Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, to backstop the Albany Devils to a 2-0 win over the Wolf Pack.
Harri Pesonen and Rod Pelley scored the Devil goals. Dov Grumet-Morris made 20 saves for the Wolf Pack.
After a scoreless first period in which the two teams held each other to only four shots apiece, the Devils dominated the second period territorially, outshooting the Wolf Pack 11-3 and not allowing the visitors a shot until the 18:30 mark.
Albany was only able to get one goal in period, though, and it came at 7:05. Grumet-Morris stopped a shot from the right-wing side by Tim Sestito, but the puck dropped into the goal crease behind Grumet-Morris. Pesonen was the first to see it, and he easily banged it into the net before Grumet-Morris could react.
The Wolf Pack dictated most of the play in the third and had a 16-7 shots advantage, but Pelley got a key insurance goal for the Devils with 6:11 left. David Wohlberg made a strong rush into the Wolf Pack zone and cut to the front of the net. Grumet-Morris sprawled down, and Wohlberg reached around the Wolf Pack goaltender and poked the puck loose for Pelley. Pelley jammed the puck into the net just as the cage was knocked loose behind Grumet-Morris and the Wolf Pack argued that the goal should be disallowed. After checking the video replay, though, referee Geno Binda ruled that it was a good goal and the Wolf Pack were down by two.
The Wolf Pack finish a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon in Providence, taking on the Bruins in a 3:05 PM game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence. All of the action of that battle can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.
The Wolf Pack’s next home game is this Wednesday, March 19, a 7:00 PM contest against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. That's a Wolf Pack "Winning Wednesday", meaning that if the Wolf Pack win, each fan can get a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game, which is Friday night, March 21 against the St. John’s IceCaps.
Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2013-14 home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger. To speak with a representative about season or group tickets, call (855) 762-6451.
Hartford Wolf Pack 0 at Albany Devils 2
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Times Union Center
Hartford 0 0 0 - 0
Albany 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Tedenby Alb (bench minor - too many men), 0:38; Haley Hfd (roughing), 8:58; Sestito Alb (roughing), 8:58; Allen Hfd (holding), 14:48.
2nd Period-1, Albany, Pesonen 11 (Sestito), 7:05. Penalties-Stamler Hfd (fighting), 2:56; McKelvie Alb (fighting), 2:56.
3rd Period-2, Albany, Pelley 12 (Wohlberg, McPherson), 13:49. Penalties-Whitney Alb (hooking), 1:42; Tedenby Alb (goaltender interference), 15:36; Syvret Hfd (hooking), 19:09.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 4-3-16-23. Albany 4-11-7-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 3; Albany 0 / 2.
Goalies-Hartford, Grumet-Morris 14-12-5 (22 shots-20 saves). Albany, Wedgewood 10-12-3 (23 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), John Everett (82).