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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Alexandre Giroux nets hat trick

I got your point, and it's so dull Chris Rutsch/HWP photo

Not only did the Wolf Pack end their own 4-game losing streak at home on Friday night, beating the Sound Tigers 6-4, they put an end to Bridgeport's 6-game win streak as well. The win also gives the Wolf Pack an early 2-0 advantage in the annual battle for the so-called Geico Cup, which no one has ever actually seen in person before, or even has any idea what the stupid thing is, anyway.

As the score would suggest, it was a very entertaining game, if not very well-played. Jeff Hamilton scored for Bridgeport in his second game since returning back to the States after playing for a little while over in Russia. Hamilton's goal in the second period chased Wolf Pack goalie Chris Holt, who was miserable again; in fact, I can only remember Holt having one decent game all year, although he does have two wins so far, which beats the hell out of me.

Alexandre Giroux, now on a 7-game point-scoring streak, notched a hat trick, of which two of the goals were assisted on by Jeff Taffe, including a shorthanded tally. Bruce Graham scored two goals for the Wolf Pack, his first goals as a pro. Nigel Dawes scored the other goal for Hartford, on a laser of a wrist shot at the end of a nifty breakaway.

Playing Bridgeport used to be a lot more intimidating when they had goons like Graham Belak and Eric Godard on their roster, if not a few players with some actual talent. I mean, their team captain this year is Kevin Colley, who is the practical embodiment of the mediocre career minor leaguer (though I should probably admit that I own a Kevin Colley jersey, if only because he was born in Connecticut and his dad, Tom Colley, had his number retired by the New Haven Nighthawks). And, I don't think the Sound Tigers have a single player on their team this year who can fight, except that they recently signed Jeff State, who fights to stay upright on his skates all the time.