Jesper Fast had two power-play goals and an assist Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center, as the Wolf Pack scored four special-teams goals on the way to a 4-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms.
Danny Kristo also scored a power-play goal and had an assist, as the Wolf Pack went 3/5 with the man-advantage, and Oscar Lindberg tallied a shorthander. J.T. Miller and Danny Syvret had two assists apiece, and Dov Grumet-Morris made 19 saves.
Derek Whitmore and Tye McGinn scored power-play goals for Adirondack, and Cal Heeter stopped 32 shots.
The Wolf Pack were shorthanded five times in the first period, but the two teams came out of the first tied at two.
On the first of those five Adirondack power plays, the Wolf Pack scored a shorthanded goal at 2:24. Lindberg intercepted a pass just inside his own blue line, creating a breakaway for himself, and beat Heeter with a move to the forehand. The shorthander was Lindberg’s first in North American pro.
The Phantoms evened things up at 9:32, with Bretton Stamler in the penalty box for hooking. Brandon Alderson had a pass up the slot partially blocked, but it slid through to Whitmore, who was able to slam the puck past Grumet-Morris.
The Pack got a power-play goal at 13:34 to jump back on top, and it was the 20th goal of Kristo’s rookie season. Heeter made a kick save on a one-timer by Syvret from the blue line, but Kristo pounced on the rebound, waited for Heeter to commit and ripped a forehand shot past him.
More penalty problems for the Wolf Pack, though, led to a five-on-three power-play goal for the Phantoms 1:50 later. Nick Latta was sent off for high-sticking at 14:10, and Tommy Hughes was called for tripping 40 seconds thereafter.
At 15:24, McGinn got a pass from Kyle Flanagan along the goal line on right wing, and McGinn one-timed the puck past Grumet-Morris.
Grumet-Morris preserved the tie with a sprawling save on McGinn, denying a point-blank chance with four seconds left in the first.
The Wolf Pack would dominate the second period, outshooting the Phantoms 17-6 and getting a pair of man-advantage goals from Fast.
At 15:16, Fast scored from just below the left-wing faceoff dot. After Heeter was able to knock down Miller’s shot from the right-wing side, the rebound was worked to Fast, who buried it with a one-timer.
The Wolf Pack were awarded a four-minute power play at 15:59, when Heeter was hit with a double-minor for spearing Darroll Powe. The Pack capitalized on that with 54 seconds remaining in the period, with Fast scoring from nearly the same spot as his first goal. Miller found Fast in the left circle with a pass from the right-wing boards, and Fast’s slap shot beat a sliding Heeter high.
The Wolf Pack are now off until this Friday night, March 28, when they host the Springfield Falcons in a 7:00 PM contest at the XL Center. 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 4 at Adirondack Phantoms 2
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Hartford 2 2 0 - 4
Adirondack 2 0 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Hartford, Lindberg 16 2:24 (SH). 2, Adirondack, Whitmore 7 (Alderson, Cousins), 9:32 (PP). 3, Hartford, Kristo 20 (Syvret, Fast), 13:34 (PP). 4, Adirondack, McGinn 20 (Flanagan, Akeson), 15:24 (PP). Penalties-Powe Hfd (slashing), 1:55; Jean Hfd (tripping), 5:08; Stamler Hfd (hooking), 7:51; FitzGerald Adk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:50; Cousins Adk (tripping), 12:53; Latta Hfd (high-sticking), 14:12; Hughes Hfd (tripping), 14:52.
2nd Period-5, Hartford, Fast 14 (Kristo, Miller), 15:16 (PP). 6, Hartford, Fast 15 (Miller, Syvret), 19:06 (PP). Penalties-Jean Hfd (tripping), 8:17; Mathers Adk (slashing), 14:40; Haley Hfd (roughing), 15:59; Eddy Adk (roughing), 15:59; Heeter Adk (double minor - spearing (attempt)), 15:59.
3rd Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Kristo Hfd (holding), 9:25.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 11-17-8-36. Adirondack 7-6-8-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 3 / 5; Adirondack 2 / 7.
Goalies-Hartford, Grumet-Morris 16-14-5 (21 shots-19 saves). Adirondack, Heeter 15-21-0 (36 shots-32 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Francis Trempe (56).