is located next door to the Giant Center and it’s about the closest thing you’ll ever find to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Based upon the way their disappearance in the second period, you would have thought that Oopma Loopas were going to come out of the locker room and sing a tale about the Wolf Pack at center ice. Gernander’s troops did their best impression of Augustus Gloop and slipped into a Sea of Chocolate. After playing well in the first period, the Wolf Pack allowed two goals to Mathieu Perreault and four overall in the period all on 16 shots. They put together a valiant effort in the third frame but it was once again, too little too late.
Just 17 seconds into the second period, Evgeny Grachev tried to make a fancy pass from inside his own zone. Perreault picked it off just outside the blue line and rushed up the right wing side of the slot chased by Wade Redden. Perreault make a dandy fake and Wolf Pack starter Cam Talbot (30 saves, 1-2-1) bit hard on it. The Hershey centerman backhanded the puck past the outstretched leg of the fallen Wolf Pack netminder.
All season long, the Wolf Pack have allowed bad plays like that to shake their collective confidence and they have repeatedly found ways to make a bad situation worse by going into a funk. They did it again as just 1:13 later, while on a delayed penalty situation, the one-time Pack defenseman fired a long shot through traffic that Talbot never saw and deposited it into the twine behind him.
Seconds later Talbot made perhaps his best save of the game. Jay Beagle charged hard up the ice after another Wolf Pack giveaway and Talbot got the pad on it.
Gernander sensing the game was getting away from his troops, wisely called for a timeout.
After the timeout ended, Fahey was called for a trip and went to the box at 4:03. 14 seconds later defenseman Sean Collins joined him in the sin bin and gave the Wolf Pack a golden opportunity, 1:46 of 5-on-3 power play time and they took advantage of it.
Redden ripped a blast from the left point. It really demonstrated what he used to do so effectively as a member of the Ottawa Senators and the reason the NY Rangers wanted him when they signed him in July 2008 to a 6-year $39 million contract. Mats Zuccarello was in front of Semyon Varlamov (19 saves, 2-1-0) and redirected Redden’s shot past the Washington Capitals’ goaltender (in Hershey on a conditioning stint) at 5:12.
3:26 later, Perreault got a little bit of luck when Jyri Niemi went to block, what very well may have been a centering pass from the left wing side, only to have it redirect up and over Talbot’s glove. It was 3-1.
Thirteen year pro, Brian Willsie scored what proved to be the game winner with just 54.7 seconds remaining in the period.
With 2:08 remaining in the second period Grachev and Kyle Greentree got into it with one another in front of the Hershey net and both were sent off for roughing putting the sides four-on-four for the two minutes.
But nine seconds later, Tim Kennedy was called for slashing and set up a four-on-three and gave Hershey, the best power play team in the AHL, it’s third power play.
Ex-Pack defenseman Lawrence Nycholat and Willsie played hot potato with the puck at the top of the circles. After a couple of back-and-fourths, Willsie tattooed the puck from the left side right over Talbot’s glove and just under the crossbar for his tenth of the season.
To their credit, the Wolf Pack did not run and hide. They came out in the third period loaded for bear…pardon the pun.
Justin Williams took back to back penalties at 3:42 for Tripping and then at 6:12 for Slashing.
After coming out of the box Williams got involved in a 3-on-2 odd man rush up the ice. He fed Chad Kolarik at the left wing side of the slot. Kolarik then drew a defender and Varlamov to the left side and teed up the puck for Jared Nightingale who was trailing on the play and he deposited it into the empty net for his first goal of the season. The goal came at 8:29.
1:19 later, Dale Weise, with Nycholat all over him, redirected a Pavel Valentenko shot form the left point and put it over Varlamov for his third of the season.
The Wolf Pack battled back, but just could not find an equalizer even after Talbot was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:01 to go.
* Past Wolf Pack connections were in this contest. Lawrence Nycholat, Boyd Kane and Brian Fahey
* The Wolf Pack announced before the game that radio listeners throughout the State of Connecticut will be treated to a Connecticut Whale “Radio Roadblock”, featuring the Whale’s iconic “Brass Bonanza”, at 8:25 AM this Monday, November 22. This media “greenout” is in celebration of the return of The Whale to Connecticut Saturday, November 27, when the newly-rebranded team takes on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, November 28, when the Adirondack Phantoms and former Wolf Pack head coach, and AHL Hall of Famer, John Paddock visit the XL Center for a 5:00 game. The voiceover talent for the Radio Roadblock is also memorable—legendary Whalers radio play-by-play man Chuck Kaiton. Connecticut hockey fans are encouraged to set their watches to 8:25 AM on Monday, and tune into one of the following participating radio stations: WDRC-FM, WHCN-FM, WKSS-FM, WMRQ-FM, ESPN Radio 1410 WPOP-AM, ESPN Radio 1300 WAVZ-AM, WWYZ-FM, WELI-AM, WKCI-FM, WPLR-FM, WCCC-FM, WTIC Newstalk 1080, 96.5 TIC FM and LITE 100.5 FM.
* Weise has two goals and two assists in the three games he’s played since missing a month recovering from wrist surgery.
* Redden has a three game points streak and Kennedy is at four games. Both have the same output at 1g, 4a, 5pts.
* Ryan McDonagh, Nigel Williams and Niemi are the only Pack players not to have scored a goal and played in at least 12 games. Tyler Donati (8 games) and Lee Baldwin (9 games) also have not scored.
* Justin Williams has 5g and 2a in the last 5 games.
* Zuccarello has 2g and 3a in the last three games.
* For you Grachev fans, the Russian forward has 1g and 1a in 12 games this season. Overall he has 3 goals in his last 50 at the AHL level. Add in the fact that he didn’t score in the 6 he played in New York, that’s 3g in his last 56 games.
* NHL veteran Sheldon Souray was a healthy scratch.
* Ex-Pack and current Hershey Bear Lawrence Nycholat and Redden were teammates on the Ottawa Senators in 2006-08.
Grachev – Newbury – J. Williams
Zuccarello – Kennedy – Weise
DiDiomete – Tessier – Kolarik
Soryal – Garlock
Redden – Nightingale
Valentenko – Niemi
McDonagh – Kundratek
(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)
Brodie Dupont – Leg Laceration – Day-to-Day
Tyler Donati – Healthy Scratch
Nigel Williams – Healthy Scratch
Chris McKelvie – Healthy Scratch
1. HER – M. Perreault
2. HER – B. Fahey
3. HFD – C. Kolarik
ON ICE OFFICIALS:
Chris Cozzan (18)
David Banfield (44)
Bob Goodman (90)
Matt MacPherson (94)
The Wolf Pack are off until Friday night when they travel to the Arena at Harbor Yard to play their final game as the Hartford Wolf Pack in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers. It’s also the start of a home-and-home as the next day they play their first game as the rebranded Connecticut Whale. Bob Crawford will have the pregame at 6:30pm.
To watch the game live, you can purchased it for $6.99 at AHL-live.
For Ticket information call (860) 548-2000.
Hartford Wolf Pack 3 at Hershey Bears 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, November 21, 2010 – Giant Center
Hartford 0 1 2 – 3
Hershey 0 4 0 – 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Miskovic Her (tripping), 2:49; DiDiomete Hfd (slashing), 15:35; Kolarik Hfd (interference), 16:53.
2nd Period-1, Hershey, Perreault 3 0:17. 2, Hershey, Fahey 2 (Rome, Wellar), 1:30. 3, Hartford, Zuccarello 8 (Redden, Williams), 5:12 (PP). 4, Hershey, Perreault 4 (Greentree, Fahey), 8:38. 5, Hershey, Willsie 10 (Nycholat, Gordon), 19:05 (PP). Penalties-Fahey Her (tripping), 4:03; Collins Her (high-sticking), 4:17; McDonagh Hfd (tripping), 11:45; Grachev Hfd (roughing), 17:52; Greentree Her (roughing), 17:52; Kennedy Hfd (slashing), 18:01.
3rd Period-6, Hartford, Nightingale 1 (Kolarik, Williams), 8:29. 7, Hartford, Weise 3 (Valentenko, Kennedy), 9:48. Penalties-Williams Hfd (tripping), 3:42; Williams Hfd (slashing), 6:12.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 8-6-8-22. Hershey 12-16-6-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 / 3; Hershey 1 / 6.
Goalies-Hartford, Talbot 1-1-1 (34 shots-30 saves). Hershey, Varlamov 1-1-0 (22 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18), David Banfield (44).
Linesmen-Bob Goodman (90), Matt MacPherson (94).
BEARS STRIKE EARLY, DOWN CHECKERS, 5-2
Charlotte splits two-game series with defending champs
The loss snapped a seven-game undefeated-in-regulation streak for Charlotte who went 4-0-3 over that span. Bears forward Kyle Greentree led the way offensively with two goals while Chris Terry scored for the Checkers to extend his point streak to six games (5g, 3a).
Hershey opened the scoring with two quick goals, early in the first period. Boyd Kane forced a turnover in the Charlotte zone and fed Francois Bouchard, who scored on a wrist-shot from the high slot at 5:58. Then, just 56 seconds later, a turnover in the Checkers’ end sent the puck to Greentree, who banked a shot off of Pogge’s stick and in from the side of the net.
Charlotte pulled goaltender Justin Pogge for Mike Murphy, after 6:54, to try to swing the momentum.
The Checkers began to create scoring chances, including a shot by Drayson Bowman that beat Bears netminder Dany Sabourin but rang off the post.
Hershey made it a 3-0 game at 13:58 of the second period when Patrick Wellar blasted a slap shot from the point to beat Murphy.
Terry got the Checkers on the board late in the second period when he and Jerome Samson broke in on a 2-on-1. Samson carried the puck down the right-wing side and slid a pass over to Terry, who redirected it into the back of the net.
Charlotte outshot Hershey 19-8 in the second period but could only manage one goal on the scoreboard.
Zac Dalpe cut the Hershey lead to 3-2, 47 seconds into the third period. From the corner, Jacob Micflikier sent a pass to the top of the crease to Dalpe, who put the puck into the top corner of the net.
The Bears regained their two-goal lead when Greentree buried his fourth goal of the two-game series. Greentree, hanging out in front of the net, picked up a rebound and flicked it over a sprawling Murphy.
Charlotte pulled Murphy with 1:59 left for an extra attacker, but couldn’t beat Sabourin. Kane iced the game for Hershey when he lofted the puck into the empty net to win, 5-2.
The Checkers (6-7-3) will host Bridgeport (5-7-0), the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.
Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to six games (5g, 3a)…Jerome Samson ranks tied for third in the league in goals (9), and first in the league in shots (84)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (73)…The Checkers are 4-1-3 in their last eight games.
Hershey Bears 5 at Charlotte Checkers 2 – Status: Final
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena
Hershey 2 1 2 – 5
Charlotte 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Hershey, Bouchard 3 (Kane), 5:58. 2, Hershey, Greentree 6 (Bouchard), 6:54. Penalties-Collins Her (interference), 1:05; McNeill Her (fighting), 6:57; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 6:57.
2nd Period-3, Hershey, Wellar 1 (Collins), 13:58. 4, Charlotte, Terry 8 (Samson, Graham), 17:21. Penalties-Bruess Her (hooking), 3:22; Fahey Her (cross-checking), 9:44.
3rd Period-5, Charlotte, Dalpe 3 (Micflikier, Osala), 0:47. 6, Hershey, Greentree 7 (Finley, Fahey), 5:09. 7, Hershey, Kane 5 18:30 (EN). Penalties-McNeill Her (hooking), 10:25; Samson Cha (double minor – high-sticking), 12:31.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 9-8-9-26. Charlotte 6-19-14-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 2; Charlotte 0 / 4.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 1-4-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 3-4-0 (3 shots-1 saves); Murphy 3-3-2 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Jason Rollins (37).
Linesmen-Mike Sheehan, Mark Hamlett (81).
CHECKERS OUTLAST DEFENDING CHAMPS, 4-2
Muphy stumps Hershey offense with 42-save performance
The Checkers have now picked up points in seven straight games (4-0-3).
Mike Murphy made 42 saves, including a flurry in the final two minutes, for his third win of the season. Chris Terry scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to five games (4g, 3a) while Jerome Samson scored two goals including the insurance marker into the empty net.
Charlotte opened the second period with a 5-on-3 power play for 1:09 and did not squander the opportunity. Samson took a pass from Rodney at the bottom of the left-wing circle and banked it off a defender past Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin. Drayson Bowman picked up the second assist on the play.
Zac Dalpe would double the Checkers’ lead on the power play, less than two minutes later. Dalpe fired a wrist shot from the right point through a screen by Zach Boychuk and past the blocker of Sabourin. Boychuk and Bowman recorded the assists on the play.
Terry made it 3-0 for Charlotte at the 7:32 mark of the second period. Terry was sent in on a breakaway by Boychuk, held off two Bears defenders, deked Sabourin and tucked the puck home with one hand on his stick.
The Checkers got into penalty trouble late in the second period and were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 for 1:57. Mike Murphy stood tall for the Checkers making saves through traffic and foiled any second chance opportunities the Bears could muster.
Kyle Greentree would cut the Charlotte lead to 3-1, three minutes into the third period, with a power-play goal. The Bears’ power play moved the puck around fluidly in the offensive zone before Greentree snapped a shot from the right-wing dot that beat Murphy far side, off the post and in.
The Bears then pulled within one goal with 8:20 to go in the third period. Greentree banked the puck in off a defender from behind the net for his second of the game.
Hershey applied pressure late in the game but Murphy stopped everything that was thrown his way. Samson potted an empty-net goal with five seconds to play and Charlotte walked away with a 4-2 victory.
The Checkers (6-6-3) will host Hershey again Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Bridgeport for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.
The Checkers are undefeated in regulation in their last seven games (4-0-3)…Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to five games (4g, 3a)…Jerome Samson ranks second in the league in goals (9), and first in the league in shots (83)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (73)…Mike Murphy is second among rookie goaltenders in goals against average (2.22) and second in save percentage (.927).
Hershey Bears 2 at Charlotte Checkers 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, November 7, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena
Hershey 0 0 2 – 2
Charlotte 0 3 1 – 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bellemore Cha (interference), 4:06; Terry Cha (hooking), 6:05; Collins Her (tripping), 8:43; Rome Her (interference), 13:29; Boychuk Cha (hooking), 14:19; Miskovic Her (tripping), 19:08; Beagle Her (double minor – high-sticking), 19:29; Kane Her (misconduct – abuse of officials), 19:29.
2nd Period-1, Charlotte, Samson 8 (Bowman, Rodney), 0:40 (PP). 2, Charlotte, Dalpe 2 (Boychuk, Bowman), 2:35 (PP). 3, Charlotte, Terry 7 (Boychuk), 7:32. Penalties-Blanchard Cha (interference), 2:44; Pinizzotto Her (fighting), 3:18; Herauf Cha (fighting), 3:18; FitzGerald Cha (tripping), 17:41.
3rd Period-4, Hershey, Greentree 4 (Fahey, Willsie), 2:58 (PP). 5, Hershey, Greentree 5 (Fahey, Gordon), 11:40 (PP). 6, Charlotte, Samson 9 (Dalpe, Terry), 19:55 (EN). Penalties-Chaput Cha (tripping), 2:21; Micflikier Cha (tripping), 10:59.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 12-14-18-44. Charlotte 5-13-6-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 2 / 7; Charlotte 2 / 5.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 1-4-0 (23 shots-20 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 3-3-2 (44 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Alex Stagnone, Paul Carnathan (93).