Pack Wrap Preseason with 2-0 Loss to AlbanyOct 9, 2016
The Wolf Pack completed their preseason slate Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the Albany Devils at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT.
Ken Appleby stopped all 26 shots he faced in the Devil net, and Brian Gibbons, a former Wolf Pack forward, and Rod Pelley scored second-period goals for Albany. Magnus Hellberg made 32 saves for Hartford.
The first period was scoreless, with the best chances being a Gibbons shot that hit the crossbar behind Hellberg with about 4:30 remaining and a Nicklas Jensen breakaway opportunity that Appleby denied with 52 seconds left on the clock.
Gibbons scored what would turn out to be the game-winner at 4:36 of the second period, burying a breakaway opportunity high into the net, off of a lead pass from Joshua Jacobs.
Then, shortly after Appleby stopped Michael Joly on a breakaway, the Devils would increase their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Pelley at 13:17. Ryan Kujawinski fed the puck from the right side to Karl Stollery at the opposite point, and Pelley deflected Stollery’s snap shot just through the pads of Hellberg.
Albany did a solid job of preventing any Wolf Pack threats in the third period, outshooting their hosts by a margin of 12-6 in the final frame.
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Albany Devils 2 (OT) at Hartford Wolf Pack 0
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Champions Skating Center
Albany 0 2 0 - 2
Hartford 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-1, Albany, Gibbons 1 (Jacobs, Stollery), 4:36. 2, Albany, Pelley 1 (Stollery, Kujawinski), 13:17. Penalties-Andersson Hfd (interference), 7:45; MacWilliam Alb (slashing), 18:26.
3rd Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Sexton Alb (fighting), 9:26; McRae Hfd (roughing, fighting), 9:26; Gormley Alb (boarding), 13:18.
Shots on Goal-Albany 10-12-12-34. Hartford 7-13-6-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 2; Hartford 0 / 2.
Goalies-Albany, Appleby 1-0-0-0 (26 shots-26 saves). Hartford, Hellberg 0-1-0-0 (34 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Alex Garon (64), Michael Mullen (7).
Linesmen-Paul Simeon (66), Nick Briganti (58).