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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Wolf Pack win opener, 4-3

Chris Rutsch photo/HWP

On the night they hung former captain Ken Gernander's #12 from the rafters, the Wolf Pack went out and took care of business on the ice, scoring the final three goals of the game in beating the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, 4-3. Jarkko Immonen scored the winning goal with :52 left in regulation, re-directing Joe Rullier's slap shot taken from outside the face-off circle.

Immonen and the recently required Fedor Fedorov showed why it'll be a good idea to check out a few Wolf Pack games early this year, while both of these guys are still in a Hartford uniform. Not since the 1999 - 2000 Calder Cup year, I think-- when Hartford had Alexandre Daigle, Brad Smyth, and Derek Armstrong together on the roster for the first 15 games of the season, before Daigle was called up to the Rangers-- has there been a combination of players on the Wolf Pack with this much high-end scoring potential.

Sleeping Nights of Jesus Fedorov (#81), with Metallurg

Fedorov assisted on two goals and was selected the 2nd star of the game; Immonen's two goals earned him the 1st star. After a timid start in the first period, Fedorov a number of times showed flashes that hinted at his immense potential, although he didn't play the body but maybe once all night, and he had one annoying puck-hogging moment where he circled completely around the net while the rest of his teammates watched. Immonen had his own puck-hogging moment during the game, also, but it'll probably only be a short while before he's in a Ranger uniform, with lesser talents like Jamie Lundmark (until he gets traded), Blair Betts, and Ryan Hollweg in New York ahead of him. No less an expert than Hockey Rodent (I mean, why take my word on it, right?) had this to say about Immonen recently: "Immonen is a guy I cannot wait to watch... Immonen's upside at the moment remains unlimited."

Heard you been to college Jark the Shark

If it was up to me, Joe Rullier would've been voted a star of the game before Fedorov, as he played an absolutely ferocious game, helping out on offense while playing near-perfect defense and decking almost every Monarchs player that got in his way. Nigel Dawes played a steady game, also. Fight fans might like to know that Dale Purinton and Peter Worrell were both in the building, though they sat in the stands as scratches, as did 6'-6", 265-lb Steve MacIntyre.

Chad Wiseman, a 25-goal scorer in the past for the Pack whom I believe is wearing the "C" this year, was hit in the face by a deflected shot in the second period and had to leave the game. It's likely that he'll require surgery.


Anonymous pricklypear said...

Wiseman is getting surgery for a broken cheekbone. Out 4-6 weeks, which sucks for the Pack. In other news, Bryce Lampman is in NY for a while.

I agree about Rullier.

10/11/05, 1:57 PM

Anonymous pricklypear said...

UPDATE: Looks like we have Bryce back already. Whew.

10/12/05, 11:52 AM

Blogger Brushback said...


Some other movement, according to the Pack web site: Ryan Hollweg will be joining the Wolf Pack, and Montoya is going to New York for a little bit (Weekes is banged up).

The Wolf Pack are getting a goalie from Charlotte to replace Montoya.

10/12/05, 11:47 PM


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