Dov Grumet-Morris made 42 saves for the Wolf Pack Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but shootout goals by Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith gave the Providence Bruins a 3-2 win.
The Wolf Pack, who were outshot 45-30 in the game, got goals in regulation from Micheal Haley and Ryan Bourque. Alexander Khokhlachev and Mike Moore scored for Providence, and Griffith had two assists.
“I thought the effort was pretty good, three-in-three (three games in three days) on the road against a good team,” Haley said. “I thought the boys tried hard. A few breaks their way, and that’s the way the bounces go sometimes.”
Bourque gave the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead five minutes into the third period, beating Providence goaltender Malcolm Subban (28 saves) through the legs with a shot from the right circle. That lead lasted until the 14:59 mark, when Moore tied the score just after the Wolf Pack finished killing a penalty.
A pile of players had the puck pinned up on the left-wing boards, but Craig Cunningham was able to work it out of the scrum to Griffith, who found Moore all alone in the right circle. Moore’s tying goal gave him a four-game goal-scoring streak, after the veteran defenseman had scored only once in his first 49 games of the season.
The Bruins outshot the Wolf Pack 6-2 in the overtime but were unable to solve Grumet-Morris again. In the shootout, however, Camara scored on Providence’s second attempt and Griffith ended it with a goal on the Bruins’ fourth shot, after Subban went four-for-four against T.J. Hensick, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Bourque.
After a scoreless first period in which the Wolf Pack were outshot 10-6, the Bruins opened the scoring 2:14 into the second, on a goal by Khokhlachev. Wolf Pack defenseman Aaron Johnson settled the puck down in his own end, but was unable to connect with his partner Conor Allen on a pass and Griffith took it away. He fed to Justin Florek, whose shot from the left side was stopped by Grumet-Morris, but the rebound went right to Khokhlachev, who buried it from the right circle.
The Wolf Pack finally solved Subban with 54.6 seconds remaining in the period. Shawn O’Donnell forced the Bruins’ Chris Casto in behind his own net, and Oscar Lindberg blocked Casto’s pass attempt. Lindberg fed the puck to Haley in front of the net, and Haley snapped it past Subban for his fifth goal of the season.
The Wolf Pack are next in action on home ice this Friday, February 21, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game. All Wolf Pack Friday-night home games feature $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Marc’s Appliance Warehouse, located at 75 Prospect Ave., Hartford, CT.
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Hartford Wolf Pack 2 at Providence Bruins 3 (SO)
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Hartford 0 1 1 0 - 2
Providence 0 1 1 0 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-O'Donnell Hfd (fighting), 6:42; Robins Pro (fighting), 6:42; Syvret Hfd (delay of game), 10:22.
2nd Period-1, Providence, Khokhlachev 13 (Griffith, Florek), 2:14. 2, Hartford, Haley 5 (O'Donnell, Lindberg), 19:05. Penalties-Bourque Hfd (high-sticking), 5:17.
3rd Period-3, Hartford, Bourque 13 (Miller, Fast), 5:00. 4, Providence, Moore 5 (Griffith, Cunningham), 14:59. Penalties-Khokhlachev Pro (tripping), 10:20; Johnson Hfd (tripping), 12:30.
OT Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Hartford 0 (Hensick NG, Miller NG, Fast NG, Bourque NG), Providence 2 (Cunningham NG, Camara G, Khokhlachev NG, Griffith G).
Shots on Goal-Hartford 6-12-10-2-0-30. Providence 10-11-17-6-1-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 1; Providence 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hartford, Grumet-Morris 8-10-5 (44 shots-42 saves). Providence, Subban 9-6-3 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).